Keynote Speakers

Professor Francisco Javier Monclús Fraga
Department of Architecture
School of Engineering and Architecture
University of Zaragoza

Javier Monclús Fraga (Zaragoza, 1951). Degree in Architecture. Escuela T. S. Arquitectura de Barcelona. Catalonia Polytechnic University, 1977.PhD Architecture, Catalonia Polytechnic University, 1985. Former professor at Catalonia Polytechnic University (1980-2005). Chair Professor School of Engineering and Architecture (2009-), University of Zaragoza.  Head of the Architecture Department, School of Engineering and Architecture, University of Zaragoza (2009-2016).
He is author, co-author, editor or coeditor of more than 150 professional and scientific publications on urban planning theory and urban projects: 38 books, 121 book chapters and 50 articles in scientific journals.  Among them: La ciudad dispersa (1998); International Exhibitions and Urbanism. The Zaragoza Expo 2008 Project (2009); Urban Regeneration (6 Vol. 2014-2020); Urban Visions. From planning culture to landscape urbanism (coed. with C. Díez 2018); Ciudad de bloques (with C. Díez 2020).
Director of ZARCH, the Interdisciplinary Journal of Architecture and Urbanism since 2013 and a Member of the Historia Urbana editorial board since 1991 and of the Planning Perspectives editorial board since 1990. He was a member of the International Planning History Society’s council from 1995 to 1998. He has been Convenor of the 11th Conference of the IPHS Conference (Barcelona, 2004). Co-Director (alongside C. Díez) of the II ISUF-H International Conference: Cities and Urban Forms – Transversal Perspectives (Zaragoza, 2018).
Lead researcher of the projects (alongside C. Díez): New challenges for Spanish Cities: modernist mass housing estates legacy and options for their urban regeneration. Specifities and similarities with European models. (UR-HESP), with C. Díez (MINECO BIA20014-60059-R); Architecture and Sustainable Urban Devlopment based on Eco-Humanistic Principles&Advanced Technologies Without Losing Identity (SEHUD), with C. Díez (European Union, 530197-TEMPUS-1-2012-1-IT-TEMPUS-JPCR). Six CNEAI six-year research terms.
He has taught and coordinated numerous courses, seminars and workshops, as well as several Postgraduate Programs. Research stays: Columbia University (New York); University of Westminster (London). Lectures, seminars and guest professor in doctoral courses and international seminars in the following universities: Delft University of Technology, Politecnico di Milano, Columbia University, Universidad de la República (Montevideo, Uruguay), Universidad de Valladolid, Universidad Carlos III (Madrid), Universidad Centroamericana (El Salvador), Universidad Nacional del Litoral (Argentina), Universidade Federal de Bahía (Brasil), Oxford Brookes University (Oxford), Universitat Hamburg (Hamburgo), Academie van Bouwkunst (Amsterdam), Politecnico di Torino; Faculdade de Arquitectura Universidade do Porto.

Professor Robert Saliba
Department of Architecture and Design
Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture
American University of Beirut

Robert Saliba is a Professor at the American University of Beirut (AUB), in the Department of Architecture and Design. Saliba holds a bachelor degree in Architecture from Academie Libanaise des Beaux-Arts, a master in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Paris VIII. He has conducted extensive research on Beirut’s historic formation and postwar reconstruction, and published three reference monographs: Beyrouth Architectures: Aux Sources de la Modernité (Parenthèses, 2009), Beirut City Center Recovery: the Foch-Allenby and Etoile Conservation Area (Steidl, 2004), and Beirut 1920-1940: Domestic Architecture between Tradition and Modernity (The Order of Engineers and Architects, 1998). He has also authored book chapters with Leiden, the Agha Khan Awards, URBAMA, and journal articles with Urban Design International. His area of specialization is colonial architecture and urbanism with a special emphasis on the Late Ottoman and French Mandate periods in Lebanon and Syria.
He is currently researching the paradigmatic changes in urban design education and practice in the region with a focus on postwar Lebanon. He is the editor of a forthcoming book titled: “Reconceptualizing Boundaries: Urban Design in the Arab World” (Ashgate, 2014). He coordinated the graduate program in Urban Planning and Policy and Urban Design at AUB between 2008 and 2011 and was a visiting professor in urban design at the Department of Architecture, Technical University of Damstadt, Germany, in the spring of 2011. As a Chevening scholar at Oxford Brookes University, he conducted postgraduate research on coastal management in the Mediterranean region. He has served as a land use consultant with the World Bank and UN-Habitat on the state of the environment in Lebanon and previously worked as an urban design consultant and a city planning associate at the Community Redevelopment Agency in Los Angeles, California.