Keynote Speakers

Koen Olthuis


Koen Olthuis (1971) studied Architecture and Industrial Design at the Delft University of Technology. In 2007 he was chosen as No. 122 on the Time Magazine list of most influential people in the world due to the worldwide interest in water developments. The French magazine Terra Eco chose him as one of the 100 green persons that will change the world in 2011. In 2015 he is selected by an international jury as one of fifty young innovators of the 21st century in the book “50Under50”. Building on water has become Olthuis’ life’s work, he is also known as the “Floating Dutchman”. With H2Ope he uses floating technology to upgrading life of the poorest. 

Richard Coutts


Richard is the Team Principle at Baca Architects. Baca is an award-winning, research-led design practice specializing in integrated environmental and high-quality design. Baca in internationally recognized for innovation in flood-resilient and adaptable architecture and spatial planning. Richard has directed projects such as the Eiland Veur Lent and Nijmegen, a new “eco leisure” destination in The Netherlands; the Waterspace Strategy for UNESCO World Heritage Site - Liverpool South Docks and an array of high quality one-off architectural projects for private clients and one-off memorials for Her Majesties Royal Marines. Richard formerly worked for Sir Terry Farrell & Partners and Dr. Ken Yeang in Malaysia and Australia, including working as resident site architect for Guthrie Pavilion - Winner of Aga Kahn Best Building in Asia 2000. Richard is currently an advisor to No 10’s (UK Government) Flood Advisory Group and the RIBA Polity Team.