Keynote Speakers


Professor Michael Balz born in Berlin,Germany in a Sculptors-family. Studied Organic Architecture HfT Stuttgart. Freelanced architect in Southern Germany. Social, Dwelling-and Administrations buildings. Projects of nets and pneumatic structures in the IL- Institute of Frei Otto. Grand Prix d`Urbanisme,Cannes 1970 Beck-Erlang, Balz, Lünz.Numerous realisations of organic shell buildings together with Prof. Heinz Isler: shells in Stuttgart for Open-air Theatre, Ballett-hall, Musical-hall, Leisure-Center Rust. Organic dwelling prototype Balz`house. IASS executive council 1994-2010.  Redevelopment glassroof of Frei-Ottos experimental tent- building in Stuttgart.  Founding member of IASS Structural-Morphology Group. IASS Tuboi – award for Organic  shells 1992. Researches and publications about Modular Living- cells and Supporting Megastructures with IASS conference Presentations 2003- 2014 at Beijing, Taipeh, Venice, Mexico, Bangalore, Bucarest, Wroclaw, London, Tehran, Brasilia.


Professor Subhamoy Bhattacharya (Suby) holds the chair in Geomechanics at the University of Surrey since October 2012 and is also a visiting fellow at the University of Bristol. He previously held the position of Senior Lecturer in Dynamics at University of Bristol, Departmental Lecturer in Engineering Science at the University of Oxford, Junior Research Fellow of Somerville College (University of Oxford), College Lecturer at Brasenose College and Lady Margaret Hall (University of Oxford). Professor Bhattacharya earned his doctorate from the University of Cambridge investigating failure mechanisms of piles in seismically liquefiable soils.Professor Bhattacharya had many happy years working in the Civil/Offshore Engineering consultancy:Staff engineer and project manager at Fugro Geo Consulting Limited (2003 to 2005), Consulting Engineering Services (I) Limited (now Jacobs).


Professor Tuncer Cakmakli is founder and principal of –TCA-TUNCER CAKMAKLI ARCHITECTS.After Haydarpaşa Highschool in Istanbul he studied architecture in Karlsruhe Technical Üniversıity (KIT) Germany .He graduated with “summa cum laude” with titel” Dipl.-Ing.” In 1992 he transferred his architectural and urban design office to Istanbul. Cakmakli is an internationally recognized architect and educator who has designed and built award winning large-scale urban and commercial projects and innovative educational and diplomatic institutions. Additionally, he also designed and built furniture and interior design projects. Cakmakli was a full-time associate professor of architecture at RWTH Aachen Germany from 1986 to 1992. From 1992 to 2009 he gave lectures in architectural design at the Mimar Sinan University Istanbul as well as design and construction at the Barcelona-Girona /Eskisehir /Skyros/Plovdiv. Cakmakli was educated in architecture at the Technical University Karlsruhe, Germany. In 2013, he taught at CORNELL University –ITHACA NEW YORK


Professor Claudio F. Guerri, born in Rome, Italy, 1947. Graduated in 1973 as Architect at the University of Buenos Aires where he is chairman of the courses in Morphology since 1984, and of the Seminar of Semiotics for the Phd of the Faculty of Architecture, Design, and Urbanism, where he also directs a Research Program: Space Semiotics-Design Theory. Guerri holds board memberships and offices in a number of national and international, scholarly and editorial organizations, including SEMA, FELS, ISIS-Symmetry, IASS-AIS, deSignis and others. There are well over 50 articles of his on the topic of the semiotics of design and two recent books: Lenguaje Gráfico TDE (Buenos Aires: EUDEBA, 2012) and Nonágono Semiótico (Buenos Aires: EUDEBA, 2014).


Professor Koichiro Ishikawa, born Toyama-Ken, Japan, 1959. He obtained Dr. of Engineering of the Toyohashi University of Technology, Japan (1990) and he is a professor at the University of Fukui (since 2006). His academic education gives students in the University of Fukui the following area of application of the programming language Formian: Dynamic analysis model of Japanese building structures such as school gymnasia, sports halls, exhibition halls and so on by means of Formian. Formian for generating shell and spatial structures.Seismic retrofit of buildings such as reinforced concrete buildings, Japanese traditional wooden shrines and timber houses for improving earthquake resistance. Earthquake resistance evaluation of spatial frames.Professor Ishikawa also created ALOSS (Album of Spatial Structures)


