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RIAI Annual Conference 2015 - New Speakers Announced

Published: Thursday, August 20, 2015

The RIAI is delighted to announce three new keynote speakers at the RIAI Annual Conference 2015: Luciano Lazzari, President of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE); John Moran, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank and former Secretary General of the Department of Finance; and architect Peter Rich from Johannesburg, Professor of Architecture at Witwatersrand University. 

Other keynote speakers are the award-winning architects and Royal Gold Medal recipients, Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey and Hubert-Jan Henket. Full programme to be announced soon.


Luciano Lazzari is President of the Architects’ Council of Europe (ACE) for a two-year mandate.

Born in Trieste, Italy and grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to London to complete his studies at the PCL and took his RIBA Part III  before moving back to Trieste, where he set up the Zelco Lazzari partnership in 1982, which is still active, mostly in Trieste and the northeast Regions of Italy.

From 2000 to 2009, Luciano Lazzari served as Provincial President of the Chamber of Architects and Co-ordinator for the 13 provinces of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. For his work in promoting relations between the national architectural Chambers and for service to the profession, he was awarded honorary membership of the Croatian Architects’ Chamber and also the American Institute of Architects.

Luciano Lazzari has collaborated as teacher and external examiner with the Universities of Trieste, Syracuse Summer School (Florence), Westminster (London) and for three years has been studio master for external projects for Graz University, Austria.

Luciano Lazzari has worked in ACE since 2001, having served as Vice President and also as Head of Delegation for the CNAPPC. 

Peter Rich

Image Credit: Iwan Baan

Peter Rich, Principal at Peter Rich Architects, Johannesburg and Professor of Architecture at Witwatersrand University

Peter Rich is a principal architect at Peter Rich Architects in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Professor of Architecture at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg. In 2011, he held the chair of the John Williams Fellowship at University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture. Arkansas students under his mentorship collaborated with students from the Department of Architecture at the Kigali Institute of Technology in Rwanda, in researching and designing appropriate sustainable urban housing for Rwandans.

As an activist during the apartheid era, Rich documented indigenous settlements of the black population such as the Ndebele people, who faced displacement from the government. Rich studied South African vernacular architecture and informal housing, which prepared him to design social housing projects and community based Cultural tourism projects, after the fall of the apartheid regime in 1994 for the democratically elected government of Nelson Mandela. Rich has since developed a contemporary architectural vocabulary built upon sustained research of local context and close collaboration with communities.

For the Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre (awarded the "Building of the Year" at the World Architecture Festival in 2009), completed with engineers John Ochsendorf of MIT and Michael Ramage, local craftsmen learned to build with ancient clay-tile vaulting techniques. Rich together with Michael Ramage and Tim Hall has recently established Light Earth Design, which is implementing projects in Central, East and North Africa. The recent Alexandra Heritage Center is a community space and center to record oral histories of residents in the historic township of Alexandra, where Mandela formulated his political resistance. In 2010, Rich was awarded the South African Institute of Architects Gold Medal, the Instituteʼs highest honor for his achievements in architecture.

John Moran, Member of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank

John Moran, currently a member of the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank, served as Secretary General of the Department of Finance as Ireland restructured its economy and banking system to emerge from the EU-IMF bailout and regain public market funding in 2014. 

John holds a first class honours law degree from University College Dublin and a Masters of Laws from the University of Pennsylvania’s Law School and Wharton Business School.   He is a qualified solicitor and member of the New York Bar as well as an associate of the Institute of Taxation of Ireland. 

He has worked in a number of private sector roles, including at the US law firm Sullivan & Cromwell, GPA Group plc, GE Capital Aviation Services, McCann FitzGerald and Zurich Financial Services and also served as the Head of Wholesale Bank Regulation at the Central Bank of Ireland from 2010 until his transfer to the Department of Finance in March 2011.  

Among other interests, he is an active member of the European think-tank Eurofi, is Chairman of the Hunt Museum in Limerick, serves as a member of the Limerick Economic Forum, helping to guide Limerick’s economic development and is very involved in the restoration of a 13th Century gothic residence in France.  He is also a member of the advisory council to the Trinity Economic Forum.

He has spoken widely on banking, economic and governance matters and led the development of new European public policy, including co-chairing the High Level Expert Group report “Finance for Growth” for European Finance Ministers, many of whose recommendations were reflected in the new European plans for common market union and infrastructure investment.

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