Smart Cities – In Singapore

Smart Cities - In Singapore

Urbanization is a defining trend of our time. As our cities have expanded and existing infrastructure has aged, challenges with our existing urban designs have become increasingly evident. From traffic to housing, the environment and beyond, there are clear opportunities to reshape the design of our cities to become more sustainable and liveable. Technological advances driven by data, connectivity, and automation will play a key role in the development of these “smart cities” but there must also be a strong emphasis on increasing green space and improving mobility.

Join fellow UBC alumni and friends in Singapore for a panel discussion about “smart cities”. Learn about the key features defining these cities of the future and find out how UBC research is leading the way towards their development. Following the discussion, stay for a networking reception with your UBC community.

Presented in partnership with the UBC Faculty of Applied Science.

Moderated by James Olson, BSc’89, BASc’91, PhD’96 – Dean, UBC Faculty of Applied Science.


Ron Kellett, MArch – Professor and Director, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Walter Mérida, PhD – Associate Dean, Research and Industrial Partnerships Faculty of Applied Science

Adam Rysanek, PhD – Assistant Professor, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

Tuesday, December 10, 2019
7:00-9:00 pm

Program begins at 7:00 pm with a networking reception to follow.

JW Marriott Hotel Singapore South Beach
30 Beach Road, Access via Nicoll Highway
Singapore, 189763 Singapore – map

Cost: $20 SGD

Register Online

Questions? Please contact Beatrice Fan at

Panelist Biographies

Ron Kellett, MArch

Ron KellettRonald Kellett is Professor and Director of the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, co-director of the elementslab in the Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability and the Masters of Engineering Leadership in High Performance Buildings, a post-professional degree program of the Faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. Ron holds degrees in Environmental Studies and in Architecture. At UBC since 2004, his teaching and research develops decision support tools and approaches to sustainability-oriented urban design at neighbourhood and greater scales, winning awards from the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects, the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture, the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the American Planning Association (Oregon Chapter). He is principal investigator of the Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment project for the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, a 5-year research program to reduce the energy and carbon emissions intensity of buildings and communities in British Columbia.

Walter Mérida, PhD

Walter MeridaWalter Mérida is a mechanical engineering professor, the director of the Clean Energy Research Centre and the associate dean of Research and Industrial Partnerships in the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC. He began his career in clean energy working with Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, and academic partners more than twenty years ago. He holds the Methanex Professorship in Clean Energy Systems, and has developed industry-led consortia on clean energy technologies. Walter currently leads the Transportation Futures Group at the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association and the Institute for Breakthrough Energy Technologies.

He joined the Academic Council for the Global Alliance Powerfuels led by the German Energy Agency, and he serves on the Climate Change Advisory Board for Toronto Dominion Insurance. In 2016, he was recognized as one of Canada’s Clean50, and in 2017, he received a Research Award from the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies.

Adam Rysanek, PhD

Adam Rysanek is Assistant Professor of Environmental Systems at the UBC School of ArchiAdam Rysanektecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA). He is an expert in green building design, construction and operation, with over 10 years of experience engaging with high-performance building projects in Canada, Europe, and Asia. At SALA, Dr. Rysanek’s research specialisations include the study of parametric tools (I.e., Rhino/Grasshopper) for performative building design, the application of emerging technologies for design optimisation and performance evaluation (particularly augmented reality and machine learning), the evaluation of building performance using Internet-of-Things (IoT) sensors and data analytics, and the study of future trends in community-scale energy systems – such as building-integrated transportation energy systems (BITES).

Dr. Rysanek holds a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, and a BASc and MScE from Queen’s University. Prior to joining UBC, Dr. Rysanek led research out of the ETH Zurich Institute of Technology in Architecture, the ETH Zurich Future Cities Laboratory in Singapore, and the Energy Efficient Cities Initiative at the University of Cambridge.

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