Keynote speakers

Christian Schmid


Christian Schmid is geographer und urban researcher. He is Professor for Sociology at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zürich. His scientific work is on planetary urbanization, on comparative urban analysis, and on theories of urbanization and of space. He is a founding member of the International Network for Urban Research and Action (INURA). He made a critical reconstruction of Henri Lefebvre’s theory of the production of space.

Together with architects Roger Diener, Jacques Herzog, Marcel Meili and Pierre de Meuron he co-authored the book “Switzerland: an urban portrait”, a pioneering analysis of extended urbanization. He is collaborating with Neil Brenner (Harvard GSD) on a long-term project on planetary urbanization, and he leads a project on the comparison of urbanization processes based at the ETH Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) Singapore. Together with Milica Topalovic he is currently working on a research project on extended urbanization based on case studies in different locations across the globe.

Claire Colomb


Claire Colomb is full Professor of Urban Studies and Planning at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

She is a sociologist/social scientist and urban planner by background, with a first degree from Sciences-Po, Paris and a PhD in Town Planning from University College London. Her research interests include international and comparative planning, urban sociology and urban politics.

She is the author of the book Staging the New Berlin (Routledge, 2011), European Spatial Planning and Territorial Cooperation (Routledge, 2010, with S. Dühr and V. Nadin), and co-editor of the book Protest and Resistance in the Tourist City (Routledge, 2016, with J. Novy).

Gonçalo Byrne


Gonçalo Byrne is President of the Portuguese Architects Association (Ordem dos Arquitectos).

He is an architect graduated from the School of Fine Arts of Lisbon holding an Honorary Degree from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Lisbon and from the Faculty of Architecture of Alghero, in Italy. In 1975, he established his own practice and, in 1991, he founded the studio Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos.

Since 1970, he is a member of the Portuguese Architects Association, and since 2008, a member of the Italian Province of Vicenza Architects Association. He was part of the Portuguese Board of the U.I.A. and a delegate of the World Assembly and Congress of this same organization. Between 1985 and 1987, he was director of Jornal Arquitectos, the journal published by the Portuguese Architects Association.

Byrne has been teaching at several international universities including Lausanne, Harvard, Venice, Mendrisio, Leuven, Pamplona, Milan, Kansas State University, among others.

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Jean-Louis Cohen 

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Trained as an architect and an historian, Jean-Louis Cohen holds since 1994 the Sheldon H. Solow Chair for the History of Architecture at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts. In 2014 he has been appointed to the first chair for architecture at the Collège de France.

He has published more than thirty books, including: France, Modern Architectures in History (2015), Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes (2013), The Future of Architecture. Since 1889 (2012), Architecture in Uniform (2011), and Le Corbusier and the Mystique of the USSR (1992).

Among the numerous exhibitions he has curated feature the centennial show “L'aventure Le Corbusier” (1987), at the Centre Georges Pompidou; “Architecture in Uniform at the Canadian Center for Architecture (1995 and 2011); and Le Corbusier: an Atlas of Modern Landscapes,” at the Museum of Modern Art (2007). He received in 2014 the special mention of the jury for his French pavilion at the Venice Biennale. 

João Matos Fernandes


João Pedro Matos Fernandes is Portugal’s Minister of Environment and Energy Transition.

He is graduated in Civil Engineering by Oporto University and holds a Master degree in Transportation by Instituto Superior Técnico.

His professional course in the public and private sector is centred on transportation, logistics, planning and infrastructures. He served as President of the Governing Board of Águas do Porto (2014-2015); Advisor to the Governing Board of Terminais do Norte and Portos do Norte, Director of Port of Nacala (2012-2013); President of the Association of Portuguese Ports (2008-2010); Chairman of the Governing Board of Viana do Castelo Port (2009-2012) and Head of the Cabinet of the Secretary of State for Environment (1997-1999).

He was Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico (Infrastructures) and Instituto Superior de Transportes (Energy and Environmental Consequences of Transport) and lectured in several universities.

