The Congress will bring together landscape architects, allied professionals, academics, and scholars from the Asia-Pacific region and the rest of the world, and engage them in conversations with government and civil society organizations on social and environmental sustainability, and how landscape architecture can contribute to the achievement of local and global development agendas.


Atlantic Hallway, 2nd floor

Opening Ceremony

Mediterranean Room

Indigenous Ritual
Opening by Congress Chair | Rosanne Marie Aldeguer
Welcome Remarks by Department of Tourism VII Director | Shahlimar Tamano
Address by PALA President | Eric Estonido
Address by IFLA APR President | Damian Tang

Address by Guest of Honor

Roy A. Cimatu | Secretary, Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Plenary Presentation | Community Spaces as Integral Component of Green Infrastructure for Biodiversity Conservation
Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim
  • Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim (Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity)

    Dr. Theresa Mundita Lim

    Executive Director of ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity

    Day 1 - Plenary Presentation
    Community Spaces as Integral Component of Green Infrastructure for Biodiversity Conservation

    Dr. Theresa Mundita S. Lim is the current Executive Director of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) where she leads the Centre in facilitating regional cooperation and coordination on biodiversity conservation for it to be sustainably managed and used, and equitably shared for the well-being of people. Some of her notable international roles in the conservation sector were as the Chair of the Convention on Biological Diversity Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (CBD-SBSTTA) from 2017 to 2018, Chair of the 15th and 18th Meetings of the ASEAN Working Group Meeting on Coastal and Marine Environment (AWGCME) in 2014 and 2017, Chairperson of the 4th ASEAN Experts Group (AEG) on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) Meeting in 2006, and Chairperson of the 16th ASEAN Working Group on Nature Conservation and Biodiversity (AWGNCB), also in 2006. Her core competencies and extensive experience and expertise are in local, regional, and international governance, management, policy development, implementation, and innovation, partnership-building, science and policy linkages, and advocacy in the fields of biodiversity conservation and wildlife protection.

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Plenary Presentation | Coastal and Marine Ecosystems Management in the Philippines: Surmounting Land-based Pollution Threats

Gilbert C. Gonzales, CESO III
OIC-Assistant Secretary for Field Operations-Southern Luzon and Deputy Ground Commander of the Manila Bay Task Force in concurrent capacity | Regional Executive Director, Region 4A (CALABARZON)

Ricardo L. Calderon, CESO III
Assistant Secretary for the Staff Bureaus of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)

Marcial Cabanes Amaro, Jr., CESO III
Assistant Secretary for Field Operations for Visayas | OIC-Undersecretary for Field Operations
Department of Environment and Natural Resources

Keynote Presentation | Community for Landscape and Environment with focus on Green Space for the Community
Yossapon Boonsom
  • Yossapon Boonsom (Director of Shma Company Limited)

    Yossapon Boonsom

    Director of Shma Company Limited

    Day 1 - Keynote Speaker
    Community for Landscape and Environment with focus on Green Space for the Community

    Yossapon Boonsom is a Thai landscape architect and the director of Shma Company Limited. He received a degree in Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Chulalongkorn University and continued his studies at a postgraduate level in Master of Arts in Urban Management & Architectural Design at the University of Wales (Domus Academy, Milan).

    After completing his studies, he worked as a Landscape Architect in Singapore for 5 years before establishing Shma Company Limited along with two partners. Shma Company Limited is a Landscape Architectural design and research practice which aims to transform the territory through landscape design with projects across Thailand and Asia pacific. Their works include transforming abandoned areas into public spaces, meeting the resident's needs through creative and inclusive spaces, improving the connection between the people and the environment, and collaborating with communities to come up with solutions tackling the current environmental challenges. Shma’s projects has been awarded and shortlisted World Architecture Festival (WAF 2012 - 2018) and International Federation of Landscape Architects Congress.

    At a larger scale of the public agenda, Yossapon Boonsom is the co-founder of Friends of the River (FOR) which is established as a non-profit organization, aiming to be a creative force which stimulates social awareness and participation to creatively develop Chaophraya River with the principle that encourage sustainable relation between city, community and the river through public participation process.

    His talks and books tackle landscape resilience, city transformation through a human-centered approach, city revitalization, and public green spaces in the community and their ability to improve the quality of residential living spaces.

