Entries are carefully evaluated by an internationally influential jury panel composed of established scholars, esteemed professionals, prominent press members, creative design professionals, and experienced entrepreneurs who devote great care and attention to details while voting each entry. Following is the list of Jury Members of  RTF Awards 2021:

Jury Panel | Rethinking The Future Awards 2021

Anastasia Elrouss

Founder, Anastasia Elrouss Architects
Beirut, Lebanon

Award winning Architect Anastasia Elrouss uphold her main design philosophy: that architectural and urban thinking can never be stagnant since 2008. Through her architectural practice founded in 2017, her projects are about exploring options and opening a dialogue while winning the Iconic Award 2018, the German Design Awards 2019, the Design that Educates award 2019 & 2020 and the Architizer A+ Awards 2019.

Anastasia Elrouss Architects won the second prize at the International Biennale of Architecture Krakow 2019, with the theme “Connections – the Town and the River.” Anastasia was also selected recently by the UNESCO, Misk Art Institute and National geographic to be one of the 72 Ordinary heroes in the world for the three year journey of Alsafar ‘On the footsteps of Ibn Battuta’.

Alexandra Barker

Associate Professor, School of Architecture at Pratt Institute
New York, USA

Alexandra Barker is an associate professor with CCE (Certificate of Continuing Education) and the assistant chair of the Masters in Architecture program in the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Department in the School of Architecture at Pratt Institute, where she has taught since 2001. She has previously taught in the graduate architecture department at the University of Pennsylvania and in the undergraduate architecture department at Princeton University. At Pratt, she has been the recipient of national grants to integrate practice and education and sustainable principles into Pratt’s graduate architecture curriculum.
Alexandra Barker received her MARCH from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she received the Templeton Kelly Prize and the Clifford Wong Housing Prize for her thesis work. Her undergraduate work in Visual and Environmental Studies was completed at Harvard College, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Carlos Jadraque

Head of the Creative Department, Oscar de la Renta
New York, USA

Growing up in Spain, Carlos Jadraque was obsessed with magic. The house was littered with ropes, decks of cards, and magic boxes. If you’d asked him in those days what he wanted to be when he grew up, he’d tell you without batting an eye: “A wizard.” In a way, that’s exactly what he’s become. An intellectual and geographic nomad with more than 15 years of design experience, Carlos has crafted a career providing design and consulting for best-in-class clients in the worlds of luxury, fashion, and architecture. He has worked with the likes of Ralph Lauren, Gensler, Tommy Hilfiger, and Lladró, and has taught students of interior design and product design at the Isituto Europeo Di Design in Madrid.

Carlos started out studying at the Design Academy Eindhoven in The Netherlands. Upon graduating, and after a brief stint at Y&R Amsterdam, Carlos returned to Spain and entered the world of interior design, working for the firm Cuarto Interior and in the studio of acclaimed interior designer Tomas Alia. After moving stateside in 2010, Carlos held positions as an Art Director at MA3 and as a Product Designer at MZ Berger, working with companies like L’Artisan Parfumeur, Pierre Cardin and Salvatore Ferragamo. He then moved to Condé Nast as a Senior Art Director, where he dialed his art direction, digital voice, and branding talents for luxury clientele. He is the Head of the Creative Department at Oscar de la Renta.

Chiara Aliotta

Designer, Until Sunday
Sicily, Italy

Chiara is the mind and the face behind Until Sunday. She is an Italian award-winning designer with many years of experience as a graphic designer, art director and brand consultant. Her work is creative, emotionally involving and detail-obsessed. As a freelance art director, Chiara has created innovative designs for brands like Joomla, CTA, Daelmans, NH Hotel, Osram, and many others.

She has also directed the overall artistic look and feel of different tech companies and not-for-profit organisations around the world, ensuring that their communication followed the established vision and mission. Her outstanding collaborative and interpersonal skills have helped her successfully leading creative teams to design immersive and memorable experiences.

Chiara describes herself as a typography addict, a lover of colours and a brand keeper. She blogs about the beauty of typography, the importance of good design and how as a designer, she feels committed to creating meaningful experiences for her clients. She is also a public speaker and always thinking up new ways to grab the audience’s attention with her unique style.

David M. Chasco

Professor, The Illinois School of Architecture
Illinois, USA

Professor David M. Chasco, FAIA, is Professor and past Director of the Illinois School of Architecture (2004-2014). Chasco was originally a member and associate with Gunnar Birkerts and Assoc. from 1983-1994, Design Architect with DiClemente Siegel Design/Gunnar Birkerts FAIA from 1997-2002, joined the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in 1994, and served as Interim Dean from 2002-2004.
David M. Chasco has received the New York Architectural League’s Young Architect’s Award, a Detroit AIA Honor Award, the Michigan AIA President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in Education and the Profession, and has contributed to numerous AIA awards, industry awards, and publications with Gunnar Birkerts & Associates. He has served as the Chancellor’s Advisor for Architecture and Master Planning, advising on such issues as the $95 million Electrical Computing Engineering Building, the proposed $110 million College of Law Building, as well as planning issues such as the completion of the west military axis. Currently he is chairing the Provost’s campus committee to completely renovate with additions to, the University graduate and undergraduate libraries. In 2008, he served on the State of Illinois AIA Board of Directors.

Fernando Romero

Architects & Founder, FR-EE
New York, USA

Fernando Romero, FAIA, is recognized as one of the leading architects of his generation. As the Founding Principal of FR-EE, Fernando Romero’s work balances public and private interests as he seeks to redefine the norms of society by collaborating with global leaders on future ideas and initiatives. He is passionate about socia l change and sustainability. His projects aim to drive catalytic transformation that supports and drives growth in the communities in which they sit. Fernando Romero graduated from Universidad Iberoamericana in 1995. His professional trajectory began a bit later working for the architect Jean Nouvel in Paris. Since 1997, Fernando Romero worked for the renowned architect Rem Koolhaas in his practice in Rotterdam, leading projects of great relevance in the European Panorama, highlighting the Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal.

Later, in 2000, Fernando Romero returns to Mexico to establish the practice Fernando Romero EnterprisE (FR-EE). In 2011 a second office was opened in NewYork. Since the opening, FR-EE has developed architectural projects in Mexico and the world. Fernando Romero has diversified the projects in the practice to product design, research in architecture fields, interior design and urbanism.
Fernando Romero also has been an invited lecturer at the University of Columbia and has been invited to present and share his lectures in many forums for design and opinion leaders.

Fernando Vidal

Principal, Managing Director, Perkins Will
São Paulo, Brazil

Part of Perkins&Will since 2012, Fernando Vidal leads the São Paulo studio in national and international multidisciplinary projects – with focus in Corporate Interiors; business development and decision-making processes local and globally. Understanding the clients’ true necessities to develop creative and innovative solutions, committed to design quality and technical efficiency. Fernando gathered clients from many sectors, such as law firms, advertising, finances, industry, and others, strengthening his multidisciplinary expertise. Dedicated to knowledge sharing and collaboration with research regarding the improvement of spaces such as offices, residences and others, Vidal also has a solid experience as a speaker in panels, lectures and workshops, as well as an invited teacher in universities. Fernando integrates Perkins&Will’s global board of directors and is the local studio’s main strategic planner.

Florian Seidl

Design Manager, Lavazza
Turin, Italy

Florian Seidl is a creative designer from Austria and currently responsible for Lavazza Design. He has set up a small in-house team in Turin, and in that function, he is responsible for the corporate design of the Italian group. Ranging from domestic and professional coffee machines to vending solutions, tableware, accessories, and their packaging. Numerous products designed for Lavazza are on the market and have won design awards. During the last years, he helped to firmly position Lavazza on the map of modern Italian Design, making sure it’s approach and design are communicated properly on a national and international level.

Guillaume Fafard

Founder & Architect, Quinzhee
Québec, Canada

Architect member of the Ordre des Architectes du Québec since 2013, it was the summer of the same year that he founded Quinzhee, an office to his image. Since the creation of the firm, he has been working to continue the reflection discussed during his project essay on urban housing, with more than 40 built projects in the central districts of Quebec City.

In his practice, Guillaume is recognized for his dynamism, his collaborative spirit and his solutions that are both creative and pragmatic, qualities that allow him to ensure the smooth running of projects and customer satisfaction. He also transmits his passion for architecture as an occasional teacher at the Cégep de Lévis-Lauzon and gets involved as a volunteer within the CCU of Cité-Limoilou and member of the CUCQ, without forgetting his frequent participation as a critic at Université Laval’s School of Architecture, his involvement in the 2016 and 2018 editions of S.P.O.T. and his role in 2020 as honorary president of the architecture student event l’Objet. Thanks to this journey he has won «Le Prix de la Relève» of the Ordre des Architectes du Québec in May 2019.

