6th International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference

Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture

December 1-3, 2017

Conference Theme

Over the next several decades, economic expansion and urbanization will continue along our worlds’ coasts. Coastal populations and billions of dollars of assets are at risk from intensifying and more frequent storms. Changing coastlines due to sea level rise will impact settlement patterns around the globe. The 6th iNTA2017 conference “Tropical Storms as a Setting for Adaptive Development and Architecture” will provide a platform for research projects pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions that address the most pressing social and environmental problems associated with an increasingly dense world facing climate variability, sea level rise and flooding risks in a moment when these issues are understood as critical in cities across the world. The conference organizers solicit participants working on these issues in the areas of architecture, construction, planning, historic preservation, land use and policy, engineering, real estate and environmental law, social and economic policy. iNTA2017 seeks participants whose research, implementation activities and proposals explore new opportunities for reinventing current economic and development paradigms in response to the extraordinary circumstance that tropical and subtropical regions worldwide are confronting due to storm hazards.

Public agencies, researchers and professionals from Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, Kenya, Italy, India, Indonesia, United States, as well as from Mexico, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico, will attend the conference.

Papers are invited on the topics outlined and others falling within the scope of the conference. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted on line see link below. Delegates may also attend without submitting a paper.

Conference Sites

Emerson Alumni Hall

UF - School of Architecture

1480 Inner Road, Gainesville, FL 32611

Holiday Inn University Center

The conference will take place at the University of Florida – Emerson Alumni Hall

located at 1938 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32603.

Conference Topics

The conference organizers encourage submissions on the following topics pertaining to tropical and subtropical regions:

  • Impact of storm hazards and sea level rise on human settlement in major cities
  • Coastal flooding, engineering, processes, and construction
  • Urban adaptation response: design, planning, policy, governance, codes
  • Urban infrastructures at risk: water management, energy, mobility
  • History of tropical settlements and housing
  • Tropical architecture as a global movement
  • Conservation and restoration as adaptation strategies
  • Cultural assets and influences on risk and response
  • Technology and resiliency
  • Socio-economic vulnerability
  • Adaptive projects and urban paradigms

Organizing Committee

  • Nancy Clark (co-chair), Director CHU, Associate Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Nawari Nawari (co-chair), Ph.D., P.E., F.ASCE, University of Florida, USA
  • Vandana Baweja, Ph.D., University of Florida, USA – Frank Bosworth, Ph.D., AIA, Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Martha Kohen, Director CHU, Professor, University of Florida, USA
  • Michael Kuenstle, AIA, University of Florida, USA
  • Abel Tablada De La Torre, Ph.D., National University Singapore, Singapore.
  • Johannes Widodo, Ph.D., National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Tilson William, Professor, University of Florida, USA

Invited and Featured Speakers

Mariam Traore Chazalnoel

Mariam Traore Chazalnoel

Expert in Migration, Environment and Climate Change at the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM)

Mariam is an Expert in Migration, Environment and Climate Change at the United Nations Migration Agency (IOM). She is based in New York and has been working on the climate – migration nexus since 2013. (IOM).


She works to bring issues related to climate change, environmental degradation and migration to the global policy agenda and to provide technical support to national policymakers seeking to respond to climate migration challenges. Mariam has authored and edited a number of articles and publications dedicated to climate migration and has talked on this topic in various events worldwide.

Daniel Vasini

Daniel Vasini

West8 Creative Director

Daniel graduated with a Master in Architecture from Southern Californian Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), and was granted a Fulbright Scholar in 2004 by the Institute of International education IIE.


Daniel Vasini practices as Creative director for West 8, working in close collaboration with founding partner Adriaan Geuze. He is focused on conceiving designs and creating landscapes that are unique to its location and establish identity as second nature. He has led internationally recognized projects with a multidisciplinary approach; shifting scales from strategic master plans to transformative park designs followed by iconic public spaces, which accommodate 21st Century infrastructure needs and the challenges of urbanization.