Professor. SeungDeog Kim is currently a member of the IASS Executive Council and the SEWC Board.  Also he was the chair of the Organizing Committee of IASS Symposium 2012 to be held in Seoul, Korea, and the President of the Korean Association for Spatial Structures (KASS). He received his PhD from the University of Tokyo in the Department of Architecture in 1991.  He is currently a Professor at the Department of Architectural Engineering of Semyung University in Korea.  Previously he was a doctoral researcher at Institute of Industrial Science of the University of Tokyo in Japan, and a visiting scholar at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics of Purdue University in USA, and at the Department of Civil Engineering of the University of Ottawa in Canada. The majority of his career has focused on the nonlinear analysis of spatial structures, including both the hard and the soft structures, and he has published over 200 scientific papers, engineering reports and articles. In recent years, he is working on a general purpose computational program for spatial structures which has very special functions not only for nonlinear solutions, but also for shape finding, erection procedure, pattern design, checking the structural instability and so on.  Also as an engineering consultant, he has been involving in nonlinear analysis and structural design of many spatial structures.


Professor Carlos Lázaro, born 1966, is Civil Engineer, Doctor in Structural Engineering and Associate Professor at the Department of Structural Mechanics of the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia, Spain. He has designed and assisted the construction of shell structures, urban bridges and spatial structures. His research interests cover computational solid mechanics with emphasis on models for slender rods, the design of movable structures, and the application of fibre reinforced and recycled concrete to structural design. He is currently Vice-President and Chair of the Technical Activities Committee of the International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS).


Professor Dénes Nagy (b. 1951) is a Hungarian-Australian mathematician, professor, Dr. h.c. His research fields include discrete geometry, mathematical crystallography, history of science and technology, theory of architecture. He also has a special interest in art-science relationships. He held professorships not only in his native Hungary, but also at Arizona State University, USA (1986-88), University of the South Pacific, serving the island countries between Hawaii and Australia (1989-1992), Institute of Applied Physics, Japan (1993-2000). In 2001 he was appointed as Honorary Research Professor at the Institute for the Advancement of Research, ACU, Australia. Since that time he spends longer periods in both Budapest, Hungary and Melbourne, Australia. He is also the Founding President of the International Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Symmetry, an international scholarly organization where architects and scientists work together and organizes triennial congresses in five continents since 1989. He is also the co-editor of the journal Symmetry: Art and Science, which attracted many leading scholars, including Nobel-prize winners. He gave invited lectures in more than 20 countries in six languages and has close to 200 publications in English, Hungarian, Japanese, German, Russian, French, Chinese, and Ukrainian, including a joint paper with the legendary Nobel-prize winner Eugene P. Wigner (Princeton) and Edward Teller (Berkeley / Stanford).


Professor Olga Popovic Larsen at present is leading the research/education group of Structures in Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Her research bridges Architecture and Technology, more specifically it is in Advanced Structural Systems, new materials and their application in Architecture/building design. This includes Reciprocal Frames, Gridshells, Tensegrities etc. investigating design and construction aspects. She has published over 60 papers and several books (Conceptual Structural Design: bridging the gap between architects and engineers; Reciprocal Frame Architecture being the best known.) To date she has supervised 12 PhD students and given many invited presentations at conferences and events worldwide.


Professor Muhammad Imran Rafiq completed his PhD in 2005 and started his career as a Lecturer at the University of Surrey. His research focused mainly on the development of a methodology for the integration of data obtained through health monitoring systems within the decision support system of a bridge management system. Imran have since worked on a number of projects in collaboration with Industry and Research councils within the area of Risk and Reliability based maintenance management of deterioration prone structures. Imran have also researched on the spatial variability of the corrosion deterioration process within the reinforced concrete structures. He was the program director for the MSc Bridge Engineering at the University of Surrey. He Joined the University of Brighton as a Senior Lecturer in 2013, and as a Principal Lecturer since 2015. Imran became the course leader for MSc Highway Engineering Management in 2014 at the University of Brighton. Imran is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA) and active member of the International Association of Bridge Maintenance and Management (IABMAS).


Professor Janusz Rębielak born in 1955, in Poland; educated at the Wroclaw University of Technology, head of the Division of Building Structures (1994-2001), then head of the Division of Structures and Building Engineering at the Department of Architecture of the Wroclaw University of Technology (2001-2007), chairman of the Committee for Architecture and Town Planning of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN) of Wroclaw Branch (since 1st October 2006), since 1st March 2008 he is employed as professor at Faculty of Architecture of the Cracow University of Technology, in Poland.The principal domain of his research are numerical methods of design of the space structures including methods of static calculations, so far he published almost 200 scientific papers, including 3 monographs. More information: