The lead coordinator of UNIT 2, Amira Osman, is a member of the CIB W104 Open Building Implementation group. Prof Stephen Kendall, one of the coordinators of CIB W104 is an advisor to UNIT 2 and will be participating in the development of UNIT 2 and the studio activities of the UNIT 2.


International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction CIB ( was established in 1953 with a mission to facilitate international cooperation in building and construction research and innovation. CIB is a network of over 5000 experts from 500 member organisations across 70 countries and includes most of the major laboratories and leading universities in building and construction. Two CIB Workgroups are Programme Partners of UIA 2014. The first one being:

CIB W 104 OPEN BUILDING IMPLEMENTATION. Open Building encompasses ideas about the making and incessant transformation of the built environment by acknowledging the existence of distinct levels of intervention, the principle that users must be enabled to make design decisions and the technical principle that the interface between systems allows change/replacement with minimum disruption and conflict.

Wim Bakens is the Secretary General of CIB (since 1994) and is a visiting professor at the University of Westminster in London, UK. He graduated in 1975, and obtained a PhD on “The Future of Construction” from the University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands.

Stephen Kendall, Emeritus Professor of Architecture, Ball State University, is a registered architect and educator. He received his PhD in Design Theory and Methods from Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the direction of Prof. John Habraken. He is currently conducting research for the US government on healthcare facility design for flexibility. ( (

Jia Beisi, Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Hong Kong, studied at Southeast University in Nanjing, China, and obtained a PhD from the ETH Zurich. He is Director and Partner of Baumschlager Eberle Hong Kong. Ltd. He lectures internationally on his studies of adaptable housing design. (

Shin Murakami, Professor, Department of Human Environment, Sugiyama Jogakuen University, Japan, received his PhD from the University of Tokyo. He is also a photographer and a hyper-space creator. He lectures internationally and serves as an advisor to the Urban Renaissance Agency Chubu. His focus recently is on activation of the existing housing stock.