Keynote speakers

Prof. Muhammed Basheer (Fellow of RAE/IAE/ICE)

University of Leeds, UK

Professor P.A. Muhammed Basheer, Chair in Structural Engineering at University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, has been an educationalist and researcher in the field of civil (structural) engineering for more than 30 years. His research work includes the development of new test techniques for measuring transport properties of concrete, assessment of the effect of new materials and methods for improving the durability of concrete, prediction of service life of reinforced concrete structures by non-destructive testing and structural health monitoring, relationships between micro-structural properties and the durability of concrete and the use of industrial by-products and waste materials in concrete.
Prof. Basheer is an elected Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers since 2003, the American Concrete Institute since 2005, the Irish Academy of Engineering since February 2012, Royal Academy of Engineering since November 2014, Institute of Concrete Technology since March 2015 and Institution of Structural Engineers since 2015. He was also a member of the UK Research Excellence Framework sub-panel B-14 on Civil Engineering and Construction. He has been an external examiner for candidates for the degree of DSc in Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh and University of Liverpool, PhD in Heriot-Watt University Edinburgh, Aston University Birmingham, Leeds University, University of Liverpool, University of Cardiff, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Imperial College London, University of Loughborough, National Institute of Technology Calicut, India, National Institute of Technology Suratkal, India, University fo Nantes, France and Monash University, Australia.
He is an editor of the international journal of Construction and Building Materials from January 2012 and was an associate editor of the International Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring from 2012 to 2015. He is a member of the editorial board of the International journal of Structural Engineering (IJStructE) since 2009.

Prof. Nuno Dinis Cortiços

University of Lisbon, Portugal

Nuno Dinis Cortiços is Professor and Chair on Building's Energy Certification at the Department of Technologies in Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade de Lisboa; Ph.D in Building Science and active member in Research Centre for Architecture, Urbanism and Design (CIAUD) associated to Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FCT). As Researcher focuses on building’s renovation, autonomous maintenance systems, sensor and nano-technology applied to maintenance, building’s performance and renovation's simulations on buildings stock, and maintenance accuracy applied to Unesco heritage; presenting and publishing the outcomes, mainly, at Scopus Conferences and Elsevier Journals. Board technical member at “Building and Environmental”; Architectural Research Centers Consortium, Inc (ARCC); and, European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE). Other accomplishments, Vice-President of the Faculty’s Board, responsible for Financial Management and Maintenance; Building Supervisor on quality and warranty; and Team Leader on architecture designs; and, Judicial Technical Consultant on construction quality.


Invited speakers

Assoc. Prof. Carol Monticelli

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Carol Monticelli (1977), associate professor since 2019 for the disciplines of the Architectural Technology, architect and PhD in Technology and design for environmental quality on a building and urban scale. She carries out research activities with the Textile Architecture Network (TAN) group in relation to the activities of ClusTex, a multidisciplinary cluster on innovative textiles, within the interdepartmental TEXTILES Hub laboratory of the Politecnico di Milano. Her teaching activities are related to the disciplines of Architectural Technology subjects in the Degree Courses in Architecture and Architectural Design. She is Quality Manager of the biaxial mechanical testing rig at the accredited lab Textiles Hub at PoliMi. She took part to many research projects at the national and international scale. She is a member of the UNI / CT 021 / GL05 working group relating to membrane structures CEN / TC250 WG5 and of the mirror group UNI / CT 046 / subcommittee 01 relating to textile and textile products CEN / TC248. Since 2016 she is coordinating the WG Sustainability & Comfort of the European Tensinet network. Since 2012 she is active member of WG 18 Environmentally Compatible Structures (ECS) and WG6 Membranes Architectures of the international association IASS. Since 2012 she is a member of the SITDA-Italian Society of Architecture Technology, cluster working group “NZEB-Nearly Zero Energy Buildings”. Since 2007 she is a member of the Italian Life Cycle Assessment network “Italian LCA Network”. Author of more than 120 publications, with mentions and acknowledgments, she is co-inventor of an Italian and a European patent.

Assoc. Prof. Paulo Mendonça

University of Minho, Portugal

Paulo Mendonça was born in Porto in 10th June. PhD in Civil Engineering by the University of Minho, with the thesis: “Living under a second skin”, acclaimed by unanimity (2005). As a PhD fellowship of FCT (Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology) he got the “Advanced Studies Diploma” in Barcelona on the Technical Superior School of Architecture (ETSAB). He is Associate Professor in the Architecture School of the University of Minho, Portugal (EAUM). President of EAUM (2011-2012) and Vice-President (2010-2011). Architectural Graduate and Integrated Master Studies Director (2005-2009). He is an author of more than one hundred publications. The main research subjects includes lightweight and mixed weight buildings, low cost housing, local and global economic asymmetries, low-tech strategies, energy costs and sustainable development, new materials and technologies, recycling and reusing potentialities.

Prof. Vladimir Simon Montoya

Universidad Continental , Perú

Architect Vladimir Montoya Torres graduated from the National University of the Center of Peru. He receive the Master's Degree in Didactics of Architectural Design at the National University of the Center of Peru. With a specialty in construction with alternative materials on earth, wood and bamboo, studies developed at the Catholic University of Guayaquil, Ecuador, developed in March 2015. He participated in many international conferences as a speaker, reviewer. He is also a developer of industrial utility model patents for coverage efficiency through the use of geodesic domes with collapsible components for coverage of large spans, INDECOPI 2019 Academic Patent Program. He is currently working as a Teaching Architect and Researcher at the Professional Academic Architecture School of the Faculty of Engineering of the Continental University of Huancayo – Peru.


Dr. Isabelle Fortuné

LRA / ENSA du Toulouse , France

Dr Isabelle Fortuné is a civil engineer, an architect and a professor of civil engineering. She received the PhD from civil engineering school (INSA), France in the fields of concrete materials. She is an assistant professor in Architecture school (ENSA) Toulouse, France, in the field of Science and Technology for Architecture. Her research interest includes heritage sustainable energy, savings of energy and building materials (raw earth, stone, ...).