14th IDC Keynote Speakers
14th International Docomomo Conference, 6 - 9 September 2016, Lisbon, Portugal
DATE: 6/9/2016
docomomo International has the pleasure to announce that the 14the International docomomo Conference -"Adaptive Reuse. The Modern Movement Towards the Future" (Lisbon, 6-9 September 2016) will be opened, on 6th September 2016, by the keynote lecture by Alvaro Siza and Juhani Pallasmaa, through an informal dialogue between the two. Other confirmed keynote speakers are Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal, Joan Busquets, Winfried Brenne, Caruso St John Architects, Rem Koolhaas, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and João Gomes da Silva

Álvaro Siza
- Portugal, 1933
Álvaro Siza studied in the School of Fine Arts in Oporto and worked with the Portuguese architect Fernando Tavora between 1955 and 1958. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-1969 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Construction in 1976. He has been a Visiting Professor at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne(EFFL), at the University of Pennsylvania, at the Los Andes School in Bogota and at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University as Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor. He continues to teach at the Oporto School of Architecture - Porto University.

Among many current designs, 1200 homes were built in Malagueira, Evora, with the designs for the Setubal College of Education, the Oporto Faculty of Architecture, the Aveiro University Library and the Santiago de Compostela University´s Faculty of Information Sciences. Designs include the Galician Museum of Contemporary Art in Santiago de Compostela(Spain), the Oporto Modern Art Museum and, recently, a major mixed-use development in Boavista (Oporto, Portugal). He has been co-ordinating the Schilderswijk Zone 5 Renovation Plan in The Hague (Holland) since 1985, and is drawing up a scheme for blocks 6-7-8 in Ceramique Terrein, Maastricht. He is also supervising reconstruction of the fire-damaged area of Chiado in Lisbon. Other major works include the Praca de Espanha/Avenida Malhoa Master Plan in Lisbon and the design for the Meteorological Centre of the Olympic Village in Barcelona.

The Portuguese Department of the International Association of Art Critics awarded him with the Prize for Architecture in 1982. He received an Award from the Portuguese Architects Association in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded with the Gold Medal for Architecture by the Colegio de Architectos (Spain), the Alvar Aalto Foundation Gold Medal, the Prince of Wales Prize in Urban Design from Harvard University, and the European Architectural Award by the EEC/Mies van der Rohe Foundation (Barcelona). In 1992, he was awarded with the Pritzker Prize by the Hyatt Foundation of Chicago for his lifelong achievements. In 1993 he was awarded with the National Architecture Prize by the Portuguese Architects Association. Doctor Honoris Causa by the Valencia University (1992) and by the Ecole Polythechnique Federale of Lausanne (1993).


Juhani Pallaasma
- Finland, 1936
Born in Hämeenlinna, Finland, in 1936. Graduated from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1966. Finnish architect, educator, and critic, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA. From 1991-98, Pallasmaa was dean and professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. Previously, he served as rector of the Helsinki University of Applied Arts and professor of architecture at the Haile Selassie I University in Ethiopia. He has held visiting chairs of architecture at institutions in the Americas and Europe, including the University of Virginia, Catholic University of America, and Yale University. From 2001-03, Pallasmaa was the Raymond E. Maritz Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University; he has since continued to work with students in the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design’s Helsinki international semester program. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

Pallasmaa’s architectural practice spans projects in urban design; building design; and exhibition, product, and graphic design. His built works can be found in Finland, France, Slovenia, Russia, Ethiopia, and China. In the United States, his design for the Arrival Plaza at the Cranbrook Academy greets each visitor to the historic campus. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Pallasmaa served as director of exhibitions and then as director overall of the Museum of Finnish Architecture, and further as state artist professor. In these roles, he organized, curated, and designed numerous exhibitions of Finnish architecture, planning, and the visual arts for national and international display, along with accompanying exhibition catalogs. Notable among these are The Language of Wood (1987) and Animal Architecture(1995). Pallasmaa is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand(2009), Encounters: Architectural Essays (2006), The Aalto House (2003), Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism(2002), The Architecture of Image (2001), The Villa Mairea (1998), The Eyes of the Skin (1996), and The Melnikov House(1996). The Eyes of the Skin, in particular, has become a standard text in studios and seminars around the world.

