Dialogue (1)

Repenser la ville après la pandémie

David Covo

David Covo (Vice-President)

Professor, McGill University, Canada

David Covo, Professor is an architect and former Director of the Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture at McGill University, where he has been teaching since 1977. His teaching responsibilities cover design, architectural drawing and sketching, geometry, and universal design, and current research addresses topics in architectural representation, housing and urban rehabilitation in China, and the work of Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. He served as the Professional Advisor for the 2014, 2017 and 2019 editions of the RAIC International Prize, and was also a member of the juries for the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, the Canadian High Arctic Research Station in Cambridge Bay, and the transformation of the Musée d’art contemporain in Montreal. He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, a member of the Order of Architects of Quebec, and Professor Honoris Causa at Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest.

Denise Piché

Université Laval, Canada

Vikram Bhatt

Professor Emeritus, Peter Guo-hua Fu School of Architecture, McGill University, Canada

René Joly Assako Assako

Vice-Recteur, Université de Douala, Cameroon

Mary W. Rowe

President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute, Canada

Syall Oumar

John Zacharias

Chair Professor, Peking University, Beijing, China

Dr. John Zacharias is currently Chair Professor at Peking University where he runs the Laboratory on Urban Process Modelling and Applications. He is interested in people-environment relations, with a focus on urban planning, transport planning and urban design. How people respond to the planned and designed environment is studied using observation, remote sensing, and participation of sample populations in surveys and experiments. How people perceive the planned environment is also examined. While the studies have a basic scientific approach and are published in the leading international journals in these fields, they are conducted with an eye to policy formulation. At Peking University, he teaches research methodology for students of the planning sciences, leads a seminar course in planning theory and supervises graduate students in the preparation of their graduation theses. He is frequently asked to speak at city planning bureaux and their related institutes and also to offer comments on specific plans and projects. Prior to his appointment at Peking University in 2012 he was longtime Director of the Urban Studies Programme and the Urban Planning Programme, housed in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment, where he also served as Chair for several years. He served on the Commission de la Représentation Électorale du Québec from 2005 to 2010. His Ph.D. was awarded by the Université de Montréal in 1990, where he also co-taught an urban planning laboratory for the Institut d’urbanisme, during the years of his doctoral research. He also worked in the administration of McGill University as a liaison person with the Gouvernement du Québec in the mid-1980s. His earlier career as an urban planner was with the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia government, following his graduate degree in urban planning from the University of British Columbia.

Weimin Zhuang

Member of Chinese Academy of Science, Tsinghua University, China