ECOWEEK has initiated, invited and hosted lectures by a number of internationally acclaimed speakers, specialists and leaders in their field. Among the ECOWEEK distinguished speakers are Nobel Laureate and former US Vice President Al Gore, speaker at ECOWEEK 2007 on Global Warming, at the Athens Concert Hall in June 2007 (in cooperation with Megaron Plus); UK explorer and leadership expert Robert Swan, OBE ECOWEEK 2007 opening keynote speaker, at the Benaki Museum in Athens (in collaboration with the British Council).

'ECOWEEK 2008: Ecology + Environment + Architecture' International Conference in collaboration with AIAContinental Europe, keynote speakers were 'green' skyscraper and author architect Ken Yeang, and Landscape Designer Julie Bargmann, at the Cotsen Hall of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens. In 2008 ECOWEEK also hosted the director of the architectural documentary Last Call for Planet Earth Jacques Allard, award-winning Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis and others.

'ECOWEEK 2009: Empowering Youth: Ecology + Leadership + Architecture' International Conference in Athens, hosted keynote lectures by award-winning architect Shigeru Ban, and UK award-winning architect Ivan Harbour (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners).

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Keynote Speakers

Michael Sorkin Architect
Sorkin Studio

Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York, Michael Sorkin is principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio, an award-winning architecture and urban design practice in New York. From 1993 to 2000 he was Professor of Urbanism and Director of the Institute of Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. In addition to writing innumerable articles on architecture and the built environment, he has authored Variations on a Theme Park (1992) and Indefensible Space: The Architecture of the National Insecurity State (2007). Sorkin is the founder and president of the non-profit Terreform and chairs the board of directors of the Institute for Urban Design.


Michael Sorkin's lecture is made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the US Embassy American Cultural Center in Jerusalem and the generous hospitality of the BYU Center in Jerusalem.
Bjarke Ingels Architect

Bjarke Ingels started Bjarke Ingels Group in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001 and working at OMA in Rotterdam. Through a series of award-winning design projects and buildings, Bjarke Ingels has created an international reputation as a member of a new generation of architects that combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humour. He has received numerous awards. Bjarke has been active as a Visiting Professor at Rice Universityís School of Architecture and most recently at Harvard Universityís Graduate School of Design. Bjarke currently holds a guest lecturer position at Columbia Universityís Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.


Bjarke Ingel's lecture is made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the Danish Architectural Center and the Royal Danish Embassy in Tel Aviv and the generous hospitality of The Porter School of Environmental Studies and the David Azrieli School of Architecture.

Special Lecture & Discussion with:

Prof. Robert Axelrod
G. R. Ford School of Public Policy
University of Michigan

Robert Axelrod is the Walgreen Professor for the Study of Human Understanding at the University of Michigan. He has appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He holds a BA in mathematics from the University of Chicago (1964), and a PhD in political science from Yale (1969).

Prof. Axelrod is best known for his interdisciplinary work on the evolution of cooperation. His current research interests include complexity theory, and international security.

Among his honors and awards are membership in the National Academy of Sciences, and a five year MacArthur Prize Fellowship. Recently Axelrod has consulted and lectured the United Nations, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, and various organizations.

More on Robert Axelrod

Due to technical reasons, Prof. Axelrod's lecture has been postponed by the hosting American Cultucal Center in Jerusalem. We apologize for the inconvenience and we will notify you of the new time and date once the lecture is re-scheduled.

Prof. Robert Axelrod's video-conference lecture will be transmitted simultaneously to Jerusalem and Ramallah, and is made possible thanks to the cooperation and generous support of the Public Affairs Section of the US Consulate General in Jerusalem and the US Embassy American Center in Jerusalem.


Distinguished Speakers

Thomas Rau Architect
RAU Architects

Dutch Architect Thomas Rau started his firm in 1993 and became best known for his ING-bank offices and Europe's first CO2-free building, the World Wildlife Fund headquarters in Zeist, Netherlands. Rau describes his guiding principle as "open-minded architecture", providing the client with what he/she really wants, and not necessarily with what he/she asked for. Rau architects also create buildings that are energy-producing rather than energy consuming. Rau is the first Cradle 2 Cradle certified architects office in Europe.


Thomas Rau's lecture is made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the Dutch Green Building Council and the generous hospitality of The Porter School of Environmental Studies and the David Azrieli School of Architecture.
Thomas Doxiadis Landscape Architect

Thomas Doxiadis is an Architect and Landscape Architect educated at Harvard University. Thomas specializes in the site planning and integration of Architecture and landscape design in a sustainable way. Former Senior Manager at the Athens Olympics Organizing Committee, he is the recepient of numerous awards such as Rudolf Amheim Prize, Penny White Award and Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement. Adjunct Lecturer at Patras University and has taught atThessaly University.


Thomas Doxiadi's lecture is made possible through the cooperation and generous support of the 2nd Bat Yam Biennale and the generous hospitality of The Porter School of Environmental Studies and the David Azrieli School of Architecture.

Invited Speakers: 'Green' Examples

Joseph Cory Architect

GEOTECTURA is an award winning architectural studio founded by architect Dr. Joseph (Yossi) Cory. Its work was published and exhibited worldwide.

The Eco_Wall new Porter School of Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University project (designed by Geotectura, NCArchitects and Axelrod-Grobman Architects) won the competition that aimed to erect the first LEED Platinum building in Israel. Cory's will reveal the environmental aspects of the design.

The project is designed to perform as a living lab of ecological and social values for the community and the environment. The lecture will get into the details and the dilemmas of the design team and will show different strategies and conclusions for this important milestone in the sustainable architecture in Israel.


Omar Yousef Architect
Tanmia Consultants

Dr. Omar Yousef is a practicing architect and a professor of Planning, Policy and Design and the Head of the Graduate Program in Jerusalem Studies at Al Quds Palestinian University in Jerusalem. He is educated in Romania, Berlin and the U.S. He has won several competitions, among them the un-built Palestinian National Museum of Archeology in Gaza, the Headquarters of Medical Relief Committees in Ramallah and the Qattan Library and Children Center in Gaza City (left). Serving as a consultant for UNICEF, UNDP and other NGOs, with interests in environmental and social ecology, he worked with communities on environmental projects and public participation.

Omar will focus on the environmental projects of grey water recycling and roof top gardens in rural Gaza with some brief mention of his approach to Architecture, interpretation and recycling of meaning.

Mati Kones Architect

Mati Kones, one of the pioneers in passive solar Architecture in Israel, since the 1980s has a number of completed passive solar buildings throughout Israel.

The Sonnenfeld Center for Environmental Physics at the Institute for Desert Research Sde Boker Campus of the Ben Gurion University is an administration and academic building, utilizing passive solar heating and passive cooling to reduce reliance on fossil fuel generated energy.

David Knafo Architect
Knafo Klimor Architects

Knafo Klimor Architects is committed for development of sustainable and humanistic architecture in its regional contexts.

Ashdod Visitor Center will be the first public building that will meet the LEED Gold standard for its high sustainability quality. The building will provide about 60% of its energy by solar and geothermal systems. In addition an inner atrium was designed to enhance natural ventilation. A website showing the process of construction on site will contribute to the public awareness to sustainability among Ashdod inhabitants.

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