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Panel Discussion
Parallel Sessions


Arctic 1 - MAKING THE COMMONS COMMON (Moderator: L. Archt. Norman Brito)

1A | Paper Presentation Session: Lao-Ju River Oasis Restoration of a Riverfront Ecosystem (Jenny Tang)
1B | Paper Presentation Session: Buddhadasa Indapanno Archives, Dhamma Learning Space (Chananun Luekijna* / Thotthanet Luekijna)

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Arctic 2 - CREATING COMMUNITY SPACES (Moderator: L. Archt. Sharon Perion)

2A - Paper Presentation Session: Novice Grounds: Designing Behavior Setting for Playground Facilitation of Social Competence Development in Children (Auriga Joy B. Rosell* / Vic Dul-loog / Zenaida Galingan)
2B - Paper Presentation Session: Sustainable Residential Community Renewal Framework Based on AI Technology, with Shanghai Beixinjing Community as an Example (Huang Yuzhou)
2C - Paper Presentation Session: Landscape Design Base on Cultural Awareness of Rumah Budaya Sumba Areas in East Nusa Tenggara (Nurfaizah Marwan* / Dewi Rezalini Anwar / Annisa Farah Agustin)

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Open Forum


Arctic 1 - COMMUNITIES IN TRANSITION (Moderator: L.Archt. Zenaida Galingan)
1A | Paper Presentation Session: Visioning the Peri-urban Landscape Future: A Social Constructivist Pedagogy in Phenomena Mapping through a Scenario Workshop (Cathe Desiree Nadal)
1B | Paper Presentation Session: Research on the landscape diversity and residents' culture awareness - a case study of Three Hills and Five Gardens Region in Beijing (Qiang Zhu* / Shuyang Zhou)
1C | Paper Presentation Session: Reclaiming Identity in a sacred landscape: Case of textile town of Maheshwar in India (Shivani Paliwal* / Sonal Tiwari)
1D | Paper Presentation Session: The ambiguity "Transitional Area": A comprehensive review of Malaysia Peri-Urban characteristics towards its socio-cultural pattern and identity (Maizura Mazlan* / Nor Atiah Ismail / Faziawati Abdul Aziz / Mohd Johari Mohd Yusof)


Arctic 2 - THE NEW COMMONS (Moderator; L.Archt. Ruen Balmores)
2A | Paper Presentation Session: Urban Planning Model Innovation based on the trend of Developing AI Technology and Sustainability, Taking Shanghai Maqiao Artificial Intelligence New City as an Example (Huang Yuzhou)
2B | Paper Presentation Session: Sustainability as a framework for landscape architectural education (Mathew Pryor* / Ivan Valin / Ashley Scott Kelly)
2C | Paper Presentation Session: Online Commons: Instagram as a source for aesthetics in the landscape (Jose Antonio Bimbao* / Nappy Navarra)
2D | Paper Presentation Session: A Sustainable Way for Urban Village in China - Transforming to self-sufficiency participatory community (Xizi Xu* / Noriko Akita)

Open Forum

Atlantic Hallway, 2nd Floor

Parallel Sessions


1A | PLONTUR: L.Archt. Erick Yambao
1B | OCULUS: Claire Martin
1C | Space Container of Emotions: Greenview Landscape International GroupWu - Eva Wu

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2A | National River Park Corridor : L. Archt. Vic Dul-loog (SGS Design Landcape Architecture)
2B | Social Landscape Practice in Transitional Period Hefei National Lakeview Wetland Forest Park and Guizhou Danzhai Town: Yuan Songting (DDON Design Co., Ltd.)
2C | Ecoscapes: L.Archt. Jose Dan Villajuan

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3A | The Inception of Urban Nature - Green Infrastructure in ASEAN Cities: Wendy Yap Hwee Min (Director, International Biodiversity Conservation Div., National Parks Board)
3B | Biotic Developments: A Uniquely Singapore Approach to Integrate Green Infrastructure and Biophilic Design: Kuan Chee Yung (Director, CPG Signature Pte Ltd | Director, PM Link Sdn Bhd)
3C - Partner's Forum: Mainstreaming Biodiversity in Landscape Development

Parallel Sessions


1A | Efren A. Aurelio Landscape Architects (EEALA): L. Archt. Efren A. Aurelio
1B | Health Promoting Mangrove Design: Shureen Faris Abdul Shukor, Ph.D
1C | Practice of Second Nature: Liu Ziming (Chengdu SecondNature INNOJOY Landscape Design Co. Ltd.)
1D | Architects Espina, Perez-Espina & Associates Manila (EPEA): L. Archt. Mary Ann Arañas-Espina


