Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Francesco Bandarin

Francesco Bandarin
Francesco Bandarin

Francesco Bandarin is an Architect and Urban Planner who graduated in Architecture from the Institute of Architecture of Venice and  holds a Master of City and Regional Planning from University of California, Berkeley. He is Professor of Urban Planning and Conservation at the  University IUAV of Venice and has taught courses in urban planning at the Johns Hopkins University and been a Research Fellow at Harvard University.

He is a former Director of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre where he managed the World Heritage Convention for over 10 years, coordinating several important conservation projects in the most important sites in the world. He played a central role in the adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Historic Urban Landscape in 2011. From 2010 to 2014 he served as Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for Culture.

More recently he has acted as President of the Jury of the Prize “New Ideas” of the Bordeaux Architectural Biennale and President of the Jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2015 he was appointed as President of the Jury of the First Shenzen Creative Design Award in China. Also in 2015 he was elected President of the Italian Association of Historic Cities and was appointed as a member of the Visiting Committee of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles.

He is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal City, Culture and Society, published by Elsevier. His recent publications include: The Historic Urban Landscape: Managing Heritage in an Urban Century, 2012 and Reconnecting the City. The Historic Urban Landscape Approach and the Future of Urban Heritage, 2014, both published by Wiley-Blackwell.