Awards for his architectural work include the 2009 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Finnish State Architecture Award, the Helsinki City Culture Award, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Russian Federation of Architecture Award. Pallasmaa is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 1991, he was Finland’s architectural representative at the Venice Biennale. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy.


Rem Koolhaas - Rotterdam, 1944
Rem Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, in 1975, together with Elia, Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. Having worked as a journalist and script writer before becoming an architect, Koolhaas graduated from the Architectural Association in London, and in 1978, published Delirious New York, a Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA and established connections between contemporary society and architecture. At this moment, Rem Koolhaas is heading the work of OMA, as well as AMO - the conceptual branch of OMA, a think tank focused on social, economic, and technological issues. Rem Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University, where he conducts the Project on the City, a research program investigating changing urban conditions around the world. The projects include a study on China´s Pearl River Delta (published as Great Leap Forward), an analysis of the role of retail and consumption in the contemporary society (The Harvard Guide to Shopping), and studies on Rome, Lagos, Moscow and Beijing.

Recently, OMA has completed the Netherlands Embassy in Berlin, a campus center at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, the Prada Epicenter in Los Angeles and the Public Library in Seattle. The Seattle Library was chosen by TIME magazine as The Best Architecture for 2004 and was described by the New York Times as "a blazing chandelier to swing your dreams upon. If an American city can erect a civic project as brave as this one, the sun hasnt set on the West." In April 2005, the Casa da Musica concert hall in Oporto was completed and was already voted as one of the most important concert halls in the world by the New York Times (April 10th 2005). In Asia, work has begun on CCTV — a 575,000m2 headquarters, studio, and cultural center for China´s national broadcaster, China Central Television, in Beijing. CCTV is OMA´s largest building to date, and is to be completed by 2008, in time for the Beijing Olympic Games. Recent AMO projects include a study for the European Commission on the visual identity of the EU, image restructuring for Cond Nast magazines Lucky and Wired, a study on the future of the automobile for Volkswagen, and a study concerning preservation for the city of Beijing. By combining AMO and OMA Rem Koolhaas is seen as one of the most important thinkers of the last decades. Koolhaas has achieved the enviable stature of both cult idol and international celebrity.


Anne Lacaton and Jean Philippe Vassal - France 1955, Marocco 1954.
Anne Lacaton is graduated from the School of Architecture of Bordeaux in 1980. She was visiting professor at the University of Madrid, Master Housing 2007-2013, at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland), 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, Harvard GSD 2011 and 2015. Jean Philippe Vassal is graduated from the School of Architecture ofBordeaux in 1980. He worked as urban planner in Niger (West Africa) from 1980 to 1985. He is professor at the UDK in Berlin since 2012. He was also visiting professor at the TU in Berlin (2007-10), and at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) between 2010-11.

Office Lacaton & Vassal, based in Paris, has an international practice, working on various programs of public buildings, housing and urban planning. The main works completed by the office: a contemporary art center in Dunkerque, thePalais de Tokyo in Paris, Site for contemporary creation, the Architecture School in Nantes, the House Latapie,Bordeaux, the Cité Manifeste in Mulhouse, social housing, the transformation of modernist social housing estates, asTour Bois le prêtre in Paris. All the projects are based on a principle of generosity and economy, serving the life, the uses and the appropriation, with the aim of changing the standard. They were distinguished with several awards, such as: Rolf Schock Prize (Stockholm 2014), the Grand Prix National d’Architecture (France, 2008),  the International Fellowship of the RIBA London (2009), the Equerre d´Argent Award 2011 (France). They were also appointed twice as finalists for the Mies Van der Rohe Award. It can be also highlighted the most recent publications in the framework of their architectural work: El Croquis, 177-178 (Madrid, 2015); AV, Arquitectura Viva, Monographs 170 "Lacaton & Vassal, Strategies of the Essential" (Madrid, 2014); Lacaton & Vassal, 2G n° 60 (Barcelona, 2012); A+U 12:03, n°498, "PLUS, large scale housing development. An exceptional case" (Barcelona, 2007).


