Committees

CONFERENCE CO-CHAIRS

Mark R. Eischeid is a PhD candidate and part-time tutor in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. His current research focuses on the aesthetics of 20th century American landscape architecture. He has professional experience in engineering geology, landscape architecture, and fine art, and he is a registered landscape architect in California. Mark has lectured about his practice and research as well as exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in Europe, US, Greenland, and Japan.

M. Francisca Lima is a PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. Her research explores the role of open spaces in the future of abandoned urban environments, with Lisbon and Genoa as her case studies. Francisca has collaborated with different landscape design studios and is part of the research group “Landscape, Architecture and Philosophy” at the University of Lisbon.

ORGANISING COMMITTEE

Shahab Zeini Aslani studied industrial design at Iran University of Science and Technology. With five years of professional experience as an interior architect, he has developed an expertise in 3D modelling and rendering. Shahab also has experience teaching SolidWorks, V-ray, 3D-Max and AutoCAD.

Azlina Aziz is a PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. Her research interest on visual impairment and green space focuses on the role of perception and visual memories towards emotional wellbeing. She is a registered professional architect in Malaysia with 12 years of experience in building and landscape design.

Edwar Calderón is a PhD candidate and part-time tutor in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. His research interests lie in urban ecology and urban design, especially in Latin America. Edwar is a licensed architect from Colombia and a member of the Colombian Architects’ Society. He holds a Masters degree in Landscape Architecture and a certificate in Historic Preservation and Regionalism from the University of New Mexico, where he worked as a research assistant, participating in several community development projects.

Antonio Cervera has a BA in Law and a MA in Administrative Law and Urban Planning. He has professional experience managing contemporary art exhibitions in art galleries and within contemporary art fairs throughout Europe, USA and Asia.  He also has extensive experience as an Assistant Curator for international art exhibitions and has collaborated on multiple publications. He is currently a writer for the magazine G&E (Print and Art Edition), an independent curator for contemporary art exhibitions and an assistant manager for contemporary art fairs.

Ana González Chouciño is pursuing an MSc/Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating, and Criticism at the University of Edinburgh. She studied History of Art in Santiago de Compostela, where she worked for five years at the CGAC (Galician Center of Contemporary Art) and collaborated with art magazines. She is interested in places that escape from the established urban and how they become “spaces of possibilities”.

Reyhaneh Mozaffar is a PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research is based on developing design principles for primary school outdoor environments to enhance pupils’ creativity. With a background in industrial design, she has professional experience in interior design, graphic design and landscape architecture. She is a professional painter and has exhibited her work internationally.

Stella Mygdali is pursuing a Masters by Research in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. Her current research focuses on spaces created in the intersecting fields of art and architecture, with a special interest in installation art and the embodied experience of the viewer. Stella has participated in group exhibitions in Greece and Italy.

Dimitra Ntzani is a PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh and a licensed architect. She holds an MSc in Architectural Design, Space + Culture from the National Technical University of Athens. Her current research explores how various metaphorical conceptualisations of memory affect museum architecture and its communication practices. Dimitra has also worked as a museographer for the Museum of Asian Art in Corfu on the design of the permanent exhibition of the Japanese collection.

Lore Said is a PhD candidate in Edinburgh College of Art at the University of Edinburgh. Her current product design research investigates the concept of collapsibility as a new way of thinking for designing systems. She has professional experience as an interior designer and academic experience teaching interior architecture as a reader at Damascus University.

J.Graham Shawcross is a part-time PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh and a Registered Architect. His current research is into Order, Rhythm and Pattern in Architectural Design. Graham has a background in Housing Research and the development of Computer-Aided Architectural Design.

Mei-Lin Su is a PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. Her research work focuses on the network of interlinked green spaces that connects urban dwellers with nature to reshape everyday unhealthy lifestyles in dense cities. Mei-Lin is a national certificated urban planner in Taiwan and has professional experience in landscape architecture, urban design and land development in Asia and Africa.

Rocio von Jungenfeld is a practice-based PhD candidate in ESALA at the University of Edinburgh working on interdisciplinary creative practices and media in public spaces. She tutors MSc courses in design and media at ESALA and is Data Library Assistant at EDINA (Jisc-designated UK data centre). She holds a BA in Printing Media (University of Barcelona) and an MSc in Design and Digital Media (University of Edinburgh), the latter supported by a Junta de Andalucía TALENTIA scholarship.

REVIEW COMMITTEE

Simon Bell
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Suzanne Ewing
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Kenny Fraser
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Justin Hollander
Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, USA
Tahl Kaminer
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Frédéric Pousin
Versailles École du Paysage, France
Eva Silveirinha
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Harry Smith
School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, UK
Penny Travlou
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Vera Vicenzotti
School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, UK
Catharine Ward Thompson
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dorian Wiszniewski
ESALA, University of Edinburgh, UK

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