Key speakers

Sustasis Foundation, Portland, USA

Dr Michael W. Mehaffy is an internationally active researcher, educator, lecturer, author and consultant, and Executive Director of the Oregon-based Sustasis Foundation. He has held appointments in architecture, planning and philosophy at eight graduate institutions in seven countries, and he is on the editorial boards of three international journals of urban design. He has also played a role in a number of landmark urban projects, including serving as Project Manager for Orenco Station, a widely-studied Transit-Oriented Development on the Portland, Oregon light rail line. He was also a consultant to the United Nations for the Habitat III conference and its outcome document, the New Urban Agenda. He was the first Director of Education for The Prince’s Foundation in London, the Prince of Wales’ educational charity for the built environment, where the education program he developed later became a Master’s and PhD degree program in sustainable urban development at the University of Oxford. (While there he was a host to the ISUF conference in 2005.) He is currently Executive Director of Sustasis Foundation in Oregon, and he also manages the International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference series. He earned his PhD in architecture from the Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands.

Urban Morphology Research Group
University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Ivor Samuels is an architect and urban planner with an extensive design background. He has worked mainly in France, Italy, Spain and the UK.

He has taught at the universities of Geneva, Cuzco, Guadalajara, Bari, Milan, Perugia, Rome and Turin. He is the author of many studies, mainly in the field of urban and spatial planning.

Particularly important in his output is the book “Urban Forms. The death and Life of the Urban Block” (with Ph. Panerai, J. Castex, J. Ch. Depaule, Architectural Press, 2004). Ivor Samuels is a member of the Urban Morphology Research Group at the University of Birmingham, and the International Seminar on Urban Form.

Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Michael Barke has been a Council member and Treasurer of the International Seminar on Urban Form since 2008.  He was Reader in Human Geography at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne until his retirement in 2015 and retains an Emeritus position.  He studied human geography at Liverpool and Glasgow Universities and subsequently taught at Derby University, Newcastle University and the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.  He has written extensively on urban morphology, particularly on the fringe belt concept, on social and economic change in Andalucia, southern Spain, and on the historical geography of North East England.  He has published over one hundred papers in academic journals and several books. His most recent publication (2001) is ‘Newcastle upon Tyne: Mapping the City’, a cartographic history of the city of Newcastle and its region.

Rzeszow University of Technology, Poland

Professor of architecture and urbanism; practising planner and urban designer; having also experiences in urban management. Areas of specialization: spatial and strategic planning for large cities and metropolitan areas; urban revitalization, methods and instruments of proactive urban policies and strategies; urban marketing.
• Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow;
• Chief Architect and the Town Planning Officer of the City of Krakow;
• Junior Fellow at the Center for Metropolitan Planning and Research, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore and later (1990-1991) Senior Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, The JHU, Baltimore, MD. USA (participating also in the International Fellowship in Urban Studies working on the project: “Technical Assistance for Poland, 1991-1993).
• Expert for Fundacio Mies Van der Rohe, Barcelona awarding prestigious Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture: 1996 – 2003;
• Member of the State Council for Spatial Economy (appointed by the Prime Minister, 2007 – 2014).

Presently, prof. Zbigniew K. Zuziak is a Full Professor at the Rzeszow University of Technology, Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Architecture. He is teaching the theory of spatial and regional planning, urban design and planning as well as the ethics of architecture and urbanism. Also:
• Chairman of the Commission for Urbanism and Architecture, Polish Academy of Sciences, Branch of Cracow.
• Member of the Commission for Architecture and Urbanism appointed by the Mayor of the city of Krakow (2011 – on);
• SARP – Polish Architects Association and TUP – Society of Polish Town Planners.

Author of 3 books and over 145 scientific publications, over 100 presentations at international conferences. Co-author of about 30 projects in urban planning and design (12 awarded). Visiting professor / international urban research fellow giving guest lectures at various universities and research institutes abroad (e.g.: The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD; The Florida Atlantic University; Florida Israel Institute, The State University of New Jersey; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg; Venice University, Italy; Technical University, Stuttgart and others).


Susan Whitehand, a geographer, co-author of many of Prof. Jeremy Whitehand’s research works and his lifelong companion, will be an honorary guest at our conference. She will take part in the Jeremy Whitehand Session.