Scientific Committee

Dushko Bogunovich, New Zealand (Chair)

Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture & Planning, Auckland University
Member ExCom ISOCARP 

Dushko Bogunovich is an architect, urban designer, town planner, and academic, with residence in Auckland, New Zealand. He is currently an adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and Planning at Auckland University. Before that, he was the inaugural Dean and Professor of Urban Design and Planning at the Ba Isago University in Botswana. Dushko received his education at the universities of Sarajevo; Belgrade; Cyprus; Pennsylvania; and California/Berkeley. He is a life member of the International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP), and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) the Urban Design Forum (UDF) of NZ. Dushko was twice a Fulbright scholar, has won several urban design competition awards, has received many research and travel grants, and is often invited to keynote conferences and workshops. He has worked as a consultant with UNDP, UNEP, UN-Habitat, and the NZ central and local government. His two books and more than 100 papers and statements over the past 30 years have consistently addressed the subjects of urban-form; metabolism; technology; infrastructure; planning; design; and future. Dushko has travelled widely and has been a visiting scholar or professor to the universities of Oxford, Bologna, Genoa, Wismar, and the Milan Polytechnic. His current research is on the regional city, peri-urbanisation and retrofitting suburbia in the light of the accelerating global climate crisis. Results show that ‘urban sprawl’ is not all bad news. Its low density, coupled with decentralised, clean and green infrastructure, could deliver the Resilient City-Region, a model far superior to the usually argued compact Sustainable City, as we face the disrupted climate of the mid-21st century.

Hendricus Andy Simarmata, Indonesia

Faculty Member at the School of Strategic and Global Studies, University of Indonesia; President of Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners

Dr. Andy Simarmata is a certified urban and regional planner who has 19 years of experience in research, consultancy, and advocacy in the field of sustainable urban development. In the last ten years, he has focused his works to develop an intertwining concept of resilience and sustainability in various urban projects. Mr. Simarmata earned his Dr. Phil (Ph.D.) in Development Studies from one of the leading research universities in Germany, The University of Bonn in August 2016. Following completion of his doctoral studies, Mr. Simarmata has been working for numerous development projects from both international organizations and Indonesian government offices. He also headed the Research Center of Urban and Regional Studies, Universitas Indonesia from 2016-2019. Since November 2019, he has been elected as the President of the Indonesian Association of Urban and Regional Planners (IAP). 

Junyan Yang, China

Professor at the School of Architecture, Southeast University;
Vice-president of Smart City Institute, Southeast University;
Director of Center for Intelligence City, Southeast University

Junyan Yang is a professor at the School of Architecture at Southeast University, and the Vice-President of Southeast University Smart City Institute. He is the fellow of International Society of Built Environment (ISBE), Vice-chairman of urban renewal academic committee of Chinese Society for Urban Studies, Vice chairman of the academic committee on tall buildings and human settlements of Architectural Society of China, and the Editorial board member of Journal of Frontiers of Architectural Research. He researches and teaches the theory, practice, and methodology of urban planning, design and territorial development. Recently, he focuses on the methods and theoretical frameworks based on artificial intelligence, sustainable concept, digital and multi-source big data methods in the urban planning field. He conducted more than 20 urban planning & design projects include master design for large-scale cities and small and medium-sized planning projects with different themes. Meanwhile, he is the Chinese leader in the cooperation research project of the royal society (IEC \ NSFC \ 170606) of the UK. 

Nasim Iranmanesh, Iran

Lecturer at the Islamic Azad University

Nasim graduated from the Azad University of Tehran in architecture and graduated from the University of Tehran in urban design and PHD in urban planning as well. She worked for the municipality of Tehran as consultantwith Bhrc (building & housing research Centre) as a researcher; as well as in Sazvareh no consulting engineers in Tehran as an architect & urban designer. Furthermore, she teaches architecture and urban planning at the Azad University in Tehran. Nasim has some experiences in researching projects in architecture & urban design, as well as in painting and holding individual exhibitions with water colour & oil technique. She wrote several articles and books about urban design & architecture which are published in professional magazines; and presented several lectures about architecture and urban designing in various congresses. 

She is a member of ISOCARP since 2005, as well as of the Society of Iranian urban planners, and of the Institute for Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art in Painting. 

Ulrich Graute, Germany

International Consultant for Sustainable Governance and Management

Ulrich is a German academic, policy analyst, adviser and trainer living in Berlin. He supports international organizations, national governments, regional and local authorities in their international cooperation. For more than 30 years, he is nurturing his wealth of analytical and managerial experience on all policy levels from city halls in Germany to regional authorities in Europe and from national governments in Asia to the Headquarters of the United Nations in New York, Geneva and Nairobi. As senior advisor Ulrich supported the Mayor of Berlin in preparation and during Habitat III. Ulrich supported the development of national development strategies as senior advisor of the UN Secretariat. More recently he worked for UN-Habitat on national urban policies and the IG-UTP Handbook. His PhD thesis analyses multi-level governance and he published on local authorities acting globally. Ulrich Graute ( is Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, AcSS (UK).

Charles-Edouard Delpierre, Belgium

General Manager Urban at TRACTEBEL – ENGIE GROUP

Mr. Delpierre is the General Manager of Business Line Urban at Tractebel ENGIE and member of the Executive Committee. In this role, he drives and coordinates global Urban activities, spanning across the following segments: Urban Design and Development, Mobility and Transportation, Buildings and Complex Structures as well as Environment and Climate Change.

