Past Event
Designing porous cities to combat flooding


Building productive green public space in dense urban areas

Kotchakorn Voraakhom & Prof Elizabeth Mossop


Wednesday 25 May 2022


12:00 pm

Register now to hear leading Thai Landscape architect – founder and CEO of Porous City Network and Landprocess – Kotchakorn Voraakhom, joins us for a special Global session to explain her work on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in dense urban areas and climate-vulnerable communities.

About the speakers

Kotchakorn Voraakhom, Landscape architect, CEO and Founder Porous City Network

Kotchakorn Voraakhom is a landscape architect from Thailand who works on building productive green public space that tackles climate change in dense urban areas and climate-vulnerable communities. She is the CEO and founder of Porous City Network and landscape architecture design firm Landprocess.

In 2011, Thailand suffered its worst flooding in its history. In response, Kotchakorn set out to populate the Thai capital with climate-resilient green spaces.This park, the Chulalongkorn Centenary Park gives Bangkok a spark of aspiration in how the city can choose to address its threatened future while allowing new landscape architecture strategies to emerge.

Kotchakorn has been named one of TIME’s100 Next for 2019, a program that spotlights 100 rising stars who are shaping the future of the world. She is also on the list of 15 women fighting against climate change from TIME Magazine. Kotchakorn is a chairperson for Landscape Architecture Without Borders of International Federation of Landscape Architects, Asia Pacific Region (IFLA APR), and a TED Echoing Green Climate Fellow. She received her master’s in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

Professor Elizabeth Mossop, Dean of UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Professor Elizabeth Mossop is Dean of the UTS School of Design, Architecture and Building and a landscape architect and urbanist with wide-ranging experience in both landscape design and urban planning.

Elizabeth is a founding principal of Spackman Mossop & Michaels landscape architects based in Sydney and New Orleans. Her professional practice concentrates on urban infrastructure and open space projects such as the multiple award-winning Bowen Place Crossing in Canberra, Press Street Gardens in New Orleans, and Sydney’s Cook and Phillip Park. She has also been involved in many aspects of the post-hurricane reconstruction of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast and the ongoing revitalisation of Detroit.

With an academic career spanning 25 years, Elizabeth has held key roles at universities in both the United States and Australia. Before joining UTS, she was Professor of Landscape Architecture and Director of the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University, one of the highest ranked landscape architecture programs in the US. Previously, she was the Director of the Masters of Landscape Architecture program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.