Prior to joining West8, Daniel worked with Phil Enquist at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, urban design and planning studio in Chicago and London. In 2012, Daniel received a Medal Prize for the Malecon of Puerto Vallarta in the category of Best Urban Design Project by the Federation of Mexican Architects (FCARM).

Jane Gilbert

Jane Gilbert

Chief Resilience Officer City of Miami

Ms. Gilbert leads the resilience strategy development for the City of Miami, and, in partnership with Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami Beach, for Greater Miami and the Beaches.


Additionally, as Director of the City’s Office of Resilience and Sustainability, Ms. Gilbert is charged with leading the City’s response to the impacts of climate change.

For over 20 years, Jane Gilbert has created and led public-private partnerships focused on strengthening our community within Miami. Jane was the founding Executive Director of Arts for Learning/Miami and Dream in Green, and later led Wells Fargo’s Community Affairs in South Florida. Ms. Gilbert served on the City of Miami’s Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal Steering Committee, Miami-Dade County Climate Change Advisory Task Force, and City of Miami NSP Task Force. Most recently, as a consultant to The Miami Foundation, Ms. Gilbert was the primary convener and writer of the successful, unified application by Greater Miami and the Beaches to the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and managed The Miami Foundation’s civic leadership agenda on sea level rise.

Ann Goodman

Ann Goodman

Ph.D., is author of Adapting to Change: The Business of Climate Resilience (Business Expert Press/BEP 2016) and Affiliate Faculty at CUNY Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC), Environmental Crossroads

As an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Zicklin School of Business (Baruch College), Dr. Goodman co-developed and taught a course, partly based on the book, in 2015.


She has 25 years of international experience in the intersecting fields of business, sustainability, climate, risk assessment, strategic resilience planning– as an executive, entrepreneur, communicator and educator.

Dr. Goodman advises the National Institute of Standards and Technology as a member of its Community Resiliency Panel, serving on the economics and society committee. Recently she has also worked with: NCAnet, the communications and outreach affinity network of the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC); the ARC3-2 (Assessment Report on Climate Change and Cities) Communications Working Group of the UCCRN (Urban Climate Change Research Network); the Inter-Agency Forum on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation; GARI (Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment Working Group; impact investment firms, social impact start-ups, and for- and nonprofit organizations, including the Higher Ground Foundation.

She speaks widely on sustainability and business to international audiences in Europe, Asia, the Americas–recently on sustainability, social media, disaster, supply chain, energy efficiency, climate resilience in LA, NYC, Washington DC, China, Hong Kong; France and Thailand.

Hugh Dutton

Hugh Dutton

Principle of Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA)

Born UK 1957, with formative years in Jamaica and Canada. Hugh Dutton is principle of Hugh Dutton Associates (HDA), a design practice began in 1995, that combines architecture and engineering design


based in Paris France, specializing in glass and lightweight architectural structures. Trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London he began his professional career with Peter Rice in Paris between 1981 until 1992, where Rice had founded RFR, a multi-disciplined office as an experiment to consciously muddle the traditional professional barriers in building.

Hugh Dutton co-authored Structural Glass with Rice, which recites many of RFR’s well known projects in the material. He has taught at Columbia University and is also co-author with Bernard Tschumi of Glass Walls/Glass Ramps, on the student centre entrance hall they designed together at the University. He taught at the Ecole Speciale d’architecture in Paris.

HDA’s key work involves specialist design on a diverse interventions such as a footbridge for the 2006 Olympic games, superstructures for the existing and future terminal at Incheon, Korea, a dome for the Osaka Maritime museum, glass galleries of the Acropolis museum, a glazed pavilion of the Islamic Arts collection in the Louvre in Paris and new generation of high tension electricity pylons in Italy and France. The studio is particularly active in Asia with ongoing work in Hong Kong, Singapore and mainland China.

