Markus Appenzeller, Netherlands
Markus Appenzeller (*1972) studied architecture and urban planning in Stuttgart and Chicago. He graduated from Stuttgart University in 2003. His diploma focussed on expansion, stagnation and consolidation at the example of the City of Duisburg in the Ruhr Area.
Since the beginning of his professional career Markus Appenzeller has been involved in international large-scale architecture and urban planning and design projects. Markus developed special expertise in the development of strategic regeneration frameworks as well as tactical development and neighbourhood plans.
Markus worked for Munich based Fink+Jocher Architects as project leader and at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam on projects in London, Riga and the UAE. Since 2006 he was working for KCAP Architects&Planners in Rotterdam – first as project leader for a number of masterplans in the London Docklands then as director international projects, responsible among others for the Olympic Legacy Masterplan for London.
Between 2009 to 2011 Markus was a Studio Professor at Berlage Institute Rotterdam.
In 2012 Markus founded MLA+, a practice for architecture, planning and consultancy. MLA+ today employs around 140 people in offices in Rotterdam, London, St. Petersburg, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro.
2013 and 2014 Markus was curator and co-creator of the Post-graduate Master Program „Design of Urban Ecosystems“ Ecosystems“ at National Research University ITMO in St. Petersburg. In 2016 Markus was Diploma Studio Professor at Moscow School of Architecture (MArch). Since 2018 he is heading the Urbanism Department of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.
Markus regularly lectures at architecture schools in Europe and Asia and acts a guest critic and member of competition juries.
Olusola Olufemi, Canada
Olusola Olufemi has over 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and consulting in Urban and Regional Planning in Nigeria, South Africa and Canada. She has made and continues to make contributions to international academic activities through consistent publications in peer-reviewed journals, encyclopedia and book chapter contributions, paper presentations at local and international conferences and leadership roles in international professional bodies. She is involved in mentoring and training young planners, and her focus is on Social and Community Planning specifically in the areas of Community Development, Homelessness, Gender and Food Security in Africa.
Presently she is an Independent Consultant residing in Canada, a member of the Planning Knowledge Exchange of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute and a Research Associate with the Society for Good Health, Sustainable Development and Environmental Awareness, Ibadan, Nigeria.