Keynote speakers

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).

Jean-Louis Cohen 

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. 

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. Currently is the director of the Barcelona Regional Metropolitan Agency for the urban and infrastructural development of the city and former 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 work has been awarded with various recognitions as the Honorific Medal of the City of Barcelona 1992 and the RIBA award Royal Gold Medal for Architecture in 1999.


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).


Academic Programme

The programme is focused around several parallel sessions and a series of keynote sessions.





09:30 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:15

11:15 - 12:45

12:45 - 14:15

14:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 16:00

16:00 - 17:30

17:30 - 17:45

17:45 – 18:45

We are also pleased to invite you to a Congress Dinner. Upon acceptance of Papers, you will also be able to select a tour on Lisbon’s urban change.

Guided Tours

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