Opening Lead Keynote Speaker


Dr Johannes Widodo is the director of MA.ArC (Master of Arts in Architectural Conservation) program, and Tun Tan Cheng Lock Centre for Asian Architectural and Urban Heritage in Melaka (Malaysia) of the National University of Singapore. He is an Associate Member of the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA), the founder of mAAN (modern Asian Architecture Network), Executive Committee member of the Asian Academy for Heritage Management, jury member for UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation, member of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee, a founding member and director of ICOMOS National Committee of Singapore and Indonesia, a founding member of DoCoMoMo Macau and Singapore, the founder and executive director of iNTA (International Network of Tropical Architecture). He served as an advisory board member of the Preservation of Sites and Monuments of the National Heritage Board of Singapore (2013-2019) and a board member of SEACHA (South-East Asian Cultural Heritage Alliance) (since 2019). His research interests are Architectural History, Theory, and Criticism; Urban Design and Urban Studies; Heritage Conservation and Management; Tropical Architecture; Training and Education in Architecture, Urbanism, and Cultural Heritage Management; and Cultural Sustainability. He received his first professional degree in Architecture (Ir.) from Parahyangan Catholic University (Bandung, Indonesia, 1984), Master of Architectural Engineering (M.Arch.Eng.) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Leuven, Belgium, 1988), and PhD in Architecture from the University of Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan, 1996). – E-mail:,


Saving Our Planet and Civilization: It is Wisdom, not Knowledge or Technology

Natural and human-made disasters, such as earthquakes, floods, war, and pandemics, have been happening from time to time in the history of human civilization and will continue to happen until the end of the world. Climate has been changing many times, and we have been living with Influenza for thousands of years. But, human beings and our civilization have not extinct and can always rebound, rejuvenate, and thrive.

The key to human resilience and survival is Wisdom, not Knowledge. Knowledge is simply knowing, but Wisdom involves a considerable amount of perspective and the ability to make sound judgments on an issue or subject matter. The keynote will highlight some examples of environmental and cultural Wisdom, manifested in green, healthy, and sustainable architecture and technology that we can learn from the past generations. They can be adopted and adapted at present and in the future to tackle the current and future pandemic and climate crises.

Keynote Speaker 1


Rudi Stouffs is Dean’s Chair Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, College of Design and Engineering, National University of Singapore.

He received his PhD in Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, an MSC in Computational Design, also from CMU, and an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the Free University Brussels.

He has held previous appointments at Carnegie Mellon University, ETH Zurich, and TU Delft.

At NUS, he leads the Architectural and Urban Prototyping lab, is Research Thrust Leader for Parametric BIM in the NUS Centre of Excellence in BIM Integration, and a Principal Investigator in the Future Resilient Systems II and Future Cities Laboratory Global research programmes at the Singapore ETH Centre. He is also president of eCAADe, the association for Education and research in Computer Aided Architectural Design in Europe. His research expertise and interests include computational issues of description, modelling, and representation for design, in the areas of shape recognition and design generation, building information modelling and analysis, virtual cities and digital twins.


Sustainability and Well-being During and Post Covid-19 Pandemic

Life might not be radically different after the pandemic, but the pandemic has confronted us with the inefficiencies in the way our lives, and the built environment as an extension of this, have been organized. Why do we need to commute daily between residential, suburban neighborhoods and a Central Business District, when much of the same work can be done from the comfort of our home or distributed workplaces nearby? This question is not new, but the ‘new normal’ has prioritized it. When the School of Design and Environment at NUS conceived its new SDE4 building, it recognized that we must practice the sustainability we teach in Architectural education and designed and constructed a building that adopts, among other features, a hybrid cooling system where air is cooled to a higher degree, never recirculated, and ventilators assist in achieving a comfortable indoor climate. While increasing sustainability and improving well-being, it is also better adapted to the addressing the pandemic, with windows that can be opened and indoor air that is never recirculated but always drawn from the outside. None of these ideas are new, but we have simply been too locked into our habitual ways of doing things.

