Ricky Burdett is a professor of urban studies and director, LSE Cities and Urban Age; and global distinguished professor at New York University. His research focuses on the relationship between society and the environment in the cities. He was the chief design adviser for the London 2012 Olympics and worked closely with the Mayor of London. He was director of the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and curated the Global Cities exhibition at Tate Modern in London. Burdett runs the annual Urban Age conferences recently held in Rio de Janeiro, London, Hong Kong and Istanbul. His recent works include Living in the Endless City (Phaidon), co-edited with Deyan Sudjic. Burdett is a jury member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities and HUD’s Rebuild by Design initiative.