Prof. Dr. Ana-Maria Dabija has been an architect since 1986. She worked in a design institute and a private company before pursuing a university career in the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest, in 1991. She has a Doctoral Degree, since 2000 and is a doctoral tutor since 2008. During an academic career that span over almost three decades she developed 11 courses, wrote, edited or coordinated several books, took part in more than 60 conferences, supervised technical regulations and scientific research, worked as an architect, as an expert and as a certified verifier. She is a corresponding member of the Romanian Academy of Technical Sciences, a member of the Commission for Renewable Energy of the Romanian Academy as well as a member of numerous national and international professional and scientific bodies. In the University she was a Vice-rector, coordinating the research activities and currently is the Director of the Center of Architectural and Urban Studies (CSAU) of the “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism Bucharest, Romania and the Director of the Architecture Doctoral School of the Ion Mincu University.
Dr. Ruairí O’Brien is an Associate Professor & Head of the ‘Architecture and Visual Design Department’ at the German University, Cairo. He Studied architecture at universities in London, Edinburgh, and New York. His research interests are Future architecture, Lighting and the built environment, The development of old and new towns and Microarchitecture. He is also interested in the architecture of museums, memory and heritage. The role of the architect in public space. The role of art and architecture in public space. As a practicing architect and lighting designer: O’Brien has executed a large and diverse portfolio of interdisciplinary work in the fields of architecture and urban design. Urban design projects include the renovation and development of heritage protected market squares, design guideline brochures for district and street development, moderating participatory design and development projects, city orientation systems, lighting masterplans, streetscape and building illumination projects. In architecture, projects include heritage building renovations, hospital and school renovations, residential buildings, museums, memorials and exhibitions. In the field of lighting design O’Brien has also designed and built innovative street lighting fixtures and developed a series of lighting sculptures for public space.