Keynote speaker
Richard Florida
Author of The New Urban Crisis, University of Toronto

Richard Florida is one of the world’s leading urbanists. He is a researcher and professor, serving as University Professor and Director of Cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, a Distinguished Fellow at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a Visiting Fellow at Florida International University.

He is a writer and journalist, having penned several global best sellers, including the award winning The Rise of the Creative Class and his most recent book, The New Urban Crisis published in April 2017. He serves as senior editor for The Atlantic, where he co-founded and serves as Editor-at-Large for CityLab

Also speaking

Shane Clarke AoU
CEO, Nano Nagle Place

Pat Curran
Principal, St Angela’s College

Ann Doherty
Chief Executive, Cork City Council

Ann was appointed as Chief Executive of Cork City Council in 2014. Cork City Council employs 1200 people and is the only organisation in the city that, as provided for in law, represents, leads and serves the communities of Cork City. As Chief Executive of Cork City Council Ann plays a pivotal role in advancing the physical, economic, social and cultural life of Cork City.

David Flannery AoU
Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

Mary McCarthy
Director, Crawford Art Gallery

The Crawford Art Gallery is National Cultural Institution dedicated to the visual arts. Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Art Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary Irish and international art practice. Mary has recently curated Cork Conversations in collaboration with Cork City Council -a series of talks and workshops focused on generating dialogue on city making.

Kevin Murray AoU
Director, The Academy of Urbanism

Kevin Murray is a highly experienced town planner and urbanist, with over 30 years experience in the fields of planning, regeneration, urban design and economic development. Kevin is a founder Director, and past Chairman, of the Academy of Urbanism and Honorary Professor of Planning at Glasgow University. He is a Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute and was a founding member of the Urban Design Alliance.

David Rudlin AoU
Chair, The Academy of Urbanism

David is a director of URBED, Honorary Professor at Manchester University and Chair of the Academy of Urbanism. In 2014 he was also the winner of the Wolfson Economics Prize. He spent his early career with Manchester City Council and was a founder member of the Homes for Change Housing Cooperative, responsible for one of the flagship schemes in the area. He leads URBED masterplanning work and has been responsible for a series of high profile masterplans across the UK.

Susana Ruiz Fernandez
Architect, Urban Planning Office, City of Bilbao

Susana is Senior Technical Officer at the Urban Planning Office of Bilbao City Council. Previously she was project manager in strategic planning and operations at the Department of housing in the Basque Government. She has a degree in Architecture from the University of Navarra and a Masters in Town Planning and Real State Valuations from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. She is currently studying a degree in Environmental Sciences.

Jeffrey Tumlin
Director, Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates

Jeffrey Tumlin is a principal and director of strategy at Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates, a North American transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility. For more than twenty years, he has led station area, downtown, citywide, and campus plans; his major development projects have succeeded in reducing their traffic and CO2 emissions by as much as 40%, and accommodated many millions of square feet of growth with no net increase in motor vehicle traffic.