UStED ALLIANCE MEMBERS

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  Dr. Sergio Porta
  Dr. Barbara Golicnik
  Dr. Alice Mathers
  Dr. John Renne
  Dr. Ombretta Romice
  Dr. Ian Simkins
  Dr. Kevin Thwaites
  Dr. Marcus Zepf


Dr. Sergio Porta

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Dr. Sergio Porta
Dr. Sergio Porta is Professor of Urban Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, where here he teaches the MSc course in Urban Design.

Dr. Barbara Golicnik
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Dr. Barbara Golicnik
Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia
Trnovski pristan 2
SI 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
barbara.golicnik@uirs.si, http://raziskovalci.uirs.si/barbarag/index.asp

Dr. Barbara Golicnik has been awarded the degree of PhD in landscape architecture at Edinburgh College of Art, Heriot-Watt University, UK. She is a researcher at the Urban Planning Institute of the Republic of Slovenia, where she is mainly involved in multidisciplinary national as well as international studies and projects concerned with design research and environment-behaviour issues in the context of urban planning and open public space design. As a visiting lecturer she also gives lectures at different universities and institutions in Slovenia and abroad. In the practical field she is also involved in urban and landscape design competitions as a practitioner or as a member of jury.
 

Alice Mathers

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Dr. Alice Mathers BA, Dip LA, PhD
Through combining experience in landscape architecture practice and Mencap, Alice is developing, for the PhD at the University of Sheffield, visual communication techniques to better facilitate the participation of people with learning disabilities in the design of urban greenspace. Her work with learning disability highlights the continuing problems encountered by some of the most vulnerable members of society in finding voice as ‘intelligent’ collaborators who can be worked with, and resource providers for, the community as a whole. Her work makes an important contribution to developing aspects of the Experiential Landscape (elp:rdu) participatory methodology and, through this, to our deepening understanding of the place perceptions of different groups in society. Alice's work continues to attract attention from the health and social care professions.

Dr. John Renne

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Dr. John Renne
John L. Renne is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the University of New Orleans Transportation Center in the College of Urban and Public Affairs at the University of New Orleans. He has expertise in the areas of transportation and land use planning, particularly in transit-oriented development (TOD). With a background in urban design, economic development, and real estate development. Dr. Renne has particular expertise with planning for public transportation, walking, and bicycling environments. He has experience with community facilitation on planning projects and he has worked as a land use and transportation planner with local and state governments.

Dr. Ombretta Romice

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Dr. Ombretta Romice
Ombretta Romice is an architect teaching and researching at the Department of Architecture, University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, UK.

Her interests are the effects of the formal and visual aspects of the environment on people, with a particular interest in using this understanding to enable and improve the practice of participatory design, urban design and neighbourhood regeneration.

She is a registeres architect (Italy), member of the Executive Committee of AESOP (http://www.aesop-planning.com) and of the Board of Trustees of IAPS (http://www.iaps-association.org).

Ian Simkins

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Dr. Ian Simkins BSc, Dip LA, PCHE, PhD, FHEA, MI Hort, CMLI
Chartered Landscape Architect

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Freelance Landscape Consultant practicing as:

I MS landscape consultancy

Since obtaining a Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Leeds Metropolitan University in 1999 my professional career has been complimented by research activity. This research activity led to the foundation of the Experiential Landscape Place Research and Development Unit (elp:rdu) with Dr. K. Thwaites of the University of Sheffield.

In addition to my work as a Landscape Architect Practitioner where much of the theoretical work was tested, I have also undertaken studio based research on a number of modules in conjunction with Dr. Kevin Thwaites with both post and under graduate students.


Dr. Kevin Thwaites

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Dr. Kevin Thwaites BA, Dip LA (Dist), PhD
University of Sheffield , UK
Lecturer

Professional and Academic Background
I completed my education in Landscape Architecture at Leeds in 1983 and have since worked in both private practice and higher education. My research interests and activities stem from PhD work completed in 1999 and relate primarily to the philosophy and theory of landscape design and the spatial expression of experience in urban and residential settings. I am also active in exploring the relationship between research and teaching in landscape architecture higher education. My teaching experience is broadly based but focuses on the design of urban outdoor places, philosophy and theory of landscape design, design processes and spatial language, and the design of community and neighbourhood landscape settings.
Together with Terry Hartig of the Institute for Housing and Urban Research at Uppsala University I am joint network convenor for the international association for people-environment studies (iaps) Restorative environments network: www.iaps-association.org/networks


Dr. Marcus Zepf Dr. Marcus Zepf Dipl.-Ing. Univ.
CNRS UMR 5600 Lyon, France & EPFL Lausanne, Switzerland
Associate researcher & lecturer

Since my diploma in Architecture in Germany and my PhD in urban sociologie in Switzerland I have been working on the relation of built environment and social practices in public space. In the last 3 years I made research in Lyon France on governance and participation issues in the field of urban planning. My teaching activities are about current concepts of metropolization, planning and the role of public space.


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