The Speakers

Mason White & Lola Sheppard: Lateral Office

Founded in 2003 by Mason White and Lola Sheppard, Lateral Office is an experimental design practice that operates at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and urbanism. The studio describes its practice process as a commitment to “design as a research vehicle to pose and respond to complex, urgent questions in the built environment,” engaging in the “wider context and climate of a project– social, ecological, or political.” LATERAL OFFICE is committed to an architecture that responds directly to the demands of the 21st century – and the subsequent new typologies made possible by an architecture that brazenly confronts today. Recent work and research focuses on powerful design relationships between public realm, infrastructure, and the environment.

Chris McDonald: OECD

Chris works as a Policy Analyst in the Regional Development Policy Division at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, which includes management of the Territorial Review of the Northern Sparsely Populated Areas (NSPA) and thematic projects on Indigenous economic development (see – here), and mining and regional development (see – here). OECD recently completed a review of the northern sparsely populated areas of Norway, Sweden and Finland which included a focus on innovation in the Arctic (see – here) and reviews on regional innovation (here). Chris’s undergraduate qualification is in urban planning and he has a PhD in regional development. He has published on these subjects in peer review journals, and has undertaken teaching and lecturing roles in public policy, regional development and economic geography including as an Adjunct Research Fellow at the School of Geography at Monash University.


Krish Sankaran: Radical Innovation Group, Finland

Prof. Dr. Krish Sankaran is the Founding Director of Vaasa Energy Business Innovation Centre (VEBIC) and the Radical Innovations Group. Sankaran, a Swiss national, has lived and worked in eight countries in three continents. He has visiting professorships in ETH Zurich, Switzerland and the Indian Institute of Technology – IIT Bombay, India. He works in the domain of energy technologies and energy business innovations. Particularly, he has been active in the areas of energy harvesting, conversion, and storage, energy modelling and developing energy and infrastructure public private partnerships. Sankaran has worked in three different sectors: business, government, and academia. He was the Head of Knowledge Partnerships and Business Sector Engagement at the World Economic Forum, Geneva, Switzerland and a Global Leadership Fellow. He has worked for energy and infrastructure companies ABB, Alstom and Swissmetal and for the European Commission. Sankaran received doctorate degree in engineering sciences from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH Zurich, Switzerland. He also has an executive master degree in organizational leadership jointly from the Wharton School, Columbia University, INSEAD, and London Business School in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.


Graham Hogg: Lateral North

Lateral North is a research & design collective based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a principal, Hogg works with community groups, creative professionals and institutions at a local, national and international level. Their projects have looked to redefine Scotland and its relationships with Nordic and Arctic neighbors.

Saara Suurla: Sweco Finland

Development Manager Saara Suurla works for Sweco Finland with key qualifications in the fields of New Services, Innovation Management, Organizational Development and International Operations. Sweco is a Sweden-based engineering and consulting company that plans and designs the communities and cities of the future with 14,500 employees in Northern Europe. Saara has a background in sustainable future city development strategy program lead and change management. At the moment Saara works as Country Project Leader for Sweco Urban Insight sustainable cities strategy program

Christina Seely: Dartmouth University

Christina Seely, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Dartmouth University, is an artist and educator whose photographic practice stretches into the fields of science, design and architecture. Interested in humans’ contemporary relationship to nature and time, Seely’s expedition based work finds its home in the conversation between the photographic image and our contemporary relationship with the natural world. Her work has taken her to Alaska’s Arctic.

Juri Laurila: Arctic Smartness Village

Juri Laurila is founder and CEO of Arctic Smartness Village ltd. He worked with different regional and areal development associates, tasks and working groups for over 10 years as an volunteer and also via his work at Finnish forest enterprise Metsähallitus. He is also a enthuastic spokesman for sustainable forestry as an solution to slow the climate change. Juri created a new Smart Village concept to increase the vitality of rural areas. His goal is to attract more people to live to the countryside by establishing new villages. He works with project to establish a new 500 inhabitant Smart Village to Sodankylä at Lapland Finland.

Joe Ravetz: Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy

Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Resilience & Energy  at the University of Manchester.  He has worked on strategic thinking for sustainable cities and regions, with interests in environment policy, urban development, new economics and governance, innovation and futures studies, systems and complexity science. With a background as an builder, architect and planner, he is also a foresight trainer / consultant, with a sideline as a creative graphic facilitator. His main publications include ‘City-Region 2020’: ‘Environment and City’ (co-authored), and the forthcoming ‘Urban 3.0: creative synergy and shared intelligence for the One Planet century’ (Routledge).  Joe serves on the editorial boards of Foresight Journal and Sustainable Mediterranean Construction; coordinator of the Greater Manchester Policy Exchange; Principal at the SAMI strategic management consultancy; acting as advisor to national / city governments currently in Mauritius, Naples (Italy) and Vellore (India); and delivering training, seminars, consultancy, keynotes and reviews in many countries. The over-arching theme is about inter-connection: Joe sees cities / regions not as boxes labeled ‘economics’ or ‘environment’, but rather as whole systems which evolve and interact – so it’s clear to him that we need new kinds of whole system thinking. His research programs in CURE have included spatial development, economic development, resource modeling, environmental policy, energy / climate change, land / landscape studies, policy studies, etc. But the higher agenda is on the inter-connections, which can be explored via complexity science, transition and innovation studies, futures and foresight methods. These and similar methods help to enable creative synergy and urban intelligence – a starting point for a new kind of journey for the 21st century.

