Director of Design and Overlay, Expo 2020 Dubai
Samantha is a professional architect, masterplanner and urbanist with 23 years’ experience on large scale international projects including 16 years in Design Leadership roles for the development and delivery of Major Sport Events worldwide. Samantha has held key roles as Overlays Expert, Development Strategist and Delivery Specialist on projects including Dubai Expo 2020, Doha 2020 Olympic Bid, Doha 2011 Asian Football Cup, Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Doha 2006 Asian Games, Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games and the Qatar Sports Venue Master Plan. She was Design Director and co-author of bid files including the Doha 2020 Olympic Bid, the winning bid file for the Qatar 2011 Asian Football Cup and the winning bid file for the 2010 World Indoor Championships in Athletics.
Samantha is the founder of DESIGNSPORT, a Sport Design Advisory Consultancy providing design services to government and private clients involved in the design, development and delivery of major sporting events and infrastructure worldwide including the winning architectural design competitions for the National Stadium of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium ‘Al Thumama’. Samantha haas been recntly appointed President/Chair, International Chapter, Australian Institute Architects
Founder MC A, SOS - School of Sustainability
Hon FAIA, Int. Fellow RIBA
Italian architect Mario Cucinella is amongst the most important architects practicing in Europe today with multiple award-winning international design projects. Not only is Cucinella’s work lauded for design excellence but he is an undisputed global leader in sustainable practices ranging from individual residences to urban master plans. The impact and significance of his work – both social and environmental – achieved in his role as an architect, educator and in service have been recognized world-wide and most recently (2016) by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) who bestowed upon him the prestigious International Fellowship. In 2017 the American Institute of Architects (AIA) awarded him the prestigious Honorary Fellowship. For the 2018 Venice Biennale, Mario Cucinella will be the curator of the Italian Pavilion. Spanning 30 years of practice, Cucinella’s extraordinary work sits in the foreground of a very formative education and internship period. From 1987 to 1992 he worked with world-reknowned Renzo Piano (Pritzker Award 1998) in the Renzo Piano Building Workshop first in Genoa and then Paris. He founded Mario Cucinella Architects (MCA) in Paris in 1992 and later in Bologna in 1999 where he continues to operate today with a staff of 55 architects, engineers and sustainability experts.
Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah
Cristiano Luchetti holds a Master of Architecture from The Pennsylvania State University and a Laurea in Architettura from Universita’ D’Annunzio, Chieti. He is a registered architect with a vast experience in leading the design of large scale projects in residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors in Europe, China, India, Middle East, and Southeast Asia. In addition, he gained over 15 years of experience in teaching architecture for several European and North American Universities. He is currently an Assistant Professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE where he teaches architectural/urban design, professional practice, and drawing courses.
Cristiano was one of the founders of Laboratorio Architettura Nomade, a no-profit association founded in 2004 for the research and diffusion of art and architecture. As a critic, he regularly writes about the architecture and urban development of the Middle East. He is often invited to be a juror for reviews, international competitions, and awards. Cristiano co-curated the Egyptian Pavilion at the 2018 Architecture Venice Biennale. The pavilion was shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2018 Display Built Projects category and won the Honor Award at Cairo Design Award 2018
Founding Director of Desitecture
Former Associate Dean of Architecture at Ravensbourne University, Layton is the founder and director of Desitecture, a research based practice, which has been published internationally for its work on future and sustainable prototypes, with a focus on high density and ultra tall buildings. Desitecture exhibits internationally and the practice’s work is presented at international conferences on a regular basis. He has extensive experience as an external examiner and validator, both in the UK and internationally in architecture, interior architecture and design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and has formerly been a visiting professor of design. Layton is Chair/President of Trustees of the Interior Educators, the national academic subject group, and a vice Chair of the RIBA Schools of Architecture visiting panels. He travels extensively promoting architecture, design and its benefits and the need for greater links and engagement between the public, users and the academy. Layton's work sites itself alongside the debates on the use of technology and the need for the city to reinvent itself and as a result received numerous invitations to present through lectures and presentations internationally including London Culture Exchange 2015, Vertical cities symposium Hong Kong 2013, High density mass housing housing symposium Singapore 2014, MIPIM shortlist 2015 His recent work is showcased in international publications such as Geo, Design Exchange Dezeen,Time. Recent exhibitions include Clerkenwell Design Week 2015Editor of 2 online journals in architecture design and education.
Water Assessment Program
Professor Uhlenbrook is the Coordinator of the UNESCO World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) and the Director of the UNESCO Programme Office on Global Water Assessment in Perugia, Italy, since 2015.
Professor Uhlenbrook’s main expertise includes water assessments, sustainability, hydrological process research and water resources management with focus on developing solutions for pressing water challenges. Many of his research and development projects have demonstrated the impact of global changes on water cycle dynamics in different hydro-climatic regions worldwide. He is keen on translating science-based knowledge to effective policies and strategies that contribute to environmental, economic and societal sustainability. Therefore, he enjoys coordinating the UN World Water Development Report that the WWAP produces annually (on behalf of UN-Water and jointly with many UN-Water Members and Partners) to inform policy and decision makers on key water challenges and solutions. Stefan has proven records of building and coordinating strategic partnerships with a large variety of stakeholders and is committed to support achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), including through the coordination of the UN-Water SDG 6 Synthesis Report on Water and Sanitation 2018.