The symposium opened with a public lecture from Prof Nat Chard (University of Brighton) on the evening of Friday 4th October. Keynote presentations from Dr Penelope Haralambidou (University College of London) and Dr Hélène J. Frichot (KTH, Royal Institute of Technology) opened the discussions on Saturday and Sunday respectively, and Marc Boumeester (TU Delft) concluded on the Sunday evening.

The respondents were academic staff of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of Edinburgh, including Dr Dorian Wiszniewski (PhD in Architecture by Design Programme Director), Dr Ella Chmielewska, Dr Tahl Kaminer, and Prof Mark Dorrian, as well as the PhD by Design community of the school.