Keynote Speakers
Gabriela Carrillo
Architect of TALLER | Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo





Gabriela Carrillo Valadez was graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture at UNAM where she has been an academic since 2003. Since 2001 she has been collaborating with Mauricio Rocha till 2011 when they created Taller | Rocha + Carrillo |.  Among their most representative projects is: School of Plastic Arts and San Pablo Academic and Cultural Center in Oaxaca, Library for blind and visually impaired people in Ciudadela,  recently the Criminal Courts for oral trials in Pátzcuaro Michoacán, the Deans Building School of Commercial Banking, and Cuatro Caminos Photo Museum in Mexico City. In 2016 she worked for the exhibition "The Great Animal Orchestra" at the Cartier Foundation in Paris and the Pavilion for Hermès at the furniture fair in Milan.

She has given lectures, workshops and postgraduates in different universities in Mexico, USA and different countries in South America. Magazines, books and exhibitions nationally and internationally have published and highlighted her work which has been awarded in national and international competitions such as the Biennial of Mexican Architecture, Iberoamericana and Panamericana. In 2012, the Faculty of Architecture from the UNAM awarded them with the Federico Mariscal Chair, the highest recognition of this Maximum House of Studies for professional practice, as well as the Emerging Voices Award in 2014 by the Architectural League of New York. This year she was honored with the international award promoted by English publications: Architectural Review and Architects Journal as "Architect of the Year 2017".


Edna Shaviv
Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Town Planning,
held the Alfred and Marion Bar Chair in Architecture, Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology




Edna Shaviv is a Professor Emeritus of Architecture & Town Planning and held The Alfred and Marion Bar Chair in Architecture Technion - Israel Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture & Town Planning.

She initiated in 1969 research and teaching of CAAD and in 1979 initiated research and teaching of Bio-Climatic & Passive Solar Architecture. Her research activities include developing CAAD tools and design guidelines for Passive and Low Energy Architecture on buildings & City scales. She supervised over 20 D.Sc and M.Sc students and wrote over 150 original papers in professional refereed journals, chapters in books, and conf. proceedings. She was a Founder and head of the "Climate and Energy Laboratory in Architecture", which carried research for different Governmental Offices in Israel.

She honored by the "American Solar Energy Society" with the title: "PIONEER IN PASSIVE SOLAR ENERGY", 2012. and honored by the "World Renewable Energy Network" with the title: "PIONEER IN RENEWABLE ENERGY", 1997.


Alexander Eriksson Furunes                +         Sudarshan V. Khadka
Prinicipal of Eriksson Furunes Architecture           Principal of i.incite, architects



Alexander Eriksson Furunes studied at the AA School of Architecture, UK, before receiving his masters in architecture at NTNU, Norway. With his studio, Eriksson Furunes architecture, he has initiated and completed a series of collaborative projects with communities in UK, India, Philippines, Brazil, Vietnam and China. He is currently doing an Artistic PhD on participative planning, design and build processes at the Norwegian Artistic Research Programme (2016-19). His work is a critical reflection of previous projects as well as an exploration of collaborative placemaking through new projects in both Asia and Europe.  

Sudarshan V. Khadka Jr. is the principal of i.incite, architects. Formerly, he was an associate at Leandro V. Locsin Partners (LVLP) where was in-charge-of multiple projects. He is a member of the curatorial team of the Philippine Pavilion, “Muhon: Traces of An Adolescent City” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. He is driven by the critical search for a modern vernacular and the exploration of the tectonic potential of construction.  

‘Streetlight Tagpuro’ won the Civic and Community Category and the Small Projects Prize at the World Architecture Festival 2017. The project was a direct collaboration between Eriksson Furunes and Sudarshan Khadka, which has developed into other participatory projects since.  


Markus Roselieb
Principal of Chiangmai Life Architects & Construction





Born in Vienna, one of the cultural capitals of Europe, and spending every free time in the Austrian Alps, I was exposed to masterworks of classic architecture as well as to nature’s monuments at the same time. This resulted in an admiration of craftsmanship especially regarding mastering structural challenges, but at the same time wanting to touch the heart and the eye with nature’s free flowing organic forms.

So even after graduating as medical doctor from the university of Vienna in 1992, enjoying and creating spaces became more and more the real focus of life.
Consequently, later when the occasion arose, I started designing and building houses on the side. First in Austria, later in Thailand.
In 2009/10 the opportunity arose to design and build a school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. At that time, I was quite frustrated with the conventional construction materials, as they deteriorate quickly when close to the sea and protect poorly against heat. My proposal to build the school entirely from bamboo and earth was accepted and the journey began. Since then I have set up a company that specializes in the design and construction of bamboo and earth buildings and have designed and built a variety of projects.

My goal is to establish these materials as acceptable construction materials for the customer of the 21st century by combining them with modern design, engineering knowledge and common sense.


Ying Chao Kuo
Principal Architect, Bio-architecture Formosana





Ying-Chao Kuo is the principal architect of Bio-architecture Formosana. With BS degree from National Cheng Kung University and M.Arch from University of California, Los Angeles; Ying-Chao Kuo has also worked for Moore Ruble Yudell Architects & Planners for 6 years prior to founding Bio-Architecture Formosana. Aside from his professional practice, Kuo is also actively engaged in the field of academia as an adjunct professor at the National Cheng Kung University, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National Chiao Tung University. Throughout his extensive career, Kuo has received numerous for his achievement in his design of sustainable architecture, most notably the recipient of the 12th Annual Outstanding Architects Award in 2011.

Co-founded with his partner Ching-Hwa Chang in 1999, Bio-architecture Formosana has become the leading architecture firm of sustainable design in Taiwan with design philosophy focused on the development and implement of design innovation, renewable energy, and environmental sustainability. Bei-Tou Libarary, one of the break-through projects at Bio-architecture Formosana, has become the most published Green building in Taiwan, and also selected as one of the 25 most beautiful community libraries in the world.


Ada Fung
Ex-Deputy Director of Housing (Development & Construction) of Hong Kong Housing Authority, HKSAR





Ms. Ada FUNG, BBS, JP, FHKIA is an Architect by profession. She is an active member in the Architectural field as well as in the construction industry in Hong Kong. In her career as Deputy Director of Housing, she supervises the Development & Construction Division of the Housing Department, overseeing all facets of public housing development work in Hong Kong. Her duties cover overseeing project management, planning, design and contract management, as well as establishing operational policies on procurement, design, construction, quality, performance assessment, dispute resolution, research and development, safety and the environment. She also promotes partnering, value management, risk management, ethical integrity, site safety, corporate social responsibility, sustainable development, community engagement, green building and Building Information Modeling and product certification in the industry. She is the Past President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects (2013 - 2014), past Chairperson of the APEC Architect Monitoring Committee of Hong Kong (2012/13 - 2015/16), and past Chairperson of the Architects Registration Board (2010/11 - 2011/12). She is one of the Directors of the Hong Kong Green Building Council.