Mentors

Markus Appenzeller

Founder of MLA+ (together with Gerard Maccreanor and Richard Lavington). The office combines the long standing experience in Europe with expertise of urban planning, design and working in foreign cultural environments which resulted in some competition-winning projects such as Odintsovo City Center O7 close to Moscow (RU), Guhe isanlan River Regeneration in Shenzhen (CN) and many more. Between 2009 to 2011 Studio Professor at Berlage Institute Rotterdam exploring alternative development models for mid-size European cities. Markus has more than 10 years of professional experience ranging from leading architecture projects to large scale strategic urban planning projects. Currently he is curator of the Post-graduate Master Program „Design of Urban Ecosystems” at ITMO, St. Petersburg (RU). He is lecturing at architecture schools in Europe and Asia and acting as guest critic and member of competition juries. Also member of SBA (Dutch Architect’s Register), Alumni German National Merit Foundation and Alumni of Quandt – BMW Foundation.

Alexander Boakye Marful

Architect and infrastructure planner in FICHTNER GmbH Co.KG, member of Royal Institute of British Architects, associated with Ghana Institute of Architects and African Good Governance Network. Working for Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG he is responsible for project development, master planning, analysis and management of large Solar Power Plants. Prior to that, he had the opportunity to demonstrate his ability to translate his architectonic ideas and concepts into reality, on different projects at the Predios Architects and Urban Designers and Ablakwa Development Ltd. He has special interest in ecologically responsive community planning and development as well as green architecture and buildings.

Christian Horn

Director of Rethink – an urban and architecture design consultancy in Paris – e.g. studying spatial planning of the Paris Metropolis and of a transborder area between Swiss and France or designing an energy efficient office building in Obernau (FR). Prize winner of the French young urban planners award 2007/08. Teacher at the School of architecture in Strasbourg (FR) and regular publisher of texts and articles in various international architecture and urban planning media. Since 2005 Christian became an active member of the association Les Ateliers (Workshops of planning and urban design). He is involved as an expert in different competition jury and seminars in France and abroad and a member of ISOCARP. Registered at the Chamber of French Architects and at the Chamber of German Architects.

Richard Stephens

U.S. National Delegate of ISOCARP and adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon and Marylhurst University with over 30 years teaching experience in urban planning, environmental design, international development and urban resiliency. Since 2008 Stephens Planning & Design LCC West Coast & International has consulted and trained services with focus on creating meaningful and memorable places. Richard Stephens has served as the project planner for more than 200 projects in 25 countries, including award-winning new towns, comprehensive plans and urban design projects.

Oscar Bragos

Professor of Urban Planning at Faculty of Architecture (Rosario National University), director of research projects financed by Scientific and Technical Research National Authority and by Science and Technology Secretary of Rosario National University, president of City Management Institute. Working with CMI team, he specializes in urban diagnosis, urban guidelines and projects of cities and towns of different regions in Argentina, such as Mar del Plata (pop.: 600.000), Posadas (pop.: 350.000), Tucumán (pop: 570.000) and Ushuaia (pop.: 65.000). Working with the Faculty of Architecture team he participates in the development guidelines for Rosario Metropolitan Area and advising small towns of Santa Fe Province in the elaboration of their own urban plans. Researcher in urban policies and urban transformations in Rosario (urban expansion, social fragmentation and new urban model).

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