2018 Recipients

Sayed Ahmed

Sayed Ahmed

Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany

Sayed Ahmed is a Bangladeshi practicing architect and academician. He studied architecture from SUST; Sylhet. He was lecturer in the department of architecture, Bangladesh University, Dhaka. He successfully got his master’s degree at Monumental Heritage with DAAD scholarship from Anhalt University of applied sciences, Bauhuas of Dessau, Germany. He specializes design, art appreciation, cultural studies, art philosophy, architectural history, urban collective memory, material and climatic issues regarding vernacular architecture and so on. He has already published articles from several journals around the globe which include countries like UK, USA, Austria, Australia, Nigeria, India, China and Indonesia. He is also in editorial board of ATINAR journal, Greece and CHITROLEKHA journal, India. His recent study published from the largest platform of Asian architects, ARCASIA’s 19th forum.

Anna Kovacs-Gyori

Anna Kovacs-Gyori

University of Salzberg, Austria

Anna Kovacs-Gyori studied Geography with a specialization in GIS at the University of Szeged, Hungary, where she obtained her master’s degree in 2015. Currently, she is a third-year PhD student under the supervision of Professor Thomas Blaschke and Assistant Professor Bernd Resch at the department of geoinformatics– Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria. The research interest of Kovacs-Gyori lies in understanding how urban form and functions along with various socio-economic factors define and affect the livability of a place. The research is performed through the investigation of the person-environment relationship from various aspects, mostly by applying GIS and spatiotemporal analysis methods.

Le Na Tran

Le Na Tran

The University of Kitakyushu, Japan

Le Na Tran is an architect – master student of architecture in The University of Kitakyushu, Japan. She is the recipient of Japanese Government Scholarship (MEXT), member of SUW program in her graduate school, she completed the education program for Energy and Environment Leader in Environmental Cities that was fully funded by JASSO – Japan and received four international architectural design competitions in Japan and India. Her research topic is “Localization” – architectural spaces response to behavior of the locals and her current study focus on Energy use response to residential lifestyle in Japanese Smart Community.

Donna Carmichael

Donna Carmichael

London School of Economics, United Kingdom

Donna Carmichael is a PhD research student at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Her research examines spatial and economic inequality in mid-sized deindustrialized British cities with particular focus on the impact of inequality on marginalized communities. In an environment of surging levels of economic and spatial inequality, her research examines the lived experiences of deprived communities and individuals in these times of punishing austerity in Britain. Donna holds a bachelor of science degree from University of Toronto, master of business administration (MBA) from York University in Toronto, and a post-graduate certificate in regional and local economic development from the University of Dundee in Scotland.

Fujie Rao

Fujie Rao

University of Melbourne, Australia

Fujie Rao is a PhD candidate (urban design) at the University of Melbourne. He applies the theories of ‘assemblage’, urbanity, and retail resilience in exploring the design, planning, and transformation of shopping centres worldwide. He has published on such topics in refereed journals such as Urban Studies, Cities, and the Journal of Urban Design. His current work covers three strands of study: 1) the typomorphology of the synergies between different retail types, 2) how such retail synergies can foster a strong urbanity in a resilient way, and 3) the socio-spatial impacts of the rise of online retailing on urban shopping.

Gemma Searle

Gemma Searle

University of California, Berkeley, United States

Gemma Searle is a student of geography at the University of California, Berkeley. Her work focuses on land use, remediation, and capitalism. Her specific focus on remediation deals with the environmental impact and financial legacy of historic mercury mining in Northern California. She is also a documentary filmmaker with Storyforeveryone.org, chronicling the stories of local people. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Synthia Angelina

Synthia Angelina

RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Synthia Angelina is currently a doctoral candidate in the institute of urban and transportation planning at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She obtained her MSc in transportation system and B.Eng in civil engineering at Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia. During her studies, she received some awards and scholarships. Her research interests revolve around the area of urban transportation management, urban transportation policy, sustainable development, strategic planning method and urban planning issues, especially in developing countries. Her current research focuses on the sustainable transportation planning and strategies to improve urban mobility.

Nastaran Peimani

Nastaran Peimani

Cardiff University, United Kingdom

Nastaran Peimani is a lecturer in urban design at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. She has previously served as a research assistant in urban design at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on the urban design of transit nodes, urban morphology, social behavior in public space, informality and urban mapping.

William Westgard-Cruice

William Westgard-Cruice

Utrecht University, Netherlands

William is a research master’s student in the graduate school of geosciences at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. With a background in economic history and the geographies of globalisation, he is concerned primarily with questions of housing policy, industrial policy, and uneven development. His dissertation in urban political ecology addresses the transformation of a brownfield site in the North of Amsterdam into a mixed-use neighborhood constructed as a “living lab” for the circular economy. Outside of the world of geography, William is busy researching the role of business schools in the process of European integration from a transnational class agency perspective.

Lukas Peter

Lukas Peter

University of Bristol, United Kingdom

Lukas Daniel Peter is a post-graduate student at the University of Bristol. Having received a BA in the liberal arts and sciences from Utrecht University with a major in philosophy and international relations he now pursues an MSc in human geography. Lukas spent 7 months at the University of California Berkeley and 6 months in Tanzania and wider East Africa through a program of Utrecht University and an internship at Twende, an NGO in Arusha. In his academic work thus far he has drawn from political ecology, phenomenology, process philosophy and new materialism.

Kyla Searle

Kyla Searle

Brown University, United States

Kyla Searle is a writer, dramaturg and educator. Her work has been supported and developed by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Institute for Arts and Civic Dialogue, and the Hemispheric Institute. As a dramaturg she has worked at New Dramatists, La Mama ETC, Soho Rep and Anna Deavere Smith Works; for her work on Daniel Alexander Jones' Duat she received awards from the Kennedy Center and the O'Neill Center. She holds degrees in Urban Studies and Public Health (UCLA), and Interdisciplinary Studies (NYU); she is currently completing an MFA at Brown University.

In Their Words

My team building and communication skills have been tremendously enhanced by serving as a moderator in an interactive international group setting which the conference provided."

Dellarue Howard, 2015 Awardee

I met scholars with different disciplinary backgrounds and nationalities which will definitely be an advantage for my future research initiatives."

Lieselot Verdonck, 2014 Awardee