Keynote Speakers / Lectures

 Ruth Morrow                     Neelkanth H. Chhaya

Ruth Morrow                                NC photo


    Yui Tezuka                           Vinesh Pomal

Tezuka architects                         vinesh pomal


Ruth Morrow

Lecture: everyone’s a keynote (part one) (part two)

Ruth Morrow, Professor at Queen’s University, Belfast, has been recognised for innovative approaches within Architectural Education and Research. She is an engaged contributor to strategic discussions about the nature of architectural education and research within the profession. Her recent work focuses on applied research based on an understanding of creative processes, inclusive strategies and pedagogical methodologies. Despite a strong commitment to theoretical and revisionist thinking, she finds, as an architect, she can only make sense of and resolve concepts within the realisation of the idea, hence her research is invariably project based, underpinned by an activist and collaborative instinct. She is the co-founder of the spin-out company Tactility Factory and curatorial advisor to a Belfast-based arts organisation PS2. She is currently chair of the RIBA President’s research awards and director of the new interdisciplinary Masters in Sustainable Practices at QUB.


Neelkanth H. Chhaya

Lecture: The Misery of Knowing & the Joy of Seeking

Neelkanth H. Chhaya has been a practicing architect and academic since 1977. His practice has emphasized the adaptation of built form to physical and social contexts. He is deeply interested in the cultural factors that affect architecture, especially in societies of rapid change. His projects have won major national awards, and he has also won several architectural competitions.In recent years, he has been involved in participatory rehabilitation housing projects as well as mass housing projects in Urban areas. He is very interested in traditional and artisanal knowledge in the area of built environment. He has taught at the University of Nairobi, at the Institute of Environmental Design, Vallabh Vidyanagar, and at CEPT University, Ahmedabad, where he taught for 25 years. His work has been exhibited at two special exhibitions ” 4X4″, and ” Alternative Practices”, both at Mumbai. He has been a speaker at conferences and discussions on architectural education, urban design and landscape architecture.

Vinesh Pomal

Lecture: Tomorrow’s Today: educating the next generation

Vinesh is a co-founder of the Architecture Students Network (ASN) where he has been responsible for arranging two conferences on architectural education. The ASN:Forum 2013, held in London allowed students to voice their concerns to a panel of professionals. More recently, Lines Drawn 2014, held over a weekend at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales allowed students to discuss where their education should be going. He has also spoken at various SCHOSA events and sits on the RIBA’s Equality and Diversity committee Architects for Change representing the ASN. Vinesh completed his architectural education at Portsmouth School of Architecture and qualified as an architect in January 2013. He is currently working for Levitt Bernstein in London. Whilst at Portsmouth, he was president of the student society, marketing assistant and arranged numerous talks and debates including the school’s first postgraduate show in London. He has a particular interest in the profession of architecture with focus on marketing and communications and ensuring the views of the younger generation are heard.


Yui Tezuka

Lecture: Understanding Architectural Concepts Through Projects 

Yui Tezuka is an architect and educator, based in Tokyo, Japan. In 1994, together with her partner, Takaharu Tezuka, Yui Tezuka established Tezuka Architects.

With spatial designs that are skilfully integrated with the outside environment, their designs range from private houses to community buildings. Their most important works are the Roof House, in which daily life expands onto the roof, and the Echigo -Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, which can be buried under 5m of snow. The Fuji Kindergarten takes the form of a 200m-circumference oval-shaped roof space.Woods of Net, 320 cubic meter of timber members are used and there is nothing same among all the 589 members.Tezuka Architects’ work has been described as emphasizing human activity and connectivity. This conference offers an opportunity to hear how this ethos informs Yui Tezuka’s teaching practice.