Winfried Brenne - Germany, 1942

Winfried Brenne (Dipl.-Ing. Architekt BDA/DWB) studied architecture in Wuppertal and at TU Berlin, where he settled as an independent architect. From 1976 to 1990 he worked together with Helge Pitz. In 1990 he founded his own architectural practise Winfried Brenne Architekten and in 2002 Brenne Architekten Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, together with Franz Jaschke. His practice’s key projects include the reconstruction, restoration and alterations of precious monuments (UNESCO World Heritage Site, historic and public buildings), conceptual work, expert reports of solitaires/monument districts, sustainable and ecological construction.

From 1990 to 1992 he taught at TFH Berlin [1]. He was a member of the Council for the Preservation of Historic Buildings and Monuments Berlin (1996-1999), of the advisory council for the committee for reconstruction Bauhaus Dessau (1995-1999) and chairman of Stiftung Denkmalschutz (heritage foundation) Berlin (2000-2002). Since 2000 he is a member of ICOMOS German National Committee, since 2005 of Federal Foundation of Baukultur (Federal Foundation for the Culture of Building, based in Potsdam), since 2006 of the Berlin Academy of Arts and foundation member ofdocomomo Germany. In 2008 he received the WMF-Knoll-Modernism-Prize (World Monuments Fund/WMF) in New York for rebuilding of former federal school of ADGB, Bernau/Germany. In 2014 he was awarded the Heinrich-Tessenow-Medaille in recognition of his life’s work. Winfried Brenne also works as an author, lecturer and in developing concepts and realisation of exhibitions (focus on Bruno Taut, colour space).

[1] now: Beuth University of Applied Sciences


Caruso St John Architects - Canada 1962, United Kingdom 1959
Adam Caruso studied architecture at McGill University in Montreal. He worked for Florian Beigel and Arup Associates before establishing his own practice with Peter St John in 1990. He taught at the University of North London from 1990-2000, and was Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath from 2002-2005. He has been Visiting Professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, at the ETH Zurich, and on the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics. In 2011 Adam Caruso was appointed Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich.

Peter St John began his architectural studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, completing them at the Architectural Association in 1984. He worked for Richard Rogers, Florian Beigel, Dixon Jones, and Arup Associates prior to establishing his own practice with Adam Caruso. Peter taught at the University of North London from 1990-2000. He was a Visiting Professor at the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio, Switzerland from 1999-2001, and Visiting Professor in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath from 2001-2004. In 2005, he was a visiting critic at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. From 2007 to 2009 he was a visiting professor at ETH in Zurich. He is currently an external examiner at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen and Cardiff School of Architecture, and is a visiting professor at London Metropolitan University.


Joan Busquets - Spain, 1946
Architect, urban planner and Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design at the GSD, Harvard University since 2002 and before at Barcelona UPC-ETSAB. Founder of LUB Barcelona. Head of Urban Planning for the Barcelona City Council in the preparations for the Barcelona Olympics 1992. Urban projects in The Hague, Delft, Geneva, Rotterdam, Toledo, Lisbon and Toulouse among others around the world like Singapore, Shanghai, Ningbo and Sao Paulo. Awarded with the 2012 Paris Grand Prix Spécial de l´Urbanisme (France) and 2011 Erasmus prize (The Netherlands).

