SPEAKERS

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
  • Kotchakorn Voraakhom
    Landscape Architect
    Founder of Landprocess and the Porous City Network


    Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand who works on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in urban dense areas and climate-vulnerable communities.

    Opened in 2017, Chulalongkorn Centenary Park is the first critical piece of green infrastructure in Bangkok to reduce urban flood risk. With on-site water management, the park can collect, treat, and hold up to one million gallons of water, alleviating overwhelmed public sewage during heavy rainfall. In 2020, Thammasat Urban Rooftop Farm, Asia’s largest, was opened. Landprocess, a landscape architecture and urban design firm founded by Voraakhom, repurposed wasted rooftop space to address food and water scarcity in preparation for future climate challenges. In the same year, Chao Phraya Sky Park was realized. Once an inaccessible and incomplete sky railway, the old ruins are now whole, becoming the first realized bridge park to cross a river in any capital city in the world. In 2024, The process of making the government town more humane, The model for low carbon city for the Thailand Government complex is complete.

    Voraakhom received the United Nations’ Global Climate Action Award for nature-based solutions for urban adaptability. She was named one of TIME’s “100 Next 2019,” which lists 100 rising stars shaping the world's future each year, as well as the BBC’s “100 Women” and Bloomberg’s “Green 30 for 2020.” and has been featured in global media outlets including CNN, the Guardian and the New York Times. Voraakhom is a Global Commission on Nature Positive City for the World Economic Forum. She is the chairwoman of the Climate Change Working Group of the International Federation of Landscape Architects. Voraakhom received a master’s degree from Harvard University, and a visiting fellow and design faculty in many universities, including Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania and Washington University in St. Louis.

  • Christophe Girot
    ETH Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus


    Christophe Girot is ETH Professor of Landscape Architecture Emeritus. He received a a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from UC Davis in 1981 and a dual Masters in Architecture and Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1986 and 1988. From 1989 to 1999 he was Chair of Design at the Versailles School of Landscape Architecture (ENSP), and then taught Landscape Architecture from 1999 to 2023 as Full Professor at the ETH Department of Architecture in Zürich. He was Dean of the ETH Department of Architecture 2019-2021. His teaching and research interests span topological methods in landscape design, landscape perception and analysis through sound and media, and contemporary theory and history of landscape architecture. He founded the Institute of Landscape Architecture (ILA) at ETH with Professor Günther Vogt in 2005, and co-founded the Landscape Visualization and Modeling Laboratory (LVML) with Professor Adrienne Grêt-Regamey in 2009. Finally, he helped launch the first Masters of Science in Landscape Architecture in Switzerland at the ETH in 2020 . His professional practice based in Zürich focuses mainly on landscape projects using applied plant knowledge, with advanced 3D topological techniques that contribute significantly to the design of gardens as well as larger sustainable landscapes like the Sigirino mound in Ticino, Switzerland. His publication “The Course of Landscape Architecture” published by Thames and Hudson in 20 16 establishes a link between past and current trends in landscape history and theory.

  • Peter Veenstra
    Co-founder of LOLA Landscape Architects


    Peter Veenstra is a landscape architect and co-founder of LOLA Landscape Architects, based in Rotterdam and Shenzhen. LOLA is an acronym for Lost Landscapes, which is born out of a fascination for the adventurous fringe, poetic leftover space and spontaneous nature. With the office he designed projects like Hongqiao Park in Shenzhen, Park Vijversburg in Tytsjerk, and the Adidas HQ Campus in Herzogenaurach. With self-initiated design research and curatorial work, Peter keeps on working on topics that deserve more attention in the field of (landscape) architecture. Recent research focused on post-disaster landscapes, carbon positive land use, afforestation and climate adaptation in the urban environment. In 2013 he received the Rotterdam Maaskant Prize for Young Architects and the TOPOS landscape award in 2014. In 2022, Peter co-curated the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, titled ‘It’s About Time – The Architecture of Change’. Peter co-wrote LOLA’s first monograph, ‘Lost Landscapes’, and the second in collaboration with Piet Oudolf, ‘In Search of Sharawadgi’.

INVITED SPEAKERS
  • Jala Makhzoumi
    Vice President of IFLA
    Acting President for IFLA Middle East


    She is adjunct professor of landscape architecture, American University of Beirut, and is co-founder of UNIT44, offering consultancies in ecological planning and landscape architecture. In her research and practice, Jala pioneers a holistic approach that mediates community needs with ecosystem health, biodiversity protection and heritage conservation. Her professional expertise includes sustainable urban greening, post-disaster recovery and landscape heritage conservation. In 2019 Jala received the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2021 the IFLA Sir Geoffrey Jellicoe Award 2021 for her outstanding contribution to education and practice.

  • Maria Gabriella Trovato, PhD
    Associate Professor of Global Landscape Studies


    Maria Gabriella Trovato is a licensed Architect and a Landscape Architect with a PhD in Landscape Architecture: Parks, Gardens, and Spatial Planning (UNIRC and the University of Naples, 2003).


    Her most recent research focuses on Landscape in Emergency at the NMBU Center for Landscape Democracy (CLaD), Nordic Network for Landscapes and Welfare, HORIZON 2020 on Migration governance, Women in Scandinavian Landscape Architecture, EuropeAid project on Landscape Assessment and waste management, MEDSCAPES project funded by the ENPI/CBCMED, Landscape Atlas for Lebanon, and on FLRM (Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism) project funded by FAO and MOA.


    She has worked in several countries, teaching landscape architecture at undergraduate and graduate programs, seminars, and design workshops in Europe, Canada, Africa, and the Middle East. She is the chair of the International Federation of Landscape Architects working group Landscape Architects Without Borders (LAWB).


    As an architect practising and teaching landscape design, Maria Gabriella is interested in investigating new forms of urban living in a world of change and fluxing conditions. New challenges, like climate change, depletion of natural resources, conflicts between globalisation and local development, and re-localization of war refugees, are constantly shaping new equilibriums. It urges us to respond to them by investigating and proposing combinations of ecological performance and design culture

  • Gareth Doherty
    Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
    Harvard Graduate School of Design


    Gareth Doherty ASLA is a landscape architect, researcher, and educator. He takes a human-centered approach to landscape architecture, applying ethnographic fieldwork and participatory methodologies to design and theory. His work critically reassesses 20th-century approaches to the observed landscape to advance new pedagogy, tools, and techniques that address contemporary design issues of equity, identity, cultural space, and the human impacts of climate change. Doherty addresses these issues through research on designed landscapes across the postcolonial and Islamic worlds. Through what he terms “landscape fieldwork,” Doherty unravels diverse landscape narratives that have not yet been formally documented as evidenced through his books, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State (University of California Press, 2017), Landscape Fieldwork: How the World Can Change Landscape Architecture (University of Virginia Press, 2024), and his recent fieldwork and forthcoming publications on African landscape architecture.