In my research, I focus on data modelling, integration and analysis to support decision making in architectural and urban design and planning. This includes among other conversion from Building Information Models into 3D geospatial models, including time-based behavioral and environmental data, energy performance prediction at the building and neighborhood scale, considering Urban Heat Island and global warming, pedestrian comfort in high pedestrian activity areas, the circular economy for the built environments, etc.

Keynote Speaker 2


Dr. Noseworthy is a social historian of Southeast Asia and a Visiting Fellow in the Southeast Asia Program at Cornell University. He has previously been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an SSRC-Global Residential Fellow at Gottingen University in Germany and a Senior Fellow with the CAORC-Center for Khmer Studies in Cambodia. He has also held teaching positions at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is where he received his PhD in History in 2017

A Social Historian’s Perspective on Heritage Management in Southeast Asia

Heritage is all the rage in Southeast Asia today. The discourse on “heritage” and “preservation” – particularly as expressed through UNESCO – permeates our scholarship, either as contemporary or historical observers. However, the question remains: How can we, as scholars of Southeast Asia, use these terms productively, rather than passively transmit neoliberal or functionalist notions of the past and itse material remains in the present? Amid an apparent “heritage rush,” I will explore the historical and contemporary changes in who gets to decide what counts as heritage, what heritage means, and how we think about preserving it, and to what end. Although my study will be rooted in cases from Vietnam, I will also consider those in Thailand, Cambodia, Singapore, and Indonesia..

Afternoon Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speaker 1


Prof. Huan Nguyen is a Professor of Digital Communication Engineering at Middlesex University London (U.K.), where he is also the Director of the London Digital Twin Research Centre and Head of the 5G/6G & IoT Research Group. He leads research activities in digital twin modelling, 5G/6G systems, machine-type communication, digital transformation and machine learning within his university with focus on industry 4.0 and critical applications (disasters, intelligent transportation, health). He has been leading major council/industry funded projects, publishing 120+ peer-reviewed research papers, and serving as chairs for international conferences (ICT’21, ICEM2021, ICT’20, ICT’19, IWNPD’17, PIMRC’20, FoNeS-IoT’20, ATC’15).

Keynote Speaker 2


Dr. Noha Saleeb is an Associate Professor in Creative Technologies, Digital Creativity and Construction at Middlesex University UK. She is Programme Leader for the MSc Building Information Modelling programmes at the university, working on international projects and grants in Architecture, Construction and IT that specialise in 3D integrated digital delivery and implementation of Industry-4.0 technologies in design/construction, e.g. Digital Twins, BIM and AI. Dr Saleeb is a practicing architect providing consultancy in design, construction and onsite project management, is Business Development Group Lead of BIMAfrica Organisation, and board member on several professional body steering committees. She is Editor in Chief of several journals and conferences, with over 60 peer-reviewed publications, and has achieved several national/international awards

Digital Twin Technology: Heritage Restoration as a Use Case

Digital Twin represents the interconnection and convergence between a physical system and its digital representation created as an entity of its own. Both entities, the physical object and the digital object are fully integrated and can exchange information in both directions. Thus, the digital object could act as a controlling instance of the physical object and vice versa. Internet of Things (IoT) is used to automatically collect data from the physical entity in real-time while the digital twin along with big data analytics could use the data to predict, estimate and analyze the dynamic changes within the physical object. An optimized solution is then fed back to the physical object that would adapt accordingly. This makes the digital twin technology the focus of the global digital transformation within a wide range of areas, such as: manufacturing, infrastructure, healthcare, transportation, etc. as it has the potential to optimize the operational processes. In this talk, we focus on the concept and the current stage of the digital twin technology and its development for heritage restoration. We will study heritage situation in Egypt as a case study, as part of our work at London Digital Twin Research Centre.