International Speakers

(placeholder) A Fine Example of Urban Regeneration in the Historical Beijing Quarter – The events will take place in historic Damochang in the Qianmen district of the city. They will feature a series of talks, networking sessions and a film screening followed by a live music.

 

Konstantin Grcic
Founder of KGID Studio, Germany

Grcic defines function in human terms, combining formal strictness with considerable mental acuity and humour. Each of his products is characterised by a careful research into the history of design and architecture and his passion for technology and materials. Known for pared-down pieces, Grcic is often called a minimalist but the designer himself prefers to speak of simplicity. konstantin-grcic.com

Ben Hobson
Chief Content Officer of Dezeen, UK

(placeholder) A Berlin-based design studio that applies Modernist design principles onto contemporary objects of the everyday. The collection of furniture and accessories develops under the creative direction of Manuel Goller. In Bauhaus tradition, the studio creates products characterised by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form, handcrafted in Germany. www.dezeen.com

Dara Huang
Architect and Founder of Design Haus Liberty, UK

Founded by Dara Huang, Design Haus Liberty is an architecture and design studio that creates architecture, interiors, branding and lighting design working across the commercial, residential, workplace, hospitality and leisure sectors. Headquartered in Clerkenwell in London, the firm also works in New York and Shanghai, employing a team of over 25 designers. www.dhliberty.com

Dr. Robert C. Hanea,
President of Therme Group™, Austria

Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Therme Group™, a leading global technology company and integrator of wellness and entertainment concepts focused on revolutionising the wellbeing industry. Mr. Hanea holds a Degree of Doctor of Law (Juris Doctor), being an active philanthropist with a history of supporting education, science and the arts. www.thermegroup.com

Marta Pozo
Asia director of MVRDV, the Netherlands/China

Pozo joined MVRDV in 2007, and since 2014 she has led MVRDV Asia, expanding the firm’s profile in the markets and supervising Asian projects. Before Shanghai, she led the firm’s sustainability sector in Rotterdam and has been involved in projects including Montecorvo Eco City and Bordeaux Bastide Niel. She is an BREEAM assessor and LEED green associate. She has also contributed to MVRDV publications on sustainability. www.mvrdv.nl

Marcus Fairs
Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen, UK

Fairs is the first digital journalist to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2017 for 'the enormous contribution he has made to architecture'. In 2018 he was named one of the 1,000 most influential people in London by the Evening Standard. Other accolades he has won include journalist of the year and business editor of the year. www.dezeen.com

Manuel Goller
Founder of New Tendency, Germany

A Berlin-based design studio that applies Modernist design principles onto contemporary objects of the everyday. The collection of furniture and accessories develops under the creative direction of Manuel Goller. In Bauhaus tradition, the studio creates products characterised by conceptual design, clean aesthetics and functional form, handcrafted in Germany. www.newtendency.com

Beatrice Leanza
Co-Founder The Global School China, Italy/China

Based in Beijing since 2002, Leanza is a co-founder of The Global School, China’s first independent institute dedicated to creative research, and B/Side Design, an organisation developing strategies of urban and social impact in areas of socioeconomic transformation in China. She previously served as creative director of Beijing Design Week from 2012 to 2016. www.bside.design

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Albrecht Burmeister
Test Engineer for Construction Tech of VPI, Germany

Developing structural solutions that create architectural freedom was and is an important goal in Burmeister’s work as an engineer. The aim is to realise structures that are safe, of course, but also economical and beautiful. His significant projects to date including Mercedes Forum in Stuttgart, Petuelring in Munich, and Therme Bad in Wörishofen. www.burmeister-vpi.de

Tony Chambers
Founder of TC & Friends, UK

(placeholder) Yang started his career working in Amsterdam, Berlin and L.A, designing for boutique hotels and homes. He started his own practice in Seoul in 2009. The studio specialises in high-end spaces and branding projects. Yang hopes to bring a fresh approach to elegant, tailored interiors, mixing modern and tradition and high art with personal treasure, to create moments of timeless beauty. www.teoyangstudio.com