Nezar AlSayyad is Professor Emeritus of Architecture, City Planning, Urban Design, and Urban History University of Berkeley California. He  is a member for the Urban Design Graduate Group (MUD) and the International Area Studies Graduate Group (IAS). He was the Faculty Director of the Center for Arab Societies and Environments Studies (CASES) and for almost two decades he also chaired the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Berkeley leading it to International standing.

Educated as an architect, planner, urban designer and historian, AlSayyad is principally an urbanist whose specialty is the study of cities, their urban spaces, their social practices and their economic realities. As a scholar, AlSayyad has authored and edited several books on colonialism, identity, Islamic architecture, tourism, tradition, urbanism, urban design, urban history, urban informality, and virtuality. He has also produced and co-directed two public television video documentaries: “Virtual Cairo” and “At Home with Mother Earth.” Among his numerous grants are those received from the U.S. Department of Education, NEA—Design Arts Program, Getty Grant Program, the Graham Foundation, the SSRC, and a Guggenheim fellowship. His awards include the Beit AlQuran Medal from Bahrain, the Pioneer American Society Book Award, the American Institute of Architects Education Honors, and the Distinguished Teaching Award, the highest honor the University of California bestows on its faculty.

Dr Tijana Vujosevic, Assistant Professor in History and Theory of Architecture, School of Design, The University of Western Australia.

Born and raised in Belgrade, Tijana spent most of her adult life in the United States. She studied architecture at Yale University (B.Arch. M.Arch, 2002) and architectural history and theory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD, 2010). After teaching at the University of Virginia, USA, she moved to Australia to accept a position at the UWA School of Design. Her main area of research is modernism in art and architecture, with a specific focus on the Soviet Union and communist countries. She especially focuses on the ways the design of the built environment contributes to defining the identity of the modern man and the setting in which he or she lives. She has published extensively on this topic, and her articles have appeared in Grey Room, Journal of Design History, Architectural Histories (Journal of EAHN), and others. Her research monograph, Modernism and the Soviet New Man, has just come out with Manchester University Press.

Dragan Damjanović, associate professor at the Art History Department, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, Croatia.

Dragan Damjanović was born in Osijek in 1978. He studied history of art and history at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb, were he later pursued his academic career. His main research interests are related to the history of Croatian and Central European art and architecture of the 19th and early 20th century. He actively participates in the organization of exhibitions and creation of conservation reports on architectural monuments in Croatia. He published nine books (the latest are Architect Herman Bolléfrom 2013 and Zagreb. Architectural Atlasfrom 2016), and numerous scientific papers. From 2014 he has been heading project Croatia and Central Europe: Art and Politics in the Late Modern Period (1780-1945)funded by Croatian Science Foundation.

Prof. dr Aleksandar Kadijević, Filozofski fakultet u Beogradu, odsek za istoriju umetnosti, SRBIJA

Graduated in 1987 at Art History Dept.of Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade; defended his M.A. degree 1991, and Ph.D. degree 1995 at same institution. From 1989 till now passed all university positions from scientific researcher to full professor. From 1988. till the end of 2016. has published 306 articles and contributions (including 12 books).  Cooperated with scientific journals and institutions from Russia, USA, Romania, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Grecce, Slovenia, Croatia, Spain, Brasil, Hungary and Turkey. Participated on 72 international and national scientific conferences. Among them stand out the conferences in Amsterdam (1996), Ankara (2006), St Peterburg (2007), Bucharest (2008), Ourense (2009),  Zagreb (2011), Sao Paulo, Isparta (2012), Balikesir (2013), San Antonio (2014), Ljubljana, Belgrade, Istanbul (2015), Nicosia, Zagreb, Warszaw, Washington, Budapest (2016). Main editor of scientific ”Journal for Fine Arts of Matica srpska” (Novi Sad, Serbia, 2006-); member of editorial boards of the journals: History Studies (Ankara), The Annual of Belgrade, Heritage (Belgrade), Leskovacki zbornik (Leskovac, Serbia), Novopazarski zbornik (Novi Pazar, Serbia).