Jake Heffington

Founder & Executive Director, Diversify Architecture,
North Carolina, USA

Jake Heffington is an Architect, educator, and social entrepreneur in North Carolina, USA. He is the founder and executive director of [Diversify Architecture], a nonprofit inspiring and supporting future Architects in minority communities, founder and design principal of …and other works (+ow), a critical design practice and social innovation incubator, and a lecturer in the College of Design at North Carolina State University (NCSU). He received his M.Arch at NCSU, graduating with honors and being nominated as a Kamphoefner Fellow. His work has received awards at local, state, and regional levels, and he is a regular visiting critic at architecture programs across the United States.

Ivan Bernal

Director Campus, Kent State University College of Architecture,
Ohio, USA

Ivan Bernal is a designer, educator, and curator. He is currently the Director of the Architecture and Urban Design Programs at Kent State University College of Architecture and Environmental Design. He holds a Master Degree from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) where he graduated with honors and was awarded Best Thesis for his research between primitive shapes and familiarity.

Ivan is interested in expanding the current and future role of Architecture, its cultural and urban impact, its aesthetics, and its evolution in different settings and venues. He has served as full-time faculty at Syracuse University School of Architecture and SCI-Arc. Prior to opening his practice, Ivan led studios in South America and The United States. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world, and his research sits at the intersection of formal familiarity and non-traditional representation techniques exploring alternate realities.

Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz

Founders, Baranowitz + Kronenberg Architecture
London, United Kingdom

Baranowitz + Kronenberg Architecture is the interior design and architecture studio of Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz based in Amsterdam and Tel Aviv. For the past twenty years the studio has become renowned for creating hotels, restaurants and public and commercial spaces that attract modern nomads and locals alike. B+K Architecture has proven able to turn historical landmarks and rough, sometimes inaccessible spaces into instant design classics that are open and welcoming, drawing on the stories of the past. With their unique contextual awareness, they are not only keeping local history relevant but are also serving the needs of global cities of the 21st century.
Irene Kronenberg and Alon Baranowitz have developed a narrative driven mode of developing their designs which gives context and meaning to what would otherwise be a collection of easily forgettable facts, things and places. They are storytellers. Drawing implicitly on the sensuous connection between life, selves, history, memory, craftsmanship and experience, the choices B+K Architecture make in every act of design embody this connection in a fresh way.
Among their projects are The Sir Joan Hotel in Ibiza, The Sir Albert and W Hotel and Spa in Amsterdam, the Mad Fox club and the Duchess Restaurant in Amsterdam, and award winning restaurants Topolopompo, Jaffa-Tel Aviv and Pastel Brasserie in Tel Aviv.

Laura Encinas Ortega

Founder, Bicbloc
Barcelona, Spain | London, United Kingdom

Laura studied Architectural Technology at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in Spain and completed her degree at Vitus Bering University in Denmark. In 2003, she moved to the UK where she studied Interior Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Laura has worked in international projects located in the UK, Europe, and Asia within the environs of award-winning architectural practices. Laura has experience working on commercial, high-end residential, cultural and educational projects from large-scale master planning to bespoke furniture solutions.

She also developed specialized knowledge in Visual Merchandising at BAU School of Design in Barcelona, which led her to work in private commissions involving marketing strategy, retail interior and furniture design as well as collaborating with both national and international retail companies. In 2018, Laura founded Bicbloc; an architectural design studio focused on creating design solutions to reimagine living spaces that are socially and environmentally sustainable. Laura is interested in the link between practice and academia. She currently teaches at London Metropolitan University and The Interior Design Institute.

Katie MacDonald

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture
Charlottesville, VA, United States

Katie MacDonald is Cofounder of After Architecture and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia. She was previously the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellow at the University of Tennessee. MacDonald holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard University where she received the Paul M. Heffernan Travel Grant and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University. Her professional training includes work at the offices of MALL, Stayner Architects, Morphosis Architects, and Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects.

MacDonald has been recognized as Next Progressive by Architect Magazine, included on Cultured Mag’s Young Architects and Designers List, named Curbed Young Guns by Curbed, and awarded Emerging Designer in the Virginia By Design Awards. Her creative work has been honored with an AIA Central Virginia Merit Award, an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award, an AIA New England Design Honor Award in Special Projects, a Society of American Registered Architects National Design Honor Award, a Core 77 Design Award in Built Environment, Architizer A+ Awards in Architecture and Collaboration, and included on Fast Company’s list of World Changing Ideas in Spaces, Places, and Cities. MacDonald has also been recognized as an educator, receiving the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Housing Design Education Award. Her research and teaching has been profiled in The New York Times, Architect Magazine, and others.

Ketuna Kruashvili

Co-Founder, noastudio.official
Berlin, Germany

Ketuna Kruashvili is the co-founder of architectural and design company NOA Studio. After earning a degree in Architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Tbilisi, she started her career collaborating with her father and NOA Studio was established. Since 2005 the company provides a client-focused and collaborative approach to each project. With offices in Georgia and Portugal, NOA Studio provides architectural services with different scale, range and function, both locally and internationally.
Ketuna was born in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Kyle Schumann

Assistant Professor, University of Virginia School of Architecture
Virginia, United States

Kyle Schumann is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and Cofounder of After Architecture. With a focus on material cultures and public space, After Architecture has completed projects in New York, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Vermont, Washington D.C., California, and Europe including a memorial in Washington D.C. and an installation at the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019.

Schumann received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University where he was awarded the Princeton University Fellowship and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University where he was awarded the William S. Downing Prize for Architectural Design. He is the recipient of the Robert James Eidlitz Fellowship and the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship, which investigated material cultural identities in alpine Europe as manifest through modernism in the work of Otto Wagner, Jože Plečnik, Edvard Ravnikar, and Edoardo Gellner.

Lilian Crum

Partner at Unsold Studio,
Detroit, MI, United States

Lilian Crum is an award-winning Graphic Designer, Partner at Unsold Studio, artist, and Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Lawrence Technological University. She has spoken about design and her practice in The United Arab Emirates, Canada, Portugal, Russia, and across the United States. In 2019, her design studio, Unsold Studio, represented Detroit as a UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Delegate in Singapore. She received her MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art and her HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.

Mark Foster Gage

Founder, Mark Foster Gage Architects
Nebraska, United States

Mark Foster Gage is an internationally recognized architect, writer, and associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture where he has taught and conducted architectural research continuously since 2001. For nearly two decades his New York City firm, Mark Foster Gage Architects, has combined his theoretical speculations with the use of emerging technologies and materials into pioneering and celebrated projects. Gage’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums internationally including the MoMA, The Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Academy of Art in London, The National Gallery of Art in Japan, The Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, The Frac Center in France, The Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, and the Venice, Beijing, and Prague Biennales. His work has been featured in most major architectural publications as well as Vogue, Newsweek, Fast Company, Wired, USA Today, The New York Times, New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, Surface, and a recent twenty-five page feature in A+U. Television coverage of his work has been produced for PBS, Fox, and MTV, and he was recently the subject of a documentary segment on the Travel Channel China’s program ‘Go as Far as You Can’ which focuses on international innovators in creative fields.

Markus Berger

Founder & Director, Repair Atelier
Providence, Netherlands

Markus Berger is a registered architect (SBA) in the Netherlands and principal of the Providence-based art/design workshop The Repair Atelier. He holds a Diplomingenieur für Architektur from the Technische Universität Wien, Austria.

Berger is co-founder and co-editor of the journal Int|AR, which encompasses issues of adaptive reuse, preservation, conservation and spatial alteration. He is also on the editorial board of the journals INTERIORITY (Indonesia) and SISU-LINE (Estonia). Through his work as an artist, architect, designer, editor and writer, and through his research and teaching, Berger critiques conventional architectural thinking and practices and explores how art and design modifications and interventions can activate change in the built environment. Forms of modification, transformation, intervention, reuse and repair are central to Berger’s research and work. His recently published essays include Death of the Architect: Appropriation and Interior Architecture, INTERIORITIES (Interior Reader, edited by Gregory Marinic, Routledge, 2017) and Imagination as an Act: Extended Realities in Interior Urbanism (The Interior Urbanism Reader, with M Grugl, Routledge, 2020).

