MASP 2018

Thursday, 04 October 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [WEST]

Dolmen Hotel St Pauls Bay, Qawra, SPB 2402, Malta




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Thursday, 04 October 2018, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM [WEST]

About the Event

The Malta Architecture & Spatial Planning Conference is back!  This day-long event aims to ignite ideas and discussions centring on the creation of social, economic and environmental conditions for liveable places. This is a unique forum for all stakeholders to come together to debate the big issues, whilst exploring and developing innovative ideas. The conference will include:

  • Keynote speaker French Architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc who will show with her dual sociological and architectural approach, how she manages to combine the requirements of the social, urban and ecological aspects within her projects.
  • Various national and international Speakers 
  • Break-out sessions focusing on the economic, environmental, social and financial challenges with Q&A Session to share perspectives and interact with the speakers
  • Roundtable discussion on a Planning Vision for the Future
  • Networking opportunities & an Exhibition of Malta’s Architect Awards 2017



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About the Organizer

The Planning Authority as the national land use regulator promotes a balanced and sustainable environment for the Maltese community through a sustainable land use planning system. The legislation governing the Planning Authority strives to achieve integrity, fairness and transparency across all operations and is further coupled with an independent appeal and review process. This is manifested in the Authority’s mission statement whereby it endeavours to provide a better quality of life for the community through transparent and fair planning services, today and tomorrow.


Event Speakers

Hon Dr Owen Bonnici
Minister for Justice

Owen graduated in 2001 in Law and European Studies, and achieved a Doctorate of Laws from the University of Malta. Apart from serving as a Minister he also teaches at the Faculty of Law in the University of Malta. He was elected in Parliament for the first time in 2008. In 2013, Dr Joseph Muscat appointed him as Parliamentary Secretary for Justice. He was then appointed as Minister a year later. In 2017’s General Elections, he was elected once again in Parliament for the third time in a row.

Hon Dr Marthese Portelli
Shadow Minister for Planning, Capital Projects, and Property Market

Marthese is a member of Parliament who was first elected in April 2013 and re-elected in June 2018 from the 9th and the 13th district. During this tenure she was tasked with various responsibilities - Shadow Minister for Energy, Environment and Transport; Opposition Spokesperson for EU Affairs; and Opposition Representative on 5 parliamentary committees -Environment & Development Planning; Foreign & EU Affairs Committee; Social Affairs Committee; Privileges Committee; Diabetes Working Group.

In her activity of Architect and Urbanist, Elizabeth de Portzamparc designs buildings to serve as architectural symbols supporting new values and as powerful urban landmarks that skilfully structure and inhabit the places where they are built. Her projects are characterized by their innovative flexibility, architectural layouts designed to foster sociability on the scales of both the building and the city, giving much importance to the total spatial interconnections.

Mary is based in the UK and works with IBM's clients. Prior to IBM, Mary spent 10 years as a lecturer in economics at the University of Limerick and has also lectured at Trinity College Dublin and NUI Maynooth. She has also spent time as an economist in the largest stockbrokers in Ireland. She has co-ordinated a number of research projects for public bodies such as the European Commission, and is a former member of the World Economic Forum's Global Future Council for Cities.

Mr Stephen Hilton
Director of Bristol Futures Global

Stephen is a Director of Bristol Futures Global and an internationally recognised smart cities expert. At Bristol City Council he created and led Bristol Futures, a high profile, award-winning team that achieved great success. Stephen is a Fellow at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute.

Mr Tom Bridges
Director, Arup

Tom is an experienced professional in city strategy, urban and regional policy and planning, transport, economic development, regeneration, and city governance and operations. He is a chartered member of the RTPI. Tom leads Arup’s City Advisory practice, advising on city and regional strategies for economic development, inclusive growth, infrastructure, skills and innovation, supporting clients on funding and finance, socio- economic advice, housing, and regeneration.

Mr Mark Atherton
Assistant Director Environment at Greater Manchester Combined Authority,

Mark joined the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities (AGMA) in 2012 as Director of Environment for Greater Manchester and transferred to GMCA in May 2017. Prior to his current appointment, Mark joined the Northwest Regional Development Agency in 2002, culminating in the role of Director of Energy and Environment. Mark holds a science degree in Organic Chemistry and Industrial Ecology; postgraduate qualifications in Leadership and Hydrobiology and several management qualifications.

Mr Jacco Schuurkamp
Senior policy advisor for the Municipality of The Hague (Netherlands)

Senior policy advisor for the Municipality of The Hague (Netherlands). Mr. Schuurkamp has worked on many projects citywide since 2008. In 2016 he presented the Green Agenda for The Hague, focusing on natural capital as a leading theme for green space planning and management Jacco received a master degree in landscape architecture from the Wageningen Agricultural University and has been working in the Randstad region for more than twenty years.

Mr David Harley
SEPA’s Head of Water and Planning

David Harley is SEPA’s Head of Water and Planning. David has worked for SEPA and predecessor bodies since 1991 in a wide variety of roles including ecological assessment, regulation, water policy and water framework directive implementation. His priority is on focussing SEPA’s considerable water and planning expertise and talent towards securing a more circular economy, in line with SEPA’s One Planet Prosperity vision.

Profs. Andrew Azzopardi
Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and Head of the Department of Youth and Community Studies

Prof. Andrew Azzopardi is Dean of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and Head of the Department of Youth and Community Studies. His lecturing and research focus on inclusive education, sociology, critical pedagogy, disability politics, youth and community studies. He is a Member of the Editorial Panel of the International Journal of Inclusive Education, and co-Editor of Inclusive communities: A critical reader (2012) and also edited Youth: Responding to lives - An international reader (2013).

