Ken YEANG (Malaysia/UK)

Mr. Yeang is a Malaysian architect, ecologist and author known for his signature ecoarchitecture and ecomasterplans. Yeang is an early pioneer of ecology-based green design and masterplanning, carrying out design and research in this field since 1971. He is named by the Guardian as "one of the 50 people who could save the planet". His key built works include the National Library Singapore. Recognized by the over 70 awards including the AugustePeret Award of UIA, Mr. Yeangholds professorship at many distinguished universities and is recipient of an honorary Litt.D. from Sheffield University (2004), and an honorary PhD from University of Malaya (2013).

Cui Kai (China)

Mr. Cui received his Master’s degree from the Department of Architecture, Tianjin University in 1984 and has since enjoyed a distinguishing career. He was designated as a National Design Master in China in 2000 and awarded a Cavalier Medal by the French Government in 2004. Mr. Cui’s repertoire as a designer is manifested in than 50 major architectural works under his direction. He is now Chief Architect and Vice President, China Architecture Design and Research Group in Beijing. 

Mauricio Rivero BORRELL DONATH (Mexico)

Mr. Borrel received his professional training at the Polytechnic Institute of Milan, and has been a director of many companies. He was Mexico’s Vice Minister of Planning, Designing, Construction, Conservation and Equipment in 1994-1999 and has been in other key public service positions. He has been responsible for dozens of urban development and architectural development projects. Recipient of many awards, Mr. Borrell is an honorary member of the Academy of the Institute of American Architects and Royal Academy Institute Architects of Canada. He was Vice President of UIA in 1999-2000. 

Marianne BURKHALTER (Switzerland)

Ms. Burkhalterhas practiced as an architect in Florence, New York and Los Angeles , and been an auditor at the University of Princeton. She has taught at SKI-ARC in Los Angeles and the Lausanne Polytechnic. She currently runs an architectural practice in Zurich with Christian Sumi. The firm acquired an international reputation by, among other things, its innovative wooden buildings and distinctive use of polychrome colors. Currently it is engaged in restructuring industrial buildings and the urbanization of Alpine space, as well as designing exhibition installations.

Bowen Leung (China)

Mr. Leung studied at the University of Oxford and joined the Hong Kong Government Civil Service in 1973, where he served as the Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands and the principal representative of the HKSAR Government in the Mainland.  In recognition of his distinguishing career, the Hong Kong SAR Government awarded him a Gold Bauhinia Medal, as well as appointed him a Justice of the Peace. Retiring from the Hong Kong Civil Service in 2005, Mr. Leung is now the Special Advisor to the Board of Sands China Limited and an Independent Non-Executive Director of three companies listed in Hong Kong.

Peter HEAD (UK)

Mr. Head is a champion for developing global practice adhering to sustainable development principles. He is a recognised world leader in major bridges and received an OBE for successfully delivering the Second Severn Crossing as Government Agent. Mr. Head has won many awards for his work including the Award of Merit of IABSE, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Silver Medal The Coopers Hill Memorial Prize of ICE, Telford Prize ICE 2006 and the Prince Philip Award for Polymers in the Service of Mankind. In 2011, he was awarded a CBE for services to Civil Engineering and the Environment.

Ashvinkumer Kanitlal (Singapore)

As the Group Chief Officer of Ong&OngPte Ltd in Singapore since 2010, following his 20 years of practicing at Architects 61 Pte Ltd since 1988,he has been serving professional practices of a variety of green buildings in use of commercial, public, community and residential categories, which received many awards. His passion of social contributions is generally recognized in Singapore and the region, and led Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA) as Council Member, Treasurer, Hon Gen Secretary and President (2009-2011).

Sean Hinton (Australia)

Mr. Hinton founded Terbish Partners in 2007 to provide strategic advisory services on cross-border transactions in the energy and minerals sector in China, Mongolia and Africa. He is a long-term senior advisor to Goldman Sachs (Asia), and Rio Tinto where his work focuses on the social and economic impact of large-scale extractive investments. Mr. Hinton studied at the GSMD in London, the University of Cambridge, and the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, and serves on the International Advisory Board of the Baha’i Chair for World Peace at the University of Maryland. He was Mongolia’s first Honorary Consul-General in Australia.

Silas CHIOW (USA/China)

Mr. Chiow joined SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP) in 1987 and has served as SOM China Director since 2003. He draws on more than 20 years of experience as an architect, urban planner and project manager to help clients successfully define their goals and requirements for projects ranging from large-scale master plans and mixed-use districts, to high-performance buildings in hospitality, cultural and education sectors. As the firm’s chief representative in the region, he is also a proponent for innovative and sustainable design solutions that appropriately address the unique challenges of each site, and deliver long-term value to its surroundings.

Chun Gyu Shin (Korean)

Mr. Shin received his Master’s degree from Ohio State University, US, in 1987 and is now Principal, CGS Architects and Associates in Seoul and an adjunct professor at Yonsei University. He is an Architectural Advisor to Korean International Cooperation Agency. He received Gold Medal of ARCASIA Architecture Award and was the winner of the Idea Competition for Seoul Museum, National Museum of Modern Art. 

Jennifer LEE (USA)

Ms. Lee is co-founder of OBRA Architects with offices in New York, Beijing, and Seoul. She is the 2007 Cooper Union Urban Visionary Emerging Talent, 2006 NYFA Fellow, and winner of the 2006 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program. The work of OBRA has been honored with 5 American Institute of Architects NY Design Awards as well as the 2014 Kim SwooGeun Preview Prize in Seoul. She currently teaches at Korea National University of Arts and has taught at the Cooper Union as well as at Pratt Graduate Architecture School, both in New York.

Ed Brawn (UK)

Mr Brawn is an international Landscape Architect and Chartered Member of the UK Landscape Institute. He is Principal Designer at Chris Blandford Associates (CBA) a leading UK Landscape Architectural consultancy and part of the original design team behind the Huayan Township and the Flower Ocean Gardens. Brawn leads CBA’s international work with over thirteen years’ of delivering landscapes across the globe but with particular focus on China. Working with a number of world leading architects he has particular strengths in combing environmental aspects with the demands of urban masterplanning. Such skills have been applied to hospitality, exhibition, zero carbon developments and settlements, residential regeneration and public realm projects. Ed will be promoting the connections between people, place and green infrastructure and championing ecological process that enhances the experience of nature and those that enable healthy lifestyles.

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