Cities on the rise speakers

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
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Also speaking

Jas Atwal
Congress Curator
Director, Jas Atwal Associates

Mark Birch
Project Co-ordinator Regeneration, Cork City Council

Ann Bogan
Senior Planner, Cork City Council
Ann Bogan is head of Planning Policy with Cork City Council and leads an interdisciplinary team dealing with Planning Policy, Architectural Conservation, Heritage and Urban Renewal in Cork City. An Urban Planner with over 30 years experience she has led preparation of a number of Cork City Development Plans, Local area plans and the Cork City Centre Strategy. Development of Local Area Plans for the extensive brownfield Cork Docklands is a key priority for the Team at present.
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Angela Brady
Co-founder, Brady Mallalieu Architects
Angela is a Dublin born and educated architect who graduated from Dublin DIT school of architecture, completing with a post graduate scholarship at Kunstakademiet in Copenhagen, then spent a year in Toronto, before coming to London to set up award winning private practice Brady Mallalieu Architects Ltd, with Robin Mallalieu. Their design studio specialises in contemporary sustainable architecture.
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David Browne
RIAI President
David Browne is RIAI President for 2018-2019. He was elected to the RIAI Council and was Honorary Treasurer for 2016-2017. David was made a Fellow of the RIAI in 2001. David Browne is the Managing Partner of RKD Architects, a leading architectural, project management, master planning and interior design company, which specialises in providing services for public and private sector projects across many building types including healthcare, research, education, industrial, commercial and residential development.
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Denise Cahill
Healthy Cities Co-ordinator, Cork City Council

Denise is the Healthy Cities Co-coordinator in Cork City. She has worked as a researcher in the area of Public Health and has been employed in the area of health promotion for 14 years. In recent years she has developed her understanding and commitment to community health promotion and has coordinated the health profile of Cork City in support of World Health Organisation recognition of Cork as a Healthy City.
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Shane Clarke AoU
CEO, Nano Nagle Place

Shane Clarke is the CEO of Nano Nagle Place in Cork City. The charity celebrates the life and times of 18th century educational and social just pioneer Nano Nagle. The heritage museum is set with in 3.5 acres of stunning architecture and landscaped gardens. The centre is home to a number of community education charities and to the new UCC / CIT School of Architecture. NNP is also developing a reputation as a new cultural venue for Cork City – with the beautifully Goldie Chapel playing host to a diverse range of musicians and concerts.
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Simon Coveney TD
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Irish Government
Simon Coveney TD has more than 20 years’ experience in politics and key positions within departments including Communications, Marine & Natural Resources and as Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine. In 2016, he co-chaired the successful Programme for Government talks with different Independent groupings and Fianna Fail. On 30 November 2017, Simon was appointed Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade with responsibility for Brexit.
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Kevin Cullen
Cork City Council

Pat Curran
Principal, St Angela’s College

Pat is currently the Principal of St Angela’s College and was appointed to this position in October, 2011. Since his appointment he has been directly involved and instrumental in school’s building programme, which included the decant of the entire school to temporary accommodation in 2014 and the refurbishment of listed buildings and the construction of new buildings on the original school site on St Patrick’ Hill.
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Ph. Diane Cusack

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.
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Tony Duggan
City Architect, Cork City Council
Tony is an architect who trained at University College Dublin (1977), with a Masters degree in Urban & Building Conservation UCD (1991) and a Masters degree in Urban Design UCD (2011). He is a Fellow of both the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
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Timothy Duin
Interdisciplinary Designer, Arup

Timothy is a hands-on interdisciplinary designer with strengths in micro-urbanism, participatory design, placemaking with an overlapping interest in healthy city planning. His skills as an urban planner can be applied to design and delivery of healthy, sustainable and socially balanced urban environments.
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Dr Nicholas Falk
Executive Director, URBED Trust

Dr Nicholas Falk, BA MBA Hon FRIBA Hon MRTPI is an economist, urbanist and strategic planner. He founded the consultancy URBED in 1976, which now specialises in masterplanning and urban design from the office in Manchester. He is currently Executive Director of The URBED Trust, and was co-winner of the 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize for showing how to build garden cities that are visionary, viable and popular. His most recent commission has been to advise the Greater London Authority Deputy Mayor for Housing on international good practice published as Capital Gains: a better land assembly model for London.
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David Flannery AoU
Director, Scott Tallon Walker Architects

