Shin Koseki appointed UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape


Paris, February 22, 2021: The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has appointed Professor Shin Koseki as UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape at the Université de Montréal. This appointment follows the retirement of previous chairholder Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec who founded the Chair in 2003.

This appointment follows a rigorous selection process, as reminded by Liette Vasseur, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO during the inauguration of the chair’s new directorate which took place on May 5th, 2021. Following an initial review of candidacies made by the host university, the Canadian Commission for UNESCO assesses the various proposals on the recommendation of the rector. The final decision is made in Paris, where headquarters of the organization are situated. The appointment of Shin Koseki as chairholder illustrates UNESCO’s clear commitment to enter into a new era.

Originally from Montreal, Shin has trained in architecture, urban planning and computational social sciences in Canada and Switzerland. His research and teaching interests include integration of new technologies, such as artificial intelligence and political interactive democracy, in planning and design practices. Through his approach, he works at improving the built, social, and natural environments of large fluvial cities and their regions.

Before joining the Université de Montréal, Shin had previously worked as a researcher at the Écoles polytechniques fédérales de Lausanne (EPFL), the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich (ETH Zürich), the University of Oxford (Oxon.), the National University of Singapore (NUS), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Zurich (UZH) and the Max Planck Society (MPG).

News’s announcement at the Université de Montréal website: