Keynote & Plenary Speakers


Prof. George Baird

Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Biography: George Baird is Emeritus Professor of Building Science at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington, specialising in building environmental science and the assessment of building performance from the point of view of the users. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (UK) and of Engineering New Zealand, and was awarded Life Membership of the Energy Management Association (now Carbon and Energy Professionals) of New Zealand in 2013. He received the NZ Science and Technology Bronze Medal in 1999, the international “Pioneers of the World Renewable Energy Network” Award in 2006 and was appointed a Fellow of the Architectural Science Association at their 50th Annual Conference in 2016. Dr Baird has authored innumerable conference papers and journal articles over the last half century. Major books include: Energy Performance of Buildings; Building Evaluation Techniques; Architectural Expression of Environmental Control Systems; and most recently Sustainable Buildings in Practice, a worldwide survey of sustainable buildings. Still active in his field, he was an invited speaker at the recent World Sustainable Building Conference in Hong Kong and the Passive and Low Energy Architecture Conference in Edinburgh, and is a member of the editorial boards of several journals in the field of architectural science, including Architectural Science Review, Journal of Building Engineering, Intelligent Buildings International, and Buildings.

Speech Title: The Case for Determining the Occupants’ Viewpoint on Their Building’s Performance
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Prof. Tan Kiang Hwee

National University of Singapore, Singapore

Biography: Professor TAN KIANG HWEE is a faculty member of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the National University of Singapore (NUS) since July 1981. He obtained his doctorate degree from the University of Tokyo, Japan in 1985. He specialises in the area of structural concrete and composites and has carried out extensive research on external prestressing, fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement, fibre-reinforced concrete, and sustainable concrete and construction. Professor Tan is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, Singapore (IES), Japan Concrete Institute (JCI) and Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). He is a member of editorial boards for more than ten international journals, including ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering, ASCE Journal of Composites for Construction, Cement and Concrete Composites, JCI Journal of Advanced Concrete Technology, and others. He is a registered professional engineer and has also been a consultant in structural engineering to several agencies in Singapore.

Prof. C.W. Lim

City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Biography: Prof IR Lim is currently a registered professional engineer (RPE). He received a first degree from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, a Master's Degree and PhD from National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University, respectively. Prior to joining CityU, he was a post-doctoral research fellow at Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Queensland and Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong. Prof. Lim is also a visiting professor at various universities including the University of Western Sydney, Dalian University of Technology, etc. He has expertise in vibration of plate and shell structures, dynamics of smart piezoelectric structures, nanomechanics and symplectic elasticity. He is the Editor for Journal of Mechanics of Materials and Structures (JoMMS), Associate Editor (Asia-Pacific Region) for Journal of Vibration Engineering & Technologies (JVET), Associate Editor for International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos (IJBC), International Subject Editor for Applied Mathematical Modelling (AMM), and also on the editorial board of some other international journals. He has published among one of the well-selling titles in Engineering Mechanics entitled "Symplectic Elasticity", co-authored with W.A. Yao and W.X. Zhong, as recorded in April 2010 by the publisher, World Scientific. He has published more than 300 international journal papers, accumulated more than 3000 independent citations, and one of the papers was granted the IJSS 2004-2008 most cited article award. He was also awarded Top Referees in 2009, Proceedings A, The Royal Society.

Prof. Kyoung Sun Moon

Yale University, USA                                 

Biography: Kyoung Sun Moon is Associate Professor at Yale University School of Architecture. He received a B.S. from Seoul National University and an M.Arch. and an M.S.C.E. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the Yale faculty, Dr. Moon taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and worked at Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill in Chicago and the Republic of Korea Navy. Educated as both an architect and engineer, Dr. Moon’s primary research area is the integration between the art and science/technology of architecture, with a focus on tall and other structurally challenging buildings. His articles on this area have appeared in many scholarly journals including The Structural Design of Tall and Special Buildings, Engineering Structures, Journal of Architectural Engineering, Architectural Science Review, Journal of Urban Technology, and International Journal of Sustainable Building Technology and Urban Development to name a few. He is also the author of the book “Cantilever Architecture.” Dr. Moon is a licensed architect in the U.S., and a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Society of Civil Engineers Committee on Tall Buildings, and Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Expert Peer Review Committee. He is an editor in chief of the International Journal of High-Rise Buildings and an editorial board member of other research journals.

Prof. Minehiro Nishiyama

Kyoto University, Japan                                 

Biography: Minehiro Nishiyama is a professor of the Architecture and Architectural Engineering Department, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University, Japan. He obtained PhD for a thesis entitled "Seismic Response and Seismic Design of Prestressed Concrete Buildings" from Kyoto University. He received the 1992 Otto Glogau Award from New Zealand National Society of Earthquake Engineering for a paper written based on his PhD thesis. He worked as President of Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute (2015-2017) and Vice-president of Japan Concrete Institute (2018-2020). His research interest is in the field of seismic performance of reinforced and prestressed concrete buildings, fire resistance of concrete material and buildings, and development of high-performance materials and structural systems. He, as a member of the reconnaissance teams dispatched by institutes and Japanese government, has investigated many regions devastated by severe earthquakes such as Northridge earthquake (USA) 1994, Hyogoken Nanbu earthquake 1995, Kocaeli earthquake (Turkey) 1999, Chi-Chi earthquake (Taiwan) 1999, earthquake off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku 2011, Kumamoto earthquake (Japan) 2016 and Puebla earthquake (Mexico) 2017. Reports on the investigation results have been published in international journals.