Christopher Mulenga Nondo is a project manager, registered engineer, quantity surveyor, construction technician, builder, and PhD student. He has supervised building, civil, and mining projects under Anglo American Corporation through Turner and Townsend (Africa); has been associate editor on The International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies; editor of the International Journal on Sustainable Energy Development, and technical planning member of the World Congress on Sustainable Technology-2016. He is a lecturer in The School of The Built Environment at The Copperbelt University in Kitwe, Zambia. He has submitted some components of material behaviour to the World International Patent Organisation.
Joshima V M is a research scholar from the Department of Architecture and Planning, NIT Calicut, India. Prior to this she was a lecturer in architecture at the University of Nizwa, Sultanate of Oman. Her research interests are sustainability in architecture, interior design, and product design. Her current research deals with developing thermal retrofitting techniques for building envelope, to ensure comfortable indoor environment and reduced energy consumption. Joshima’s background spans diverse disciplines like architecture, building physics, interior design, and product design. She is an active researcher with published papers in national and international conferences.
Lauren A. McQuistion is a PhD student in the Constructed Environment at the University of Virginia’s School of Architecture. Her work focuses on art museums and their constituent spatiality as sites for the formation of the “contemporary”. Her research engages the inherent tensions between the various entities and institutions which define “the contemporary”, the spaces which frame these processes, and how the resulting periodization of contemporary artistic production plays a role in our historical understanding of the world. She received her bachelor’s of science in architecture at the University of Virginia and her master’s of architecture at the University of California Berkeley.
Loren is a PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. They received their master’s of environmental studies, with a focus in critical urban theory and planning, from York University. Their work takes a queer approach to complex processes and experiences of change in altered environments within the colonial capitalist city, examining the affective, social, and ethical dimensions of co-existence within more-than-human worlds.
Matt Kleinmann is a doctoral student in architecture at the University of Kansas where he leverages community-based participatory research to empower communities and reduce health disparities in the built environment. Matt is a co-founder of Dotte Agency, a University of Kansas community design collaborative, and currently serves as co-director. Dotte Agency received the 2017 Architectural Education Award for Collaborative Practice by the Association for Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the 2019 PublicScholarship Award from the International Association of Research on Service-Learning andCommunity Engagement. His current research is through Children’s Mercy Hospital where he is exploring participatory design and shared governance with a community-led mobile grocery store.
Dr. Reza Akhavian is an educator, researcher, and industry consultant. He is currently an assistant professor at the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at San Diego State University. He received his PhD in civil engineering (with construction engineering and management concentration) from the University of Central Florida (UCF). He also holds an MS (UCF, 2012) and a BS (University of Tehran, 2010) in civil engineering. He has more than 40 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings. Prior to joining SDSU, he was an assistant professor at the California State University East Bay.
Shadab Shishegar is a research scholar at the University of Hawaii and a PhD candidate in water sciences at INRS-Canada. Her research focuses on smart water systems, real-time control, optimization algorithms, smart cities, and Artificial Intelligence. She is conducting research on real-time control of urban stormwater infrastructures in her doctorate which is dedicated to developing several algorithms for adaptive and sustainable management of urban runoff in presence of climate change. She received her MSc in knowledge integration in mechanical production from ENSAM-ParisTech in France where she designed a relief logistics framework for reliable transportation of injured people affected by a natural disaster. She was honored in 2014 as an Exceptional Talent at the undergraduate level and received several funds and awards from FRQNT-Nature and technology, Mitacs-Accelerate, Mitacs-Globalink, and Venice International University during her academic career.
Sizwile Dlamini is a doctoral candidate and a part time lecturer at the University of Pretoria in South Africa with a background in town planning and real estate. She has extensive experience in research, tutoring, and teaching. She specialises in urban resilience, sustainability, housing, property development, urban real estate, and urban land economics. Sizwile is consistently recognised for her commitment, tenacity, hard work, and fast growth. Her ultimate goal is to become an astute academic. In her spare time, Sizwile enjoys travelling and learning more about different cultures.
I gained unparalleled knowledge from the presentations from other participants while also gaining confidence and encouragement."
The chance to chair parallel sessions and to lead discussions for the talking circles was an excellent learning opportunity."