Martin Gold

Professor, School of Architecture, University of Florida
Florida, United States

Martin Gold, FAIA embraces the potential of architecture and design to enhance humanity through the places we live. Gold explores humanist philosophy seeking harmony between community, ecology, and humanity as generators of architectural practice, research, and teaching at the University of Florida School of Architecture.  His professional work explores philosophical and conceptual ideas drawn from academic discourse and applied architecturally as both useful and speculative cultural artifacts.  Conversely, he seeks to translate back to the academy insights and knowledge revealed in practice.  Through these complimentary modes of scholarly inquiry and professional production, Gold has produced a range of nationally recognized work including architecture, books, academic papers, and design awards.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) and has 30 years of experience designing sustainable architecture at community and residential building scales. He is the principal of Martin Gold Architects and has served as the founding Director of the CityLab-Sarasota Master of Architecture program (2014-2018), as the Director of the University of Florida School of Architecture from (2008-2014); and as the Executive Director of the Florida Community Design Center (2004-2011).  Gold continues to practice, conduct research, teach courses as an Associate Professor at the UF School of Architecture and is the Executive Director of the national Architecture + Construction Alliance.

Meheroze Al Hassan

Director & Chief Architect, Credence Housing Ltd
Dhaka, Bangladesh

Meheroze Al Hassan, who is regarded as a local Housing Legend, completed his Bachelor degree in Architecture from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, more than two decades back and consequently dedicated himself in designing more than 150 projects in all major metropolises across Bangladesh. Every of his designed buildings intend to craft a unique affiliation between people and architecture, proper exploration of natural resources and human responses, through a distinguished balance among transparency of functions and sufficient geometries. This challenge-loving designer magnificently accomplished varieties of projects, from single family residences to mega residential housing complex, and from tiny interior to large scale urban design. He also worked in different dimensions including Director Design, Chief Architect & Principal Architect and many alike in the arena of Architecture, Construction and Design in Bangladesh.

This gifted built environment designer received a wide range of recognition from home and away including nominations in design awards and he has many times been invited to deliver lectures at influential conferences and universities both locally and globally for his extensive research works and publications. In recent times Meheroze has duly been appointed Lifetime juror in several leading international Design Award platforms including Architecture Master Prize (AMP-USA) & INSPIRELI Awards (CTU Czech Republic Europe) and He also serves as an architectural juror in many design classes.

Meritxell Inaraja Genís

Founder, Meritxell Inaraja Arquitecta
Barcelona, Spain

Meritxell Inaraja, born February 26, 1968, is a Catalan architect. Born in Vic (Barcelona), Inaraja studied at the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB). Her style is characterized by compelling exteriors and functional interiors. Inaraja has garnered important commissions for the restoration of historical and industrial complexes and for the design of newly-constructed public facilities and residential buildings.

Inaraja graduated in Architecture from the Technical School of Architecture of Barcelona, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), in 1994. A year later she earned a postgraduate degree in Museology and Design at UPC. Inaraja is a disciple of the architect Jordi Garcés. For a long time, she worked on projects with Garcés as well as her own architecture practice, located in Vic’s main square, which she founded in 1995. Noteworthy restoration projects include: the old coin factory “La Seca” which was transformed into a cultural complex; the walls of Vic; the Besora Castle; the Tossa de Montbuí Tower; Recently, Inaraja won a competition for the rehabilitation of the Gavà Cooperators Union building, originally designed in 1936 by catalan architects Josep Lluís Sert and Josep Torres Clavé.
Some of her more significant new construction projects are: the Garraf Regional Historical Archive; the Montsià Regional Historical Archive, the Ribera del Ebro Regional Historical Archive, the Palafolls School of Music and Dance. She’s a member of the Cultural Comission of the Heritage of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, Sixto Martín Martínez

Founders, Zooco Estudio
Madrid, Spain

Zooco is a multidisciplinary study of architecture, design and retail founded in 2009 by Miguel Crespo Picot (Santander, 1980), Javier Guzmán Benito (Santander, 1980) and Sixto Martín Martínez (Madrid, 1980), architects by the School of Architecture of Madrid. Currently, they have offices in Madrid and Santander, where we develop projects both nationally and internationally. The work during these ten years covers more than 50 works published in national and international specialized media, some of which have been recognized in various awards such as the prestigious Design Vanguard 2019, NAN Construction 2019, EuroShop Retail Design Award ’18 Shanghai, International Design Media Award 2018 Shenzhen or Casa Decor 2013 and 2014. In 2020, Zooco has been chosen by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most creative Spanish people in the business world.

Nancy Clark

Director, UF Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism
Florida, United States

Nancy Clark is Director of the UF Center for Hydro-generated Urbanism (UF|CHU), an international initiative promoting prospective studies of adaptation, resiliency, environmental justice and asset preservation of waterway cities. She also serves as Program Director for UF School of Architecture’s MSAS Master’s Degree Concentrations in Sustainability and Regenerative Practices.

Clark teaches courses in architectural design, urban design, and resilience planning. Her interdisciplinary and collaborative project-based research in urban resilience and development for coastal and fluvial cities has been recognized internationally through exhibitions, awards and lectures presented globally including Mexico, Brazil, Italy, South Africa, France, Colombia, and the US. She is editor of Urban Waterways: Evolving Paradigms for Hydro-Based Urbanisms, a UNESCO series publication investigating the environmental, cultural, and economic future of cities on the water in the 21st century. She leads the Sustainable Settlements, Water Management and Renewable Energy Design Lab and is a member the Project Leadership Team for Puerto Rico Re_Start International Research Project and Workshops an ongoing initiative that focuses on the preservation of natural resources and reconsideration of existing settlement paradigms toward a more prosperous and sustainable future for Puerto Rico investigated through interdisciplinary inter-institutional collaborations.

Oscar De La Hera Gomez

Founder, Delasign
New York, United States

Oscar is an award winning multidisciplinary designer & technologist and founder of delasign. His work is sold in over 30 countries by the Museum of Modern Art and can be found in over 200 Apple stores around the world. He has presented as one of Spain’s emerging designers at ICFF Talks 2017 and has done work for over 20 Fortune 500 companies including Apple, Nike and Estee Lauder. He has served as a judge for organizations such as the One Club for Creativity, the International Design Awards, the A Design Award, the FWA and the Webbys. His work has reached media outlets that include Forbes, The New York Times, Vogue, The Verge, and The Washington Post.

Oscar, born in Basel, Switzerland, is Spanish and was raised in The Netherlands. He holds a Masters of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London and an MFA in Products of Design from the School of Visual Arts.

Mlondolozi Hempe

Co-Founder, Broad Based Design
Cape Town, South Africa

Mlondolozi Hempe is a South African multidisciplinary designer, curator and consultant based in Cape Town . His work covers furniture design, architecture, interior design and sustainable design consulting. Through his company Umongo he has curated exhibitions at Design Indaba, and Santa Fe New Mexico. His aesthetic for design can be seen from collaborations with internationally recognized South African designers and artists. He believes collaboration is a strong foundation for purposeful design . Some of Hempe’s work that has greatly illustrated his design palette and unique perspective include Imdadu bench, Dream Chair , A Xhosa inspired living space, A Dining Space, Art Meets Design, Wooden Potjie, Design Indaba, African Contemporary Art Sant Fe.

He is the co-founder and design director of architectural studio Broad Based Design their focus is on redefining affordable housing to give access and opportunity to everyone. He shared his philosophy in global stages, such as the UIA 2017 in Seoul where he presented his paper “Integrated Living in a Post-Apartheid Sate”.

Pablo Vidiella Huguet

CEO, HenkaLab
London, United Kingdom

Pablo Vidiella was born in 1984 in Madrid, where he is currently based. Interested in arts, he decided to study Architecture, obtaining the degree in 2013. After that he moved to London, where he started working in a well-known architectural practice, having the opportunity to work in different fields and scales of architecture and design, getting in touch with technical and digital fabrication. Back in Madrid, he decided to train and focus exploring and investigating creation boundaries as a personal challenge until today.

He has been invited to participate as grand jury panel at Muse Design Award 2020 competition in New York, and his works have been published in numerous international media.

Per Franson

Head of Division, Arkitektur Grundutbildning
Stockholm, Sweden

Per is a practising architect and educator at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. Per has won numerous awards for his Architecture and has been teaching and been part of many International panels and jurys for many years. 20 years of running his own practice in Stockholm Per has great experience of the profession of Architecture and is keen on bringing practice, education and research closer together.


Professor, The Bartlett School of Architecture
London, United Kingdom

Peter is a Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Director of Bishop and Williams ltd. For 25 years he was a planning director at four different Central London Boroughs, and has worked on major projects at large and complex sites in the UK, including Canary Wharf and King’s Cross.

In 2006 he was appointed as the first Director of Design for London, the Mayor’s architecture and design studio, and in 2008 served as the Deputy Chief Executive at the London Development Agency. In 2011 he carried out a policy review on behalf of the Government, “The Bishop Review”, on ways in which the quality of design in the built environment may be improved. Between 2011 and 2018 he was a director at Allies and Morrison and was involved in projects including master planning frameworks for Old Oak Common (High Speed 2 interchange), Northolt, and Ansan City Centre (Korea).