Busquets has published many books, including: L’Urbanització marginal (1999), Toledo y su futuro/ Toledo and its Future (2000), Barcelona, Ciutat Vella: un pasado con futuro (2003), Bringing the Harvard Yards to the River (2004),  Six projects for Downtown´s Den Haag (2004), Barcelona: the Urban Evolution of a Compact City (2005), New Orleans. Strategies for a City in Soft Land (2005), A Coruña: a nova ciudade marítima no porto/A Coruña: a maritime city in the port (2006), Cities X-Lines: A new lens for the urbanistic project (2007), Cerdà and the Barcelona of the future, Reality Versus Design (2009), Maastricht Urban Surplus (2009), Shenzhen Designing the non-stop transformation city (2010),Spoorzone Delft-Railway Zone Public Space Design (2010), Joan Busquets -City in layers - Erasmus prize 2011 (2011),Niewe centrum, Nesselande, Roterdam (2011), Dunkerke projet de réaménagent du centre-ville (2012), Innovative Boulevards in Lisbon (2013), World Architecture Magazine n º 272 WA - Designing Urban Architecture: Joan Busquets+BAU/BLAU (2013), Barcelona: the Urban Evolution of a Compact City (2014), Toulouse - Identité et partage du centre-ville (2014).


João Luís Carrilho da Graça - Portugal, 1952
Architect, graduated from ESBAL (Lisbon, 1977), in the same year which he has initiated his professional activity. He lectured at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical Lisbon University (1977-1992). Professor at the Autonomous University of Lisbon (2001-2010) and at Evora University (2005-). João Luís Carrilho da Graça headed the architecture department at both institutions until 2010. He was invited professor at the Higher Technical School of Architecture, Navarra University, in 2007 and 2010. He has been invited to give lectures, seminars and conferences at several international universities and institutions.

Awards given to the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça include: the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Republic (2010); the Portuguese Pessoa Award (2008), the Luzboa-schréder Award (2004); the Order for Merit of the Portuguese Republic (1999) and the International Art Critics Association Award (1992). He was distinguished with the Piranesi Prix de Rome, in 2010, for the Archeological Museum of Castelo de São Jorge (Lisbon), with the FAD Prize, in 1999, and with the Valmor Prize, in 1998, for the Knowledge of the Seas Pavilion at Lisbon Expo ’98. Also, he was appointed for the Mies van der Rohe” Award in 1990, 1992, 1994, 2009, 2010 and 2011.


João Gomes da Silva - Portugal, 1962
João Gomes da Silva is graduated in Landscape Architecture from the Evora University in 1987, and lectured in the same university between 1987 and 1994. Since 2001 he is an invited professor at the Architecture Department of theUniversidade Autónoma de Lisboa. He has also been invited to lecture in several other universities, and he has participated in conferences and workshops, within the scope of Landscape Architecture and Landscape, both nationally and internationally. In 1997, he founded the atelier Global Landscape Architecture with the architect Inês Norton, creating a group that generates landscape theory and space, from the interpretation of the economic, social and contemporary cultural transformations. He has dedicated his professional life, individually or in collaboration, to the critical production of Landscape.

In 1990-91 he was awarded the Schinkel Prize, in Landscape Architecture, with the architects Inês Norton and João Mateus, in Berlin, Germany. With the project for the Public Spaces of the Expo´98 (Lisbon, Portugal), he was awarded with the Prize of the Portuguese Design Centre, in 1999. In 2004, he was awarded with the Valmor Prize of Architecture (Portugal), for the Expo´98 project, in co-authorship with the architect Manuel Salgado. With the SalinasLandscape Project in Madeira, in co-authorship with the architect Paulo David, he was awarded with the FAD Award, in Landscape Architecture (2007); with the International Stone Architecture Award and with the Audience Award in the V Landscape Biennial (Barcelona, 2008). In 2010, with the Cycling Track – Belém_Cais do Sodré segment, in co-authorship with Atelier P06, he was distinguished with the following awards: Red Dot – design Award; SEGD – Merit Award; D&AD-in Book e European Design Awards - Silver Award. In 2010, with the Castelo de São Jorge requalification project, in co-authorship with the architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça, he was awarded with the Piranesi Award.