Hugh has also worked in Jamaica and the Cayman islands on projects adapting to the tropical climate. In Miami the Climate Ribbon of Swire Properties’ recently opened Brickell City Centre is a climate responsive canopy in fabric and glass designed by HDA in collaboration with Arquitectionica.

David Gouverneur

David Gouverneur

Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania; Author of Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements

David Gouverneur received his M.Arch in Urban Design from Harvard University (1980) and his B.Arch from the Universidad Simón Bolívar in Caracas, Venezuela (1977).


He was Chair of the School of Architecture at Universidad Simón Bolívar, as well as a professor in this School’s Departments of Architecture and City and Regional Planning. He was Director of Urban Development of Venezuela. He was cofounder and professor of the Urban Design program and Director of the Mayor’s Institute in Urban Design at Universidad Metropolitana, both created with the support of Harvard University, in Caracas, Venezuela.

He is currently Associate Professor of Practice in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, teaching cross-disciplinary studios and theory/case study courses with an emphasis on the Global South. The production and products of his studios are frequently shared with partners in the host cities inducing further discussions and changes in local policies.

His main area of research focuses on the notion of Informal Armatures, a method to address the rampant self-constructed urbanization, which is already the dominant urban form in many countries of the Global South. These ideas condensed in his recent publications Planning and Design for Future Informal Settlements: Shaping the Self-Constructed City and El diseño de nuevos asentamientos informales. His professional practice focuses on improvement of existing informal settlements, the rehabilitation of areas affected by extraordinary natural events, new centralities, new mixed-use districts, and the rehabilitation of cultural landscapes. He has lectured extensively, written articles and organized seminars and workshops, particularly in Latin-America for over three decades, motivating academics, professionals, and notably the general public to engage collectively in discussions, policy making, and projects addressing social inequalities and environmental stress.

He is Honorary Professor of the Universidad Rafael Urdaneta, Maracaibo, Venezuela and twice recipient of the G. Holmes Perkins Award for distinguished teaching at PennDesign. Since he joined PnnDesign, over 20 projects developed by his students have received ASLA, ULI, and Edmund Bacon Awards. He was co-recipient of the Venezuelan National Architecture Award in 2000 and in 2016.

Reinaldo Borges

Reinaldo Borges


Mr, Borges is Principal of Borges + Associates Architects which is a leading world-class architectural design and consulting firm that has been involved in Major Real Estate Development projects within the United States and Internationally.


With headquarters in Miami, Florida serving North and South America and has been active with Offices in Maryland, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and India, the firm brings its award-winning portfolio of projects to the leading developers of these serviced markets.

Mr. Borges is currently the Chairman of the Miami AIA Sea Level Rise Task Force, has been appointed to the City of Miami Sea Level Rise Advisory Committee, serves in the Florida AIA Strategic Council with emphasis on representing South Florida and its SLR challenges. Has lectured at numerous organizations and institutions on the topic of Sea Level Rise with an emphasis on the architectural and urban design challenges. He is active member of both the Miami and Miami Beach Chamber and serves on the Executive Board and Advocacy Council, and Chairs it’ Pillar Board at the Miami Beach Chamber. He was featured as a FUTURIST/ARCHITECT on the upcoming documentary “Years of Living Dangerously” with Jack Black and has constant communications with world leaders and thinkers on the challenges of Climate Change and a focus on Sea Level Rise.

Miguel Antonio Padron Lotti

Miguel Antonio Padron Lotti

Architect, Planner and Professor of University of La Habana and University College San Geronimo de La Habana, United Nations Program on Human Settlements in Cuba (ONU HABITAT) and United Nations Development Program (PNUD), Local Human Development Program, and Urban Disaster Resiliency


Miguel Antonio Padron Lotti graduated in 1970 as an Architect from the Technological University La Habana, Cuba. In 2000 he obtained the Annual Prize of the Cuba Academy of Sciences and in 1999 the Annual Prize from the National Institute of Physical Planning (IPF) for his “Guide for the Elaboration of the General Plan of Territorial and Urban Planning of the Municipality”. In 2014 he obtained National Habitat Recognition by its National Committee.

