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Scientific Committee

Note: The Scientific Committee for the symposium is constantly updated with new members. Please visit the website regularly for updated list.


Kheir Al-Kodmany

College of Urban Planning & Public Affairs, University of Illinois Chicago

Dr. Kheir Al-Kodmany is a Professor of Spatial Planning and Urban Design at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). His research and teaching cover a wide spectrum of topics, including vertical urbanism, sustainable design, Geographic Information Systems, visualization systems, public participation, and crowd management. He has published 7 major influential books and over 100 papers. Dr. Al-Kodmany taught for 25 years at UIC and 5 years at UIUC. He secured substantial grants and authored visualization software. Before joining the UIC faculty, Prof. Al-Kodmany worked for the Chicago firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM).


Thomas E. Brock

Associate Professor
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Tom Brock is a licensed architect with over 25 years of professional experience. His work has won numerous design awards including an AIA Honor Award and an Ohio Builder's Exchange Award.​ In addition to his professional practice, he has also sustained a career as a full-time educator specializing in comprehensive design studios and integrated practice. He currently holds the rank of Studio Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he also serves as director of the Professional Practice Program. His work focuses on advanced architectural technologies and effects on design of buildings with a special emphasis on precast concrete building technologies and design. He is also interested in advanced curtain wall design and fabrication. His research focuses on integrated project delivery systems and methods and comprehensive building design education.


Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua

Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Edoarda Corradi Dell’Acqua is a lecturer in the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology where she teaches courses in engineering graphics, architectural design, and high performance building design. She received a Master of Science in architectural engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology after completing a degree in architecture at the Politecnico di Milano. Her work experience in Milan and Chicago includes office, commercial and residential building design with Box Studios and studio Bandello 6, and design integration with dbHMS. Edoarda is also Co-President of the Chicago Architectural Club, which promotes debates within contemporary theory and criticism in art and architecture. Her work McCormick Place Redux has been presented within the Use-Re-Use Adaptive Modernism Workshop at the 2014 Venice Biennale.


Peng Du

Assistant Professor
College of Architecture & Built Environment, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Du is currently an Assistant Professor and Director of both Master of Urban Design (MUD) – Future Cities Program and M.S. in Geospatial Technology for Geodesign at the College of Architecture and Built Environment in Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He has also served in several important roles at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), including Director & Board Member of the Asia Headquarters, and a Co-Chair of the Council’s Academic & Teaching Committee. Dr. Du’s research focuses on net-zero buildings and cities, computational urban design, urban energy modeling, and urban data analytics, incorporating interdisciplinary approaches. His research has received broad media coverage by venues such as Curbed, CityLab, and Smart Cities World. Dr. Du’s current research centers on using data-driven and simulation-based tools to examine the relationships between urban form and environmental and social performance parameters in the context of high-density cities, such as building energy-use intensity, daylight availability, outdoor thermal comfort, visual interest, green space, and solar energy potential. Dr. Du has published several books and numerous peer-reviewed articles, and he is currently co-editing a book titled Sustainable High-Rise Buildings: Design, Technology, and Innovation, expected to be published by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in 2022. Prior to joining Thomas Jefferson University, Dr. Du taught at the Texas Tech University and Illinois Institute of Technology. In addition, he has taught studio modules and organized international workshops at Tongji University in Shanghai periodically. Dr. Du is a LEED-Accredited Professional and WELL-Accredited Professional. He holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.Arch from Tongji University.

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Mahjoub Elnimeiri

College of Architecture , Illinois Institute of Technology

Dr. Mahjoub Elnimeiri is a professor at college of architecture at IIT, Chicago. He is an expert in Expert in the areas of structural analysis and applications of computer technology. Prior to his contributions through teaching at IIT, Dr. Elnimeiri worked at SOM for multiple years and retired as associate partner in 1990 to join the College of Architecture as a full professor. He has contributed in developing and conducting research on the areas of energy and sustainability. Dr. Elnimeiri has been invited as a key-note speaker and has contributed to the field with research publication as well as being peer reviewer on multiple scientific journals. Dr. Elnimeiri founded and has served as the Director of the PhD program in Architecture at IIT from 1996 to 2013.


Paul Endres

Associate Professor
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

As the principal in charge of design, Paul leads a team of architects and engineers to create the quality designs that clients have come to expect from Endrestudio. His goal is to perfect innovative structural concepts appropriate for each project and to work closely with clients to help them develop their projects both nationally and internationally from initial concept to final realization. As a licensed architect and structural engineer in 15 states, with a three decade-long career of creative experiences, Paul has collaborated with the nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and architects Andy Goldsworthy, James Turrell and Enrique Norton among others. His career portfolio spans over one thousand buildings and projects which include public parks, pedestrian bridges, community centers, sciences museums, and education facilities. He has pioneered such structural concepts as the first Catenary ring cable bridge, self anchored ring cable bridge, torquing spiral helix and ziggurat bar stair designs, floating roofs of cable and wood, and record breaking structural glass bridge. He earned acclaim as a winner of the eighth annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program in New York City and led the office to an international victory at the West End Bridge Competition in 2006. He has worked in the offices of Arup and has headed his own firm from 1994 onward. He received master’s degrees in architecture and structural engineering from UC Berkeley, and earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He was the Morgenstern Chair at Illinois Institute of Technology in 2010, 2012 Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Creative Achievement Award and recipient of the National Council of Structural Engineers Association 2013, 2020 Award for Excellence in Structural Engineering, 2014 American Institute of Steel Construction Ideas2 award for the San Diego Main Library Dome and in 2019 for the Helen Diller Civic Center Playground. His work is featured in the cover project of Architectural record’s Houses for 2014, Dwell in 2018 and Structure in 2021. He is past director of technology at the Illinois Institute of Technology where he teaches on architecture and engineering.