Jonas Jakaitis

Professor & HOD, Faculty of Architecture, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU)
Vilnius, Lithuania

He is a Doctor of Humanities, professor and the Head of the Department of Design at VILNIUS TECH. Jonas Jakaitis graduated master degree in Architecture from the Vilnius Gediminas technical University (1997). He holds PhD in History and Theory of Art (2007). He is a certified architect expert, an expert of the Lithuanian Evaluation Centre of the Quality of Studies, a member of the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology under the Ministry of Economy of Lithuania, an ambassador for Lithuania from UK Design Council etc.
Jonas Jakaitis is a member of Association of Lithuanian of Landscape Architects and Lithuanian Association of Architects, also is a Board member and Chairperson of experts at Association of Lithuanian of Landscape Architects. Jakaitis is involved in a number of programmes, projects (such as „Design for Europe” at Design Council of UK) and other commissions, takes part in different workshops and scientific programmes. He has prepared more than 70 publications and several training books including the monographs.

Raulino Silva

Founder, Raulino Silva Arquitecto Unipessoal Lda
Norte Region, Portugal

Raulino Silva was born in 1981 and is an architect at the Escola Superior Artística do Porto. Since 2011, he has his own office in Vila do Conde, Portugal.

The work built has received several awards, most notably the 2A Continental Architectural Awards, by 2A Magazine, the International Architecture Awards, by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, the IF Design Awards, by the IF International Forum Design GMBH, the Iconic Awards, by the German Design Council, the Baku International Architecture Award, by the Order of Architects and Europe 40 Under 40 Awards of The European Centre for Architecture.

Ricardo Gomes

Lisbon, Portugal

KWY.studio’s partner Ricardo Gomes was born in Portugal and studied architecture in Lisbon. Worked at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and with the artist Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. He taught architecture at the UDK in Berlin and art at DIS Copenhagen. He lives and works in Lisbon and Copenhagen.
KWY.studio is a multidisciplinary platform investigating the nature of collaboration within the context of specific projects. Founded in 2009 by architects Ben Allen and Ricardo Gomes in Berlin, and curator and editor James Bae in Los Angeles, KWY’s projects are collaborations between the principals and invited specialists. Recent collaborators include artists, writers, curators, educators, designers and other architects. With few initial preconceptions, each project begins with dialogue and analysis between the collaborators. This process-oriented methodology often leads to diverse thoughts that are otherwise unexpected and unimaginable.

Ronn Lee

Creative Director, BEAMY
Shanghai, China

Ronn is the Founding Partner and Creative Director of BEAMY, a branding and interdisciplinary design outfit. She possesses 20 years of expertise in leading concept, branding, design, interactive and product ideation projects across different industry sectors. Her experience in Singapore, Japan and China has exposed her to vastly different working cultures and design sensibilities. A fearless pioneer, she moved from Singapore to Shanghai and eventually co-founded BEAMY, after discovering China’s burgeoning market potential. To date, her award winning agency BEAMY has worked with a wide array of clients ranging from distinguished MNCs to independent start-ups.

Sheng Hung Lee

Designer and Engineer, MIT & IDSA Boston Vice Chair,
Boston, United States

Sheng-Hung Lee is a designer, MIT AgeLab researcher, MIT xPRO course experience designer, and Vice-Chair at IDSA Boston. He is inspired by multiple domains of knowledge, different perspectives, and he thrives on creating new value for clients on multi-disciplinary teams. He is trained as an industrial designer and electrical engineer, and his approach to problem-solving is influenced by his passion for how design and technology impact and can be integrated into society. He was invited to be a jury member for multiple international design competition including IDEA, Spark Design Award, IDA Award, and A’ Design Award and Competition. He is a member of the World Design Organization (WDO), Asia Designer Communication Platform (APD), Taiwan Society of Technology and Sociology, Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society, and China Technical Consultants Inc.

Shuang Guo

Fashion Design Director, Fame Fashion House,
New York, United States

Shaly Guo is a talented New York-based designer/artist from the School of Art Institute of Chicago with a very unique and imaginative style. She is also the Designer of Petite Studio, Co-founder of Varena de Bella, ETFashion Couture Enlightenment Instructor, and currently in the process of establishing her own brand.
Her work is characterized by an imaginative flair with a touch of boldness and has been showcased at a variety of events including New York Fashion Week, Austin Fashion Week, and Chicago Fashion Week as well as international fashion magazines such as Vogue, Sanction, Soleil, etc. Prior to starting her own independent clothing line, Shaly Guo, she worked extensively under internationally renowned brands such as Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Club Monaco, etc. Shaly always has a passion for old toys as imaginative tools to cross the boundaries of reality and float into a fantasy world. Shaly is a CFA member and a judge of ETFashion GDA and Muse design award.

Somchana Kangwarnjit

Executive Creative Director, Prompt Design
Bangkok, Thailand

We are the branding studio and packaging design team which has been winning many world class awards as many as 99 trophies in many worldwide competitions from many renown design institutions in USA, China, Japan, Germany, UK, Australia and many others.

Our participation in international competition ensures our proven expertise and experience in branding and packaging design. Though we are satisfied with many renown awards, they are not all targets of our work. Our client success and satisfaction is ultimately the true reward to us. Somchana is President of the Thai Package Design Association (ThaiPDA). He is invited to be a keynote speaker at the TEDx ChiangMai.

Steve Coy

Associatet Professor of Graphic Design at LTU
Detroit, United States

Steve Coy received a BFA from the University of Michigan (2001) and an MFA from University of Hawaii (2007). He is currently an assistant professor of Graphic Design at LTU. Coy works in many mediums ranging from street art, performance, video, installation, new media, design, and photography: often in various combinations. He currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. His works have been displayed in Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin, Art Basel Miami, Honolulu, and London among other cities.

Coy’s work has been featured in The New Yorker, New York Times, Rolling Stone Magazine, USA Today, The Economist, Art Ruby, Bad at Sports, Culture POP, Juxtapose and the Huffington Post

Steve Trstenjak

Principal, Regional Leader - Design,
Woods Bagot

Steve Trstenjak graduated as an architect at University of Technology, Sydney in 1990 and was subsequently invited back as a Design Tutor at the School of Architecture. He has worked for several Internationally recognised firms including Harry Seidler and Associates, Foster + Partners and is currently a Principal and Regional Design Leader at Woods Bagot.

Steve’s passion for design spans all sectors and scales and has led him on a global journey delivering projects in cities all around the world. His inspiration and narratives have translated into various building typologies including infrastructure and large-scale urban masterplans. Steve has a particular interest in how people live and use their built environment that transcends culture and heritage. He believes that architects and designers have a responsibility to positively impact and improve people’s lives in both the private and public domain. This responsibility also includes consideration for the global environment to ensure future generations will benefit from the same resources we all currently enjoy. Simply put, he says, “It’s about lifting the spirit and building better spaces for people to enjoy”.

Tiago do Vale

Senior Architect, Tiago do Vale Architects
Braga, Portugal

Architect by the University of Coimbra, was Senator and Member of the Assembly of the University. Doctoral candidate and Postgraduate on Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. Editor of Design Media Publishing’s “Urban Complex” book, and its Chinese edition by Liaoning Science and Technology Publishing House “城市综合体”. Published throughout the world, Tiago do Vale has given lectures and signed articles on architecture, urban planning and rehabilitation in several publications. His work has been exhibited both in Portugal and abroad.

Juror for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the DAS Awards (Moldavia). Juror (on behalf of the Portuguese Architects Board) for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the João de Almada Award (Portugal). Juror for the Architecture MasterPrize since 2020 (United States of America).
Juror for the Muse Design Awards since 2020 (United States of America).
Juror for the Muse Hotel Awards since 2020 (United States of America). Curator of the “Urban Dialogues, International Architecture Congress” in 2014 (Portugal). Curator of the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of the “Mesturas, International Architecture Encounters Galicia-Portugal” (Spain and Portugal).

Columnist at the RUA Magazine.
2021 International Design Awards, Third Prize
2020 DNA Paris Design Awards, First Prize
2019 National Wood Architecture Award, Finalist
2019 Architecture Masterprize, Small Firm of the Year
2019 Baku International Architecture Award, First Prize and Honorable Mention
2019 Muse Design Awards, Platinum Award and Double Gold Award
2018 Architecture MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
2018 Blueprint Awards, First Prize
2018 International Architecture Awards, Third Prize
2018 Global Architecture & Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2018 Architizer A+Awards, Double First Prize
2018 International Design Awards, Third Prize

Previously Featured Jury

Luigi Coccia

Full Professor of Architectural Design
School of Architecture and Design
University of Camerino, Italy

He is an architect and an educator. He graduated ‘summa cum laude’ from the University of Studies “Gabriele D’Annunzio” of Chieti-Pescara in 1991. Ph.d and Post-Ph.D in Urban Planning in “Federico II” University of Studies of Napoli. Now is Full Professor of Architectural Design in the School of Architecture and Design, University of Camerino.