2A | CLARQ / BCLA: L. Archt. Vincent Lim
2B | Bring Intangible Cultural Heritage into lives - The Stories Behind The Tangshan Show Play Theme Park: L&A Design Co., Ltd.
2C | AJM: L. Archt. AJ Moldez
2D | Economic assessment of sea level rise impacts on coastal wetlands in the city of Guangzhou, China: Chongxian Chen* / Yu Xia / Xiaohao Yang


Arctic 3 - Education Meeting with Mike Barthelmeh of NZILA and Program Providers (UP, USC, USA, and BSU)

Open Forum

Mediterranean Room

Plenary Presentation | Community Empowerment and Economic Improvement through Landscape with focus on Best Practices Locally
Anna Gonzales
  • Anna Gonzales (Sustainability Manager at Ayala Land Inc.)

    Anna Gonzales

    Sustainability Manager at Ayala Land Inc.

    Day 2 - Plenary Speaker
    Community Empowerment and Economic Improvement through Landscape with focus on Best Practices Locally

    Anna Maria M. Gonzales has served as Ayala Land’s Sustainability Manager since 2011. As the lead for sustainability for the Philippines' most diversified property developer of large-scale mixed use estates, she oversees initiatives that create value for the environment and society. Her unit is responsible for the company’s carbon neutrality program and collaborates with other teams to avoid emissions through planning and design, energy conservation, and renewable energy sourcing. Her unit manages carbon forests in the company’s vast land bank. Through trainings and enhancing policy, the sustainability unit also ensured various business units and subsidiaries of Ayala Land integrate the company’s Four Focus areas of Site Resilience, Pedestrian Mobility and Transit Connectivity, Eco-efficiency and Local Economic Development.

    Anna is an architect, environmental planner (EnP) and Certified BERDE (Building for Ecologically Responsive Design Excellence) Professional. Before joining Ayala Land, Anna established and headed a technical service non-profit serving various planning, design and empowerment needs of rural indigenous and urban poor communities starting in her mid-20s. She worked on various community infrastructure projects with private sector, NGO networks and ODA organizations and briefly served government as a project administrator and Deputy Secretary General of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council. She is a product of the University of the Philippines College of Architecture, and the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, where she obtained a postgraduate certificate in Neighborhood Development Planning. She subsequently honed her skills and knowledge in sustainability related short courses, notably Urban Ecological Restoration at International Urban Training Center (IUTC) in South Korea, and Conservation of Heritage Buildings from Lund University, Sweden. Using these courses as a platform, Anna continuously works with different teams to innovate on planning, design and development approaches to create sustainable communities for the Philippine setting. Anna was Hubert Humphrey fellow for urban and regional planning at Rutgers University in 2011-2012.

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Closing Keynote Presentation | Landscape architecture: What does the future hold? Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World
Prof. Simon Bell
  • Prof. Simon Bell (Chair Professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences and Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh)

    Prof. Simon Bell

    Chair Professor at Estonian University of Life Sciences and Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

    Day 2 - Keynote Speaker
    Landscape architecture: What does the future hold?
    Challenges and Opportunities in a Changing World

    Simon Bell is a forester and landscape architect, having taken his bachelor's degree in Forestry at the University of Whales, his M.Phil in Landscape Architecture at the University of Edinburgh and his PhD in Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is currently a professor and the Chair Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. He is also the Associate Director of OPENspace Research Centre at the Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, which primarily researches the full benefits of having access to outdoor environments.

    He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Foresters in UK, a Chartered Member of the Landscape Institute in UK and a member of the Estonian Union of Landscape Architects. He was awarded the Travelling Fellowship by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to Japan. Simon Bell also engages in numerous international activities; he was president of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools from 2012 to 2015 and 2015 to 2018. He was also Chair of the Cost Action E33 Forest and Recreation and Nature Tourism from 2004 to 2008.

    His researches focus mainly on how accessibility to forests and other green spaces as well as blue spaces (his current field of active research) impact health, well-being, and quality of life in peri-urban regions. His books and publications include case studies of park spatial accessibility and its relationship with the park's use patterns, regeneration of deteriorating urban areas, landscape value and perspectives on future land use, and innovative approaches to researching landscape and health. He is a great believer in the potential of landscape architecture to play a much more leading role in solving the many problems facing us, since it can connect to many other disciplines in ways that once seemed unlikely.

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Closing Ceremony

Closing by Congress Chair | Rosanne Marie Aldequer
Closing Remarks by PALA President | Eric Estonido

IFLA APR Flag Turn-Over Ceremony
Free Time

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