Josep Acebillo


Josep Acebillo is an Architect by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and currently a Professor at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio. Has taught in several architecture schools, among them the Faculty of Yale and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) of Harvard. 

Acebillo was the Technical Director of the Olympic Holding of the city of Barcelona, in charge of leading the projects and building of the main infrastructures for the 1992 Olympic Games. He was the director of the Barcelona Regional Metropolitan Agency for the urban and infrastructural development of the city and chief architect of the city of Barcelona.

Under the urban leadership of Acebillo, Barcelona has received worldwide recognition for its positioning in the international architecture scene. Josep Acebillo's work has been awarded various recognitions as the Honorific Medal of the City of Barcelona 1992 and the RIBA award Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1999.

Manuel Salgado


Manuel Salgado is an architect and urban planner. In 1984, he established as head of the studio Risco, which designed major urban projects and buildings, including Belém Cultural Centre (with Vittorio Gregotti), the Expo’98 public spaces, the Higher Institute of Theatre and Cinema in Amadora, the Antas urban project and Dragão football stadium, the Setúbal Professional School, and the Hotel Opera, in Lisbon.

He was Visiting Full Professor of Architecture Design Studio at Instituto Superior Técnico, Lisboa, between 2002 and 2008.

From 2007 to 2019 he was Lisbon City Councilor for urban planning, strategic planning, urban rehabilitation, and public space areas, and also Deputy Mayor from 2009 to 2013.
Currently, he is chairman of the board of directors of the Western Lisbon Urban Rehabilitation Society, the municipal company responsible for Lisbon's main urban regeneration works. 

Ricardo Paes Mamede


Ricardo Paes Mamede holds an Ph.D. in Economics by Bocconi University (Italy), Master in Economics and Management of Science and Technology by the Higher Institute of Economics and Management, University of Lisbon (ISEG/UL), and First Degree in Economics by the same institution.

Associate Professor and Deputy Director of the Department of Political Economy of ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, where he teaches since 1999 in the areas of European Economy and Integration, Industrial Dynamics and Innovation, and Economic Policy. Director of the Masters' Programme in Economics and Public Policy at ISCTE - University Institute of Lisbon, and President of the Board of the Institute for Public and Social Policies (IPPS-IUL).

Member of Dinâmia'CET (Center for Research on Socioeconomic Change and Territory),
He is the author and co-editor of publications around the themes of structural change, economic development and public policy, including the book "Structural Change, Competitiveness and Industrial Policy: Painful Lessons from the European Periphery" (2014).


Special Session


The conference will include a special tribute session to Professor Vitor Matias Ferreira with his presence.

Emeritus Professor and Full Professor of Sociology (retired) at Iscte - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa, taught for over thirty years since the creation of this institute. One of the founders of CET - Centro de Estudo Territoriais (Centre on Territorial Studies) now integrated into DINÂMIA’CET -Iscte, Centre for Socioeconomic and Territorial Studies. Founder and director, for some years, of the journal CIDADES, Comunidades e Territórios.

He developed his work in the field of urban sociology in connection to urbanism, architecture, and territory themes, with important research on social movements namely in the revolutionary process of 1974-1975, and the formation and transformation of the Lisbon metropolis.

For the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, he was responsible with Francesco Indovina, for the observatory “Expo'98 in Lisboa: observe while it takes place”, that for about five years accompanied the development process of the Expo'98. Following the event, in 1999, he coordinated (also with Francesco Indovina), the book “The City of Expo '98” (A Cidade da Expo ’98), a critical reflection on the urban project developed along with the 1998 exposition.

He published several books, as well as chapters of books and articles in national and foreign publications, of which the following stand out “Lisbon, from Capital of the Empire to Centre of the Metropolis”(Lisboa, de Capital do Império a Centro da Metrópole) (1986), “Lisbon, the Metropolis and the River” (Lisboa, a Metrópole e o Rio) (coord.) (1997), and “Fascination of the City. Memory and Urbanity Project” (Fascínio da Cidade. Memória e Projecto da Urbanidade) (2004).