Layla Moran

Keynote Speaker address, both sessions 
Layla Moran MP for Oxford West & Abingdon, Chair (elect), All Party
Parliamentary Group on Conservation, People and Places


Session One

Topic Area: Planning Cliff Hague

Title: The contestation of heritage: before and after the virus


Cliff Hague is a freelance consultant and researcher, Emeritus Professor in Planning and Spatial Development at Heriot-Watt University, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He chairs the International Advisory Board for the Sustainable, Healthy and Learning Cities research project that is funded by the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund.

He is a Past President of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and of the Commonwealth Association of Planners.

Since 2016 he has been Chair of the Cockburn Association, which is the Civic Trust in Edinburgh. He is also a Patron of PAS (Planning Aid Scotland). He was Chair of the of Built Environment Forum Scotland, 2011-14, which is the intermediary body between the sector and the Scottish Government.

Cliff has worked in several EU funded projects, mainly on small towns in peripheral regions in the Baltic Sea Region. He has also done work for UN-Habitat in Palestine. His most recent book was Leading Change: Delivering the New Urban Agenda Through Urban and Territorial Planning (2018).

He was awarded the O.B.E. in the 2016 Birthday Honours.

His website is www.cliffhague.com.

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Topic Area: EconomicsAdala Leeson
Title: Valuing our heritage


Adala Leeson leads the Socio-economic analysis and evaluation team at Historic England. The team focuses on developing and disseminating social, economic and environmental evidence to champion the Historic Environment. Adala leads the production of Heritage Counts – the annual audit of the Historic Environment - each year.

Prior to joining Historic England, Adala worked as an Associate Economic Consultant on behalf of private and public clients producing economic research and evidence for regeneration and development projects.

Adala has a Master’s Degree in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics where she worked as a Research Officer for two years.

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Session Two

Topic Area: EnvironmentCarl Elefante

Title: ‘Passive Survivability’, After the Novel Coronavirus


Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT is Principal Emeritus with Quinn Evans Architects where he served as design principal on architecture, preservation, and community revitalization projects. Known for coining the phrase: ‘The greenest building is one that is already built’, Mr. Elefante writes and lectures nationally on historic preservation and sustainable design topics.

In 2018, Mr. Elefante served as the 94th President of the American Institute of Architects. Mr. Elefante is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Association for Preservation Technology (APT). Mr. Elefante attended the Pratt Institute School of Architecture and University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Mr. Elefante is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America.

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Topic Area: GovernmentKris Declercq

Title: Cities under pressure: Case study & prognosis



Kris Declercq is Mayor of the city of Roeselare (Belgium). 

Kris obtained a LLM-degree (Master of Law) at the KULeuven and specialized in commercial and constitutional law at the University Of Stellenbosch (South Africa).  After practicing law for a number of years he took his first political steps at the cabinet of Minister Stefaan De Clerck and later as Deputy Head of Cabinet of Prime Minister Yves Leterme and also as advisor to Herman Van Rompuy, in the field of constitutional law and local government.

In 2016 Kris became mayor, focusing on retail and city-planning and inspired by the ideas of UK-retail specialist Bill Grimsey.

Faced with declining footfall and store closures Kris was inspired by The Grimsey Review and tailored the recommendations to Roeselare, setting in place a development plan to transform the town.

He is president of the ‘West-Vlaamse Intercommunale’, gathering 54 cities in Western Flanders.



2007-    Lawyer (Lawyer’s Office Declercq-Ameye, Roeselare)
2002 – 2007 Lawyer (Lawyer’s Office De Keukelaere-Duyck, Roeselare)

1998 – 2002 Lawyer (Lawyer’s Office Desmet, Dejaegere & Vandenbogaerde, Kortrijk)
1999 Study for the University of Antwerp at the Law Commission, Pretoria (South-Africa)

Political Advisor

1997 – 1998 Advisor Minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck

1998 – 2000 Fellow worker Member of Parliament Stefaan De Clerck

2000 – 2002 Fellow worker Senate Group CD&V - Institutional Reforms

2002 – 2004 Secretary Senate Group CD&V

2004 – 2007 Assistant Private Secretary of the Prime Minister of Flanders Yves Leterme/Kris Peeters

2008 Advisor Vice-Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme

2009 – 2011 Advisor Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme/Herman Van Rompuy

2009 – 2010 Advisor Royal Negotiator Jean-Luc Dehaene

2011 – 2014 Advisor State Secretary Servais Verherstraeten


City of Roeselare

2006 – 2012 Deputy-mayor of Culture, Economy, Environmental Planning, Tourism, Administrative simplification and E-Government

2013 – 2016 Deputy-mayor of Economy and Work, Environmental Planning, Culture, Tourism and Legal Affaires 

2016 - Mayor (Strategic Planning, external relations, Economy and City Marketing, Communication, Participation, Legal Affairs)

                 President of ‘West-Vlaamse Intercommunale’,  regional intermunicipal organization (54 cities)

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Topic Area: UrbanismPlácido GONZÁLEZ MARTÍNEZ

Title: Speculations on urban heritage in China - Current and Future



Ph.D. Architect and Urban Planner, Professor at the College of Architecture and Urban Planning at Tongji University (China), Distinguished Professor of Shanghai Universities (Eastern Scholar). An expert in 20th century heritage studies and conservation, Prof. Gonzalez Martinez is the drafter of the Spanish National Plan of 20th Century Heritage Conservation for the Spanish Ministry of Culture. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies (ACHS) and of the Scientific Committee of the Iberian Docomomo Foundation.

Committed with the research and dissemination of heritage architecture and urbanism, he is Executive Editor of the Built Heritage Journal, published by Tongji University Press. He has authored more than 80 publications, including books, book chapters, articles and book reviews. His works include the book In Light of Hilberseimer (awarded the Research Prize of the 2018 Spanish Architecture Biennale) and articles in top journals like Cities, the International Journal of Heritage Studies, the Journal of Urbanism, and Docomomo International Journal. He is also a referee for top journals like Cities, Urban Studies, Space and Culture, International Journal of Heritage Studies, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, Architectural Science Review and Change Over Time.

He has coordinated research and dissemination projects in heritage architecture and urbanism, such as the Iberian DOCOMOMO Registers (2008-2018) and the Register of 20th Century Architecture in Andalusia (2006-2009). He has directed international scientific meetings, such as the 2017 Conference on 20th Century Heritage and the Historic Urban Landscape in Madrid and the 2013 Iberian Docomomo Conference in Malaga. He has also been scientific coordinator of meetings, among them the 2019 Conference on Built Heritage Studies and the 2017 Conference on Built Heritage, both organized by Tongji University.

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