OUR SPEAKERS 2019
JAN GEHL, Gehl Architects, Copenhagen
Jan Gehl Hon. FAIA (born 17 September 1936, Copenhagen) is a Danish architect and urban design consultant based in Copenhagen whose career has focused on improving the quality of urban life by re-orienting city design towards the pedestrian and cyclist. He is a founding partner of Gehl Architects.
Gehl received a Masters of Architecture from the School of Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) in Copenhagen in 1960, and practiced architecture from 1960 to 1966. In 1966 he received a research grant from KADK to study the form and use of public spaces; his book Life between Buildings (1971) reports his studies of public life in public spaces, and develops his theories about how city planning and architecture influence public life. He became a professor of urban planning at KADK, and a Visiting Professor around the world. He co-founded Gehl Architects in 2000 with Helle Søholt, held a Partner position until 2011, and remains a Senior Advisor.
As a young architect working in the suburbs, Gehl married a psychologist and had many discussions about why the human side of architecture was not more carefully looked after by the architects, landscape architects, and planners…My wife and I set out to study the borderland between sociology, psychology, architecture, and planning.
CAROLINE BOS, Co-Founder, UNStudio Amsterdam
Caroline Bos (born 1959 in Rotterdam) studied History of Art at Birkbeck College of the University of London. After co-founding Van Berkel& Bos Architectuur Bureau in 1988 she stopped working as journalist to focus on being the internal critic for the practice, writing everything from employment contracts to essays and descriptions of projects that were yet to be designed. In 1999 Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos founded UNStudio; a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. As an analyst she has been involved in all UNStudio projects. Her observations and synthesis on different programmatic issues has become integral with the work of the different project teams.
With Ben van Berkel she was editor of Forum (1985-86) and the ANY publication ‘Diagram Works’ (1998). She was visiting lecturer at Princeton University and has taught at the Berlage Institute, and UCLA. Her interest in the concept of the architect is reflected in the books she has co-written with Ben Van Berkel: ‘Ben van Berkel Architect’ (1992), ‘Delinquent Visionaries’ (1990), ‘Mobile Forces’ (1994), ‘Move’ (1999), Unfold (2003), 'Design Models' (2006).
Caroline Bos also completed a Master's Degree in urban and regional planning, at the Geosciences Faculty of the University of Utrecht.
STUART MOSELEY, CEO Victorian Planning Authority
Stuart Moseley, CEO of Victorian Planning Authority, has more than 30 years of experience in urban management and project delivery, and has held senior positions in three State Governments, the private sector and local government.
He is a former Chief Executive of the Adelaide City Council, a former National Vice-President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, a Registered Planner and Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Immediately prior to taking the helm at the VPA in June 2017, Stuart oversaw the delivery of a new planning system for Queensland a new regional plan for South East Queensland.
In his VPA role he has driven the repositioning of the Authority as a broad-based State-wide growth planning agency and is now working to deliver the organisation’s largest-ever project portfolio.