Neil Brenner is Professor of Urban Theory at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches classes on critical urban theory, urban political economy and sociospatial theory. He previously taught Sociology and Metropolitan Studies at NYU for over a decade. His most recent book is Implosions/Explosions: Towards a Study of Planetary Urbanization (Jovis, 2013). Brenner directs the Urban Theory Lab at the Harvard GSD (, a research collective that uses the tools of critical urban theory, historical geopolitical economy and radical cartography to decipher emergent patterns of urbanization, dispossession and struggle under twenty-first century capitalism.

Alexander D’Hooghe is associate professor with tenure at MIT and founding partner of the ‘Organization for Permanent Modernity’, a professional firm and think tank for urbanism and architecture, with locations in Boston and Brussels. Currently, he also directs the MIT Center for Advanced Urbanism at MIT, focused on large-scale contemporary design problems. He has published internationally, notably with ‘the Liberal Monument’ (Princeton, Fall 2010) and with recent papers in relevant journals in Germany, Israel, Spain, the Netherlands, Belgium, the USA, etc. His urban designs and analyses have included sites in New York City, Shenzhen, Brussels, Ostend, The Hague, Reykjavik, South-Korea, parts of Russia, etc. With the design office, he develops durable architectures: simple artifacts able to handle complex demands and requirements.

Susannah C. Drake is the founding principal of Dlandstudio architecture + landscape architecture pllc. DLANDstudio received the 2014 New Practices New York award.In 2013 she was awarded the National AIA Young Architects Award, Fellowship in the ASLA and recognized as an Architectural League Emerging Voice. She is currently the Urban Design Fellow for the Design Trust for Public Space, Under the Elevated project. The firm received city, state, national and international design awards from the AIA, ASLA, BSA, and Chicago Athenaeum among others. With grants from foundations and public agencies DLANDstudio redesigns underutilized infrastructure corridors for stormwater capture, climate resilience and park development. Susannah was the Cejas Scholar at Florida International University in 2014 and has taught at Harvard, Syracuse, Washington University in Saint Louis, City College of NY and the Cooper Union. Susannah received a Bachelor’s of Arts from Dartmouth College and Master in Architecture and Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University GSD.  She is a registered architect and registered landscape architect.

Kenneth Frampton studied architecture at Guildford School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture, London. Subsequently he worked in Israel, with Middlesex County Council and Douglas Stephen and Partners (1961–66), during which time he was also a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art (1961–64), tutor at the Architectural Association (1961–63) and Technical Editor of the journal Architectural Design (AD) (1962–65). Frampton has also taught at Princeton University (1966–71) and the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, (1980). He has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University since 1972, and that same year he became a fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York and a co-founding editor of its magazine Oppositions.

Robert Goodman is a Professor Emeritus of Environmental Design at Hampshire College. He has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Architectural Association, London, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture and Planning. He has published three books including After the Planners and numerous articles. He received his B.Arch. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jaime Stein is an Academic, Sustainability Consultant and Urban Researcher with more than 15 years experience in advocating for sustainable communities through community engagement, sustainability planning and policy analysis.  Currently, Ms Stein directs the Sustainable Environmental Systems program at Pratt Institute, a master of science in sustainability studies with a curriculum at the nexus of environmental design, science and policy.  Her academic research focuses on systems thinking integrated with community self-determination, green infrastructure and community based resilience.  She is Co-Director of Pratt Institute’s Recovery, Adaptation Mitigation & Planning (RAMP) initiative, is a founding member of the Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (S.W.I.M.) Coalition as well as theCollective for Community, Culture & the Environment.  In addition to her role at Pratt, Jaime serves on the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Water Infrastructure Steering Committee and is the Mayoral Appointee for the Atlantic Yards Community Development Corporation.

Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design, where he heads the MFA program in Information Design and Visualization. He holds a PhD in Urban Planning from MIT, and degrees from the MIT Media Lab and UT Vienna. His research focuses on the role of data representations in urban governance and civic discourse. Dietmar published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics. His artistic work has been exhibited internationally in venues including the Centre Georges Pompidou, Sundance and the Hong Kong International Film Festival. His awards include the first price in the NSF Visualization Challenge, the MIT DUSP Outstanding Dissertation Award, the Paper of the Year Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association, the Jury Award at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the Art Directors Club Silver Award, and awards from File São Paulo, Ars Electronica and Transmediale.

George Price is a long time member of the National Park Service starting in 1973 as a summer seasonal at Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey while he was teaching school.  Working for the NPS full time, he has spent the majority of his career in Massachusetts at Minute Man in Concord and Lexington, Lowell, Boston Harbor Islands and the former North Atlantic Regional Office.  He has been the superintendent of the Cape Cod National Seashore since February of 2005.

Mark Adams is a geographic Information Specialist at Cape Cod National Seashore since 1991. Disaster response and temporary assignments in Gulf Islands, Mississippi (Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Response), Staten Island, NY and Sandy Hook NJ (Hurricane Sandy Response), Grand Teton and Yosemite National Parks (detail assignments). His research interests range from coastal geomorphology, sediment dynamics, land use to landscape change. He is a painter, videographer and teacher. He has shown work in the Schoolhouse Gallery, Provincetown Art Association, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown and at the Castle Hill Center for the Arts, Truro. His previous experience consists of working as a Land Use Analyst for the Martha’s Vineyard Commission; Mid Wales Landscape Analysis for UK Countryside Commission, Jersey Island Plan, Channel Islands, Land Use Consultants (London, England); Taxonomy and Scientific Illustration of Fishes of San Francisco Bay Delta. He holds an MLA Environmental Planning, BA Ecology, University of California, Berkeley.

Symposium organizers

Tulay Atak is an architect and an architectural historian. Her work focuses on questions of modern urbanism in a global context. She received her professional architecture degree at METU in Ankara, Turkey and pursued her PhD at UCLA. Her dissertation, "Byzantine Modern: Displacements of Modernism in Istanbul," considers the place of Istanbul in the making of modern architecture. Tulay studied critical theory in Paris for a year at the EHESS. In addition to her dissertation, she pursued research in India and Switzerland. She conducted fieldwork in Chandigarh as part of the Getty Research Institute's project on Museology and the Colony. She worked as part of a team of scholars archiving the work of the structural engineer Heinz Isler for the ETH in Zurich. She has curated exhibitions at Cornell and the BSA. Her writing has been published in several journals such as Future Anterior, JSAH, JAE and PMLA, and in several books including Byzantium/Modernism: The Byzantine as Method in Modernity, L'Invention d'un Architecte: Le Voyage en Orient de Le Corbusier, No Touching, No Spitting, No Praying: The Museum in South Asia and The Fragile City. She taught at SCI-Arc, Cornell and RISD and currently teaches architectural history, theory and design at the Cooper Union and Pratt Institute. 
Teddy Kofman Teddy Kofman is an architect based in New York. His academic work includes teaching urban design, thesis, and core design studios at Pratt Institute and The Cooper Union. Teddy completed Urban Forest: Houston,Texas at The Cooper Union, an infrastructure and urban design project which addresses the challenges that major American cities face in negotiating the demand for urban expansion and the preservation of their natural environment. Focusing on performing arts and exhibition spaces, Teddy has designed both independently and at Grimshaw Architects and Pfeiffer Partners Architects. Teddy has also worked with the Architecture Archive at The Cooper Union on several exhibitions and publications including Lessons From Modernism (Monacelli Press, 2014), The Great White Whale is Black (Anthony Candido, 2014), and Thesis at Cooper, 2014 - 2015. Previously he Studied at Tel Aviv University Azrieli School of Architecture.

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