Invited Speakers

Laura Petrella, Head of the City Planning, Extension and Design Unit at UN-Habitat, Nairobi, KENYA. The Suburbs in the New Urban Agenda and Toward a New International Research and Practice Agenda


Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Pioneering urbanist and architect, and co-author of Suburban Nation: The rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream. Dialogue: The Future of the Suburbs and From the Charter of Athens to the New Urban(ism) Agenda


Christopher Leinberger, Professor at George Washington University, Developer, Researcher, Author, and Former Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Metropolitan Policy Program of The Brookings Institution, Washington DC. Urbanizing the Suburbs: The New Value of WalkUPs


Ellen Dunham-Jones, Co-author of Retrofitting Suburbia, Professor at Georgia Institute of  Technology, and a leading authority on suburban redevelopment. Retrofitting Suburbia: An Update


Mayor James Brainard, City of Carmel, IN. Former Member of President Obama's Climate Task Force. Carmel’s Suburban Retrofit: A Case Study


Mayor Rui Moreira, Porto, PORTUGAL. 2019 IMCL Joseph P. Riley Awardee.*


George Ferguson, CBE, PPRIBA, Architect, former Mayor, City of Bristol, UK. The Bristol Story: A UK Perspective


Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH, Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Environmental Sciences, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA. Public Health and the Suburbs


Phil Stafford, Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging and Community, Indiana Institute on Disability and Community, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Intergenerational Contact Zones: Design for Engagement across the Generations

Sven von Ungern-Sternberg, Dr., former Freiburg Mayor and Governor, State of Süd-Baden, GERMANY, responsible for guiding Europe’s most livable and sustainable new urban neighborhoods, Rieselfeld and Vauban. The Freiburg Story: A Continental Perspective  

Ettore Maria Mazzola, Architect & Urbanist, Professor, University of Notre Dame, Rome, ITALY. The Zeitgeist and the Ortgeist: Redefining Place Values


Ferdinand Stoddert Johns, FAIA, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, IMCL Board, Oak Harbor, WA. Why Small Towns Still Matter


Peter Elmlund, Director, Urban City Research at Ax:son Johnson Foundation, and Former Director, Centre for the Future of Places, Stockholm, SWEDEN.What is a Suburb?


Michael W. Mehaffy,Director, IMCL, and Senior Researcher, Centre for the Future of Places,  KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Lessons from Public Space Research

*not yet confirmed