He has formulated and advised urban plans in numerous Cuban cities, including the capital city La Habana. He served as Urbanism and Scientific Technologic Development Director of the IPF, where he worked for 43 years. He directed the magazine Planificacion Física Cuba. He has organized two of the International Conventions of the IPF and collaborates with the current organization in the National Urban Forums, as well as with the National Habitat Committee. He teaches Urban Planning in two universities, the Master Program in Urbanism of the School of Architecture, University of La Habana, and in the University College San Geronimo de La Habana (Cultural Heritage Management). He participates as an expert in other Cuban institutions, among them the IPF and the Master Plan from the Oficina del Historiador in La Habana as scientific and technical organizer of events and continuous education programs.

He collaborates with the United Nations Program on Human Settlements in Cuba (ONU HABITAT), with multiple objectives, among them the writing of two chapters of the study “Profile of the Housing in Cuba”. Presently he is collaborating with ONU Habitat in the implementation project for Cuba of the New Urban Agenda. He has collaborated with the United Nations Development Program (PNUD), in the Local Human Development Program, and in the Urban Disaster Resiliency. He has participated in multiple international events in Cuba and abroad, including the Urban World Forums in Vancouver and Nanjing. His professional experience includes the development of international collaboration between Cuba and institutions in Canada, Switzerland and Spain, as well as technical assistance to Angola and Cabo Verde.

Milagros Lopez Jimenez

Milagros Lopez Jimenez

Civil Engineer; Consultant, Institute of Physical Planning and the Provincial Headquarters for Housing in La Habana; United Nations Development Program (PNUD) project for Strengthening of Early Warning Alert System for Floods, Central Cuba


Milagros Lopez Jimenez obtained her degree in civil engineering in 1981 from the School of Construction of the Santiago de Oriente University, in Santiago de Cuba. She served as representative in the Cuban parliament in the III legislature and was commissioned to develop the General Housing Law, still in effect today.

She worked for 30 years in the institutional housing system in different levels, including municipal, provincial and national. She directed the investment process of housing in the capital city, and the construction and maintenance companies for two municipalities of Havana. She has authored and advised on the proposal of strategies for habitat development in various Cuban cities such as Las Tunas, La Habana, as well as in post disaster recuperation of the cities of Santiago de Cuba and Baracoa. She is an expert consultant to various Cuban institutions, among them the IPF (Institute of Physical Planning) and the Provincial Headquarters for Housing in La Habana.

She has collaborated with the United Nations Program for Human Settlements in Cuba (ONU Habitat) in multiple objective. Among them the collaboration of two chapters to the study “Profile of Housing in Cuba” and for technical personnel, specialists and population in the city of Santiago de Cuba in the process of recuperation after the passage of Hurricane Sandy. Today, she collaborates with ONU Habitat in a project for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in Cuba. She has collaborated with the United Nations Development Program (PNUD) in the project for Strengthening of the Early Warning Alert System for floods in the central areas of the country. She has participated in various international events in Cuba and abroad, including the Global Urban Forum celebrated in Medellin Colombia. As a speaker in the international encounter “Disasters and Recuperation: a challenge towards development” held in La Paz, Bolivia, and in the “Iberoamerican  Meeting of Women Engineers and Architects” that met in the city of Loja, Ecuador. She has achieved various technical publications, among them the magazine “Reduction of risks in the Habitat”.


Louis Ferretti

Louis Ferretti

Project Executive Global Procurement / Transformation & Operations

Lou is the project executive for developing and leading a host of risk and compliance programs across IBM’s global supplier network: Environmental Compliance, Supply Chain Social Responsibility, Conflict Minerals, Sustainability, Risk and Business Continuity Management.


In April 2017, Lou received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council in recognize of his “tireless efforts throughout his career to champion the importance of robust supply chain resiliency practices within IBM and in the industry… it represents his dedication to advancing the profession by sharing his expertise and experiences via active participation in industry events.”

