Mariana Correia

President of the Board of Directors, Escola Superior Gallaecia, Portugal

Mariana Correia has a PhD in Heritage Conservation on World Heritage Sites (OBU, Oxford, UK); an Earthen Architecture Master Diploma (CRAterre-ENSAG, France); and a Masters and Architecture degree (University of Lisbon, Portugal). She is the President of the Board of Directors at Escola Superior Gallaecia and Director of CI-ESG Research Center at ESG. She is also the Project Leader of the European project VerSus (‘Lessons from Vernacular Heritage to Sustainable Architecture’) and the Portuguese FCT research project SEISMIC-V (‘Vernacular Seismic Culture in Portugal’).

International Consultant since 2010 for ICOMOS, regarding assessment of World Heritage Sites. She also represented ICOMOS at the UNESCO-ICOMOS Joint Reactive Mission to Arg-E Bam, in 2011. She is an Evaluator for the World Monument Watch since 2011; Steering Committee Member (2012-2014) of the program WHEAP-UNESCO; President of the Steering Committee of the Earthen Architecture Centre of Mopti in Mali, from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture; Nominator for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture; and Steering Committee member of the annual Festival ArchiTerre from the Algerian Ministry of Culture (since 2011).

Member of the Board of Trustees of two Heritage Foundations, the Portuguese Foundation Convento da Orada and the Spanish Foundation Antonio Font de Bedoya. She is co-founder of the Iberian Prize on Vernacular Architecture Research. She is also a ICOMOS-ISCEAH and ICOMOS-CIAV expert; Coordination council member of the Iberian American Network PROTERRA and International Coordinator of PROTERRA, from 2011 to 2014; UNESCO Chair-Earthen Architecture Scientific Committee member.

Editorial Advisory Board member of 2 international Journals; Author and editor of 18 books in earthen architecture, vernacular heritage, sustainability and conservation. She presented more than 150 papers, and gives lectures and keynote openings worldwide.

Simos Yannas

Director, Sustainable Environmental Design, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, U.K.

Simos Yannas studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and environmental design at the Architectural Association in London. He received his doctorate for research on low energy housing design, and over the past forty years has taught and carried out research on sustainable environmental design with awards from national and international agencies. At the Architectural Association School of Architecture, he is the director of the MSc and MArch programmes in Sustainable Environmental Design (AA SED) and the AA School’s PhD Programme. Outside the AA School he has lectured in schools of architecture, research institutes and international events in some thirty countries. Recent books include the Portuguese language Em Busca de uma Arquitetura Sustentavel para os Tropicos (Toward a Sustainable Architecture for the Tropics), currently in its second edition with Spanish and English introductions; Roof Cooling Techniques – a design handbook which was shortlisted for the RIBA Books International Book Award for Architecture and Lessons from Vernacular Architecture. His essays on adaptive architecturing have appeared in Architecture and Energy published by Routledge in 2013, in the special of AD Architectural Design on Ecological Design Research, and most recently in Edificio Ambiental published 2015 in Sao Paulo. He was awarded the PLEA (Passive and Low Energy Architecture) Achievement Award in 2001.

Antonia Moropoulou

Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, Greece

Antonia Moropoulou is currently Professor at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, Vice President of the Technical Chamber of Greece and Vice President of the the European Society for Engineering Education. She has served as Vice Rector of Academic Affairs of NTUA (2010-2014).

She is a Chemical Engineer, PhD, Full Professor at the Section of Materials Science and Engineering of the School of Chemical Engineering, and Studies Director of the NTUA MSc Program “Protection of Monuments” – Direction “Materials and Conservation Interventions”. She was elected as Contracted Professor in IUAV University of Venice (1993), Visiting Professor at Princeton University (1995-1996) and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the University of Antwerp, University La Sapienza, University Ca Foscari Venice and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She is a world class expert in building materials and the preservation of monuments that comprise the World’s Cultural Heritage and has worked on restoration projects in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, architectural monuments of Venice, the Venetian Fortresses and Historic Cities of Rhodes, Rethymnon, Herakleion and Corfu, Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Monasteries in Mount Athos, Creta, Serbia and Kosovo, the Demeter Temple of Eleusis, and many other Monuments in the Mediterranean. She is scientific coordinator of more than 80 National, European and International research competitive programs and author of 1 book, 2 monographies, 15 chapters in books and 454 scientific publications. In 2012 she was awarded the ‘YPATIA’ Award by the ‘Association of Hellenic Women Scientists’.

Kleo Axarli

Professor, School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thesssaloniki, Greece

Kleo Axarli is Professor at the School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki where she lectures in topics relevant to architectural technology and architectural design of energy efficient buildings, and Director of the Architectural Technology Laboratory which is an accredited and European Union Notified Laboratory for building materials and products tests for thermal and sound insulation.

She is also scientific coordinator of the postgraduate studies programme “Environmental design of cities and buildings” of the Hellenic Open University.

Her research activity is mainly related to the topics of architectural design with environmental criteria, sustainable design of buildings and open spaces, energy efficiency of buildings, passive heating, cooling and lighting systems, and in general to sustainable development.