Isabell Doucet, Karl Kropf, Jennifer Mack

Key note speakers

We are happy to present the conference key note speakers: Professor Isabelle Doucet and Senior lecturer Karl Kropf !

Biography of Isabelle Doucet

Isabelle Doucet is a Professor of Theory and History of Architecture at Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Previously she was based at the University of Manchester, Manchester School of Architecture, and has also taught at universities in Belgium, Italy, Germany, and The Netherlands. Her research focuses on the relationship between politics, aesthetics, and social responsibility in architecture. She is particularly interested in the relationship between architecture and urban politics in the 1970s and the repercussions of architecture's "post-political" turn. She examines such questions through both conceptual-methodological inquiries and historical and contemporary cases.

Isabelle’s books include The Practice Turn in Architecture. Brussels after 1968 (2015) and the co-edited volume Transdisciplinary Knowledge Production in Architecture and Urbanism (2011, with N. Janssens). She recently co-edited the thematic issue “Resist Reclaim Speculate. Situated Perspectives on Architecture and the City” (Architectural Theory Review, 2018, with H. Frichot) and had previously co-edited thematic issues for Footprint Journal and Candide Journal for Architectural Knowledge. Isabelle’s research has been widely published in journals including Architecture & Culture, Architectural Theory Review, Oase Journal of Architecture, City Culture and Society, and the Journal of Educational Administration and History; and in edited volumes, such as the recently published Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement (Routledge 2018). In 2018-2019, Isabelle was also a researcher for the Mellon Multidisciplinary Research Project called Architecture and/for the Environment, coordinated by the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Biography of Karl Kropf


Karl Kropf is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Design and Historic Conservation at Oxford Brookes University and Director of Built Form Resource, an urban design, landscape and heritage consultancy. He has combined academic research in urban morphology, teaching and practice in urban design for many years with the aim of ensuring one benefits that other. In practice he has worked in the UK, USA and France, including a time in the urban design team at Skidmore Owings and Merrill in San Francisco and as Conservation and Design Officer at Stratford-on-Avon District Council. His practice work includes urban extensions and regeneration down to small urban infill.

Research projects include translating the results of morphological analysis into design codes, developing computational tools for master planning and establishing a repository of urban tissue. More recently, he has been involved in collaborative research on street networks and route structure analysis. Karl is Associate Editor of the journal Urban Morphology and his Handbook of Urban Morphology was published in autumn 2017 by John Wiley.



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