Prior to Lou’s current work, he was on assignment in Singapore as director of Production Procurement’s Outsourced Supply Chain Operations, overseeing IBM’s $6 bn “buy/sell” procurement spend. Before this Lou was named to IBM’s Executive Pandemic Steering Committee, developing policies and implementation plans. And just prior to that, Lou led Procurement’s end to end Y2K supplier global readiness program and in May 2000 received the IBM Chairman’s Award for leadership and results. Lou is frequently called upon by IBM’s client representatives and consulting teams to share with clients how IBM has developed, implemented and benefited from these industry leading programs. He has been a regular speaker at supply chain industry forums and universities on topics such as procurement transformation, supply chain sustainability, environmental compliance and risk management. He has been interviewed for many articles appearing in various purchasing and supply management periodicals, on-line media and books on risk management.

Lou has held senior management/executive positions in Engineering, Procurement, Materials Management, Corporate Staff, Supply Demand, Operations, etc. Lou is a graduate of The City University of New York with a BS in Engineering Science. He is on the board of directors of the Triangle Chapter (Raleigh, NC) of the Institute for Supply. He is also a board member of the Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council.

Robinson O. Manguro

Robinson O. Manguro

BArch (UoN), March (Sapienza), MAAK

Robinson O. Manguro is a 36-year-old registered Architect who holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Nairobi and a Master degree in Health design from University of Rome, La Sapienza. He is also trained in Environmental Impact Assessment and Audit


He has over 11 years of professional experience as an architect, involving himself in
architectural design, supervision and project management within the East African region with projects in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, DR Congo and Tanzania. His career has a mix of both the public and private sector experience. In the course of his career, he has had stints as a tutor at Kirinyaga University, Technical University, and Maseno University. He currently works as a Project Manager and Architect at the Kenyatta National Hospital and teaches part-time at the Department of Architecture at Kenyatta University. He has attended and presented in a number of international conferences and workshops including the International Conference on Built Environment in Developing Countries (ICBEDC), Penang, Malaysia in 2007, ICAT(International Conference in Appropriate Technology) in Pretoria, South Africa, 2012, Coastal and Internal Settlements Adaption to Climate Change, Rome, Italy, 2016 among others. He has also attended trainings most notably in Corporate Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Private Partnership Projects, UNESCO Maintenance of Infrastructure and Monitoring and Evaluation for Public Private Partnership. He was a member of the Technical Advisory Group for UN Habitat Project: Sustainable Building Policies in Developing Countries (SPOD), 2011-2012. He has a passion for sustainable design and Health Design.

Sophie Evans

Sophie Evans

Programme Director Capital, Science & Policy Practice

Sophie is the Programme Director for the Capital, Science and Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company.


The Practice confronts the large scale challenges of risk and seeks innovative uses of risk management and insurance-related mechanisms to build resilient economies and societies around the world to support sustainable growth.

Sophie is also the Co-Chair of the Insurance and Humanitarian System Working Group for the Insurance Development Forum, a public/private partnership led by the insurance industry and supported by international organisations including the World Bank and United Nations.

Previously, she was Senior Programme Coordinator for the Planning from the Future Project, and worked at the Humanitarian Futures Programme both based at King’s College London.

Sophie studied for her Master’s degree at King’s College London in 2012 and completed her legal studies in 2017.

Jonathan Marvel

Jonathan Marvel

Founding principal at Marvel Architects, FAIA

With offices in New York City and San Juan, PR, he has led the design and planning of public spaces, educational institutions, single and multi-family housing, libraries, museums and large-scale mixed-use developments.