Driven by motto of “Designing better cities and territories, engineering a zero-carbon future”, his particular interests lie in cities and urban ecosystems including ecological transformation (design, finance, built, operation, maintenance of sustainable and better cities); the management of underground infrastructures, including utility tunnels; and the convergence between existing physical infrastructures and new ones (telecoms, digital).

He is also a lecturer and consultant on utility tunnels and sustainable cities at the ITACET Foundation (Foundation for Continuous Education and Training on Tunneling and Underground Space).

Selected as a Young Leader at the World Cities Summit in 2018, he has been a speaker at 60+ conferences on smart & sustainable cities, including the 55th ISOCARP World Planning Congress in Jakarta in 2019. Educated in urban planning at Paris-Sorbonne University, and public administration at Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, France, Charles-Edouard is married and has one daughter.

Jesus Garate, Spain

Professional Planner / Researcher at the San Jorge University

Jesus is a professional planner and researcher specialised in urban regeneration and city visioning with a worldwide experience having participated in projects in Bangladesh, Tanzania, UAE, UK, Spain or Canada among other locations. Before establishing his own practice in Spain, he worked at renowned offices in London such as Zaha Hadid Architects or Broadway Malyan where he developed an interest in design exploration and placemaking. He has successfully completed various masterplan and strategic local/regional projects with a particular focus on the analysis of density, mobility, regeneration and sustainability through GIS technology and scenario design. He is also concerned about rural development and the definition of new networks.

He complemented his background as an architect with a postgraduate Master in Urbanism at a combined program between TU Delft and IUAV Venice. He is currently member of “AOS -Mobility Experience” group at University USJ in Spain.

Juanee Cilliers, South Africa 

Professor and Head of the Urban and Regional Planning Group, North-West University; ISOCARP Cyber Agora Curator

Juaneé Cilliers is a lifelong member of ISOCARP. She is Professor and Head of Urban and Regional Planning at the North-West University (NWU), as well as Leader of the Research Program for Sustainable Planning, Development and Implementation within the Unit for Environmental Sciences and Management (UESM). She holds a 4-year professional degree and Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning (both cum laude), a second Master’s degree in Economics, as well as a Doctoral Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. She is registered as a Professional Planner at the South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN) and a NRF-rated researcher. She is an editorial associate of the accredited Journal for Town and Regional Planning. To date she has supervised 79 final year research projects, 35 MSc students, 15 PhD students and 4 Post-Doctoral Fellows. She has published 45 refereed journal papers, 68 conference papers and 8 chapters in books to date. In 2019 she was the recipient of the South African Teaching Award, a national award for Teaching Excellence. She was also a finalist of the NSTF South32-awards of the National Science and Technology Forum, known as the Science Oscars of South Africa, and finalist of the Woman in Science Awards (SAWISA), awarded by the Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology. She hosted a weekly environmental talk on national radio in South Africa since 2017, and is now also the first Cyber Curator of ISOCARP! 

Ismael Fernandez Mejia, Mexico 

Director General of IFM International Consultancy;
Past-President ISOCARP (2009-2012)

Mexican Architect, Urban Planner, Consultant in Urban Development Projects, and Infrastructure.  President of IFM International, firm devoted to the integration of Urban Development, Infrastructure, Clean Energy and Real Estate investment projects. Former head of the Scientific Committee for the 1st International Congress of Metropolis, basis for the creation of the Metropolis Association now based in Barcelona,  

Member of ISOCARP since 1975, BM Mexican Delegation, ExCo, head of UPATs and Past President (2009-2012). Former, Habitat Professionals Forum Chairman, Member of the Standing and Steering Committees at the World Urban Campaign. In such capacity Member of the Urban Planning Committee in OECD, and representative to UNESCO. 

Strongly involved in Habitat III, producing discussion papers for the Urban Thinkers Campus and for the Zero Draft of the Habitat III Declaration. In this context, he was a member of the expert group for the official Mexican Government Position on Habitat III. 

Kate Holmquist, USA

Principal, WerkSTADT Urban Planning + Development

Kate Holmquist, AICP, M. City Planning, is a Professional Urban Planner and licensed Landscape Architect with expertise in sustainable development, land use planning and environmental policy; and 15 years of international public, private and nonprofit sector planning experience. Working at the nexus of natural and urban systems, she managed public open space development and led community-based planning initiatives at the City of New York; directed development of nonprofit affordable multifamily housing projects; and has been engaged globally in sustainable development as Co-Chair of the 54th ISOCARP International Congress, speaker at UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 7, and as Initiative Coordinator for the International Division of the American Planning Association. In 2019 she founded the planning practice, WerkSTADT, where she leads urban design on mixed-use and affordable housing infill projects in Portland, Oregon, and directs urban research exploring housing access and delivery and the role it plays in community resilience and sustainable urbanization. 

ISOCARP’s Scientific Committee plays a critical role in enabling the Society to represent the city and regional planners in internal and international debates and policymaking, on some of the greatest challenges of our times. The Scientific Committee advises the Board, the Executive Committee (ExCom), the World Planning Congress teams, and other working bodies in the Society on major technical planning issues, with professional and academic integrity and competence.

The aims of the Scientific Committee are:

  • To assist the Society to remain at the forefront of planning thinking and practice.
  • To provide a substantive opinion that helps the Board and the Secretariat to continue to shape ISOCARP’s proactive and progressive agenda of sustainable urbanisation and territorial development.
  • To provide evidence-based analysis that enables the Society to make public contributions to international debates on critical issues related to cities and regions.
  • To support the aims and objectives of the Society as set out in its Constitution.

The current Scientific Committee was established on May 7 2020 and will serve for a 3-year period.

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