Bogotá, Colombia – Landscape designer, Activist

Martha Fajardo is a Colombian architect, landscape architect with a Master’s degree in Landscape Design, and a recipient of the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters DLitt from the University of Sheffield. She is co-founder and CEO of Grupo Verde Ltda GVL, a company dedicated to the professional practice of landscape architecture, landscape urbanism and urban design. She is also co-founder and chair of the Latin American Landscape Initiative LALI, a regional initiative on the mobilization of civil society for the safeguarding of collective nature and landscape values, the conservation of biodiversity, of traditional knowledge, of beauty, and of heritage. She is Former President and Honorary Member of the International Federation of Landscape Architects IFLA. Martha represents the landscape architecture profession at the Working Group of the World Environmental Hubs initiative (WEH), which is led by IUCN and supported by the Jeju Special Self-Governing Province, South Korea. Member of the Region of the Americas of World Urban Parks WUP, of the board of directors of The Nature of Cities and of the ICOMOS / IFLA International Scientific Committee on Cultural Landscapes ISCCL. Founder, Former President and Honorary Member of the Colombian Society of Landscape Architects SAP.

                

Washington, USA – Designer, Researcher, Lecturer

Mina Marefat, (PhD at MIT- Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Masters at Harvard Graduate School of Design) is a registered architect, architectural historian, urban designer and principal of Design Research in Washington DC. Focusing on sustainable design, preservation and communities, she has advised the Chief Architect of Historic Monuments of France, the Historic Preservation Office of Washington DC, the City Administrator of Newark, NJ as well as well as private clients. She lectures internationally and has published extensively on modernism and its cross-cultural, global reach. She has taught at MIT, Wesleyan University, Johns Hopkins University, Catholic University of America, and the Technical University in Vienna prior to teaching at Georgetown University. Mina has curated exhibitions including on Frank Lloyd Wright at the Guggenheim in New York and Bilbao and Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation. Among her awards are the Fulbright, National Endowment for the Humanities, Social Science Research Council, American Association of University Women and the Rockefeller Fellowship at the Library of Congress. She is a founding member of the MIT Architecture Alumni and Vice President of Programs at the MIT Club of Washington DC.

                

Blacksburg, USA – Architect, Researcher, Lecturer

Paola Zellner graduated from Universidad de Buenos Aires and practiced architecture in Argentina and Uruguay. She obtained a Masters Degree from SCI-Arc Southern California Institute of Architecture, practiced in Los Angeles with Norman R. Millar Architects, and together with Jim Bassett started Zellner + Bassett, receiving in 2010 the AIA Blue Ridge Award of Excellence. She taught at Woodbury University and at the University of Michigan. Currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Archive of Women in Architecture Center (IAWA). Her collaborative works include installations: “The Book of Lies”, for artist Eugenia Butler at 18th Street Arts Center, CA (2007), “Between the Pyramid and the Labyrinth”, Moss Art Center, Blacksburg (2013), “Reclaiming Space”, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg (2014); “30 x 30”, at the 18th UIFA Congress (2015), also shown at the Bienal Internacional de Arquitectura in Buenos Aires (2015), and “30 x 30: Expanding the Legacy”, installed at the AIA National Headquarters in Washington D.C. and at Kibel Gallery at University of Maryland. Her scholarship has been published in Museum making: Narratives, Architectures, Exhibitions, ACSA, and the journal Bitácora Arquitectura #33.

                

New York, USA – Architect

Mariana Renjifo was born 1975 in Cali Colombia. Graduated from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota with a controversial thesis 2001. In 2007 she obtained a Certificate of Excellence for Outstanding Academic Achievement when pursuing her Master’s in Architecture at Pratt Institute. She worked with Asymptote Architecture in 2008 using a parametric technology, integrating the formal, spatial and structural aspects through cutting-edge software to obtain innovative architectural solutions. In 2009 she collaborated with BUSarchitektur in Vienna as part of the competition team developing projects that balanced between the conceptual, the technical and precise requirements of the guidelines. From 2011 to 2014 she worked in In New York on residential and retail projects that demanded a much more personal process. She is currently an Associate at Grimshaw Architects working in transit projects that have been instrumental in the recent development of the transit realm of the City of New York. She has a broad spectrum of experience that ranges from urban masterplans, through cultural and mixed-use projects to hospitality and residential. This has allowed her to develop a vision that distills the essential concepts from the personal to the cultural and technical to the functional and aesthetical.

