Keynote speakers

Indra Kagis McEwen is an architect and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Art History at Concordia University in Montreal.  She is the author of Socrates’ Ancestor: An Essay on Architectural Beginnings (MIT Press, 1993), and Vitruvius: Writing the Body of Architecture (MIT Press, 2003), as well as translator of Claude Perrault’s Ordonnance for the Five Kinds of Columns (The Getty Center, 1993). Current projects include collaboration with the Canadian photographer Geoffrey James on a book about the Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik and a study of Vitruvius and the Renaissance called All the King’s Horses.

Jodi Dean is Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. She is the author of numerous books including, Democracy and Other Neoliberal Fantasies (Duke 2009), The Communist Horizon (Verso 2012), Crowds and Party (Verso 2016) and forthcoming from Verso, Comrade: An essay on political belonging.

Reinier de Graaf is a Dutch architect and writer. He is a partner in the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he leads projects in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. His recent built work includes the Timmerhuis, a mixed-use project in Rotterdam widely recognized for its innovation in ways of working and living, sustainability and cost efficiency; and De Rotterdam, currently the largest building in the Netherlands. Reinier is the co-founder of OMA’s think tank AMO and Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor of Urban Design at the Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge. His book Four Walls and a Roof: The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession was named best book of 2017 by the Financial Times and the Guardian.

Joan Ockman is an architectural historian, critic, and educator. She is currently Distinguished Senior Lecturer at University of Pennsylvania School of Design. She served as Director of the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at Columbia University from 1994 to 2008 and was on the faculty of Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for over two decades. She has also held teaching appointments at Cooper Union, Cornell, Harvard, Yale, and the Berlage Institute. Her book publications include Architecture School: Three Centuries of Educating Architects in North America (2012), Architourism (2005), Out of Ground Zero (2002), The Pragmatist Imagination (2000), and the award-winning anthology Architecture Culture 1943–1968 (1993).

Martino Tattara is a founding partner in the architecture practice Dogma, and Assistant Professor at KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture. After graduating from the Università Iuav di Venezia, he obtained a postgraduate Masters degree at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and a PhD in Urbanism at the Università Iuav di Venezia with a dissertation centred on Lucio Costa’s project for Brasilia. He has taught at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2006-2012) and was the head of research and teaching at ETH/Studio Basel (2012-2015). Dogma has exhibited at the Tallinn Architectural Biennale 2014, the HKW Berlin 2015, the Biennale di Venezia 2016, and Chicago Architectural Biennial 2017. His forthcoming book is titled Living and Working.