Prof. Alraouf is an architect and urban planner interested in research and practice related to architectural, urban, sustainable design and holistic planning. He was a Visiting Scholar at University of California at Berkeley-USA. Alraouf has held permanent and visiting teaching and research positions at regional and international universities. He published more than 90 journal refereed papers, critical reviews, essays, in addition to books and book chapters. Alraouf’s current research interests are: Knowledge-based Urban Development, Post-Carbon Contemporary Gulf Cities, Museums in the Gulf, Urban revitalization of historical districts, Knowledge  and Creative cities. He serves in editorial boards and acts as a reviewer for international journals and conferences. He delivered lectures and presentations in over 25 countries. He is the recipient of number of awards and was selected as member of 2012 Excel campaign at Qatar University. He is currently acts as Head of capacity building, training, research and development unit at Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME). He is also the leader of Green Urbanism and Planning Group at Qatar Green Building Council.


Associate Professor MIHAJLO ZINOSKI, Ph.D., born 17.06.1969 in Skopje, Republic of Macedonia. In September 2011 he publicly presents his thesis at the Faculty of Architecture and received Ph.D. of Engineering Science at “Ss. Cyril and Methodius” University in Skopje. From 2009 up to date Mihajlo Zinoski is lecturing Designing of Public Buildings /2nd master course /4th year, at the Institute for Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture in Skopje, UKIM. Also he is design studio Course Coordinator at the same subject. From January till May 2007, Mihajlo Zinoski was visiting research faculty at the National Faculty of Architecture and Allied Arts, Eugene, Oregon, USA, participant in JFDP program, grant founded by the Department of State, USA. His group project of four authors: “City of possible worlds” exhibited on 10 th. International architectural exhibition on 2006th Venice biennale, Italy received honorable mention in category of national presentation: “for poetic thinking about the urban form, presented with white chalk on drawing table”, jury: Richard Senet, Amin Aga Kan, Entoni Gormli, Zaha Hadid.


Aleksandra Stupar is associate professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, where she graduated, obtained an MSc degree and a PhD degree in architecture and urbanism. She is the author of two books – ‘Grad globalizacije – izazovi, transformacije, simboli’ (‘The City of Globalization – Challenges, Transformations, Symbols’, 2009) and ‘Grad – forme i procesi’ (‘The City – Forms and Processes’, 2016). She was a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society in Graz and the University of Tampere – School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Dr Stupar has published articles and chapters in national and international journals and books focusing on technological, ecological and political aspects of contemporary urban environment and its transformations. 


Prof. dr Guido Cimadomo, Professor of History, Theory and Architectural Design Profesor of urban desig nad architecture, Escuela TécnicaTecnics Superior de Arquitectura, Universidad de Malaga, SPAIN

Guido Cimadomo is lecturer in Architectural History and Composition and Coordinator for International Mobility at the Higher Technical School of Architecture, University of Malaga (Spain) since 2010. He studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Italy, 1998), and holds a Ph.D. In History and Theory of Architecture from the University of Seville (Spain, 2014). Guido is Expert member of the ICOMOS’ scientific committee CIPA for the Documentation of Architectonic Heritage and of UNESCO’s Forum «University and Heritage». He shares the practice of architecture working on the design of cultural and sport facilities and on documentation, rehabilitation and dissemination of cultural heritage with academic research on urban and territorial transformations, on involving community participation for urban and heritage development and broader themes related with the history and theory of Architecture. 


  Prof. dr Laura Verdelli, professor of Urban Planning and design, Universite Francios-Rabelais – Tours, FRANCE

Contemporary processes of protection, heritage and landscape enhancement; Application of cultural, heritage and tourism variables to cultural landscapes, in particular in river cases belonging to several European countries (in particular France, Portugal and Italy) and the Mediterranean area; Territorial arrangements and interconnection with cultural and heritage spaces; Tools, procedures and actors involved in landscaping and heritage planning