Mr David Sislen
Practice Manager for Urban and Disaster Risk Management for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank

David Sislen is the Practice Manager, where he manages a team of about 40 professionals and a portfolio of approximately $2 billion in commitments. He holds degrees in Economics and Geography from Johns Hopkins University and Macalester College (USA) and has worked extensively on issues of infrastructure, urban development, and decentralized service delivery in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and East Asia and the Pacific.

Mr Gerald Muscat
Head of Division, Urban Development, European Investment Bank

Gerald heads EIB’s Urban Development Division, where he is responsible for the appraisal of the Bank’s urban development projects, advisory support for cities, and the Bank’s policy approach in the sector. He has worked most of his career in the urban sector, in consultancy, at EBRD as a senior banker in their municipal and environment team, in JASPERS – a project preparation facility for EU projects - and now at EIB. He also manages EIB project work on key urban themes.

Ms Angelique Spina
Senior Manager, PWC (Malta)

Angelique joined PwC in 2000 after obtaining a degree in Accounting. Angelique is one of PwC’s local real estate specialists. In this role, she has assisted a number of architects in compiling valuation reports for a variety of different properties including offices, commercial outlets, specialised buildings such as hotels, investment properties and others. In 2014, Angelique was very actively involved in preparing the valuations in connection with the Asset Quality Review of HSBC Bank.

Mr John Acres
President of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2018

John Acres is President of the Royal Town Planning Institute for 2018. John was President of the Planning & Development Association from 2011-2013. During 2005/06, John served on the Government’s Affordable Rural Housing Commission. He was a founder Board member of the South Shropshire Housing Association, serving for 8 years and was previously a local Parish Councillor in Warwickshire.

Perit Simone Vella Lenicker
Design Director at Architecture Project.

Perit Simone Vella Lenicker graduated as an Architect and Civil Engineer from the University of Malta. She is now a Design Director at Architecture Project. She currently holds the post of Vice President of the Kamra tal-Periti. She is also a registered Energy Performance of Buildings Assessor, as well as a Member of the Building Regulation Board, the Users’ Committee of the Planning Authority and the Building Industry Consultative Council Advisory Board.

Event Schedule

  • October 4, 2018
08:00 AM
08:30 AM

Registration and Welcome coffee


08:30 AM
09:00 AM
09:00 AM
10:30 AM

Key Note Speaker


Architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc

10:30 AM
11:00 AM
11:00 AM
12:30 PM
Track : 1

Workshop 1: Planning for Growth through Innovation

Moderator: Mr Simon Barberi, Director, EU Advisory Services, Ernst & Young A challenge for Malta’s growth is to effectively undertake strategic planning to support economic growth objectives, whilst taking into account sustainable development principles to ensure that places are liveable. This balance can be achieved through Innovation and this workshop will delve into strategic mechanisms of how to plan for growth by doing things differently in a wide range of innovative ways, including covering aspects related to Smart Cities. It will illustrate, through case studies, how places can be transformed through planning intervention and how planning, together with economic and financial measures, can make a difference to the growth potential of Malta. Speakers: Dr Mary Keeling Business Development Executive at IBM. Mr Stephen Hilton, Director of Bristol Futures GlobaL Mr Jerome Frost, Global Cities Leader, ARUP

Track : 2

Workshop 2: Why the Environment & People matter

Moderator: Ms Michelle Borg, Unit Manager, Planning Authority The environment is a defining element of habitable places for people. Malta having a high population density with an urbanised context, faces particular challenges in maintaining an environment of excellent quality to support a high level of well-being for its residents. This session will explore how we can integrate environmental and social objectives as determining components in the design of cities and urban areas that can support long-term economic prosperity. Speakers: Mr Mark Atherton, Greater Manchester Environment Team Speaker Mr Jacco Schuurkamp, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of City Management, Public Space and Green Infrastructure, The Hague Mr David Harley, Head of Water and Planning, SEPA Profs. Andrew Azzopardi, Dean Faculty of Social Well Being

Track : 3

Workshop 3: Funding Mechanisms to improve the quality of our liveable space

Moderator: Perit David Xuereb Financing from a variety of sources can transform the environment that we live in. For instance, EU Funding for urban renewal projects can be critical in enabling transformations in Malta. This workshop will explore the principles of successful funding mechanisms and how various planning stakeholders, including the private commercial sector, can utilise these mechanisms for a high-quality environment. Speakers: Mr David Sislen, Practice Manager for urban and disaster risk management for Eastern Europe and Central Asia (ECA), World Bank Mr Gerald Muscat, Head of Urban Development within the European Investment Bank Ms Angelique Spina, Senior Manager- Advisory Department, PWC

12:30 PM
02:00 PM
02:00 PM
03:00 PM

Malta Architect Awards 2017 Presentations


03:00 PM
04:00 PM

Round table Discussion: A Vision for the Future: Planning for 2050


Moderator: Mr Joseph Gauci, Planning Authority Malta has changed considerably over the last twenty years. This roundtable discussion focuses on the challenges that Malta is currently facing and should be facing in the future with the scope of setting a vision for the future. Although 2050 may be deemed to be far off, in effect planning requires that we set long-term targets so that the requisite actions are taken to attain them. This discussion will touch upon demographic trends, jobs and homes, open space, infrastructure and other aspects which make up our quality of life. Speakers: Hon Owen Bonnici - Minister for Justice, Culture and Local Government, Hon Dr Marthese Portelli, (Speaker of the Opposition - delete) Shadow Minister for Capital Projects, Planning and the Property Market, John Acres - Royal Town Planning Institute President 2018; Perit Simone Vella Lenicker - Editor, The Architect

04:00 PM
04:30 PM