Fernando Jerez is an international award-winning architect, designer and educator at UWA’s School of Design. He is interested in a design framework that erases the predefined limits of the traditional building structures for the benefit of the inclusion of technology and society. Dr Jerez finds inspiration working at UWA’s School of Design and describes it as having an inquisitive research culture, thanks to its future-focus, innovation and collaboration between creative disciplines, fostering a mutual learning environment for staff and students. 

Dr Jerez is the founding partner of the award-winning Smar Architecture Studio, which has won more than 20 international awards. Dr Jerez and his team have been appointed to design Lithuania’s new National Science and Innovation Centre, known as Science Island, after winning an international competition comprising 144 teams from 44 countries.

Science Island is an emblematic project for Kaunas, Lithuania, that will showcase recent achievements in science and global technologies, with the aim of inspiring visitors to expand their knowledge and support innovation in these fields. The project will be the flagship building of the city and is expected to open in 2021, ahead of Kaunas’ term as European Capital of Culture in 2022.


  • BA (Hons), MArch(Hons), Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London)
  • PhD (Hons), ETSAM, Technical University of Madrid (UPM)


M.Sc.FRANK JeanD’hondt

Frank, from Belgian origin and currently living in Athens, has master’s degrees in urban geography and territorial lanning, both obtained at Ghent University inBelgium. Frank is Secretary General of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), co- founder of Global Planning Aid, founding member and director of the Territorial Capital Institute, and freelance urban planning advisor for the United Nations and other international organizations.

Since 2005, Frank mainly works with UNagencies in developing and emerging countries including Kosovo, Palestine, Nepal, Afghanistan, Myanmar, China, East Timor, the Caribbean, Laos, Somalia and The Gambia -specialized in national urban policy, metropolitan/city-regional planning, postconflict/disaster planning and participatory visioning and placemaking.

With UN-Habitat he published a book on ‘Visioning as Participatory Planning Method’ and a handbook for the implementation of the International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning, including a new tool to assess and review urban and territorial planning systems at country and city level.

With UNOPS and UN-Habitat he is currently advising Caribbean island-states, Gambia and Somaliland on implementing the New Urban Agenda. With GiZ, Frank is currently advising cross-border planning across the Mekong river in Laos and Thailand and contributing to the Urban Maestro programme on the merits of
soft power urban planning and placemaking.

Frank is also Excellence Assessor of governmental agencies in the United Arab Emirates, including the urban planning functions of Dubai, AbuDhabi and Al Ain.

Frank is currently co-chairing the World Planning Congress Committee for Doha, Qatar 2021. Frank also advises the city-council of Athens on metropolitan planning governance and is guest lecturer at the Athens Harokopio University, the University of Antwerp and the Tilburg Academy of Urbanism.

Frank is socially active on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Wherever he stays of travels, he explores by running.

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University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture

Dr Aleksandra Stupar is full professor at the University of Belgrade – Faculty of Architecture, where she graduated and obtained her magister and PhD degree. 

She has participated in numerous national and international research projects and workshops and published articles and chapters in national and international journals and books focusing on the problems of contemporary cities and their phenomena. Co-author and a member of expert teams of several studies and planning documents.

Dr Stupar is the author of two awarded 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; 2nd edition 2019). She has been a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society (IAS-STS) in Graz (2007, 2011), the University of Tampere – School of Humanities and Social Sciences (2010-2013), as well as the guest lecturer at the Sapienza Università di Roma – Facoltà di architettura Valle Giulia (2006,2008-9) and the University of Helsinki – Faculty of Social Sciences (2019).

Member of ISOCARP (International Society of City and Regional Planners) and its Scientific Committee (2013-16), national representative in AESOP (since 2018).