Keynote Speakers


The Keynote Speakers of the PURPLSOC 2017 conference in alphabetical order:

Max Jacobson

Max Jacobson Max Jacobson studied architecture at Berkeley, receiving a M. Arch. in 1969. It was during this period that he began studying and working with Chris Alexander and Sara Ishikawa, and teaching in the department as a Lecturer.  At the Center for Environmental Structure he worked on “A Pattern Language” with Chris, Sara, Murray Silverstein, Soli Angel, Ingrid King, and Denny Abrams.  Under Alexander, he received a PhD in 1973.  In 1974 he and Murray Silverstein formed an architectural practice in Berkeley, starting with residential work.  Over the years, they added Barbara Winslow and Helen Degenhardt to the partnership, expanding the firm’s work with non-profit developers, and with spiritual communities. In addition to their practice, Jacobson, Silverstein, and Winslow wrote “The Good House” (1990), and “Patterns of Home” (2002), and Jacobson wrote “Invitation to Architecture” (2014) with Shelley Brock.

Christian Kohls

Christian KohlsChristian Kohls is a professor for computer science and sociotechnical systems at the TH Köln. He teaches several courses on design patterns, including software design patterns, sociotechnical patterns, and e-learning patterns. He also uses patterns to stimulate innovation in student projects. Currently he is installing an innovation and collaboration space that supports creative thinking by design. In his PhD, he developed a model that shows the relation between patterns in the world, our mental schemas and scientific theories. He has mined patterns in several fields, including interactive graphics, e-learning, online training, and creativity methods. As a pattern enthusiast, he has published many papers on design patterns and organized international workshops and conferences on the topic. He is also president of the Hillside Europe pattern community.

Linda Rising

Linda Rising Linda Rising is an independent consultant who lives near Nashville, Tennessee. Linda has a Ph.D. from Arizona State University in the area of object-based design metrics. Her background includes university teaching as well as work in industry in telecommunications, avionics, and tactical weapons systems. She is an internationally known presenter on topics related to agile development, patterns, retrospectives, the change process, and the connection between the latest neuroscience and software development. Linda is the author of numerous articles and several books. The latest, More Fearless Change, co-authored with Mary Lynn Manns. Her web site is: www.lindarising.org

Yodan Rofe

Yodan RofeYodan ROFÈ is a senior lecturer of Urban Planning and Design at the Switzerland Institute for Dryland Environmental and Energy Research, and the Department of Geography and Environmental Development, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His recent research is on understanding the pattern language of informal settlements of the Negev Bedouin, in order to improve planning for their formalization and development; modeling accessibility and equity in metropolitan areas; and modeling pedestrian movement and safety in urban areas. He published The Boulevard Book with Allan Jacobs and Elizabeth Macdonald, and co-edited with Kyriakos Pontikis: In Pursuit of Living Architecture: Continuing Christopher Alexander’s Quest for a Human and Sustainable Building Culture.

Nick Seemann

Nick Seeman

Nick Seemann is a practicing architect who established Constructive Dialogue Architects with Tim Turner to support social initiatives in Australia. They have worked with government and not-for-profit organizations on buildings that support homeless persons, aged care and other community services. Prior to founding Constructive Dialogue, Nick worked on community development projects in Papua New Guinea with Ken Costigan and in Nepal with Lumanti (a member of the Asian Coalition for Housing Rights). While in Nepal, Nick also completed post-graduate research with Howard Davis, using participant-observer methodologies to explore how architects could work in a manner that engaged with existing communities, established a role for the architect and prioritized community control over specific design decisions.