Panel of Speakers
Dr Rezai-Jorabi was awarded a Ph.D. in 1985 for his work on reinforced and prestressed concrete structures. He further pursued his research interest on a post-doctorate research programme before joining the industry in January 1987.
He has been a visiting lecturer to the University of Westminster, London where he also supervised a PH.D. project at the school of Architecture and Engineering. He currently assists on a part-time basis at the School of Architecture of the National University of Singapore. He is currently engaged in collaborative research and de- velopment projects with the National University of Singapore and with Politecnico Di Milano in Italy.
His research work has generated a number of technical papers in various national and international publications including the Structural Engineer (UK), the U.S Concrete Institute Journal and the Journal of the Singapore Institute of Architects. Dr Rezai-Jorabi is an Associate Member of the Singapore Institute of Arbitrators, and has offered expert witness advise to various insurance companies, loss adjusters, and to law firms in the UK, Europe and South East Asia. He also served as an official Nominator for Aga Khan Award for Architecture since 2013, and is currently a member of the Master Jury in the current cycle of AKAA, the first Singapore profes- sional ever to be invited to serve on the Master Jury.
He founded Web Structures in August 1996 in pursuit of his passion for applied engineering design, and has since been involved in the design and realisation of some of the most impressive structures in over 26 countries, from the tallest build- ings to bespoke resorts and special structures worldwide. He is very passionate about the design process, and a holistic approach to architecture and structure.
Hossein is proud to be one of the initiators of the concept of “fusion engineering”, helping to reconcile the seemingly contradictory agendas of “good design” and “cost efficiency”.
He is a regular speaker at conferences and seminars and has published a number of technical papers in journals internationally.
Dr Rezai is the first and only engineer to receive the coveted title of “Designer of the Year” from the President of Singapore in 2016 under the President’s Design Award.
Nelson Li is the Chairman of Treegarden Corporation who completed many landmark green balcony and greenroof projects in Taiwan. Nelson formed and presided Taiwan Green Roof Association as well as Taiwan Arboriculture Society and pushed the enact of Tree Protection Act in Taiwan. He also wrote the "Greenroof Technical Guide" and "Greenwall Technical Guide" for Taiwanese government as the industry guidelines. In addition, he published "I love Greenroof", "Gardens in the sky", and translated books from ISA into Chinese: "Certified Arborists Study Guide" and "Tree Climbers Guide" to be used as the study guide for ISA certified arborists and climbers Exam.
Mr. Poh Choon Hock is a researcher at the Centre for Urban Greenery and Ecology (CUGE) under the National Parks Board. His current focus is on skyrise greenery implementation and has shared at various workshops, courses and forums. Choon Hock has published several articles on skyrise greenery, such as “Safe design of skyrise greenery in Singapore” which was jointly authored with Dr Michael Behm and published in the magazine Smart and Sustainable Built Environment in 2012. Other focuses include the formulation of the CUGE Standards (under the Skyrise Greenery series) – a set of published technical and design guidelines for adoption in the landscape, horticulture and architecture industry. Trained as an architect, Choon Hock has a deep interest in the built environment, particularly in the aspects of greenery-system and building-design integration, and optimisation.
Sherman Stave is a landscape architect with more than 30 years of experience. He has practised extensively in Asia and North America.
Sherman was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Canada. His exposure to diverse cultures from an early age has lent him broad global perspective, and a deep appreciation of how shaping our environments can change our lives in fundamental ways. These are critical lenses that continue to inform his design approach.
He places special emphasis on environmentally sustainable and pragmatic design solutions. His design expression is inspired by the works of artists, the organic forms of nature, as well as the landscape features surrounding a project; it is design mindful of purpose and sensitive of context that give projects a distinct identity and character.
Sherman's innovative and award-winning landscapes can be seen at resorts and hotels, parks and private condominiums, universities, mixed-use and commercial developments. As principal at STX, Sherman plays a critical role in the design and management of projects. His meticulous attention to all stages of a project underpins the smooth execution of his designs.
Shoji Kaneko is an associate and senior urban designer / landscape architect at Nikken Sekkei with 13 years of international and interdisciplinary experience leading urbanism and landscape design projects across Japan and overseas. Being client focused and understanding each project’s unique physical and cultural settings, he is known for delivering integrated design solutions turning complex functional requirements into refined landscape that support healthy and active public life. Prior to joining Nikken, Shoji studied in the US and worked at Gustafson Guthrie Nichol for 7 years. His work can be found in such projects as Kashiwa-no-ha Innovation Campus (Japan), the Rail Corridor Master Plan in Singapore, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Campus, and Lower Rainier Vista & Pedestrian Land Bridge at the University of Washington (both in Seattle).
Vanessa Kwiatkowski and Mat Lumalasi are the founders of a unique project that aims to bring bees back to our cities. Concerned by a growing sense of disconnect between food production and consumption and inspired by hundred year old practices in Europe, Vanessa and Mat have created something uniquely Melbourne in their project ‘Melbourne City Rooftop Honey’. Yet while their project is inherently local their message has a much broader reach. What they do not only seeks to address issues of sustainability, it also aims to raise awareness of the importance of bees and the various threats they face.
Their harvest of honey is a great emblem for high quality local produce but Melbourne City Rooftop Honey also operates as a social enterprise that helps to grow communities; reinforcing local identities rooted in values of respectful relationships, social and environmental responsibility and ethical food production.
Mat and Vanessa have cultivated a significant social media presence and regularly give talks about their work to diverse audiences. Their approach has been recognised for its innovation and has overlapped with areas such as permaculture and biodynamics but also with applied projects in biosecurity and design. They have given numerous interviews in various formats and their project has appeared in domestic media as well as internationally as far afield as Japan, Singapore, Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
By placing hives on the roof spaces of cafés, restaurants, hotels and individual’s gardens in and around Melbourne Vanessa and Mat have reduced the distance from production to plate to mere metres. Their work has inspired many to think about the broader environmental implications of their actions and choices but it also shows us that we are part of an elaborate ecosystems and in the end we depend on bees more than they depend on us.
Mr Veerasekaran graduated from NUS in 1987 with a BSc Degree in Botany. Immediately after graduation, Mr Veera worked at the oldest orchid garden, Mandai Orchid Garden in Singapore, before shifting to the Republic of Seychelles. His green career route led him to many other parts of the world including Pakistan, Morocco, Seychelles, Africa, Vietnam, China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Cambodia. Locally, he served as a key figure in many cornerstone landscaping projects. Some of these roles include the Assistant Curator of Horticulture at the Zoo and Night Safari, the Curator of Horticulture at Changi Airport, as well as an Assistant Director at the National Parks Board (NParks). His pursuit of his passion for urban greening led to the birth of Greenology 9 years ago, through which Veera pioneered his own sustainable vertical greening system. This was more recently followed by the founding of VertiVegies in 2017 as Greenology’s subsidiary, to spearhead his work on urban agriculture and climate-controlled farming systems.