The activity of theoretical research carried out in the years moved the attention towards the process of territoriality of urban phenomena, developing studies and projects on contemporary city and territory.

Rasha Sukkarieh

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Architecture, BAU

Rasha Sukkarieh is a Lebanese-Argentinian architect and researcher, expert in computational design and digital fabrication. Rasha holds a Bachelor’s in Architectural Engineering from Beirut Arab University (BAU) and Master’s in Advanced Architecture II from Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC). After practicing at leading firms in the Middle East and Spain, Rasha is currently a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture at BAU, investigating the new digital paradigms and design strategies applied in the architecture process through experimental methodologies. Rasha is the coordinator of the annual IAAC Global Summer School for Beirut node since 2016. She is a TechWomen fellow and an IIE alumni.

Shadi El-Khoury

Assoc. Professor
Faculty of Architecture Design & Built Environment
Beirut Arab University

Shadi Khoury is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Architecture – Design and Built Environment, Beirut Arab University since 2016. He studied architecture in Beirut and Rome. He graduated from “Sapienza” University of Rome. In 2006 he began practice as a professional designer. In 2015 he received his Ph.D. in architectural design from “Sapienza” University of Rome. He began his teaching experience as an assistant to undergraduate courses at “Sapienza” University of Rome Faculty of Architecture while continuing the practice of the profession of designer. His professional interests include using varied architectural subjects such as computational design, digital fabrication, and material innovation.

Karim Najjar

Founder, Najjar Najjar Architects
Vienna, Austria

Najjar Najjar Architects is an interdisciplinary practice where passionate professionals share their excitement for design and research. Founded in 1999 by International Architects Karim Najjar and Rames Najjar, the studios are based in both Vienna and Beirut. Creating innovative and experience driven architecture has always been important, and is reflected in the studio’s many recognitions through which it has made its name. With awards, publications, and exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, Beirut, Tokyo, and beyond, the studio’s work has proven that diversity is its strength.The multilingual team produces a variety of design work ranging from industrial and residential architecture to yacht and installation design.

Rana Haddad

Urban Designer | Activist

Rana Haddad, an AA graduate, acquired the title of an activist as she practiced architecture and design in the post war conflicting city of Beirut. Starting In 1997 her research workshop was setup with her practice with the aim of questioning the ability of objects and places to become means of political expression in Beirut. Soon after, these quests turned into installation works puncturing the city grabbing people’s attention locally and internationally. With her students and colleagues, Rana Haddad has produced several public installations and performances in Beirut, Mantes la Jolie, Bern, Geneva, Algiers, Italy, New Zealand and lately got exhibited in the MAM, USA. She has lectured and given workshops in many art and architecture international institutions that includes Urbandrift, Berlin, the Geneva School of Fine Arts and Design, with Studio Kajima at ETH University, Zurich and in Copenhagen. Most recently she was invited to lecture at the Architectural Association AA London, University and UC Davis USA, and Bath SPA University, UK. She is currently an assistant professor at the American University of Beirut.
In 2013, she co-founded 200Grs. The studio’s two founders are both drawn from Beirut’s constraints and the many challenges facing those who live in this complex city. In response, 200Grs works actively with local Lebanese artisans, to promote their craftsmanship and keep their knowledge and skills – which are at risk of disappearing – alive. Recently the Victoria and Albert Museum, V&A in London, UK; acquired from 200Grs the ‘Stuck Stick’ series.

Marwan Zouein

Assistant Professor of Practice
School of Architecture & Design, Lebanese American University

Marwan Zouein is a practicing architect and an Assistant Professor of Practice at the School of Architecture and Design, Lebanese American University. He holds a DPLG from the Ecole National Superieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville, and a DEA from the Polytechnic University of Madrid – ETSAM. He is a founder of the Spanish architecture office [casaleganitos] that works between Beirut, Madrid and London and operates on a variety of scales, from furniture design and ephemeral events to architecture and long-term urban strategies.

Dr Nur Dalilah Dahlan

Senior Lecturer
Department of Architecture,
Faculty of Design & Architecture,
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Selangor, Malaysia

PhD Cardiff University, UK, Master Science (Architecture), Universiti Putra Malaysia, Bachelor Science (Architecture), Universiti Malaya
Working Experience: Faculty of Design & Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) Lab, The University of Sydney, Australia, Faculty of Design & Architecture, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Forest Research Institute Malaysia
Field of Specialization: Design adaptation mechanism within thermal spaces, Research Areas of Interest: Applied Ergonomics and Indoor Environmental Quality

Osama Omar

Egyptian Scientist, Ph.D.
Alexandria University ”Nanoarchitecture and Global Warming“.

Osama Omar is an Associate professor of Architecture in Beirut Arab University, Faculty of Architecture Design and Built Environment Beirut, Lebanon. He is an Egyptian Scientist, Finished his PHD Degree from Architectural Department – Faculty of Engineering – Alexandria University ”Nanoarchitecture and Global Warming“. My Master degree was about “Advanced daylighting technologies for sustainable Architecture”. Moreover, he has experience in the Accreditation process with RIBA. Also, he had published three books in Germany and USA and several research papers in International journals (Q1, Q2) in environmental issues, climate change, zero energy, nanoarchitecture, intelligent building.

Maged Youssef

Associate Professor,
Faculty of Architecture - Design and Built Environment,
Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

He received his Doctorate of Architecture from Cairo University and
studied both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels at Ain
Shams University, Egypt. He is an architect and a lecturer teaching
(Theory of Architecture), (Architectural Design), and (Architectural
Criticism) at the Faculty of Architecture – Design & Built Environment, Beirut Arab University, Lebanon. He published many papers in international conferences and journals. In addition, he published four books in the field of 'Theory of Architecture'. The latest is entitled: 'Architecture and Metaphor', Beirut, Lebanon, 2016. Travelling to many countries around the world contributed in building the architectural character and knowledge of Dr. Maged Youssef.

Alper Derinbogaz

Founder, Salon Architects
Istanbul, Turkey

Derinbogaz has been recognized among Europe 40 Under 40 2019, has gained many awards, recognitions and honours internationally including German Design Award in 2018, Good Design Award in 2018, World Architecture Award in 2017, Plan Award for Innovative Architecture in 2015, YAP Program of MOMA shortlist and A+ Architizer Award 2015. He represented Turkey in the 14th Venice Biennial International Architecture Exhibition in its debut year of the Pavilion of Turkey in 2014. Three of his built works, Gate, Panorama and Augmented Structures were included in the Best Architecture of the Year Selection, and he received the Arkitera Young Architect Award in 2011.

Angela Lee

Principal, Asia Pacific Managing Director
HKS Architects, Singapore

As managing director of Southeast Asia, Angela is responsible for the overall performance and strategic direction of HKS in that region. She has 24 years of healthcare planning experience and participating in the design and planning of over 12 million square feet of healthcare projects worldwide. These LEED and JCI Accredited medical projects have ranged in size from 15,000 to 3.5 million square feet with bed counts from 30 to 1,650 beds. Angela’s projects have been honored with design awards from both the AIA and Modern Healthcare. She has been recognized in publications such as Healthcare Design, Health Facilities Management, Healthcare Design Ideas and Medical Construction and Design.

Chitra Vishwanath

Principal, BIOME
Bengaluru, INDIA

Principal Architect and Managing Director of BIOME Environment Solutions Pvt Ltd, Chitra Vishwanath has been involved in more than 500 projects encompassing construction of buildings of all sizes and water harvesting and sanitation structures with specific relevance to the ecology of the sites. Her firm is based in Bengaluru and has been running her own architectural firm since 1991, working with other architects on many projects in India and Africa.

David Simister

Creative Director, Aedas

United Kingdom

David is a long standing Civic Trust Assessor and has served as an RIBA Awards judge. He won the CABE Building for Life Award and the RIBA Award for Chorlton Park Housing whilst at Stephenson Bell. Recently appointed External Examiner to Northumbria School of Architecture in Newcastle, David also maintains links with other Schools of Architecture. He is a member of ARB and RIBA and a Fellow of RIAS

Helmut Kinzler

Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
London, United Kingdom

Helmut joined Zaha Hadid Archtiects in 1988 as a designer and project architect. He has subsequently worked on a series of important architectural, design and exhibition projects. His current focus is the development and the realization of high-end residential projects.

Helmut has a degree and diploma from the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart (1995 – 1996) as well as a Bachelor of Architecture diploma from University College, London (1998).

He has taught in the Bartlett School of Architecture and been a guest critic at the Barlett, University College London, the Architectural Association and other schools in London, Stuttgart, Berlin and Karlsruhe, Germany.

