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Dick Gleason, AoU
Former Dublin City Planner, Dublin City Council

Dick Gleeson is a professional urban planner and collaborative urbanist, and a committed advocate for sustainability. During his tenure as Dublin City Planner (2004-14), he championed the ‘6 Urban Themes’ as a way to think holistically and apply a systems approach to shaping cities.  He had responsibility for strategic forward planning of the city, and championed systems thinking, sustainability, and urbanism.

He has participated in all phases of the European COST project ‘People Friendly Cities’ and was a member of the working group producing the Brussels Charter on Collaborative Urbanism.

He believes planners must be proactive, embrace complexity, and have the agility to step from the strategic to the local. He has led interdisciplinary teams on the review of the Dublin City Development Plan, the Dublin Docklands SDZ, and managed Dublin’s Urban Advisory Plan from 1996-2004. 

Dick Gleeson believes in the power of the public realm to underpin a rich public life and thinks accessible ‘Infrastructure’ both hard and soft, is the key component to the quality of urban life. He is an active member of IC70, an interdisciplinary group looking at the 7 major Irish cities to 2070.

Daisy Narayanan, AoU
Senior Manager, Placemaking and Mobility, The City of Edinburgh Council 

Daisy Narayanan is the Senior Manager - Placemaking and Mobility at the City of Edinburgh Council where she leads on delivering a city-wide integrated approach to transport and placemaking.  

Daisy is on the Board of Architecture & Design Scotland and a member of the Evidence Group for Scotland’s Climate Assembly. She was on the Active Travel Task Force set up by the Minister for Transport and the Islands and is a member of the Scottish Transport Awards judging panel.  

Drawing on her previous experience working as an architect and urban designer in India, Singapore, England and Scotland, Daisy believes passionately in the importance of creating places for people: places that reflect and complement the communities that live in them. 

A music aficionado, a bookworm and a linguist, Daisy spends her time enjoying the Scottish outdoors with her husband and two children.  

Tina Saaby, Hon AoU
City Architect, Gladsaxe & Former City Architect, Copenhagen

Tina is City Architect for Gladsaxe and is the former City Architect for Copenhagen (2010 - 2019). Tina's role as the City Architect is a professional management role, which requires an ability to navigate in stormy weather, requires one to be clear in one’s argumentation, and requires an ability to quickly create an overview and prioritise what is important.

From 2007 to 2010 Tina was a Partner at WITRAZ arkitekter + landskab. During Tina's time here, she strengthened the company’s architectural profile and held a key role in creating a holistic image surrounding the projects they were involved in. 

Tina has been active in the Academic Architectural association, in think thanks, in industry organisations, etc., where she has acquired knowledge on the political and societal agendas, both globally and nationally, which plays an important role in developing the built environment in a way that creates quality of life for the individual, as well as a robust and sustainable starting point for the society as a whole.

Through Tina's position as a member of the Advisory board for Helsinki University and government. She has worked with the recruitment panel at the School of Architecture.

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Lorenza Casini
Associate Principal at URBED

Lorenza is an Associate Principal at URBED. She is a qualified architect, trained at the MSA and the RIBA NW with a wealth of experience in sustainable architecture and urban design. She also holds an MSc with Distinction in Environmental and Energy Science from the Centre for Alternative Technology and UEL.

Her work was recently in the 2017 Roll of Honour for "Women contributing to cycling development in and around Manchester" and in the RIBA 2018 International Women in Architecture #EthelDay "Inspirational Women in Architecture".

Lorenza is also one of the co-founders of Carbon Co-op and she also regularly contributes to university teaching in Manchester and Sheffield.   

The award was sponsored by Scott Tallon Walker Architects

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