keynote speakers

Allison Dutoit, Gehl Architects

Allison combines practice (as an architect and urban designer with Gehl) and education (as a Senior Lecturer at UWE). A dedicated collaborator and teacher, Allison has practiced and taught in the United States, Denmark and the United Kingdom. She has been the Liveable Cities Advisor to Cardiff Council PSB and has worked with public and private clients in across the UK and Europe. Working at city, neighbourhood and building scales, her focus is on our everyday interactions and the ability of small invitations to foster new relationships, cultures, and qualities. At the heart of all the challenges is a passionate belief in community, service and the power of  everyday, eye-level exchanges. 

Professor Christian Frost

Christian Frost qualified as an architect in 1990 following the completion of his studies at the University of Cambridge and has practiced in Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom. In 2001 he became a full-time academic and developed an interest in the medieval period that has resulted in several publications including the book Time, Space and Order: The Making of Medieval Salisbury (2009); and joint editorship of Bishop RobertGrosseteste and Lincoln Cathedral (2014); Architecture, Festival and the City (2018) and an issue of the Journal Architecture and Culture vol 6, issue 3. (2018). His PhD concentrated on continuity of festive iconography in Florence since the medieval period. In 2019 he became Head of Architecture at London Metropolitan University.

David Capener/Annex and Prof Cristina Cerulli /Studio Polpo

Installation view, ‘High Street of Exchanges’, the Garden of Privatised Delights, British Pavilion – La Biennale di Venezia, 2021 © Cristiano Corte © British Council


The Irish pavilion at the 17th International Architecture Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia, Entanglement, explores the materiality of data and the interwoven human, environmental, and cultural impacts of information and communication technologies. It highlights how data production and consumption territorialise the physical landscape, and examines Ireland’s place in the pan-national evolution of data infrastructure

David Capener is a theorist, educator, writer, architect, and designer. His practice critically examines the spaces produced by our contemporary technological condition. He has written for The Irish TimesThe GuardianThe Sunday Times, and numerous other print and online publications. He currently leads the third year BA (Hons) Architecture course at Birmingham City University.


Designed by Studio Polpo the High Street of Exchanges is one of six immersive installations within the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2020 (postponed to 2021) curated by Unscene Architecture and titled The Garden of Privatised Delights. The high street has a crucial role to play in the centre of our towns and cities, beyond being a site for shopping and consuming. With the multinationals that dominate retail contributing little to local economies, and wages continuing to decline, this simplistic model is both socially and economically unsustainable. Through an immersive installation High Street of Exchanges invites visitors to imagine the high street as an infrastructure of mutuality, care and civic action.

Cristina Cerulli is a researcher, educator and practitioner working across architecture, art and design. She is a founding director of research-led social enterprise design and architecture practice Studio Polpo and a Professor of Ethical Practice in Architecture and Urban Design at Sheffield Hallam University.

Anna Francis

Anna Francis is an artist and researcher whose work aims to create space to discuss and reframe city resources, through participatory art interventions.

She creates situations for herself, the public and other artists to explore places differently. In recent years the interventions which Anna has worked on focus on the city of Stoke-on-Trent, and use an action research process to recognise untapped resources, plan responses to disused sites in the city, take action to change the way these sites are viewed, and potentially, make changes, which can be temporary and sometimes permanent. Through this, Anna aims to gain an understanding of the role of artists, arts organisations and communities in the development of places.

Anna is Associate Professor of Fine Art and Social Practice at Staffordshire University, and a Director at AirSpace Gallery, and The Portland Inn Project. Born in Canterbury, Kent, she first moved to Stoke-on-Trent in 1997, and now lives here permanently with her partner and two children.

https://theportlandinnproject. com/

Research outputs:

David Perez, Grigri projects

David Pérez García is an architect and part of Grigri Projects.

Grigri Projects is a platform dedicated to research, consulting and production that focuses its action and interests on participatory designcommunity cultureurban intervention and collective creation processes of a transdisciplinary nature. We develop our work thanks to the collaboration with other groups and agents operating at the various fields of city construction and management, from citizenship initiatives to international cooperation agencies or local municipalities, at local and international level, specially focused on the African continent. Our proposals are developed in a collaborativeexperimental and situated way, in constant dialogue with the context and the unexpected. We take the shared experience and emotional bonds as a fundamental basis when working on the design and implementation of programs aimed to promote a dialogue between the various individuals and collectives involved in the development of actions of collective interest.

Rodolfo Garcia Vazquez

Director and Playwright.

Born in São Paulo, Rodolfo founded Os Satyros in 1989. Throughout his career, he directed theatre and film and performed in 20 countries. Among his main works,  there are the Libertine Trilogy, based on Marquis de Sade (Philosophy in the Boudoir, 120 Days of Sodom and Justine), the People Trilogy (Perfect People, Sublime People and Mean People) and Roberto Zucco (by the French playwright Bernard-Marie Koltès). 

He was also the artistic director for Interkunst, a German institution based in Berlin, for 7 years. In this period, he directed artists from over 25 countries in different shows such Instant Acts gegen Gewalt und Rassismus.

Dr. Ana Bonet Miro

Dr Ana Bonet Miró is Lecturer in Architectural Design and Architectural Technology at The University of Edinburgh and MArch studio leader. Chartered architect in UK and Spain, she is also co-director of bblab. The practice has developed internationally awarded designs that have been published in Elemental: Incremental Housing and Participatory Design ManualHäuser Award,Madrid 100%IIInformes de la Construcción and Arquitectos. Her doctoral research Architecture, Media and Archives: The Fun Palace of Joan Littlewood and Cedric Price as a Cultural Project, closely analyses the project’s construction and circulation through different media forms across its almost sixty-year long reception history to decentre the familiar architectural narrative of the project in favour of its more ambitious cultural agenda. It has been published in Architecture and Culture, ARQ, Drawing Matter and RA: Revista de Arquitectura. She is delighted to contribute to the first edition of the Cedric Price Day at Staffordshire University.