João Ferreira Bento
Architect, PhD candidate

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_025João is a trained architect and urbanist, graduated by the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon. João started his research career at the Architecture and Town Planning Division of the National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Portugal. Currently, João is conducting a PhD at The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. His research analyses the role of national architectural policies in the European Union and examines its impact on processes of design governance focused on three case studies: Ireland, Scotland and The Netherlands. In this context, João conducted a Survey on architectural policies in Europe, in partnership with European Forum for Architectural Policies, published in book format with the financial support of the Swedish Museum of Architecture. João collaborates regularly with the Portuguese Order of Architects as an expert on public policies on architecture.

Borka Bobovec
Assistant Minister of Construction and Physical Planning, Croatia

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_040Ms Bobovec was born on 20th October 1961 in Karlovac. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Zagreb in 1985, where she also obtained her Master of science degree. In 2011 she obtained her PhD title from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Zagreb. Ms Bobovec works at the Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning, where during her professional career she performed and was responsible for monitoring numerous activities related to budget programming and construction of housing units within the investment framework defined by ministries responsible for construction. Since 2004 Ms Bobovec has been the Housing Focal Point for Croatia, where her main responsibilities have been monitoring and reviewing relevant business activities and active participation in the creation of EU documents related to the housing sector (Housing, Urban Development Group, EFAP (European Forum for Architectural Policies) and HABITAT). Ms Bobovec has been the chair of the international expert association Europan Croatia since 2004 and is now in her fifth mandate. From 2007 to 2009 she was an Executive Board member of the Zagreb Architects’ Association and a presidency member of the Croatian Architects’ Association. She was also the member of the organisation committee of the 44th Zagreb Salon of Architecture. She has participated in multiple assessment panels for external assessment of public tenders regarding architecture and urbanism. She is the author of the monographic work Miroslav Begović and co-author of the book Dubrovnik – Centre behind the City. Ms Bobovec published numerous expertise and scientific works and articles referring to the history of Croatian architecture, urbanism, and housing, with specific focus on the second half of the 20th century.

Ministry of Construction and Physical Planning

Daniel Baumgartner
Departement of Transport and Regional Building, Styrian Provincial Government, Austria

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_107Dipl.- Ing. Daniel Baumgartner, married, father of 3 children, Austrian citizen, resident in Graz, born 14.06.1968 in Prague. Education: 1987 Matura ( Austrian high school diploma/ qualification to university ) Bundesrealgymnasium Kepler, Graz. 1987 – 1997 Architecture, Technical university of Graz. Employment History: 1997 – 2000 Design and project management of the construction of the PSVS headquarters in Prague as a member of the technical department of Teerag- Asdag, Graz. 2000 – 2010 Bridge building consultant for the Department 18B, road transport infrastructure, regional government of Styria. 2010 – 2012 Head of division for Development of roads for Department 18B , road transport infrastructure, regional government of Styria. Since the beginning of 2013 member of the panel of experts responsible for Building Culture, Department 16, Transport and Structural engineering, Regional government of Styria.

Departement of Transport and Regional Building

Massimo Bricocoli
Professor on Social Business and Management, University of Luxembourg

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_114Currently Full Professor of Social Business and Management – Chair of the City of Esch sur Alzette – at the University of Luxembourg, in the past ten years he has been tenure track Assistant Professor in Urban Policies at DAStU-Politecnico di Milano. Since October 2015 Member of the central Beirat of the Vienna Internationale Bauaustellung. In 2009-2010 he was Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin and Hamburg; in 2014 Velux Visiting professor at the Centre for Urbanism at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. Core research interests: Urban regeneration processes, housing policies and projects; Social change patterns and the restructuring of local welfare policies; Emerging forms of urbanity, dwelling and inequalities; innovation of teaching and research methods in urban studies.

University of Luxembourg

Matthew Carmona
PhD, Professor at Barlett School of Urban Planning, UK

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_120Matthew Carmona is Professor of Planning and Urban Design at UCL’s Bartlett School of Planning. His research has focused on processes of design governance and on the design and management of public space. He was educated at the University of Nottingham and is a chartered architect and planner. Matthew has published widely in the areas of urban design, design policy and governance, housing design and development, measuring quality and performance in planning, the management of public space, and on design and planning processes in London. His books include: Explorations in Urban Design (2014); Capital Spaces (2012); Public Places Urban Spaces (2010), Public Space the Management Dimension (2008), Urban Design Reader (2007), Measuring Quality in Planning (2004), Delivering New Homes (2003), The Value of Urban Design (2001), Housing Design Quality (2001), and The Design Dimension of Planning (1997). Matthew is Chair of the Place Alliance, a collaborative alliance for place quality in England and is currently advisor to the British Parliamentary Select Committee on the Built Environment. He recently won the Royal Town Planning Institute prize for Academic Excellence.

