Tim Winter - Project Leader - University of Western Australia
Tim is a Research Professor at the University of Western Australia, Perth. He currently leads three international research collaborations, two of which focus on urban sustainability and indoor comfort in Asia and the Gulf (GCC), with a third project addressing the relationship between heritage conservation and international relations. in researching air conditioning and built environment sustainability, Tim's key interest is in the possibilities of maintaining and promoting low carbon comfort practices, and the development of a 'cool living heritage' concept'. To do this he draws on recent debates around social practice and materiality, and investigates the cultural histories of comfort and the transformative power of air-con.
Tim has been a consultant for the World Bank, Getty Conservation Institute, World Monuments Fund and Japanese Team for Safeguarding Angkor, and been a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge, The Getty Conservation Institute and University College London, Qatar. He has published widely on heritage, development, modernity, urban sustainability, tourism and heritage diplomacy, and his recent books include The Routledge Handbook of Heritage in Asia and Shanghai Expo: an international forum on the future of cities.
Jiat-Hwee Chang - National University of Singapore
Jiat-Hwee Chang is Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. His research on postcolonial architectural history and theory, and the socio-technical aspects of sustainability in the built environment have been published as various book chapters and journal articles. He is currently finishing a book to be published by Routledge Archi-text Series titled A Genealogy of Tropical Architecture: Colonialism, Ecology and Technology. He is the co-editor of Non West Modernist Past (2011) and a special issue of Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography on “Tropical Spatialities” (2011). Jiat-Hwee is currently an editorial board member of Architectural Histories: The Open Access Journal of EAHN and a co-editor of Singapore Architect.
Donald McNeill - Western Sydney University
Donald McNeill is Professor of Urban and Cultural Geography, joining the Institute for Culture and Society in 2011, having previously held positions at the Urban Research Centre at WSU, King's College London, Southampton and Strathclyde. He is a recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship, in the field of 'Governing digital cities', running from 2012 to 2016. His work is located at the intersection of human geography, economic sociology, spatial planning, and urban design and architecture, with a particular interest in the political and cultural economy of globalization and cities. He is currently working with colleagues on ARC grants about the future of Sydney's Chinatown, and on the social history of air-conditioning in Southeast Asia, and has recently completed an ARC Discovery project, 'The production and contestation of airport territory' (2008-2010). He has published widely in human geography and urban studies, and his books include The global architect: firms, fame and urban form (Routledge, 2008), New Europe: imagined spaces (Arnold, 2004), and Urban change and the European left: tales from the New Barcelona (Routledge, 1999).
Trinidad Rico - Texas A&M Qatar
Dr. Trinidad Rico’s broad areas of research include ethnographic heritage, critical heritage studies, risk, Islamic materiality, cosmopolitanism, and the vernacularization of discourses and expertise. Her recent work focuses on the construction and operation of vulnerability in cultural heritage discourses and methods, and the mobilisation of Islamic values in heritage making in the Arabian Peninsula and South America. She is co-editor of Cultural Heritage in the Arabian Peninsula (Ashgate, 2014) and Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage (University Press of Colorado, 2015). Her role in the Cool Living Heritage in Qatar: Sustainable Alternatives to Air-Conditioned Urban Development project, is investigating the heritage of the Gulf Region and questions of sustainability. At present, Dr Rico teaches introductory courses in anthropology and archaeology.
Russell Hitchings - University College London
After graduating Russell worked in advertising before returning to research through an MSc centred on environment and society issues here at University College London. This led to a doctorate and a postdoctoral fellowship also at UCL where both were supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. After this he moved to Hull to take up an academic fellowship in Human Geography before returning as a lecturer in 2007. Since then Russell has become interested in exploring the value of cultural studies of ambient experience through a further grant from the Economic and Social Research Council. People in the west now spend over ninety per cent of their time within buildings that are increasingly air-conditioned. This trend is troubling in terms that range from resource consumption to social sustainability. Part of his research has centred on an examination of how a societal indifference to the seasons, the weather, and other aspects of immediate climatic change might be engineered.
Johannes Widodo - National University of Singapore
Dr Johannes Widodo is an Associate Professor, the Director of the Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (a low energy resource centre that seeks to reduce energy use to a minimum), and Executive Editor of JSEAA (Journal of Southeast Asian Architecture) of the Department of Architecture, National University of Singapore. His research areas include Architecture History, Typology & Morphology, and Heritage Management. He is the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network) and iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He has been serving as a jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee and Shared Heritage Committee, founding member and director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore, and associate member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management. He is also a founding member and director of DoCoMoMo Macau. He serves as advisory board member of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments, National Heritage Board of Singapore. He received his first professional degree in Architecture from Parahyangan Catholic University (Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering degree from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium, 1988), and PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (Japan, 1996).
Toyah Horman - Research Assistant and Web Content Coordinator -
University of Western Australia
Toyah Horman works as a research assistant in the areas of Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy at the University of Western Australia, Perth. Obtaining a Masters in Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies in 2011, she has been involved in a variety of projects at a number of Australian Institutions, including Museum Victoria, Heritage Victoria and the National Film and Sound Archive. Toyah continues to be involved as a researcher in the 'Kelabit Highlands Museum Project' (Sarawak, Malaysia) and has co-written various articles on the projects outcomes, as well as featured in the student made documentary, 'A World Within No More'.