Giles obtained his bachelor's in landscape and master's degree in urban design and spatial planning with international experiences in Belgium, China, Costa Rica, The Netherlands, USA, and Japan. He developed several design concepts and academic papers within the fields of sustainability science, urban engineering, ecosystem services, and public health. He received formal training by leading international design companies (Turenscape, Buro2&archi+1) and organizations (UN-Habitat ROAP).
Participation in highly demanding intercontinental programs enabled him to look at problems from various perspectives and scales applicable in both dense urban and remote rural areas. Giles strongly believes in the necessity to look at each project holistically and develop solutions that keep in mind the cultural identity of people and the environment over longer periods of time.
Giles is concerned about humanitarian needs and focuses on the implementation of new concepts to achieve sustainable communities. Especially displacement of populations due to natural disasters or political distress are needed to be addressed in te short term. Convinced that a comprehensive design cannot meet all necessary requirements, a strategic evidence-based approach is needed. To do so, collaboration with different stakeholders has proven to be crucial to the success of any project.
At The University of Tokyo, his current research project focusses on community resilience to natural disasters with urban planning and design approaches. To do so, Giles estimated the nutritional self-sufficiency sourced from urban agricultural fields in megacities.
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