Professor Justyna Karakiewicz researches urban design and architecture through design in practice globally and by publication, including numerous design awards and an extensive record of exhibitions. Her work in sustainability was recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2008 in the Housing Design Awards 2008 Historic Awards for the design of Spinney Garden, constructed in 1986. Her book Promoting Sustainable Living: Sustainability as an Object of Desire, (Routledge, 2015) and Making of Hong Kong: From Vertical to Volumetric (Routledge, 2011) extend her work in this field. Her most recent co-edited book, Urban Galapagos: Transition to Sustainability in Complex Adaptive Systems in the Springer Social and Ecological Interaction in the Galapagos Islands Series (2019) considers the opportunities in coupled natural urban systems, engaging computer, social and economic sciences with design. She is Professor of Urban Design and Architecture at the University of Melbourne, earned her doctorate at RMIT and earlier degrees from the Architectural Association and Westminster University.
Professor Philip Beesley (Canadian, born 1956) is a multidisciplinary artist and architect. Beesley’s research is globally acclaimed for its pioneering contributions to the rapidly emerging field of responsive interactive architecture. He directs Living Architecture Systems Group (LASG), an international consortium of researchers, creators, and industry partners developing far-reaching experimental architecture. LASG explores bold questions such as whether architecture can integrate living functions and future buildings could think and care. Its immersive installations provide a unique combination of expertise in architecture, environmental design, visual art, digital media, engineering, machine learning, cognitive psychology, synthetic biology and knowledge integration. Collaborations with LASG artists, scientists, and engineers has led to a diverse array of projects, from haute couture collections to complex electronic systems that can sense, react and learn.
Beesley is a Professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo and Professor of Digital Design and Architecture & Urbanism at the European Graduate School. He represented Canada at the 2010 Venice Biennale of Architecture. He has authored and edited numerous books and proceedings, and has frequently been featured in Canadian and international media, including Vogue, WIRED, Artificial Life (MIT), LEONARDO, CBC, and a series of TED talks.
WETA Digital (tbc)
Weta Digital is a digital visual effects company based in Wellington, New Zealand. It was founded by Peter Jackson, Richard Taylor, and Jamie Selkirk in 1993 to produce the digital special effects for Heavenly Creatures. In 2007, Weta Digital’s Senior Visual Effects Supervisor, Joe Letteri, was also appointed as a Director of the company. Weta Digital has won several Academy Awards and BAFTAs.