David is a Director of Scott Tallon Walker Architects, a leading Irish firm with 90 years’ of award winning work in Ireland, UK and Internationally. Following extensive experience in Dublin’s docklands regeneration, he established the Cork office of STW in 2004 and has gone on to demonstrate the urban design and tourism potential of Cork Harbour, one of the world’s largest natural harbours, through the masterplanning of both Cobh Waterfront and Spike Island, a former military fortification at its centre.
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Prof Christina Grasseni
Professor of Anthropology, University of Leiden

Cristina Grasseni is Professor of Anthropology and Scientific Director at the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Leiden University. Her research interests lie broadly in economic, political and visual anthropology, focusing on: solidarity economies, sustainability and social contestation (Beyond Alternative Food Networks, 2013); food heritage (The Heritage Arena, 2017) and visual and sensory ethnography (Digital Visual Engagements, special issue of, 2014).
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Ph. Clare Keogh

Lorcan Griffin
Executive Planner, Cork City Council

Lorcan is an Urban Planner and Urban Design professional working with Cork City Council since 2015, having worked in urban and regional planning for the past 15 years. He is currently a member of the Cork City Centre Steering Group, tasked with managing and fostering Cork’s City Centre as the “healthy heart” for the city and wider metropolitan area and region. In more recent years he has also developed his understanding of community and economic development at a city level, through the delivery of “Pure Cork – An Action Plan for the City”, Cork City Local Economic & Community Plan 2015-2021.

Anthony Harper
Executive Planner, Cork City Council

Picture: Clare Keogh

Conor Healy
Chief Executive, Cork Chamber of Commerce

Conor Healy took up the position as Chief Executive of Cork Chamber of Commerce, Ireland in February 2006. Cork Chamber is the leading business organisation supporting and representing the interests of over 1,100 businesses who employ over 100,000 people in the Cork region. Cork Chamber has a mandate to develop and promote policy recommendations that create an enabling business environment and support the region’s economic development as well as the delivery of a range of member focussed services.
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Regitze Marianne Hess
Director, International Affairs, IFHP

Regitze Marianne Hess is the Director of Inter International Affairs for the International Federation for Housing and Planning (IFHP), working with IFHP in various capacities since 2005, now serving as IFHP key coordinator on UN relations and initiatives. At Congress, Regitze will speak about how we can create adequate, inclusive and affordable housing for all.
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Peter Hynes
Chair, LUT Committee at the CCMA

Peter Hynes was educated at Colaiste Einde in Galway and studied Architecture at University College, Dublin, and the University of Virginia. Graduating in 1981, he worked in private practice before joining the Architects Department of Mayo County Council in 1984 becoming head of the Department in 1989. He worked on a range of public buildings, urban design and arts and community based projects throughout Mayo.
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Philip Jackson AoU
Associate, Scott Tallon Walker

Philip Jackson AoU is an Architect and Planner with Scott Tallon Walker Architects in Dublin. His work ranges from small-scale urban infill to large-scale urban masterplans. He is also Chair of the RIAI Urban Design Committee, which is developing the ‘RIAI Town and Village Toolkit’. A key component of the Toolkit is designing for ‘Health and happiness’.
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Imandeep Kaur
Co-founder, Birmingham Impact Hub

Immy Kaur is a Co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, the community work to build a better, more fair city.
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Seán Kearns
Director, Reddy Architecture + Urbanism

Seán Kearns is an architect with over 25 years of experience in architectural and urban regeneration projects in Ireland, Australia, Russia and Qatar. He is currently Director of Reddy Architecture + Urbanism Cork office with responsibility for projects across a range of sectors that include residential, hospitality, leisure, retail, education, technology, health, office, civic and transport.
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Pat Ledwidge
Deputy Chief Executive, Cork City Council

Patrick Ledwidge is Deputy Chief Executive of Cork City Council and also Director of Services for Strategic Planning and Economic Development. From January 2006 to February 2012, he had held the position of Director of Services – Docklands and, prior to 2006, Director of Services – Community and Enterprise since 1999. From 1991 to 1999, he led Cork City Council’s Planning Policy Section. He is Chair of Cork URBAN Enterprises Ltd and a board member of the University College Cork – Shanghai University Confucius Institute.
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Dr Kieran McCarthy
Local Historian and Member, Cork City Council