Bartlett School of Urban Planning


Chantal Dassonville
Deputy Director-General in charge of Architecture at the Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles-FWB, Belgium

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_123Architect and 1980 graduate of the ISA St Luc institute of architecture in Brussels. After taking office in 1985, she was head of the cultural infrastructure department from 1992 to 2006 and as project manager oversaw a number of major projects, such as the cultural centre now housed in the former food market Les Halles de Schaerbeek, the Museum of Contemporary Art at the former Grand-Hornu colliery, and the National Theatre. From June 2006 until May 2008, she was in charge of all investments in the culture, youth and education sectors. Latterly, since 2008, she has run the Architecture Cell which implements the Ministry’s architectural policies. She was Commissioner of the Belgian Pavilion at the 1996 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and alongside Maurizio COHEN also directs the « VISIONS : Architectures publiques » collection.

Fédération Wallonie Bruxelles – cellule architecture

Jos Dell
Chairman of the Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers OAI, Luxembourg

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_004After graduating as Engineer-Architect in 1982, Jos Dell worked on planning and managing different kind of projects in Luxembourg. The first milestone of his professional career was in 1989, when he won in association with Marc Ewen the architectural competition for the building of the Chamber of Crafts in Luxembourg-Kirchberg. He founded M3 Architectes with two partners in 1997. The young architects’ office quickly established itself within the luxembourgish architectural scene by delivering high quality architectural projects. The majority of his architectural work are offices, but he also works on housing, infrastructure, cultural, mixed use and leisure projects. The projects vary in size from large scale town planning schemes to interior design projects. He has been involved in different task forces of the CRTIB for over 25 years. In his role as president of the OAI, he makes it his goal to help improving the construction industry and the architectural culture in Luxembourg.

Ordre des Architectes et Ingénieurs-Conseils

Lorenzo Diez
Director, National School of Architecture Nancy, France

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_139Lorenzo Diez is a post-master architect specialized in cultural heritage. He is the director of the Ecole nationale supérieure d’Architecture de Nancy (France) that counts about 800 students and several research laboratories. He is also a lecturer at Ecole de Chaillot (Paris), a post-master international institute specialized in architectural heritage preservation. Lorenzo Diez is a senior consultant in architectural policies. He is a member of several national work groups focusing on architectural and urban heritage and innovation. Recently, he has been assigned by the French Minister of Culture to write a report aiming at defining and implementing a national strategy for architecture in France. At the same time, he has initiated the project of Region of Architecture that has the ambition to build up a regional policy for architecture in the new region Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine. Lorenzo Diez was appointed Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture and Communication. He is also the president of the regional College of higher education institutions of Lorraine.

National School of Architecture Nancy

Markus Hesse
Professor on Urban Studies, University of Luxembourg

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_021Markus Hesse is a Professor of urban studies at the University of Luxembourg, Faculty of Humanities. He has an academic background in geography and spatial planning, which are also his teaching domains. His research focuses on urban and regional development; mobilities, logistics and global flows; metropolitan policy and governance; and spatial discourses and identities. One thread that has been on the agenda for some time now is the relationship between spaces (cities) and flows (people, commodities, money, ideas) – which is being approached in material, conceptual and also in more metaphorical terms. More recently, a certain emphasis in his research is placed on the interaction of science and practice in geography and spatial planning. Markus Hesse is elected member of the Academy for Spatial Research and Planning (ARL) in Germany, and sits on various advisory boards and scientific councils. Publications can be accessed via: http://orbilu.uni.lu

University of Luxembourg

Tarja Laine
Director of City Planning of the City of Vantaa, Finland

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_102Ms Tarja Laine received her degree in architecture in 1977, in Helsinki University of Technology, Finland. Since that she has worked in various fields of architecture including architectural design, landscape design, conservation, town planning and administration. She has been working all in all seven years in Ethiopia, Egypt and Tunisia. The projects have been dealing with cultural heritage and conservation. At the moment she works as a director of city planning in Vantaa. Vantaa is the 4th biggest city in Finland, next to Helsinki. There is a strong emphasis on sustainable development, collective traffic and people’s participation in her work.

