Keynote Speakers

The conference committee is very pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Prof. Joan Nassauer

(University of Michigan, USA)

Joan Nassauer




Joan Iverson Nassauer is Professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan. She develops ecological design proposals and investigates how human experience is affected by and can sustain socially and environmentally beneficial landscape patterns. The author of more than 80 refereed papers and books, her current design research addresses green infrastructure in disinvested cities, ecosystem services from metropolitan landscapes and smart cities.  She is co-editor-in-chief of Landscape and Urban Planning, where the 2015 Special Issue on Critical Landscape Visualization included her commentary  "Visualization verisimilitude and civic participation", a topic she will develop in her key note.



Prof. Kelleann Foster

(Pennsylvania State University, USA)

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Kelleann has 30-years of professional practice experience as a landscape architect and has been teaching at Penn State for over 25-years.  Kelleann Foster was, in 2014, appointed director of the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, and associate dean of the College of Arts and Architecture. Her sabbatical, based at Esri’s World Headquarters in Redlands, CA, focused on how Penn State’s online geodesign graduate programs could most effectively engage students in a collaborative, virtual studio environment.  This resulted in the creation of Penn State’s new geodesign programs -- a Geodesign Option in the MGIS degree, a Graduate Certificate in Geodesign, and a Master in Professional Studies in Geodesign.  Kelleann has also introduced Geodesign to thousands around the world through her MOOC “Geodesign: Change your World.”
Much of Kelleann’s work involves working with communities and dynamically using computer technologies to communicate alternative scenarios to citizens.  Her work has received national and international recognition.  She also focuses on generating awareness about career opportunities as a landscape architect.  Kelleann authored a book, part of John Wiley & Sons “Careers in Design” series— titled “Becoming a Landscape Architect.”  In 2014 the book became available in Chinese through Chinese Architectural Press.



Prof. Dr. Stephen Sheppard

(University of British Columbia, Canada)

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Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching in landscape and climate change planning, community engagement, and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has over 30 years experience in environmental assessment, aesthetics, landscape planning and public involvement. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. His research interests include engaging citizens in low-carbon resilient communities, sea-level rise planning, energy effects of urban forests, and videogames as an educational tool on climate change. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools.


Dr. Jörg Rekittke

(Visiting Professor Leibniz University Hannover)

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Jörg Rekittke is a skilled nursery gardener and registered landscape architect. Based in Berlin, he teaches as a visiting professor (Lehrauftrag) at Leibniz University of Hannover. He held positions at RWTH Aachen University and University of Wageningen, and worked as an Associate Professor in the MLA Program of the National University of Singapore (2009–2016). He also served as a Professor and Deputy Dean at RMIT University, Melbourne. His teaching and research focus on mega-urban contexts and experimentation with digital fieldwork tools.


Mike Shilton

(Keyscape / Landscape Institute, UK)

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Mike is the Chair of the Landscape Institute Digital Practice Group (formerly BIM Working Group) and has been an active member of the Group since its inception in 2012. Mike contributed to the “BIM for Landscape” book, which he helped project manage to publication, and has been heavily involved with its subsequent promotion. Mike has been working with other experts to offer advice and guidance to the profession in respect of BIM and emerging digital technologies in relation to landscape design and construction. He is a chartered member of landscape architect and Product Director at Keysoft Solutions, where he provides the focus for future development of their BIM enabled, traffic management and landscape design software.


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Markus Gerke

(TU Braunschweig, Germany)

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Markus Gerke finished his PhD in June 2006, the topic is quality assessment of road databases using remote sensing imagery. In April 2007 he joined the Earth Observation Science department at ITC at the University of Twente as an assistant professor for image sequence analysis. His focus was on the capture of geometric and semantic information from images and image sequences. In 2006 he received the award of the Victor-Rizkallah-Foundation, Leibniz University Hannover. In 2007 he received the Carl-Pulfrich-Award together with Dr. Sönke Müller (Leibniz University of Hannover), and Dr. Andreas Busch (Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy, BKG, Frankfurt) for the work on image-based verification and update of geospatial data.

Since January 2017 he is full professor at the Institute of Geodesy and Photogrammetry, Technical University of Braunschweig. His group works in the fields of  surveying engineering, radar remote sensing and photogrammetry.


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