Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker I

Prof. Eric J. Strauss

Michigan State University, USA

Dr. Eric J. Strauss is a Professor of Urban & Regional Planning in SPDC at MSU. He is a former Director of the Urban and Regional Planning Program. He has more than 40 years of experience in planning practice in both the public and private sector. Dr. Strauss has been a planner for federal and state governments, a City and County Planning Director, a City Attorney and a consultant to more than 50 organizations, both public and private, on a wide variety of planning related issues. He has prepared many comprehensive plans and land use regulations at all levels of detail for many communities.

Keynote Speaker II

Prof. Marco Casini

SAPIENZA University of Rome, Italy

Environmental Engineer, PhD in Environmental Engineering and Research fellow in Architecture Technology, he is Tenured Professor of Architecture Technology and of Environmental Certification of Buildings at the Faculty of Architecture of SAPIENZA University of Rome, Department of Urban planning, Design and Architecture Technology - PDTA and Adjunct Professor of Energy and Environmental Sustainability for Buildings, Bahcesehir BAU International University Rome - Faculty of Architecture and Design.
He is Scientific Director of the Editorial board of the Journal "Ponte", published by DEI, Rome (Italy) and Member of Editorial Board of Journal of Energy and Power Engineering and of Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture, David Publishing, NY (USA).
Member of the teaching Faculty of the PhD in “Energy Saving and Energy Distributed Microgeneration” at the SAPIENZA University of Rome, he is also Member of the Interregional Working Group for Sustainable Construction at the Institute for Innovation and transparency in government procurement and environmental compatibility (ITACA), the Italian technical body of the Conference of Regions and Autonomous Provinces.
He carries out its research activities within SAPIENZA University in the fields of Green and Smart Buildings, Renewable energies and Nanotechnologies and Smart materials for architecture working as scientific coordinator on major projects such as realization of “Regional system for the certification and accreditation of energy and environmental sustainability of buildings” - Protocollo ITACA Lazio (2014) and the preparation of the “Sustainable Energy Action Plan of Rome (SEAP) in to the Covenant of majors European project (2012).
He has authored over 70 scientific publications and 6 books including Smart Building (DEI 2014), Design the efficiency of buildings (DEI 2013 - II ed.), Building the environment (Edizioni Ambiente 2009) and EMAS Eco-Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (IlSole24Ore 2004).

Plenary Speaker I

Prof. Nuno Dinis Cortiços
Universidade de Lisboa, Portugal


Nuno Dinis Cortiços, was born in Lisbon, Portugal, on January 9th, 1974. He graduated as an architect in Faculdade de Arquitectura, Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, in 1999, with 16 grade points (0-20 points), and, was invited to, exhibit his academic work in Ordem dos Arquitectos Portugueses (Portuguese Architects Council). He accomplished a PhD in construction technologies, with 16 grade points (0-20 points), entitled Survey on construction performance of Universities built in the 80’s and 90’s - Identification and Standardization of Construction Defects. In his career path, he worked at Alberto Souza Oliveira, Lda, Júlio Saint-Maurice, Lda (as an architect, in both architecture studios) and at PC Stevens Consulting, Ltd (as technical consultant, in fiscalization in the construction site). Was, also, the founder of Atelier das Picoas, Lda (an architecture atelier), in 2006, and Reformact, Lda (a construction company specialized in remodeling), in 2012. He was visiting professor at Faculdade de Arquitectura, from the Universidade Técnica de Lisboa, from 2007 to 2013. In this same year, he began his academic career as an assistant professor, in that University, where he remains to this day, lecturing subjects as diverse as materials, constructions technologies, constructions defects, constructions performance, rehabilitation and environmental comfort, by way of example.
From 2014 to 2016, assumed the faculty vice-presidency, being responsible for the financial area.
He is considered an expert on constructions management issues, like: processes development and functionality in Portuguese school buildings. As so he was, several times, consulted by the media, such as: daily newspaper “Diário de Notícias” (Portugal), national television station “TV2” (Portugal), national public radio station “RDP 1 – Rádio Difusão Portuguesa” and others.
Recently, he was invited to be keynote speaker in ICAMC 2016, 2nd International Conference on Architecture, Materials and Construction presenting a talk his last research project "Conservation and Maintenance Policies and Practices of Government Buildings in Brasilia, Brazil” and published in the International Journal of Structural and Civil Engineering Research (IJSCER, ISSN: 2319-6009) an article entitled “World Heritage Site Maintenance: Brazil National Congress, Brasília”.
Prof. Cortiços is an active researcher in Centro de Investigação em Arquitetura, Urbanismo e Design at the Faculdade de Arquitetura, from the Universidade de Lisboa, which was founded in 2006 and graded “A” by the Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, in 2007.

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