| architecture across continents

ACO and AIT-Dialog have been successfully launching a virtual tour of the world's seven continents inviting architects, urban planners, engineers and landscape architects to become part of " - architecture across continents".

Internationally renowned architects and other experts will present inspiring projects of different scales facing new conditions in urban environments and rural areas. With respect to the context, they respond innovatively, experimentally and sustainably at the global and local level to the consequences of change as well as to extreme challenges on site.

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Keynote Speakers

Peter Rich
Peter Rich Architects | South Africa

"An African Architecture serving as a catalyst for bringing about and embracing change. Buildings that empower communities adapting to changing circumstances, be they social, physical or environmental."

Lecture: "Architecture Enabling Change"

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Kunlé Adeyemi
NLÉ | Netherlands/Nigeria

"NLÉ believes that developing cities are the home of Global Advancement thus we will provide the sustainable solutions necessary for the environmental, infrastructural and human challenges posed by this mega century."

Lecture: "Water Cities"

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ACO On Site | Mindeerup Piazza
Connect South | Australia

“PLACE Laboratory curated a narrative of interwoven local stories, using them as a design device with which to order the design character of the piazza"

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Marina Tabassum | MTA

"Marina Tabassum was born in 1969 in Dhaka, Bangladesh and studied architecture at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, where she graduated with distinction in 1995. She gained her first professional experience in the office of Uttam Kumar Saha, Nandan Architects. It was during this time that she developed her attitude of wanting to pursue a more sustainable concept of architecture. In 1995, Tabassum co-founded Urbana Architecture in Dhaka with Kashef Chowdhury. In 2005, she ended the partnership and founded her own practice, Marina Tabassum Architects.

Tabassum designed the Baitur Rauf Jame Mosque in Dhaka, which was realised on a minimal budget over a period of twelve years and completed in 2012. For this project, Tabassum was awarded the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.

As a visiting professor, Tabassum has taught at Harvard, the University of Texas, BRAC University in Dhaka and TU Delft, among others. Since 2015, she has headed the Academic Programme of the Bengal Institute for Architecture, Landscapes and Settlements. In 2017, while teaching at Harvard, she worked with students and local artisans to develop houses for residents of the Ganges Delta, which is subject to frequent flooding, each costing just $2,000. In 2018, she was part of the exhibition "Freespace" at the Architketurbiennale in Venice."


Kristina Bacht

"The interplay of architecture and its context inspire me. In connection with current challenges, exciting questions arise for the future of building culture."

  • After studying architecture and urban planning in the Netherlands and Chile, as well as working in various international architecture offices in the USA, Germany and the Netherlands, Kristina Bacht focusses on the mediation of architecture and related disciplines on a global and local level.
  • As curator, author, moderator and juror of numerous exhibitions, publications, congresses, conferences and workshops, as well as publishing director of AIT-Dialog with its own architecture galleries in Hamburg, Cologne and Munich, Kristina Bacht is a well-connected and well-known personality in the architecture scene.

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Thomas Bendixen

"Changing environmental influences present architects and the building industry with complex challenges. The event series gives us the chance to take a glimpse at future demands together thus be able to approach them now."

  • Internationality is a central factor in Thomas Bendixen's life. After studying in the USA and Denmark, he has worked more than 20 years in market leading companies in the building material industry under Danish, German or French ownership.
  • As member of the Group management of ACO and CEO of the German business division, Thomas Bendixen takes a central role in the future-oriented change of our environment and understands how to motivate employees to drive this change as well as innovation.

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Event schedule

12:00 | Welcome

12:10 | Keynote Peter Rich | Johannesburg, South Africa

12:30 | Q&A

12:40 | Keynote Kunlé Adeyemi | Lagos, Nigeria/Amsterdam, Netherlands

13:00 | Q&A

13:10 | ACO on site | Place Laboratory | Perth, Western Australia

13:20 | Dialogue with all speakers

13:25 | Conclusion

13:30 | askACO breakout sessions | architecture across continents

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