Keith Gregory: Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority

Keith L. Gregory brings over 10 years of experience in affordable housing and over 15 years of experience in fiscal management to the Authority.  He comes from a distinguished and diverse public housing background, working or some of the largest and most progressive housing authorities in the nation including the Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh, the Housing Authority of Cook County in metropolitan Chicago, the Housing Authority of Fulton County and most recently the Aurora Housing Authority in suburban Chicago. He also has experience developing new housing, being involved in the creation of nearly 2,500 units of housing during his career.  In the City of Aurora, Mr. Gregory was directly responsible for the creation of more than 300 new units of housing and an estimated $100 million in new housing development since 2013.  Several of the projects that Mr. Gregory has been involved in have gone on to win national and state awards.  He helped to create and serves as the President and CEO of the Northern Lights Development Corporation, an affiliate of the Aurora Housing Authority which engages in real estate development throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.  Since 2013, the Northern Lights Development Corporation has grown to have revenues in excess of $1 million per year and manages over 500 units of affordable and market rate housing.


Andreas Hoffman: Arctic Culture Lab

Andreas Hoffmann is the artistic director of the Arctic Culture Lab, Finnmark County, Norway.  He is also a curator, advisor, and lecturer.

Karina Moeller: Greenland

Karina was born in Qaqortoq, Greenland, a small town in South Greenland. She has worked and toured as a singer, dancer, actress and director in various productions, member of Pamyua and as a solo artist all over the world. As a member of Pamyua, Karina has received several awards, including Record of The Year at Native American Music Awards, Indigenous Music Award in Canada, Alaska Governor Award and as a singer/actress in the production Nalusuunerup Taarnerani (During the Darkness of Ignorance) at the International Prize I1 Teatro Nudo di Teresa Pomodoro in Italy. Karina is very passionate about the traditional Inuit culture, spirituality and subsistence lifestyle. She is a mother of 3: Tun’aqi, Ivalu and Inuk.

Matthew Jull: Arctic Design Group

Matthew Jull is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, a founding partner of the design practices KUTONOTUK and TempAgency, Director of the Arctic Design Group (with Leena Cho), and he is a registered architect in the Netherlands. With a PhD in geophysics from Cambridge and M. Arch in architecture from the Harvard GSD, Jull’s research explores the intersection of architecture and urban design with the processes that shape the natural environment. Prior to becoming an architect, his expertise in earth systems and computational techniques in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics led to new discoveries on links between the coupling of climate induced glacial cycles and volcanic activity in Iceland, as well as the fundamental process that form the continental land masses. Currently, his research focuses on exploring the potential of architecture and urban design within the frame of extreme climates and the increasing friction between the built environment and the forces shaping our planet. Supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, the Jefferson Trust, the Rotch Foundation, the Center for Global Inquiry and innovation, and most recently the National Science Foundation, his research is pioneering the development of new approaches to the design of cities and buildings in the rapidly changing Arctic. Jull’s work has led to studies of settlements in Arctic regions of Alaska, Canada, Norway, and Russia, with collaborators from a wide range of disciplines. He has also written extensively on the work of architect Ralph Erskine and the design and construction of Arctic cities in the former Soviet Union. At the School of Architecture at the University of Virgina, Jull teaches architecture design studios at both graduate and undergraduate levels, leads the development of the design research curriculum and thesis preparation course Design Research Methods and Strategies, and teaches seminars on the fundamentals of thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and continuum mechanics. His design studios emphasize an architecture that operates at multiple scales – from the detail, to the building, to the city, and to the continent, foregrounding cultural optimization within a frame of rigorous analysis and design research. Recent studios have focused on the development of resilient architectural design strategies in coastal cities of the United States under threat from seal level rise.

Bosco Hooper: AVCP Regional Housing Authority

Bosco Hooper is married to Jennifer Hooper for 18 years and has two wonderful daughters, Delen 16 and Gracie 8. Hooper was born and raised on Nelson Island in the village of Tununeq located on the west side of the island facing towards Russia adjacent to Nunavak Island, most of the time the wind is blowing from different directions with the changing seasons. For more than 30 years Hooper practiced the way his ancestors lived, gathering food, hunting, and fishing for his parents, family and friends. The concept of the survival skills taught by his father is used every day, and it is very much valuable on the tundra, the ocean, and in the office setting as well. Bosco has worked for AVCP Regional Housing Authority since November 1999 as a seasonal carpenter, Maintenance Counselor, Maintenance Supervisor, Quality Control, Maintenance Manager and Director of Facilities and Special Projects delivering services to the people of the region.  With all the positions he has seen the problems that need improvements in order for the home to be healthy.

Ellis Doeven: Photographer

Ellis Doeven is a photographer who studied at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague from 2006 to 2010. She currently lives in both Amsterdam and Point Hope. Her work is part of the exhibition Maktak & Gasoline: The People of Point Hope, which opens with the North x North Festival.

Nathan Morrison: Sustainable Now Technologies

Nathan Morrison serves as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Research and Development for Sustainable Now Technologies, Inc., a Biotech firm located in Southern California.  Nathan additionally designs living interiors and closed cycle respiration systems for Starships for Project Persephone, under Icarus Interstellar.  He is a published author and public speaker, and a strong advocate for carbon capture implementation strategies.  Nathan has spent most of the last decade developing innovative bio-reactor technologies that utilize algae as a living internal component to capture carbon, and to produce organic biomass and hydrocarbons.  Examples of his work include the development of the Helix Bio-Reactor in collaboration with the late inventor, Steven Shigematsu, the Algae Research Module for the University of Greenwich’s School of Architecture and Landscape in London, and the Mark IX Bio-Reactor modules for carbon sequestration, and the Greenstone Device for carbon capture.


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