31 March 2021 - 1 April 2021
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre,
Dubai, UAE

Middle East Smart Landscape Summit 2021

Summit Program

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Day 1 - 31st March 2021
08:40 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:10

Welcome Address

Maram Arafat, Irrigation System Engineer - Agriculture & Irrigation Dept., Dubai Municipality

Maram Arafat
10:10 - 10:30

Future-Forward Cascadia: Creating People-Focused Spaces for a Tech-City

  • Highlighting how our Seattle Metro Region is planning and designing our public spaces during a time of rapid tech-centered growth and climate change-related influences unique to the Cascadia region of North America
  • Showcasing how a signature public space project, the Grand Connection, can support positive public health benefits for a major tech city as a people-focused, interactive, connected experience through the heart of Bellevue

Michael Austin, Senior Urban Planner, City of Bellevue, Washington

Michael Austin
10:30 - 10:50

Design Challenges to landscape and green roofs solutions in the Middle East

  • Comprehensive water management for roof gardens in arid climates
  • Mitigation of saline water presence in landscaping & hardscaping applications
  • Sloped Roof Gardens challenges

Khalid Meccai, Manager - Sales, Marketing & Technical Support, Alyaf Geo

Khalid Meccai
10:50 - 11:10

Case Studies of Socio-environmental Development Through Landscape Architecture & Micro-Farming

  • Applying home micro-farming methods as social development tools
  • Socio-environmental impact of green walls and roof gardens and achieving social development through landscape architecture
  • The strategies in water conservation in public landscape design

Sherif Hosny, Founder & CEO, Schaduf

Sherif Hosny
11:10 - 11:40


11:40 - 12:20

Panel Discussion: Building Sustainable Cities – Government Authorities Supporting the ‘Green Dream’

  • Retrofitting existing public parks & recreational spaces – what are the strategies employed by government organizations?
  • Use of native plants in landscaping projects – the importance of driving awareness and use-case examples by local municipalities
  • Improvements to the public realm help contribute to community building – what are the challenges faced by local municipalities when it comes to the development & maintenance of green urban spaces?


Ayub Hassan Algaferi, Head of Parks Section, Al Ain Municipality
Haism El Masir, Lead - Urban Planning Project Engineer, Abu Dhabi Housing Authority
Husain Al Saeedi, Director Of Technical Services Operations Dept, Abu Dhabi City Municipality
Khaled Nawar, Regional Director, MEAC

Ayub Hassan Algaferi Haism El Masir Husain Al Saeedi Khaled Nawar
12:20 - 12:40

Understanding Composite

  • An introduction to composite
  • Eva-Last® product technologies and developments
  • Sustainability & Eva-Last®’s pledge to the environment

Nathan Chapman, Co-Founder, Eva-Last

Nathan Chapman
12:40 - 13:00

Role of Heritage and Open Spaces in a Covid World - Re-capturing the Importance of Outdoor Living

  • Open spaces as safe environments for interaction - how can open spaces promote safe socializing
  • Heritage sites as beacons of an analog world - Importance of the past and the brick and mortar world versus the digital innovation
  • Position of the UAE as innovators in public realm design - Maintain drive to showcase innovation in public realm design in the harshest of environments

Carlos Vieira, Senior Manager - Master Planning, Modon Properties

Carlos Vieira
13:00 - 13:20

Landscaping in Emerging Urban Districts

  • Landscaping as an urban design tool
  • Shifting from cities driven by vehicles to creating human – centric cities
  • What lies ahead? The opportunities & challenges in Autonomous vehicles; AI & reshaping the public realm

Fady Nassim, Executive Head of Urban Planning, Jeddah Economic Company - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Fady Nassim
13:20 - 14:00

Panel Discussion: Panel Discussion: Stewards of Our Land – The Evolving Role of a Landscape Designer

  • The integral role played by landscape designers in urban planning of our cities post covid – how many dominant features of our urban landscape can we attribute to their work?
  • Is there a need for landscape designers to be multi-disciplinary to design cities that are more sustainable or resilient?
  • The need for landscape architects to monitor the maintenance of their projects post completion – is it a necessity? Best practices to enforce it!
  • What challenges do landscape designers face whilst designing biophilic cities in the Middle East region?
  • What is the impact of COVID19 on designing public open spaces?

