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Keynote Speakers

Ann Pendleton-Jullian

Ann Pendleton-Jullian is an architect, writer, and educator of international standing whose work explores the interchange between culture, environment, and technology. She is currently the Walter H. Kidd Professor, former Director of the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. Formerly, she was a professor of architecture at MIT for 14 years and Cornell University for 5 years. Her work and affiliations consistently spans across a tri-continental platform: South America, North America and Asia.

Believing that design has the power and the potential to take on the complex challenges of contemporary life within an emerging global culture, ApJ approaches design practice as a form of exchange between design and ideas, invention and action. Her practice, therefore, includes commissioned work, speculative projects, teaching as research, authored books and papers, exhibitions, seminars, lectures, and forums in which she applies her design expertise to a wide range of complex problems and discussions around complex problems.

ApJ’s projects range in scale and scope from things to systems of action. Notable projects demonstrating this range are: a house for the astronomer Carl Sagan; an award winning prototypical bioclimatic house for Tenerife; a hotel in the remote Nahuel Huapi Park in Argentina; the Highlands Center for environmental arts and sciences on Cape Cod; an award winning competition entry for the New Congress Hall in Valparaiso, Chile; and the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Currently she is working on a project to create a seven village ecosystem for rural craft-based tourism based in Guizhou province, China and an integrated patient centered health care system and facility in rural Ohio.

Within ApJ’s work, writing is a form of reflection and inquiry. It therefore ranges from the analytical and critical to the speculative and visionary. The four themes she consistently publishes on are:

• emergent forms of architecture and urbanism
• game design as a way to tool the mind to work with and design complex emergent systems

• design and education innovation
• architectural analysis and theory about anything that has to do with the intersection of culture, technology and the natural and built environment within a global ecology.

Highly cited publications include: The Road That Is Not a Road and the Open City, Ritoque, Chile (MIT Press ,1996); Design Education and Innovation Ecotones (2009); Games for Shanghai (CA Press Shanghai, 2008); Four (+1) Studios. 7 Papers and an Epilogue (2010); Casas (Ediciones ARQ, 1997); numerous papers and articles. She has most recently finished a manuscript Design Unbound, with co-author John Seely Brown, that presents a new tool set for design within and on complex systems endemic to the 21st century.

In addition to lecturing extensively nationally and internationally within academic and public settings, ApJ has been a TEDx speaker, an invited participant to the Aspen Institute Ideas Festival and roundtables both in the US and abroad and is often involved with the Highlands Forums Group – a cross-disciplinary network of global leaders established in 1995 by the Secretary of Defense to examine questions of emerging interest. ApJ has been invited to participate as a designer in many domains outside of architecture including educational innovation, patient centered health ecosystems, human and economic development in developing countries/regions, and issues of security and international diplomacy.

ApJ has a three year undergraduate major in astrophysics (no degree), a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University. She has taught at Princeton, Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Yale, Tongji University in Shanghai, the Catholic University of Santiago, Chile and is currently the Walter H. Kidd Professor of Architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University, visiting professor at MIT and Presidential Distinguished Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

Title of talk: TBC


Alison Phipps

Alison Phipps is Professor of Languages and Intercultural Studies, and Co-Convener of Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNET). She is a member of the Creativity, Culture and Faith group in the School of Education at the University of Glasgow where she teaches languages, religious education, anthropology and intercultural education and education for non-violence. From 2001 - 2006 she was the Director of the Graduate School for Arts and Humanities at Glasgow, with responsibility for 600 postgraduate students. In 2006 she moved to establish the Graduate School in the Faculty of Education, still at Glasgow, was now Associate Dean (Postgraduate) from 2008 - 2010. In 2011 she was voted ‘Best College Teacher’ by the student body and received the Universities ‘Teaching Excellence Award’ for a Career Distinguished by Excellence. In 2012 she received an OBE for Services to Education and Intercultural and Interreligious Relations in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Her books include Acting Identities (2000), Contemporary German Cultural Studies (ed. 2002), Modern Languages: Learning and Teaching in an Intercultural Field (2004) with Mike Gonzalez, Critical Pedagogy: Political Approaches to Languages and Intercultural Communication (ed. 2004) with Manuela Guilherme and Tourism and Intercultural Exchange (2005) with Gavin Jackand most recently Learning the Arts of Linguistic Survival: Tourism, Languaging, Life (2007). Her first collection of poetry, Through Wood, was published in 2009. She has published widely in the field of modern languages, tourism and intercultural studies and European anthropology as well as in the field of Higher Education Studies. She co-edits thejournal and book series Tourism and Cultural Change and the book series Languages, Intercultural Communication and Education and is editor of the journal Arts and Humanities in Higher Education. From 1999 - 2004 She was Chair of the International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication (IALIC). She is a senior policy advisor to the British Council and was an advisor to the World Council of Churches’ International Ecumenical Peace Convocation from 2007-2011. She is a member of the Iona Community.

Title of talk: When Learning is placed under Siege: Conflict, Creativity and Compassion in Higher Education


Ella Henry

Ella is a Senior Lecturer in Te Ara Poutama, the Faculty of Māori Development within AUT. She has an academic background in Sociology, Māori Studies and Management Studies. Her Masters' thesis focused on Māori women in management. Her PhD focused on Maori entrepreneurship in screen production.

Ella has also been actively involved in Māori broadcasting. During the 1980s, while a member of Auckland University Students' Association, Ella organised the first on-campus Māori film festivals. In 1996 Ella and a group of colleagues formed Ngā Aho Whakaari, the Association of Māori in screen production. She has sat on the Executive Board on many occasions and was the Chair of Ngā Aho Whakaari (2011-2012).

In recent years Ella has worked more directly in Māori broadcasting, as a radio announcer for urban Māori Radio Waatea, presenting a show called ‘Ask Your Auntie’ on Māori Television for three years (2005-2007) and taking a number of other acting and presenting roles.

Ella returned to academia in 2008 for the first time since leaving her post as Head of Puukenga School of Māori Education at Unitec Institute of Technology (2003), after working in business and media for a number of years, to pursue her research and teaching interests. Her experiences in Māori broadcast underpin her PhD study, which explored Māori entrepreneurship in screen production. Ella has published on Maori philosophy and business, careers and indigenous entrepreneurship.

Title of talk: TBC

Geoff Mitchell

Dr Geoff Mitchell is currently the Director of Learning Environments and Technology Services at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) where he is responsible for the University’s information technology and audio visual support services. In this role he is responsible for the University’s IT helpdesk as well as the design, development and deployment of technology in over 300 of the University’s formal and informal learning spaces.

Geoff’s research interests are predominantly focussed on the design and use of virtual and physical learning spaces to encourage greater levels of student engagement with a view to delivering improved student learning outcomes. Since 2004, Geoff has been a partner in an international research project that has developed and implemented a model for benchmarking institutional e-learning maturity that has involved some 40 New Zealand, and United Kingdom higher education institutions. More recently he was the project leader for an Australian Learning and Teaching Council grant which explored issues associated with retrofitting existing university learning spaces: with a view to enabling and discovering cost effective ways to facilitate new forms of student learning.

Prior to joining QUT Geoff was the Director of the University Teaching Development Centre at Victoria University of Wellington, the Manager of the Educational Products and Services at Griffith University, an information systems academic, and an IT professional.

Title of talk: TBC