Joana Dabaj

Principal Coordinator and Co-founder Catalytic Action
United Kingdom

Joana holds a BSc degree in Architecture from the American University of Beirut and an MSc in Building and Urban Design in Development from the University College of London. She has developed her experience around architecture, sustainable development, cultural heritage, migration and human rights across several contexts in Lebanon, UK, Syria, Iraq, Greece, Cambodia, Brazil, Colombia and Thailand. Her recent practice revolves around working closely with communities following a bottom up design approach

Maria Luigia Micalella

Co-Founder, C.A.O.S. Studio

Accaemic year 2007/2008 she graduated in Architecture at the University of Rome “Sapienza”, Faculty of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni”. In 2009 she specializes with a thesis on the LEED Standard, at the International University Master’s Degree in Project Management Architecture Complex – Wisdom of the Rome Faculty of Architecture “Ludovico Quaroni” CAVEA – ENSAPLV – Paris. In 2010 he won his doctorate in Architecture Theory and Design – diap – at the Faculty of Architecture, Sapienza. She worked for years to design the course and composition of Synthesis, with prof. Pazzaglini and Design Workshop I with prof. Trasi. Tutor of workshops and Co-Thesis. She worked for two years in a study-group he founded in 2011 the study Architectural contamination.

Michael Kang

Healthcare Design, Design Leader
SmithGroupJJR, Washington D.C., USA

Michael leads SmithGroupJJR’s design review committee, which ensures that all the firm’s projects live up to the highest design quality standards. He applies the same discerning eye to his own work. Michael has served as principal designer on many of SmithGroupJJR’s most notable international projects: the award-winning Postech Digital Library at the Pohang University of Science and Technology in Korea, and Shuguang Hospital in Pudong, China, the country’s first to combine the practices of Chinese and Western medicine. SmithGroupJJR was selected as the planning and design architect for the China project as a result of an international design competition among leading healthcare architects.

Michel Schreinemachers

Founder, NEXT Architects
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Michel Schreinemachers graduated from Technical University Delft in 1999 and founded NEXT Architects in 1999, with an exploratory attitude that has resulted in a diverse portfolio. NEXT Architects sees architecture as a slow but steady moving mass that evolves within a rapidly changing environment. NEXT was nominated for the AM NAi award 2008, the prize for best building of an architect under 40. Within our designs, we aim to strengthen the relation between the project and their surroundings. Our concepts derive from an analysis of the generic context in which our work takes place. We often initiate ‘unsolicited’ research alongside our design tasks and have learned that both activities strengthen one other. Whether we work as an architect, city planner or product designer, we must keep aware that everything we create is subject to change. Our designs respond to this by transforming along or giving resistance.

Pankaj Vir Gupta

Founding partner
Vir.mueller Architects

Pankaj Vir Gupta is a licensed architect in the United States, and a registered member of the Council of Indian Architects. As founding partner of vir.mueller architects, he has led the office on award winning projects, across a range of typologies and scales. The work of vir.mueller architects has been published and awarded internationally, and the firm continues to advance design thinking in significant built works of architecture. Recent projects include the University of Chicago Center in India, and the Humayun’s Tomb Site Museum – the first contemporary museum in India to be built on a World Heritage Site

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Ahmed S. Attia

Jordan University of Science & Technology


Ahmed S. Attia is a Professor, Department of Architecture & Design, College of Architecture & Design, and Jordan University of Science & Technology, Jordan. Also, Emeritus Professor, Department of Architectural Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Egypt. Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc., in Architectural Engineering, Egypt& Diploma in Health Facility Planning, UK. An educational experience for 45 years, in Architectural Design, History & Theory of Architecture, in Egypt, Lebanon, USA, Bahrain & Jordan. Also, Attia has experience in the Accreditation process with both RIBA and NAAB and practiced as a Consulting architect in Egypt, and as an international advisor with World Bank & WHO /UN, in Yemen & Northern Iraq. Prof. Attia has published several articles in History, Theory of Architecture, Architectural Design, and Health Care Facility Planning & Urban Planning

Prof. Amnon Bar Or

Senior Instructor, Department of Architecture
University of Colorado Denver, USA


Amnon Bar Or, born in 1951 in Tel Aviv, is an architect expert in the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and heritage sites.
Bar Or studied architecture in Florence, Italy and, after completing his studies, returned to Israel in 1978 and opened an architectural planning office in the Old City of Safed. In his early years, he focused on planning projects for private customers and public offices in Safed and in Northern Israel. In parallel, he studied toward a B.A. in Archaeology at Haifa University (1984), followed by M.A. studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (1989).
In 1990, Bar Or transferred his base of activities to Tel Aviv, where he opened an independent architects’ office specializing in the planning of the preservation and restoration of many historic sites in the city of Tel Aviv-Yafo and other cities across Israel, as well as the preparation of plans and criteria for the preservation of historic compounds.
Throughout its activity in historic Tel Aviv, the Bar-Or office planned buildings counted among the most important historic structures of the city.
Since 1996, Bar Or has been serving as a lecturer at the Azrieli School of Architecture in the University of Tel Aviv and as an instructor at a preservation studio. Bar Or has been a senior lecturer since 2002 and in 2003, within this framework, even founded a Diploma course of studies in the preservation of built heritage, heading the department until 2008. In 2009, he became a full professor.
In 2002, Bar Or won the municipal “Rokach Award for Architecture” for the planning and preservation of historic structures in the city of Tel Aviv.
In 2008, he and his planning partners, architects Lior Zionov and Lior Vitkin, won first place at an open architects’ competition for the planning of the Umm al-Fahm Museum of Contemporary Art.
In 2009, the Binyan ve-Diyur (Construction and Housing) magazine declared Amnon Bar Or the most influential architect of the year in the category of preservation architecture.
In 2010, he was awarded an honorary title of knighthood: the “Italian Solidarity Star” by the President of Italy.

Antonello Stella

Professor of Architectural Design, (Partner)
University of Ferrara, (n!studio), Ferrara Area, Italy


From November 1990 to March 1998 he carries out didactic and educational activity within Design studio I and II held by prof. Giangiacomo D’Ardia in University of Chieti-Pescara, School of Architecture, holding design seminaries entitled “Infrastructure Design”, with particular attention to rail and river infrastructures. Within the course he carries out a series of theoretical lessons and is assistant supervisor to some graduation thesis. Works by students in 1993-94 and 1994-95 are exposed at the exhibition “Inventing a new landscape – 50 projects for the port area of Ortona” in Ortona, Palazzo Farnese february 9 to march 1 1996 and published on the catalogue “Progetto Ortona” within the series “Ossimori” by D.A.U. from University of Pescara.

Anuj Mehta

Principal Architect, Anuj Mehta & Associates



Atzeni Carlo

The University of Cagliari


He is a Ph.D. researcher in Building Engineering and Full Professor in Technical Architecture and Design. At the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture of Cagliari he is the coordinator of the Degree Course in Science of Architecture and professor of Integrated Laboratory of Design and Construction of Architecture 3. His fields of study and research are: rehabilitation and recovery of traditional and historical Architecture, new forms of habitat in rural landscapes and colonial modern architecture. His research activity applied to project-making has been awarded several prizes and special mentions in national and international architecture competitions.

Bodek Moti

Faculty, Department of Architecture
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem ISRAEL


Moti Bodek is an Israeli architect, the owner of the firm Bodek Architects based in Tel Aviv, and a senior lecturer at the Architecture department in Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem. In 1991 he began teaching at Bezalel, and in 1995 he received his M.P.A degree from Clark University, Massachusetts, USA. From 2001 to 2004, Bodek served as deputy head of the Architecture Department at Ariel University. Currently he is a senior lecturer and the Head of Lecturers Organization at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design. Bodek was one of the founders of staff organization boards at higher education institutions, and also served as Deputy Chairman.

Carlos Banon

Singapore University of Technology and Design


Carlos Banon is co-founder of Subarquitectura Architects Spain, Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design, and co-founder of AirLab @SUTD. He holds an M.Arch. with Extraordinary Distinction.
He also held visiting professorships at MIT Massachussetts Institute of Technology and at EPFL, and was invited to lecture by a number of universities, including ETSAM Madrid, UIC Barcelona, KEA Copenhagen and PUPR Puerto Rico. His research projects span from Geometric Exploration for Space Making (GESM), 3D Printing applied to actual building components, Artificial Intelligence applied to high-rise developments, and Affordable Housing prototypes.