City of Vantaa

Bob Krieps
1er Conseiller de Gouvernement, Ministry of Culture, Luxembourg

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_002After his studies in political sciences, sociology and economic and social history, Bob Krieps worked for several film distribution companies belonging to CLT. In 1992, he became head of business affairs at CLTUFA International. Having achieved a profound knowledge in copyright matters, he represented different copyright companies from 1999 to 2003 and then became CEO of SACEM Luxembourg. His great interest for culture motivated him to accept the post of senior counselor at the Ministry of Culture in 2010. He also presides the national cultural heritage commission.

Ministry of Culture

Michel Magnier
Director, European Commission, DG Education and Culture, Directorate “Culture and Creativity”

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_090Michel Magnier (born 1960) graduated in Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (1981) and the Ecole nationale d’Administration (1986). He started his professional career in the French public service, serving as a “sous-préfet” in the French West Indies and in the Provence. He joined the European Commission in 1992, as a member of the then President Jacques Delors’ private office. From 1995, he held various positions in the European Commission services, in particular in the directorates generals in charge of human resources, budget, competition, and home affairs. He has been a director since 2008, and took up his current post of Director for Culture and Creativity in January 2013.

European Commission, DG Education and Culture

Sala Makumbundu
Secretary-General of the Order of Architects and Consulting Engineers OAI, Luxembourg

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_140Born in 1972 in Bonn (Germany) / Studies of architecture at the University of Kaiserlautern (Germany) and the Architecture School of Nantes (France) / Degree in 1998 at the University of Kaiserslautern./ Languages: german, french, luxembourgish, english 1998: architect in the office Christian Bauer & Associés Architectes s.c./ team architect: Astra-business Centre, SES-ASTRA, L-Betzdorf / project managing architect: Refurbishment and Extension of the National Museum of History and Art in L-City of Luxembourg since 2003: partner architect of cba Christian Bauer & Associés Architectes s.a. / major projects as responsible partner: Conversion of a former industrial site to a housing plot in L-Strassen, Low Budget Housing – 28 Houses in a row in L-Heisdorf, Urban Masterplan Dudelange Schmelz, House of Knowledge and Rectorate for the Luxembourg University in L-Esch-Belval, in association with Baumschlager- Eberle Member of the Board of the Chamber of Architects and Consulting Engineers of Luxembourg since September 2009, since 2013 general secretary.

Ordre des Architectes et Ingénieurs-Conseils

Rikke Lequick Larsen, senior project manager, Danish Architecture Center


Jesper Dahl, Head of Division, Danish Agency for Culture

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_052 Head of Division, Building Preservation and Planning, Danish Agency for Culture, 2012- Head of Division, Planning and Urban Spaces, Municipality of Copenhagen, 2011-12 Head of Division, Architecture and Urban Spaces, Municipality of Copenhagen, 2006-11 Practicing architect, 2003-06  Head of section, Exhibitions, Web and Informationservice, Danish Design Center, 1999-03 Industrial Designer, Ole Palsby Design, 1998-99 Architect, Lars Lundquists Office, 1997-98. Professional positions: Member of the Federation’s Council of Representatives, Danish Architects’ Association, Architectural assessor, Danish Architects’ Associations Competition Unit, Censor at the University of Copenhagen.  Publications: Putting People First – Danish Architectural Policy, 2014 –  Architectural Character. Presentation, Nordic Planning Managers, Stockholm 2012 – Urban Spaces Strategy. Presentation, Future Build, Oslo 2012 – Urban Spaces and Mobility. Article, Architectural Journal, 2011 –
Strategies and Projects in the City of Copenhagen. Article, Walking in the City – Sharing Public Space, Parenthèses, 2011 – Urban Space Strategy. Presentation, POPSU, Paris, 2010  – Architecture Policy. Presentation, Nordic Planning Managers, Reykjavik 2009
Copenhagen City of Architecture. Architecture Policy for the City of Copenhagen, main contributor, 2009 – Density of the City. Analysis of the density of Urban Areas of Copenhagen, 2008.

Danish Centre for Architecture

Andrea Rumpf
Director, LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_111Andrea Rumpf is director / CEO of LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture / Fondation de l’Architecture et de l’Ingénierie since 2005. She is trained as a cultural manager (Master of Arts) and art historian (Magister artium), specialised in architecture and built heritage. From 1991 on she has been working as an architectural historian and researcher in Germany and Luxembourg. She is member of several expert committees and working groups in Luxembourg, France and Belgium and is head of the Luxembourg Pavilion at the Architecture Biennale in Venice since 2008. She has been representing the cultural pillar of Luxembourg at the former EFAP European Forum for Architectural Policies since 2007.

LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Jorge Bonito Santos
Member of the Portuguese Architecture and Landscape Monitoring Committee

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_044Jorge Bonito Santos, Portugal, 1966. Architect, graduated from the Faculty of Architecture | Technical University of Lisbon in 1989, member of the Portuguese Association of Architects since 1989 and Urban Planner member of the Portuguese Association of Urban Planners since 2000. Since June 2015; Head of Division, Interventions in the Public Space; Lisboa Municipality. August 2014 | May 2015; Advisor; Office of the Councilman Manuel Salgado; Lisboa Municipality. July 2012 | July 2014; Urban Renewal; Department of Planning and Urban Management; Moita Municipality. October 2008 | June 2012; Project Manager; Business and Projects Development Department; ParqueEXPO; Lisboa. March 2003 | September 2008; Head of Division; Urban Planning; Moita Municipality. March 1999 | February 2003; Head of Division; Urban Management; Moita Municipality. September 1990 | February 1999; Urban Management; Moita Municipality. March 1990 | August 1990; Atelier Carlos Duarte | José Lamas; Lisboa. Member of the National Board of Ordem dos Arquitectos, Portugal. Member of the Monitoring Committee for Architecture and Landscape, Portugal. Member of the Monitoring Committee for Housing and Urban Rehabilitation, Portugal.

Order of Architects, member of the Portuguese Architecture and Landscape Monitoring Committee

Nico Steinmetz
Chairman of the Board of Administrators, LUCA Luxembourg Center for Architecture

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_009After attending art school in Luxembourg where he discovered, among other things, geometrical drawing and representation of imaginary objects, Nico Steinmetz, opted for architecture as his vocational choice. At the Institut Supérieur d’Architecture Saint-Luc in Brussels, he discovered this fascinating discipline and, more precisely, the process of dematerializing and designing spaces for people to use. In 1988, Nico graduated from the school and became a teacher there in 1990. Nico was a demanding teacher, constantly raising the question of the meaning of location, for which every space must be motivated, explained and justified. In parallel, Nico began his career as an architect for a Brussels based firm which had been commissioned to design buildings for EC institutions. Back in Luxembourg, he took part in a competition for the conversion of an industrial complex in Hollerich with the architect Stefano Moreno. They won the tender together, starting a fruitful partnership between two talents and a team that was to continue for five years until 1995. It was in 2001 that Nico joined with Arnaud De Meyer and wrote the story of STEINMETZDEMEYER.


Claudia Schwalfenberg
In charge of Baukultur at the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects (SIA), Switzerland

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_037Dr. Claudia Schwalfenberg is responsible for Building Culture at the Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects SIA in Zurich. Current priorities include the topic of Building Culture, the Swiss Squares App with Augmented Reality, and the Wonder Bridge, the future icon of the Swiss Science Center Technorama. Between 2000 and 2007, she was head of communications at the German Chamber of Architects in Berlin. At the same time, she acted as spokesperson for the Council of Building Culture and was deputy chair of the German Cultural Council. Preceding her Berlin days, she worked over three years for the German Foundation for the Preservation of Monuments in Bonn and played an active part in the international poetry festival of the city of Münster. She graduated from the University of Sussex with a Master of Arts in Modern German Studies, earned a PhD in German Studies at the University of Münster, and completed a Diploma of Advanced Studies in Arts Administration at the University of Zurich.

Swiss Society of Engineers and Architects SIA

Lars-Christian Uhlig
Directorate Baukultur, Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning, Germany

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_130Studied architecture in Weimar and Glasgow. From 1998 until 2006 he was teaching architecture at the Bauhaus University Weimar and doing research on housing, urban design and quality of the built environment. This lead him to the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) which is a departmental research institution under the portfolio of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Since 2006 he is managing projects in the unit Baukultur comprising a broad range from publications and exhibitions raising the awareness for a better built environment up to research on methods and strategies for quality assurance in planning and building as well as architectural policies.

Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning

Tiina Valpola
Director, Architecture Information Centre Finland

Olivier_Minaire_Photography_096Tiina Valpola is a Finnish architect and currently director of Architecture Information Centre Finland, a non-profit concern established jointly by five Finnish professional architectural organizations and financed by the Ministry of Education and Culture. She was previously Special Advisor for the National Council for Architecture, with the task of promoting architectural policies at national and municipal level. Valpola’s professional experience ranges from her own architectural activity to the production of international cultural projects and educational programmes. She has also been a board member of various organizations, including the Finnish Association of Architects, the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York, the European Forum for Architectural Policies, and the Architects’ Council of Europe.

Architecture Information Centre Finland