14th IDC Keynote Speakers

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 and Winfried Brenne.

Alvaro Siza
Born in Matosinhos, Porto, in 1933. He studied in the School of Fine Arts in Porto and worked with the Portuguese architect Fernando Tavora between 1955 and 1958. He taught at the School of Architecture (ESBAP) from 1966-69 and was appointed Assistant Professor of Construction in 1976. He has been a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polythechnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, 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 Porto School of Architecture from Porto University.

Main works:
Among many current designs, 1200 homes were built in Malagueira, Evora, with the designs for the Setubal College of Education, the Porto 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 Porto Modern Art Museum and, recently, a major mixed-use development in Boavista, Oporto. 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.

Main awards:
The Portuguese Department of the International Association of Art Critics awarded him the Prize for Architecture in 1982. He received an Award from the Portuguese Architects Association in 1987. In 1988 he was awarded 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 the Pritzker Prize by the Hyatt Foundation of Chicago for his lifelong achievements. In 1993 he was awarded the National Architecture Prize by the Portuguese Architects Association. Doctor Honoris Causa by the University of Valencia (1992) and by the Ecole Polythechnique Federale of Lausanne (1993).

Juhani Pallasmaa
Born in Hameenlinna, 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.

Main works:
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.

Main awards:
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.

Anne Lacaton
Born in France in 1955. Graduated from the School of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980.
Visiting professor at the University of Madrid, Master Housing 2007-2013, at the EPFL Lausanne, 2004, 2006 and 2010-11, Harvard GSD 2011 & 2015

Jean Philippe Vassal
Born in Casablanca, Morocco in 1954. Graduated from the school of architecture of Bordeaux in 1980.
Worked as urban planner in Niger (West Africa) from 1980 to 1985.
Professor at the UDK in Berlin since 2012. Visiting professor at the TU in Berlin (2007-10), and at the EPFL Lausanne in 2010-11.

Main works:
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, the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Site for contemporary creation, the architecture school in Nantes, the House Latapie, Bordeaux, the “Cite Manifeste” in Mulhouse, social housing, the transformation of modernist social housing estates, as Tour Bois le pretre 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.
contemporary creation, the architecture school in Nantes, the House Latapie, Bordeaux, the “Cite Manifeste” in Mulhouse, social housing, the transformation of modernist social housing estates, as Tour Bois le pretre 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.
Recent publications: El Croquis, 177-178, Monograph, Madrid, 2015, AV, Arquitectura Viva, Monographs 170 “Lacaton & Vassal, Strategies of the Essential”, Madrid, 2014 Lacaton & Vassal, 2G n´60- Editorial GG, Barcelona, 2012, A+U 12:03, n´498, “PLUS, large scale housing development. An exceptional case”, Druot, Lacaton & Vassal, Editorial GG, Barcelona, 2007

Main awards:
Rolf Schock Prize, Stockholm 2014, the Grand Prix National d´Architecture, France, 2008, the International
Fellowship of the RIBA London in 2009, the Equerre d´Argent award 2011, France. Twice finalist for the Mies Van der Rohe Award.

Joan Busquets
Born in El Prat de Llobregat, Spain, in 1946. He graduated from School of Architecture, Escola Tecnica Superior d´Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), University of Technology of Catalonia, in 1969 and received his doctoral degree from the University of Barcelona, in 1975. Joan Busquets headed the Planning Department of the Municipality of Barcelona between 1983 and 1989 and during the preparations for the Olympics in 1992. He was Professor of Town Planning in the School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Barcelona from 1979 until 2002. Since 2002 he has been a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and holds the chair of Martin Bucksbaum Professor in Practice of Urban Planning and Design. In addition, he has participated as a visiting professor in London, Urbino, Rotterdam, Rome, Lausanne, Geneva, and at the GSD, as well as on numerous juries for international competitions.

Main works:
Professionally based in Barcelona since the 1970s, Busquets has participated in strategic urban planning and design for the cities of Den Haag, Lisbon, Marseille, Rotterdam, Singapore, and Sao Paulo – most involving public-private partnerships – having also completed projects for the modern center of Trento, Italy; Villanova, Spain; and for housing in the Maquinista development of Barcelona. In 2002 his team won the International Competition for La Lanterna in Trieste, and the City Center for Nesselande in The Netherlands.
Joan Busquets has published many articles and books, including Barcelona: Evolucion urbanistica de una capital compacta (1992 and 1994), La urbanizacion marginal (1999), The Old Town of Barcelona: A Past with a Future (2003), Bringing the Harvard Yards to the River (2004), Aleppo: Rehabilitation of the Old City (2005), Barcelona: the Urban Evolution of a Compact City (2005), New Orleans: Strategies for a City in Soft Land (2005), A Coruna: A Maritime City in the Port (2006), Cities X Lines: A New Lens for the Urbanistic Project (2007), Cidade Antiga e Novo Projecto Urbano/Old City and a New Urban Artifact (2007).

Main awards:
In 1969 he was a founding member of the Laboratorio de Urbanismo in Barcelona and undertook a long-term study of squatter settlements in Barcelona and other Southern European cities, for which he received the Spanish National Award for Town Planning in 1981, winning the award again in 1985 for his masterplan for Leridas old town. His urban rehabilitation strategy for Toledo, Spain in 2000, and the publication Toledo y su futuro was awarded a national prize and the Premio Europeo Gubbio 2000, and he is presently at work on a similar rehabilitation strategy for the Cuitat Vella (Old Town) in Barcelona.

Winfried Brenne
Born Plauen, Germany in 1942. He studied in Architekturstudium in Wuppertal and Technische Universitat Berlin and graduated in 1975. From 1975 to 1978 he worked in architectural studio Buro AGP in Berlin. Since 1978, he has been a freelance architect in Berlin, working mainly on housing developments, ecological construction and building within the existing fabric.

Main works:
A primary focus of his work consists of condition surveys and the restoration of buildings and ensembles of the New Objectivity movement, including the Hufeneisensiedlung in Britz and other Berlin housing estates of the 1920s. In addition, the restoration of prominent individual landmarks, such as the Muche-Schlememer House in Dessau and the former Federal School of German Trade Union Alliance (ADGB) in Bernau, as well as Schloss Charlottenburg and the German Historical Museum in Berlin. Since 1993 he has been a member of docomomo Germany, since 2000 of the German National Committee of ICOMOS, and since 2006 of the Akademie der Kunste in Berlin. He has published numerous books and articles, notably on the work of Bruno Taut.

Main awards:
During his career Winfried Brenne has received several awards both in his country and abroad including: Builders Prize “Modernization 1997” for Garden City at the Falkenberg, Gartenstadtweg, Berlin-Treptow (1997), Certificate of Recognition Bundeminsterium of Food, Agriculture and Forestry for Brandenburg Nature House (1999), 3rd Rank Prize “Architekturpreis Niedrig Energie Bau” for Okohaus in the Heinrich Boll settlement, Berlin-Pankow (1999) and Clients Prize “Modernization 1999” for Condominium Heinz-Bartsch, Berlin (1999) among others.