> The first announcement of international speakers have been revealed, with the full line-up announced in May.

Nina-Marie Lister (Canada)

Founding Principal of PLANDFORM studio with a background in landscape ecology and environmental planning, Nina-Marie’s career has spanned public and private sectors over 20 years, working with developers and designers, policy makers and planners. From the City of Toronto to the Ontario Ministry of Environment to Canada’s National Roundtable on Environment and Economy, her work is known for creative, effective and accessible integration of science and policy with planning and design. Read more.

Dr Pierre Bélanger (USA/Canada)

Associate Professor of Urbanism, Landscape, and Ecology at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Pierre was the Curator & Director for the controversial Canada Pavilion and Exhibition “EXTRACTION” at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale (@1partperbillion). In collaboration with a range of creators and scholars, he is currently completing an edited volume titled “EXTRACTION EMPIRE”, profiling the scales, states, spaces, and systems of Canada as the largest extraction nation on the planet. Read more.

Hillary Brown (USA)

Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, and former Assistant Commissioner, Hillary founded New York City’s Office of Sustainable Design in 1997, developing its High Performance Building and High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines. Since 2001, her consulting practice, New Civic Works, has engaged public and institutional clients in greening their capital programs. Read more.

Prof Jeff Hou (USA)

Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Washington, Jeff’s research, teaching, and practice focus on community design, design activism, cross-cultural learning, and engagement of marginalized communities in planning, design, and placemaking. In a career that spans across the Pacific, Jeff has worked with indigenous tribes, farmers, and fishers in Taiwan, neighbourhood residents in Japan,villagers in China, and inner-city immigrant youths and elders in North American cities, in projects ranging from conservation of wildlife habitats to design of urban open space. Read more.