Day 1: Prof. Rob Shields

Henry Marshall Tory Chair and Professor

Rob Shields work spans architecture, planning and urban geography. He is an award-winning author and co-editor of numerous books including  Spatial Questions, The Virtual, Lifestyle Shopping, Cultures of Internet, Lefebvre Love and Struggle, Places on the Margin, and Building Tomorrow: Innovation in Construction and Engineering as well as online projects such as and  Before being awarded the University of Alberta's Henry Marshall Tory Endowed Research Chair in Sociology, Dr. Shields was Professor of Sociology and past Director of the Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies at Carleton University, Ottawa.  A Commonwealth Scholar at University of Sussex, Robs early career was in passive solar design which he studied at Carleton University's School of Architecture. He founded Space and Culture, an international peer-refereed journal, and Curb Canadian planning magazine. He was 2014 City of Vienna Visiting Professor in Architecture and Planning at TUWien and is currently completing research on nanotechnology as a space of concern.


Day 2: Prof. Thomas Schielke

Architect at ERCO

Studied architecture at the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany. He works in the didactic and communications division at the lighting manufacturer ERCO. He was a trainer for lighting seminars and workshops at DIAL from 2014 till 2015. Before that, he was in charge of the didactic and communications division at ERCO from 2001 till 2014 where he designed an extensive online guide for architectural lighting, led lighting workshops and published international articles. He is co-author of the books "Light Perspectives - between culture and technology" and “SuperLux. Smart Light Art, Design & Architecture for Cities”. Additionally, he has taught lighting design at different universities and was invited for lectures at institutions like Harvard GSD, MIT, Columbia GSAPP, Tongji University and ETHZ. His doctoral thesis at the University of Technology in Darmstadt, Germany, has analysed architectural lighting. His column “Light Matters” on ArchDaily reveals various perspectives of architectural lighting.


Day 3: Ms. Cecilia Andresson

Programme on Public Space, Urban Planning & Design Branch, UN-HABITAT, Nairobi, Kenya

An urban and regional planner trained at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Thereafter, she worked at the Urban Division at the Swedish International Development Co‐operation Agency before joining UN‐Habitat in 2001 as a Human Settlements Officer with the Safer Cities Programme. In 2014, she moved to the Urban Planning and Design Branch of UN‐Habitat as the Manager of the Global Public Space Programme. The Programme helps to improve capacity of local government institutions and communities, establishment of local and global networks and partnerships, support the development of local and national policy and development of city‐wide strategies and pilot/demonstration projects, knowledge management, advocacy and tools and provides expertise and advice to on‐going projects by local government in order to increase the impact and improve dimensions of inclusion and leverage public space as a development tool.