Ala Hason, Office Director - Principal, HKS Architects
DJ Armin, Chairman, ZAS Group
Ewa Juszczyk, Project Director, U+A
Neil Serridge, Associate Director, Benoy

Ala Hason DJ Armin Ewa Juszczyk Neil Serridge
14:00 - 14:10

Address by Lunch Sponsor

Emir Ergec, Technical and Business Development Manager, Gulf Perlite

Emir Ergec
14:10 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:20


Day 2 - 1st April 2021
08:30 - 09:00


09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 10:10

We are Not Exterior Decorators - Landscape Architecture’s Virtuous Cycles

  • In the past landscape architecture was reduced to beautification or 'greening' but the climate crisis impels us to be ecological in all our design decisions
  • Weaving new natures that treat waste as a resource into our cityscapes to realize opportunities for an sustainable, functional and beautiful landscapes
  • Beauty has a function beyond simple enjoyment and humans have biological needs for experiences with nature which we must also concern ourselves with
  • Through an exploration of recent projects that combine cyclical ecological utility and beauty the presentation will outline a role for landscape architecture that achieves artful landscapes that serve ecological ends

Martha Schwartz, Senior Partner, Martha Schwartz Partners
Steven Velegrinis, Head of Master Planning, AECOM

Martha Schwartz Steven Velegrinis
10:10 - 10:30

Role of Landscapes and Public Realm in Creating Sustainable Cities

  • Overview of regional challenges
  • Design Response: Thinking beyond water conservation in design and behaviour, and focus on regenerative approaches.
  • Impact beyond design: Benefits of nature based solutions in enabling stakeholder engagement and creating additional jobs

Rayya Jawhar, Sustainability Lead - Middle East, Buro Happold

Rayya Jawhar
10:30 - 11:20

Panel Discussion: Innovative Landscape Design in the Development and Maintenance of Recreational & Sport Facilities

  • Recognizing the positive economic & health impact of sporting facilities in the Middle East – what are some of the key considerations that landscape designers are mindful of when tasked with developing a sports or recreation facility?
  • Maintaining turf at sports facilities – Can technology aid the maintenance process and is there a more sustainable growth environment available?
  • Improving citizen accessibility to sporting & recreational facilities – what role can a landscape designer play in putting together a more sustainable and cost-effective project? Will the use of smarter technology play an important role with OPEX of the project?

Clinton Southorn, Cluster Director of Agronomy, Abu Dhabi Golf Club - Saadiyat Beach Golf Club - Yas Links Abu Dhabi
Matthew Perry, Director of Agronomy, Dubai Golf
Stuart Horwood, Golf Course Superintendent, Jumeirah Golf Estates
Toby Lumsden, Head Curator - ICC Academy & Dubai International Stadium, Dubai Sports City

Clinton Southorn Matthew Perry Stuart Horwood Toby Lumsden
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Reinventing Green Livable Cities in Middle East - A Dream in the Making

  • Blue green infrastructure in cities – the future of urban dynamics and creating happy, healthy cities
  • Urban and design planning – what are the strategies that work for this arid region?
  • What are the challenges in implementing green urbanism and creating an aesthetic public realm?

Mohamed Ragheb, Chief Development Officer, Azizi Developments

Mohamed Ragheb
12:10 - 12:30

Next Generation of Sustainable Cities - The Metropolis of the Future

  • The role of urban and landscape design in connecting culture - rise in social engagement and sustainable lifestyle
  • The future of sustainable communities – understanding design practices that have shaped urban development with livability as priority
  • Project case study: The Sustainable City in Dubai

Baharash Bagherian, Head of Urban Planning, Diamond Developers

Baharash Bagherian
12:30 - 12:50

Green Roofs & Walls – Improving our Living Environment

  • Vertical Green and Green Covered Structures – The many types and why the definition is important
  • The various benefits of Vertical Green and Green Covered Structures
  • What to consider for design and application and why it doesn’t work for everyone

Boris Fabinski, Senior Landscape Architect, AE7

Boris Fabinski
12:50 - 13:40

Panel Discussion: Reinventing Green Livable Cities in Middle East – A Dream in the Making

  • Blue green infrastructure in cities – the future of urban dynamics and creating happy, healthy cities
  • Urban and design planning – what are the strategies that work for this arid region?
  • What are the challenges in implementing green urbanism and creating an aesthetic public realm?

Farah Yassine, Sustainable Resource Management Lead - Environment & Sustainability, WSP
George Arvanitis, Director of Masterplanning & Urbanism, RMJM
Manosh De, Regional Technical Lead - Cities + Places, Jacobs
Marlon Van Maastricht, Global Head of Landscape Architecture - Urban Planning & Design Departments, UAE, Khatib Al Alami
Nivine Issa, Director of Environment, AESG

Farah Yassine George Arvanitis Manosh De Marlon Van Maastricht Nivine Issa
13:40 - 13:50


13:50 - 14:50


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31 March 2021 - 1 April 2021

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