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Can we create well-being for people and the planet through building design?

  • Join us from November 15 - 17 as we bring together architects, housebuilders, researchers, engineers, activists and other industry professionals to discuss how to leverage buildings to benefit the environment and improve the quality of life for people everywhere.

    Free and open to all, The Build for Life Conference 2021 is a fully digital event that will feature more than 90 expert speakers from around the world, presenting from two main stages in Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • The Build for Life Conference 2021 will also host the 9th VELUX Daylight Symposium, a biennial conference for researchers, architects and others with a professional interest in bridging daylight research and practice to create healthier, more resilient buildings.

    Sign up today to join the conversation about the future of buildings and how, together, we can drive sustainability in the building industry. The conference will take place according to Central European Time (CET). 

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Two stages

  • The inaugural Build For Life Conference brings together industry professionals and global thought leaders on two main event stages: the Compass Stage and the Daylight Symposium Stage.

    Speakers will inspire and challenge us to consider how to improve building affordability,

  • flexibility, quality, and the ways that our buildings directly impact the environment, communities, and human health and well-being.

    The takeaway? How to design buildings fit for the 21st century.

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    Compass Stage

    Join the Compass Stage to discuss the seven biggest challenges and opportunities in the building industry today, including: the need for flexibility in design, the shifting role of buildings in our communities, and new demands for healthier living spaces.

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    Daylight Symposium Stage

    Since 2005, the Daylight Symposium has explored the power of daylight to create healthy and resilient buildings. This year, more than 40 leaders in daylight research and practice come together to answer a single, critical question: can we bridge the gap between daylight research and practice for the good of people and the planet?

Meet the moderators

Each of the two main stages of the Build for Life Conference will have a dedicated moderator to help facilitate the digital event experience.

The Compass stage will be moderated by Ane Cortzen from the main stage in Copenhagen. Ane will be joined by the following co-hosts: Marcus Fairs, Editor-in-Chief of Dezeen, Pernille Berg, Head of the Science Programme at BLOXHUB and Christina Yao, editor of Dezeen China.

The Daylight Symposium stage will be moderated by Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg, Professor of Architecture at the University of Oregon and Martha Thorne, architectural academic and currently the Dean of the School of Architecture at IE University in Madrid.

  • Ane Cortzen

    Ane Cortzen

    Ane Cortzen is an architect, graphic designer, entrepreneur, and award-winning TV presenter. 

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    Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg

    Kevin Van Den Wymelenberg is a professor of architecture at the University of Oregon.

  • Marcus Fairs Moderator

    Marcus Fairs

    Marcus Fairs is founder and editor-in-chief of Dezeen. He is the first digital journalist to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

  • Pernille Berg Moderator

    Pernille Berg

    Pernille Berg, Dr. Fil., is a passionate scientific innovator who facilitates academic knowledge to create new, cross-disciplinary solutions within the built environment.

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    Martha Thorne

    Martha Thorne is Dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design, at the innovative, international, private IE University in Spain.

  • Christina Yao

    Christina Yao

    With over ten years of design journalism experience, Christina Yao is the China editor of Dezeen, responsible for all of Dezeen’s Chinese-language content. 

Speakers

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    Rick Joy

    Founder and Principal Studio Rick Joy
    • Daylight Symposium
    • Daylight in Architecture

    Rick Joy is the founder and principal of Studio Rick Joy. He is considered an important contributor to the ongoing global discourse on conceptual and sustainable architecture. His work expresses innovation and exactitude in modernism and reflects a unique sense of place.

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    Lidia Morawska

    Physicist, Distinguished Professor Queensland University
    • Compass
    • Healthy

    Lidia Morawska, a physicist, is a Distinguished Professor at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, and the Director of the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health at QUT, which is a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization.

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    Joseph G. Allen

    Assistant professor Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    • Compass
    • Healthy

    Dr. Joseph G. Allen is an assistant professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He began his career conducting forensic health investigations of sick buildings in several hundred buildings across a diverse range of industries.

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    Dana Behrman

    Senior Urban Designer, Associate Director UNStudio
    • Compass
    • Quality

    Dana Behrman is a Senior Urban Designer, Associate Director at UNStudio and leads UNS_Urban.
    Dana received an MA with distinction from the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, University of London in 2010.

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    Cristián Izquierdo

    Partner Izquierdo Lehmann architects
    • Daylight Symposium
    • Daylight in Architecture

    Cristián Izquierdo (Santiago, 1982). Architect, PUC, Chile, 2008. AAD Master, Columbia University, 2014. Partner at Izquierdo Lehmann since 2012.

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    Juri Troy

    Founder Juri Troy Architects
    • Compass
    • Quality

    After studying at the Technical University of Innsbruck and the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, he founded his own office in 2003. His projects concentrate on the topics of sustainability, energy efficiency and holistic building concepts.

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