Carmelo Zappulla

External Reference Architects
Barcelona area, Spain


Carmelo Zappulla is a PhD architect and founding partner of Barcelona based External Reference Architects. He
argues that the use of patterns, can connect architectural theory with practice, by representing, at the same time, the
most relevant strains of research in contemporary design.
He studied architecture at the Università degli Studi di Palermo, graduating with Honors and special mention, and holds
a PhD (European Mention) with Honors from Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya, Barcelona.
After working in Rotterdam and in London, he moved to Barcelona where he started collaborating with RCR Arquitectes
and Foreign Office Architects.
Together with Nacho Toribio, Zappulla runs, External Reference Architects, a firm active in design and research in the
fields of sensorial spaces, interior design, architecture, and landscape design.
He is currently Faculty member at IAAC (Instituto de Arquitectura Avanzada de Catalunya) and teacher at IED (Istituto
Europeo di Design), where he is also the coordinator of the Master’s Degree program in Interior Design. He
collaborates with different architectural schools and institutions, including WSA (The Welsh School of Architecture), the
Department of Architecture at Cardiff University, Wales, Uk.
His work has been exhibited at the Biennale in Venice, during the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, at MAXXI,
Rome, at Eme3, Barcelona, Europan 8, Oslo.
His publications include articles and projects published in Future, Il Sole 24 ore, Blueprint, Materia, Frame, Dezeen,
Domus, in the books Architect’s notebook and Architectural process 2014 by Damdi Publishing co, among others.

Castellani Francesca

Iuav University of Venice


Associate professor of history of contemporary art. She is coordinator of the research group on the Venice Biennale in the international project Visualizing Venice (Iuav University of Venice – University of Padua – Duke University). It is part of the college of teachers of the Inter-University Research Doctorate in History of the Arts of Venice.

Chih-Ming Shih

Department of Architecture, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology


Professor. Architecte D.P.L.G., UP6. Professor of Architecture, History, Theory and Criticism

A researcher in the fields of Contemporary Architecture Criticism and Digital Architectural Design thinking, Chih-Ming Shih has published a number of papers including Le Corbusier’s Modern Museum Prototype: The Transformation of Unlimited Growth Museums, a study of the development of contemporary monasteries in Taiwan and the Tectonic Complexity of Minimalist Architecture.

Chiu Kuo Wei

Director, Regenerative Earth and Anthropocene Design (READ),
Assistant Professor, PhD
Tunghai University, TAIWAN


Chiu Kuo Wei has done Phd in Architecture, SDE from National University of Singapore in 2013. He did Masters in Urban Development and Design from University of South Wales, Australia in 2002. His research areas are Sustainable Urbanism and Future Cities, Syncretic Urban Morphology, Planning and Design, Intelligible Urban Form & Biomimicry, Ancient Urbanism & Spatial Datum, Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Monuments and Sites. His dissertation was nominated by the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore with outstanding theses in the areas of Environmental and Sustainability Research for the World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize for Academic Year 2013-2014.

Daniel Canogar

Artist, Madrid, SPAIN


Daniel Canogar received an M.A. from NYU and the International Center for Photography in 1990. He presently lives and works in Madrid and New York City. He has created numerous public art pieces, including Waves, a permanent sculptural LED screen for the atrium of 2 Houston Center, Houston; Travesías, a sculptural LED screen commissioned for the atrium of the European Union Council in Brussels during the Spanish Presidency of the European Union in 2010; Constelaciones, the largest photo-mosaic in Europe created for two pedestrian bridges over the Manzanares River, in MRío Park, Madrid; Helix, a permanent LED sculptural screen made for Quantum of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship and  Clandestinos, a video-projection presented on various emblematic monuments including the Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro, the Puerta de Alcalá in Madrid and the church of San Pietro in Montorio in Rome.

Eric Gannon

Studio Director, Principal
Gensler, Chicago, USA


As a Principal and Studio Leader, Eric made his career in redefining the design process from the perspective of the community, the environment and the city at large. He joined Gensler in the New York office in 2006 before transitioning to the Chicago team in 2013. In his time here, Eric has solved some of Gensler’s most complex problems through an inclusive and adaptive leadership style. He has extensive experience completing projects for clients in financial firms, professional services, technology and consumer goods industries — bringing a sharp perspective and clear humility that inspires clients and colleagues alike. Eric is a Registered Architect and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from The Catholic University of America and a Master’s of Architecture from New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Fabiano Micocci

Co-founder, NEAR architecture


Dr. Fabiano Micocci is an architect working on the relationship between public spaces and landscape, architecture and geography. He is a founding member of NEAR architecture, a network of architects working on small and large scale design as well as theoretical research. He graduated from University Roma Tre in 2002 with the thesis “Study Center for the Regional Landscape Painting in the Lazio” that received the XV International Symposium of Urban Culture award at Camerino, Italy. His PhD degree, obtained from the University of Florence (2010) with the thesis “Mediterranean Topographies: Michelucci,Tàvora Pikionis and the idea of the Mediterranean 1945-1964”, was focused on architectural practice in the Mediterranean after WWII.

Flavio Celis D`Amico

Co-founder, NEAR architecture


As an architect and researcher, Flavio Celis has focused above all on the study of architectural heritage and sustainable architecture. He has carried out, together with Ernesto Echevarría, the rehabilitation of the Cuartel del Príncipe as a Resource Center for Learning and Research for the University of Alcalá. This project received the First Architecture Prize from the City Council of the City of Alcalá de Henares in 2014. Along with Ernesto Echevarría, Flavio will be in charge of the study of the monumental structures of the Henenu (TT 313) and Ipi (TT 315) tombs and 3D reconstruction of various monuments in the Asasif and Deir el-Bahari areas.

Flavio Celis obtained his doctorate in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid in 1998. Between 2001 and 2005 he was an assistant professor of Design and Drawing in the Architecture Degree at the School of Architecture of the University of Alcalá. Since 2005 he is Professor of Sustainable Architecture, offering his teaching under the title of Master in Architecture at the University of Alcalá.

As a researcher at the University of Alcalá, Flavio has participated in numerous projects associated with architectural heritage and sustainable architecture. He has offered numerous congresses and conferences in Spanish universities as well as abroad, mainly in Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, India and China. He has participated in the development of two patents and has contributed to 20 national and international research projects, in addition to publishing in prestigious magazines, series and books.

The projects in which he has collaborated have been developed, above all, in Spain, Italy, Greece, Portugal, Mexico, Chile, France, India and Brazil.

Francesco Lorenzi

Architect, LOT+EK
New York, U.S.A.


Graduated in Architecture in 2010, Francesco Lorenzi obtained a Master in “Economics and Real Estate Management” in 2013 with a thesis on Public-Private Partnership in Urban Regeneration Programs.

In the G124 working group of Senator Renzo Piano, he has won the “The Plan Award” in the “Urban Regeneration” category with the urban regeneration project of the “Presidents’ Viaduct”.

He has lectured in various Italian universities and bodies including: University of Milan, Cagliari, Empoli, MAXXI, ANCI, etc .; he was a member of the jury of the 7th edition of the ISARCH prize.

Francesco has spent periods of research and work in Europe, South America and the United States, currently lives in Rome, where he is a registered architect since 2011.

Guido Zuliani

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, USA


Guido Zuliani is an architect and an educator. He graduated ‘summa cum laude’ from the Università IUAV di Venezia in the summer of 1980. In 1982, after the license exam, he became a registered architect. After graduation Mr. Zuliani began his academic activity as researcher at the Dipartimento di Progettazione Edilizia of the Università IUAV di Venezia until 1985. In the summers of ’94 and ’95 Mr. Zuliani co-founded and directed the International Workshop for Architecture and Urbanism in Venezia that had seen the participation of students from USA, Italy, Germany and Denmark. In 1996 Mr. Zuliani was shortlisted for the position of Resident Artist and Director of the Architecture Department at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and since 1998 Mr. Zuliani is an elected member of the Accademia degli Sventati in Udine, Italy, an Academy of Science, Letters and Arts founded in 1606.

Jack Ossa

Associate, Gensler
North Caroliina, USA


Jack has an infectious passion for design, always interested in the intersection of business, creativity, and culture to generate value and enhance experiences. His personal mission is to empower people to be leaders and pursue their dreams with passion through the power of design. He is an architect and digital design leader in Gensler’s Charlotte office. Some of his most notable projects include the worldwide corporate headquarters for SPX Corporation and the new office building The Duke Endowment foundation.

Jonas Sangberg

Partner, POLYFORM Architects
Copenhagen , Denmark


Jonas Sangberg is a partner in Copenhagen-based POLYFORM Architects. Jonas works in all areas of the architectural field ranging from planning, buildings and to product design, and he is involved from research and concept development to planning and design. His forte is tying projects together in such a way that unique, whole solutions are created based on the given conditions, and where the context and the financial aspect are thought into the project. Partner, Arkitekt MAA, MDL

Karen Nelson

School of Architecture at The Boston Architectural College


Karen Nelson is dean and faculty of the School of Architecture at The Boston Architectural College. In 1994, Karen began teaching design studios at the BAC followed by theory seminars and faculty development courses. Karen practiced architecture working on housing for people with AIDS in NYC, a school building in MA, and on commercial projects. Karen’s passion for contemporary art and architecture, landscape architecture, and linguistics inform her teaching and practices.

