Invited Speakers

Keynote speakers


Monday 13 July – Opening event




Bill Hillier is Professor of Architecture and Urban Morphology at University College London, the Bartlett School of Architecture and a director of Space Syntax Limited. He was the pioneer of ‘space syntax’ in the nineteen seventies, and authored The Social Logic of Space with Julienne Hanson (Cambridge University Press, 1984, 1990), Space is the Machine (CUP 1996), and over two hundred publications on space and other aspects of architectural and urban theory. Current research interests are in space syntax as a theory of the city, the relation between cities and urban societies, the syntax of generative buildings, the links between objective spatial laws and spatial cognition, and the space syntax paradigm as a philosophical position.



Tuesday 14 July – Plenary session 1




Michael Batty is a Professor at University College London where he is Chair of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA). He has worked on computer models of cities and their visualisation since the 1970s and has published several books, such as Cities and Complexity (MIT Press, 2005) which won the Alonso Prize of the Regional Science Association in 2011, and most recently The New Science of Cities (MIT Press, 2013). His blogs cover the science underpinning the technology of cities and his posts and lectures on big data and smart cities are at . His research group is working on simulating long term structural change and dynamics in cities as well as their visualisation. Prior to his current position, he was Professor of City Planning and Dean at the University of Wales at Cardiff and then Director of the National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA) and the Royal Society (FRS), was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004, was the 2013 recipient of the Lauréat Prix International de Géographie Vautrin Lud., and received the Founders Medal of the Royal Geographical Society this year.





Anna Rose is an architect and urban planner with particular expertise in developing spatial strategies for mixed-use masterplans around transport interchanges. Trained in Aachen and London, she joined Space Syntax in 2002, becoming a partner and Board Director in 2007. In addition to her work in the UK, Anna leads the company’s design and consulting activities in the USA and continental Europe. She speaks regularly at industry and academic events worldwide and is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at University College London. Anna has extensive, international experience in advising both private and public sector clients on large an complex masterplanning projects, with a particular focus on the design of effective human behaviour patterns. Her input targets the optimisation of spatial connectivity for the benefit of pedestrians, cyclists (walkability, safety and conviviality) and local businesses (proximity to footfall, interchange and density of amenity). 



Wednesday 15 July – Plenary session 2




Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age Programme. He is a member of the UK Government’s Independent Airports Commission and a member of Council of the Royal College of Art in London. Burdett was Visiting Professor in Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 2014 and Global Distinguished Professor at New York University from 2010 to 2014. He has been involved in regeneration projects across Europe and was Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the London 2012 Olympics (where he was involved in the selection of designers for many of the Olympic venues) and architectural adviser to the Mayor of London from 2001 to 2006. Burdett was also a member of the Urban Task Force which produced a major report for the UK government on the future of English cities. He is editor of The Endless City (2007), Living in the Endless City (2011) and Innovation in Europe’s Cities (2015). Burdett acts as an adviser to national, regional and local governments on urban issues, and has worked with private companies and architectural practices on the development and framing of urban projects. He was involved in the design competitions for Tate Modern, the Laban Centre, BBC projects in Broadcasting House, White City and Glasgow; the Royal Opera House Open-up project, NM Rothschild & Sons Headquarters in the City of London, the Golden Mede development at Waddesdon, the MAXXI Centre in Rome, the new Integrated transport system in Jeddah and the redevelopment of Penn Plaza in New York City.





Sarah Harvey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management Science & Innovation (MS&I). Before joining UCL, she obtained a PhD in Organizational Behaviour at the London Business School. Sarah’s areas of expertise include creativity, play, group diversity, and dynamic processes in groups. She is interested in how groups identify creative ideas and decide which ideas to pursue, particularly in the context of cross-functional and interdisciplinary teams working in science and technology. Her research appears in leading international academic publications including Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Review, Journal of Experimental Social PsychologyResearch in Organizational Behavior, and Small Group Research. She is also on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management ReviewJournal of Organizational Behavior, and Small Group Research. Sarah has developed and taught courses on organisational behaviour, leadership, team effectiveness, negotiations, and research methodology at UCL, the London School of Economics, and London Business School.



Thursday 16 July – Closing event




John Peponis was born in Athens, Greece, 1955. Professor of Architecture, School of Architecture Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. Collaborates with Kokkinou + Kourkoulas Architects. Research-journal publications address the geometric and computational foundations of space syntax; the cognitive and organisational performance of museums, work environments, healthcare environments and environments for learning; design formulation and design languages; urban layout and its functions; spatial cognition. The book Χωρογραφίες, ο Αρχιτεκτονικός Σχηματισμός του Νοήματος (Alexandria Publishers, Athens, Greece) was published in 1997. His research has been funded by the NSF, the GSA, Steelcase, Perkins + Will and Dar al Handasah. Recent papers include: Peponis J, Bafna S, Dahabreh S M, Dogan F, 2015, “Configurational meaning and conceptual shifts in design” Journal of Architecture 20 215-243. Sakellaridi S, Christova P, Christopoulos V, Vialard A, Peponis J, Georgopoulos A, 2015, “Cognitive mechanisms underlying instructed choice exploration of small city maps” Frontiers in Neuroscience 9. Scoppa M, Peponis J, 2015, “Distributed attraction: the effects of street network connectivity upon the distribution of retail frontage in the City of Buenos Aires” Environment and Planning B: Planning & Design 42 354-378.

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