Martin Felsen

Associate Professor
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Martin Felsen is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and director of UrbanLab, an architecture and urban design firm based in Chicago. UrbanLab is involved in projects at all scales, ranging from large, urban infrastructural plans to residential, commercial, and recreational projects. Felsen’s professional work blends design and research to produce uniquely progressive, site-specific projects, resulting in a new aesthetic for environmentally resilient architecture, landscapes, and public space. His recent book, titled Bowling, speculates on ways to realign architecture and infrastructure with dwindling natural resources. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Latrobe Prize, the History Channel’s “City of the Future” competition, and many design awards from the American Institute of Architects. Felsen’s work has been published and exhibited widely, including in the 2010 and the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2015 and 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial.


Maria Paz Gutierrez

Associate Professor
College of Environmental Design, University of California Berkeley

Professor Gutierrez is  an innovator in the intersection of architecture and materials engineering and science exploring materials invention from the nano to the building scale. In 2008 she founded her research group BIOMS that has collaborated focused on transforming natural materials multifunctional capacities at the intersection of energy-water-air and culture. Gutierrez’s research and design has been featured in leading scientific and architectural, and public forums including Science Nation and the BBC and recipient of various design awards including the the ACSA Creative Achievement Award, Evolo Skyscraper (Detox Towers) and a semifinalist of the most prestigious award in sustainability design innovation – Buckminster Fuller Award. She is also recipient of various national and international teaching awards including the Sarlo Distinguished Mentorship and the Blue Award at UT Vienna.


Mohammad Heidarinejad

Assistant Professor
Armour College of Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

Mohammad Heidarinejad is an assistant professor in the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering. His expertise include Building science, multi-scale modeling of the built environment, building energy and environmental measurements, energy efficient buildings, building energy simulations, computational fluid dynamics, building control, and sustainable and smart cities. His research interests center around Multi-scale modeling of building energy systems in the built environment to understand relative significance of the heat transfer processes, Energy use patterns classification of the building energy systems to design energy efficient buildings and develop opportunities to retrofit existing buildings, Application of high performance computing for modeling building energy systems in the built environment to design sustainable and smart cities and Monitoring environmental conditions and airflow patterns to quantify impacts of building control on occupants’ thermal comfort and health outcomes.


College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Ron Henderson

Professor Henderson is an international leader in Landscape Architecture design, history, research, and education. His broad range of current research includes: The Driverless City Project, gardens and contemporary urbanism in China and Japan, arboriculture and horticulture practices, botanical drawing, and landscape-based urbanism. He is the author of The Gardens of Suzhou (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013) and numerous articles on landscape architecture and urbanism. His next publication, The Driverless City, focuses on the urban design implications of driverless and autonomous vehicles. Professor Henderson is invited to lecture frequently with recent talks at Harvard University, Tongji University, Beijing Forestry University, Oslo AHO, ETSAB Barcelona, Chiba University, Boston University, DESIGNxRI, US National Arboretum, Dumbarton Oaks, and the Graham Foundation, among others.

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Assistant Professor
College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Hyesun Jeong

Hyesun Jeong, PhD, Assoc. AIA is an assistant professor of urban design at the University of Cincinnati (UC) and a co-director of Orville Simpson Center for Urban Futures. Dr. Jeong’s interdisciplinary research studies the built and cultural environment of global cities. Topics of her research and design studio include arts and cultural placemaking, Main Street, sustainable transit, and ecological urbanism. Prior to joining UC, she previously worked at the University of Texas at Arlington and the University of Chicago. She obtained PhD in Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has practiced at various global design firms, including Goettsch Partners (Chicago), Dominique Perrault Architecture (Paris), and POSCO Architects and Consultants (Seoul). Her research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including Cities and Urban Affairs Review, and book chapters. Recently, her research-design project on green infrastructure received a national award from the American Institute of Architect’s Upjohn Grant Initiative program.

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Barbara Kenda

Affiliate Faculty
School of Architecture+Design, Virginia Tech

Barbara’s interdisciplinary research explores architecture, urban landscapes, preventive medicine, climate and human rights. As a professor or adjunct faculty, she has taught architecture at Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and other universities. She is a former director of education, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment, London; visiting scholar, University of Pennsylvania (History of Science and Sociology - Medicine) and fellow in Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Harvard. Barbara has organized conferences and has lectured internationally, including at Harvard GSD symposium Atmospheres. Among her publications are: Aeolian Winds… (Ed., Routledge); Green Living… (Ed. Et. Al., Rizzoli); “Pneuma in Villa Eolia…” (Peabody Museum, Cambridge) and several others. For her scholarship, design and teaching, Barbara has received: Penfield and Salvatori Awards; grants by Graham, Kress, Delmas and other foundations, Shreve Award for Excellence in Architectural Design (Cornell) and other recognitions. Her degrees include: BA (University of Ljubljana); MA (Cornell); MS, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania).