                

London, UK – Architect, Designer, Artist

Gina Urazan Razzini was born 1977 in Bogota, Colombia. She studied architecture at the National University of Colombia in Bogota where she graduated in 2001. After graduating she worked as part of the team in charge of the refurbishment, expansion and renovation of the Gold Museum in Bogota, which opened in October 2008. She studied one year of the Main Narrative Environments at the University of the Arts, Central Saint Martins, London. In 2008 she graduated from the Master of Science in Urban Regeneration from University College London with a thesis focused on the effect and results of Cultural Regeneration. She continued her experience working in different museum related institutions and studios such as the British Museum, Land Studio and Metaphor. Works as a designer and associated partner of Intenzzi Interexpo Co MIGI LAB ltd. Collaborations with BOA GmbH in Vienna since 2013. Self-motivated and creative she has an ongoing interest to explore design, architecture and urban/cultural regeneration and to integrate them through her practice. Her skills allowed her to explore and successfully deliver diverse kinds of projects as well as to be flexible when approaching new territories in the practice. Gina lives currently in London.

                

Vienna, Austria – Architect, Filmmaker, Lecturer

Lisa Schmidt-Colinet is an architect and co-founder of schmidt-colinet.schmoeger in Vienna, Austria. Her work includes architecture and urban design, as well as artistic research and exhibition projects. She is currently senior scientist and Deputy Head of the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where she teaches design studio and lecture courses. She has developed exhibition projects in collaboration with RAIN/ Schmoeger and Zeyfang including those for the 8th and 12th Havana Biennale, for Fotofest in Houston, the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Vienna or the MAK Schindler House in Los Angeles. She is coeditor of the book “Pabellon Cuba– 4dimensions,4decades”, as well as the films „Microbrigades – Variations of a Story“ and “Institute –Above Ground”, both presented at the Berlinale, Forum. Schmidt-Colinet and Schmoeger have visited and taught several workshops at different art and architecture schools internationally. They are recipient of several scholarships and architectural awards, among them the Austrian Bauherrenpreis, the Margarete Schütte Lihotzky Grant, the Tische Scholarship, the R.M.Schindler Residency in Los Angeles. Both graduated in 2000 from the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

                

Madrid, Spain – Architect, Artist, Lecturer

Mª Auxiliadora Gálvez Pérez (Córdoba, Spain 1973) is architect by E.T.S.A.M since 1998 and PhD since 2012. Since 2016 she develops the “Platform of Somatic for Architecture and Landscape” (PSAAP) as a pedagogical, research and professional experience focus on Architecture and Landscape. Before (2003-2016) she developed together with Izabela Wieczorek the firm “Gálvez+Wieczorek”. She is professor at the E.P.S San Pablo C.E.U University in Madrid, but was also involved with other local and foreign institutions like TU Graz, Panama University, Ljubljana Architecture School, Politecnico di Milano, Greenwich University or FADU Buenos Aires. Between 2006 and 2010 she has been Coordinator for Panama in the International Cooperation of Social Housing developed. She has been distinguished in national and international contests, highlighting the 3 awards obtained at EUROPAN and her work has been published, among others, in the journals BAUWELT, Summa+, 2G, Deutsche Bauzeitung, Arquitectura Viva or in the monography “Excepto 21”. Her architecture has been exhibited several times, highlighting “Freshmadrid”, “Génération Europan” and “Gran Vía Laboratory” promoted by the C.O.A.M, The French Institute of Architecture and Telefónica Foundation respectively.