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.
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Riccardo Marini
Founder, MariniUrbanismo

Riccardo is an architect and chartered town planner with a deep knowledge of developing people-centred solutions. He was born in Pistoia, Tuscany and went on to graduate from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. After working for many years as a senior city officer, he worked as a director with Gehl architects in Copenhagen and founded Marini Urbanismo in 2017.
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Dr Michael Martin

Ph. Matt Kavanagh

Frank McDonald
Writer in Residence, former Environment Editor, Irish Times

Frank was Environment Editor of the Irish Times from 2000 until 2015. He is also author of several books including The Destruction of Dublin. A regular contributor to radio and television programmes, he won the Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism award in 1979 as well as the Lord Mayor’s Millennium Medal and two National Media Awards.
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Paul McGuirk
City Centre Co-ordinator, Cork City Council

Paul is the City Centre Co-ordinator with Cork City Council, focusing on the collaborative development of the city centre between the City Council and local stakeholders. He has worked in the area of local and economic development for over 20 years in Cork, Galway and Dublin. His roles have focused on facilitating the development of partnerships between public, private and voluntary sectors. Paul has a BComm and MComm in Government & Public Policy from University College Cork.
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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.
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Erin O’Brien
Executive Planner, Cork City Council

Philipp Preuner
Project Manager, HafenCity Hamburg GmbH

Philipp Preuner is project manager and assistant to the executives at HafenCity Hamburg GmbH, a city-owned urban development corporation, where he focuses on urban sustainability and innovation issues on a district scale. He graduated from the MSc Resource Efficiency in Architecture and Planning at HCU Hamburg following a double undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Economics in Vienna and Hong Kong.
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Tony Reddy
Director, The Academy of Urbanism

Tony Reddy is an Architect and Urbanist. He is a director of The Academy of Urbanism and Chairman of the international design practice Reddy Architecture + Urbanism. He is a former President of the RIAI. His practice is involved in a wide range of projects including furniture and interior design, complex architectural projects and buildings to major urban regeneration projects. His practice provides a strong design focus and a clear understanding of how people and places interact.
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Pat Ruane
Architectural Conservation Officer, Cork City Council

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.
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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.
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Dr Colin Sage
Chair, Cork Food Policy Council

Colin is Senior Lecturer in Geography, School of the Human Environment, University College Cork where he teaches and conducts research on food systems, environmental policy and civic initiatives for social change. As an academic strongly committed to public engagement, Colin serves as Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council, which he co-founded in 2013.
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Tom Spalding
Local Author and Historian
Tom Spalding is a Cork-based historian and writer and is a PhD candidate in the Dublin Institute of Technology. His previous research has addressed 20th century architecture in Cork, the history of Cork’s national and international exhibitions (with Daniel Breen) and the quotidian details of the cityscape (the fine urban grain of signage and street furniture). His PhD focuses on mid-twentieth century Cork’s houses and pubs. He has a wealth of experience in city tours and looks forward to meeting delegates on this tour.
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John Stapleton
Senior Executive Engineer, Roads and Transportation, Cork City Council

Susie Stirling
Head of Placemaking & Housing, Scottish Government

Susie is the Head of Placemaking and Housing, within Planning and Architecture, at the Scottish Government. She helped to create Scotland’s first policy statement on design called ‘Designing Places’ and is responsible for working with Ministers on policy and advice together with local authorities and house-builders to deliver design outcomes. Working at all scales in design, Susie is inspired by creating efficiencies and quality in the planning system. In particular, she developed a new form of strategic mapping for Scotland’s National Planning Framework.
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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.
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Jeremy Ward
Senior Executive Planner, Cork City Council

Jeremy is an experienced urban planner / urbanist with almost 24 years of experience in the local government sector. For the last 16 years Jeremy has been a key member of the Planning Policy (policy and projects) team at Cork City Council leading projects and contributing to the work of the planning department and the Council as a whole.
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Samuel Williams
Landscape Architect, Arup

Sam is a Wellbeing consultant with a background as both a landscape architect, and artist and graphic designer. He has skills in site survey and analysis, masterplanning and design. At Arup Sam was part of the team putting together the HS2 Landscape Design Approach. He also initiated and co-authored a research project on child-friendly urban planning which has featured in the Guardian, TIME and the Telegraph.
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