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Indraneel Kumar

Principal Regional Planner & Interim Assistant Director of Research
Purdue Center for Regional Development

Indraneel serves as a principal regional planner and an interim assistant director of research at the Purdue Center for Regional Development. He has a bachelor’s degree in architecture from VNIT (India), master’s in urban and regional planning from CEPT University (India), master’s in community planning from University of Cincinnati (USA), and a doctorate in transportation and infrastructure systems from Purdue University (USA). In more than two decades of professional experience he has worked on comprehensive planning of large metropolitan areas in Asia and USA, and local and regional economic development programs in various U.S. states. He has been engaged in research funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration, Economic Research Service USDA, Microsoft Corporation, Office of Economic Adjustment Department of Defense, and various state governmental agencies in Indiana.


Luke Leung

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

Luke is a member of the newly minted ASHRAE Carbon Task Force; one of the 3 moderators for the Carbon Leadership Forum MEP Embodied Carbon Community; a co-author of the MEP equipment embodied carbon to manufacturers; Incoming Chair of ASHRAE Environmental Health Committee; a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Fellow; Sustainable Committee with Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat; Part Time Professor at IIT;  Industry Advisor for IN2 Start Up program for National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Luke Leung is a Director of the Sustainability Engineering Studio for Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP.  His work includes Burj Khalifa, the world’s current tallest man-made structure; Multiple times “Excellence in Engineering” award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE);  Selected projects also include Pertamina Tower (Net Zero Supertall), General Motors Global Headquarters, Roche Diagnostic in Indianapolis, Beijing Finance Street, Embassy of Ottawa in Canada, Embassy in Beijing, Lakeside – 55 million sqft low energy development, a LEED Platinum building with the first large scale horizontal wind turbine in the city of Chicago;  etc., and has served as a member of the editorial team for the CTBUH guide Natural Ventilation in High-Rise Office Buildings, ASHRAE “Design Guide for Tall, Supertall, Megatall Building Systems”, among other publications.


Nadia Mounajjed 

Assistant Professor of Architecture
College of Engineering, Abu Dhabi University

Nadia Mounajjed is an assistant professor of architecture at Abu Dhabi University. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield and a M Arch from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. Mounajjed was initially trained as an architect in Damascus where she studied, practiced, and pursued research. She is also a chartered member of the RIBA and an international associate member of the AIA. Her research and creative work investigate body politics, space, and participation in architecture, as well as cultural intersections in art and architectural design. She has over 15 years of academic experience in the Middle East and the UK. During her career, she received several research awards. She also produced and exhibited collaborative design work. She is the editor of Visual Culture(s) in the Gulf: An Anthology (Gulf Research Center, 2016) and the author of several papers and book chapters. 


Hazem Rashed-Ali

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Innovation
College of Architecture, Texas Tech University

Professor Rashed-Ali is an Associate Professor, and the Associate Dean of Research and Innovation at the College of Architecture, Texas Tech University. Professor Rashed-Ali’s current research focuses on sustainable architecture and urbanism with an emphasis on minimizing the negative environmental impacts of the built environment through the design of high-performance, energy efficient, and carbon neutral buildings and communities. He is the recipient of several research grants both individually and as part of interdisciplinary collaborative teams representing more than half a million dollars of research funding. Examples of his projects include conducting a neighborhood sustainability assessment for the City of San Antonio, developing an augmented reality system for the teaching of passive energy and energy efficiency principles, and investigating the energy efficiency potential of historic homes in humid climates. Professor Rashed-Ali’s work was published in prominent national and international conferences and journals. Professor Rashed-Ali is Vice President of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium, an international association of architectural research centers committed to the expansion of research culture in architecture and related disciplines.


Director of PhD Program

College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology

Michelangelo Sabatino is trained as an architect, preservationist, and historian in universities in Canada, Italy, and the United States. His award-winning research broadly addresses intersections between culture, technology, and design in the built environment. From his research on pre-industrial vernacular traditions and their influence on modern architectures of the Mediterranean region, to his current project, which looks at the transnational forces that have shaped the architecture, infrastructure, and landscape of the Americas over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries, he has trained new light on larger patterns of architectural discourse and production.


Antony Wood

Associate Professor & Chief Executive Officer
College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology & Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)

Dr. Antony Wood is Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), responsible for the day-to-day running of the Council. Dr. Wood is also a studio associate professor at the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Chicago, and a visiting professor of tall buildings at Tongji University, Shanghai. A UK architect by training, his field of specialization is the sustainable design of tall buildings. Prior to becoming an academic, Dr. Wood worked as an architect in practice in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and London, between 1991 and 2001. He has been principal investigator for numerous funded research projects.

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