Jonathan teaches, writes, lectures and leads discussion on urban design and architecture in both academic and civic contexts. He sits on several boards, is teaching at the new Urban Placemaking and Management MA program at Pratt Institute, and recently founded Citizen Designer, a community-based think tank.


iNTA Conferences

The 1st iNTA conference with the theme “Architectural and Urban Design in the Tropical Regions: Sustainability and Society” was organized on 26-28 February 2004, hosted by the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore.
The 2nd iNTA conference “Sustainable Architecture and Urban Design in Tropical Regions: Harmony in Culture and Nature” was organized on 3-5 April 2006, hosted by Faculty of Engineering, Department of Architecture, Duta Wacana Christian University, Yogyakarta (Indonesia).
The 3rd iNTA conference “Bridging Innovation, Technology, and Tradition: Holistic approaches to (rapid) sustainable architecture and environment” was organized on 2-4 December 2009, is a joint conference with SEGA (Sustainable and Green Architecture) , hosted by Division of Building Technology, the Faculty of Architecture, Kasetsart University, Bangkok (Thailand).
The 4th iNTA conference “Tropics 2050” was organized on 12-14 December 2012, hosted by Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture, Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
The 5th iNTA conference “Wisdom of the Tropics: Past, Present & Future”, was a joint conference with Senvar (Sustainable Environment and Architecture) and AVAN (Asian Vernacular Architecture Network), on 24-26 November 2015, hosted by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Johor Bahru (Malaysia).
 The 6th iNTA conference will be organized and hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida (USA) on 1-3 December 2017.

The University of Florida is an American public land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research university on a 2,000-acre (8.1 km2) campus in Gainesville, Florida and traces its origins to 1853. The University of Florida is home to sixteen academic colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes. It offers multiple graduate professional programs—including business administration, engineering, law, dentistry, medicine, and veterinary medicine—on one contiguous campus, and administers 123 master’s degree programs and seventy-six doctoral degree programs in eighty-seven schools and departments.

Established in 1925, the College of Design Construction and Planning (DCP) has become one of the largest design, construction and planning institutions in the country with more than 1,300 students. DCP’s mission is to offer exceptional professional education programs addressing design, development, construction and preservation of the built and natural environments. Underlying DCP’s educational philosophy is a commitment to advance applications of the principles of sustainability in the design, construction, planning and preservation of the built and natural environments, and to ground the educational, research and service activities of the college within a global context.  On the strength of its capacity to achieve the goals set for in this plan, DCP’s vision is to be a recognized national leader and international partner in our respective fields.

The International Network for Tropical Architecture (iNTA) is formed as a networking platform for international researchers and practitioners to collaborate and learn from each other about problems and solutions pertaining to architecture and urban design in the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, because of the shared climatic imperatives and opportunities in like regions. Tropical Architecture refers to man-made architectural and urban environments relating to the climatic and natural conditions of the tropical (and sub-tropical) regions, and interacting with various local specifics of culture, urban fabric and technology.

The Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism (CHU) proposes new paradigms for the evolution of water-based settlements. From retrofitting the metropolis to envisioning future development on the water, CHU advocates a reconsideration of fluvial and coastal urbanism and a recalibration of our settlement patterns in the context of climate variability; sea level rise and flooding; water, waste, mobility, and energy management; global economic shifts; post-industrial legacies; urban retreat, environmental migration and population growth within a urbanizing world. The Center develops interdisciplinary research and collaborative programs, symposia, and academic courses bringing global involvement in prospective studies on adaptation, environmental justice, and asset preservation of water borne cities around the world.

This conference was made possible through the generous support of the College of Design Construction and Planning, the Center for Latin American Studies, and the Ivan Smith Endowment.

Hotel Accommodations 

Holiday Inn

Attendees can call the hotel directly, 352.376.1661 and use the code: INT.

1250 W. University Ave., Gainesville, FL 32601

Attendees contact hotel directly:

(352)376-1661 and use the code INT

or use the link below:

The International Network of Tropical Architecture Conference

Conference Secretariat 

Erin Dinkel | Meeting Professional
UF Conference Department  
UF Distance & Continuing Education
2046 NE Waldo Road, Suite 1150 | Gainesville, FL 32609
Direct: 352.294.0861 |  Main: 352.392.1701