In 2011, Karen received the Edmund C. Toomey Award for Student Advocacy. In 2012, working with Tina Blythe and Len Charney, Karen received an NCARB grant to explore Collaborative Global Practice. Karen has also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1995–2012.

Karen received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from MIT.

Keith VanDerSys

Senior Lecturer
The Boston Architectural College


Keith VanDerSys is co-founder of PEG office of landscape + architecture, an award-winning design and research practice based in Philadelphia. Using new media and fabrication technologies, PEG’s work explores methods of systemic patterning to expand landscape’s expressive agency in the shaping of the public realm.

The firm has been published extensively and won numerous design awards, which include: an Honorable Mention for their entry into the Buzzard’s Bay Bridge: Park international design competition; the 2010 Emerging New York Architects prize; the 2010 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers sponsored by the Architectural League of New York; a Boston Society of Architects Research Grant; Metropolis Magazine’s “The Select Ten;” a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, and were short-listed for the Movement on Main two-stage competition. Most recently, PEG, as part of a University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design team (with Bionic) was selected as 1 of 10 teams in the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bay Area: Resilient by Design.

Khaled Kamal Tarazi

University of Petra


(details pending)

Laurens Bekemans

Associate partner, BC Architects & Studies
Brussels, Belgium


Laurens Bekemans is an architect and co-founder of Brussels-based BC architects & studies—an architectural practice and non-profit research entity and materials laboratory—and most recently, BC materials—an urban mining company that repurposes construction site waste. He is the author, with Pauline Lefebvre, of The Act of Building, and teaches at KU Leuven University and UHasselt.

Before co-founding his own practice, he has worked for Wolfgang Rossbauer architects, Switzerland, and Kris Scheerlinck architects, Spain.

Li-Wen Li

Assistant Professor
The Department of Landscape Architecture
Tunghai University


Developed innovative concepts by working together in intercultural and interdisciplinary teams on current environmental issues in the scale of regional/community and the fields of renewable energy development, landscape planning and management, and environmental impact assessment. My creative ideas are based on my delight on problem solving and on systematic strategy development. In my opinion pursuit of self-challenge contributes to professional activities.

Luis Etchegorry

Director, Founder, NE-AR


NE—AR has considerable experience and knowledge in complex assignments in the field of architecture, urbanism and interior design, throughout various scales and stage levels. These ranges from product design to urban master plans, through small private refurbishments, residential, retail and infrastructural projects. Another NE—AR focus lies in temporary conceptual work –exhibition and installation design- allowing us to put into practice some of our research ideas.

Maria Hurtado de Mendoza

Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute Of Technology
New York, USA


International, award winning architect and the co-founder of estudio.entresitio, Maria Hurtado de Mendoza is an associate professor in the College of Architecture and Design at New Jersey Institute of Technology. Prior to NJIT, she was a faculty member of the Madrid School of Architecture at the Polytechnic University for 15 years, and visiting critic at the School of Architecture, Cornell University.

Matthias Rudolph

Associate Professor, New Jersey Institute Of Technology
New York, USA


Deputy chair of Architecture department, Matthias Rudolph is also a professor for building technology and climate-friendly design in the New Jersey Institute of Technology, New York.

Michael Budig

Assistant Professor & PhD Programme Coordinator
Singapore University of Technology and Design


Michael Budig is Assistant Professor in Architecture and Sustainable Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD). Before joining SUTD he was a senior researcher at the Singapore ETH Centre’s Future Cities Laboratory (FCL) from 2011 to 2014 and was leading a Singapore based research team for Gramazio & Kohler’s professorship for Architecture and Digital Fabrication (ETH Zurich). The project included PhD research, industry collaborations and design studios for Masters in Architecture students from ETH Zurich and NUS Singapore.

Prior to the activities at FCL Michael Budig was teaching and researching at Studio Hadid, University of Applied Arts Vienna, and the Institute for Experimental Architecture.Hochbau, University of Innsbruck. He is a registered architect (EU-wide, Austrian Chamber of Architects) and was principal at Moll Budig Architecture. Built projects include housing and industrial projects like a metal recycling company and soap production facilities, both located in Innsbruck (Austria). His main research focuses on parametric design, and digital fabrication and construction.

Michael Jenson

University of Colorado Denver


Michael K. Jenson is the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities at the University of Colorado Denver. He has a diverse background in the humanities with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington, a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh.

Alongside his role in the Office of Research Services, Michael is an Associate Professor of Architecture and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Operations in the College of Architecture and Planning. His teaching and research explores innovative interdisciplinary dialogues that are transforming design practice, the relationship between architecture and philosophy, and the creation of distinct cultural identity in the wake of globalization. He has published in journals such as Open House International, Drain Magazine, The Journal of Architecture, The Journal of Utopian Studies, and MONU (Magazine on Urbanism) as well as contributed to the books Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future and Global Media, Culture, and Identity.

Moriyuki Ochiai

Director, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects


Moriyuki Ochiai, born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1973, is an architect and designer.
In 2008, he established his own studio, Moriyuki Ochiai Architects that is active in architectural, interior, furniture,landscape and industrial design. Their firm have won a numerous number of awards in Interior Design including Domus magazine, Japan Sign Design Association Awards etc.

Nacho Toribio

Owner, External Reference Architects
Barcelona area, Spain


Nacho Toribio graduated in Escuela Técnica Superior de arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM).
Later, he has worked in offices of international importance as FOA (London), NO.MAD (Madrid),

Currently, he is partner director of EXTERNAL REFERENCE ARCHITECTS, (recently awarded with the prize New Italian Blood 2011) with projects undertaken as the Spanish Pavilion at the World Expo Korea 2012, exhibition pavilions for Yota Devices at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the loft – plateau for Uroz Chu, staging project for Barcelona Shopping Night 2013 and the computer room (for Intel) for FC Barcelona. Projects under development as the traveling exhibition that will display the dome of the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations at the UN in Geneva, by the artist Miquel Barceló and projects under competition as the Spanish Pavilion at the World Expo Milano. In addition to these projects focused on the ephemeral and exhibition architecture, the firm has developed many others with architectural and urban scales as the hotel- spa in Arta Therme (Italy), a hotel for Husa group in Berlin (Germany), the shopping mall and hotel for AEDES in Corso Buenos Aires in Milan (Italy), the new skyscraper for the city of Irkusk (Russia) or the master plan for aeronautical companies in Toulouse (France).

Narein Perera

Senior Lecturer, Department of Architecture
University of Moratuwa, SRI LANKA


A Senior Lecturer at the Department of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, with a teaching and research focus on climate sensitive design at both, building and urban scales, strives to apply ‘lessons-learnt’ in his practice. The practice, now over ten years old, has been quite successful over the years, winning recognition for design, both locally and internationally. On the international `stage, he was awarded the ‘Architecture Asia Award for Emerging Architects’ as a part of the Asian Congress of Architects sessions in Malaysia, 2014. In his home country of Sri Lanka, he was the recipient of the ‘Young Architect of the Year’ in 2010 and Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, awards for Design excellence in 2007 and 2011.

Omaimah Al-Arja

German-Jordanian University


(Details pending)

Oscar Carracedo

Program Director, Master Urban Design
National University of Singapore


Born in Barcelona, Oscar Carracedo is an Architect, Urbanist and Professor at the National University of Singapore where he directs the InnerHoods Lab. He holds a M.Sc. in Urban Design and Planning and an M.Arch, both with distinction, from the UPC_BarcelonaTECH. Later he earned a Postgraduate in Urban Design and Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Professor Carracedo is the Director of the Designing Resilience in Asia International Research Programme (DRIA); Programme Director of the Master of Urban Design at the National University of Singapore; Technical Expert in Smart Cities and Urban Development of the Smart City Expo World Congress; Co-chair of the Great Asian Streets Symposium (GASS); Committee Member of the UN-Habitat Academia and Research Constituent Group and member of Habitat UNI.

At the InnerHoods Lab he is leading research on Resilient and Livable Neighborhoods, Informal Urbanism and Integrated Planning.

Professor Carracedo is the author of numerous books, book chapters, and articles about urbanism and architecture, including his last edited books “Ibid./In the same place”, “Indushoods”, “Naturban”​, “Urban Revitalization Strategies for Low-Income Communities”​ and “Asian Urban Places”​. He is now member of the Board of Editors of the International Journal of Architecture and Sustainable Urbanism (IJASU) in Cairo.

Patricia Nobre

Associate, Gensler
Sao Paulo, USA


Patricia Nobre is a senior design strategist who believes in the power of design to engage all learners. She brings over a decade of experience in designing innovative learning environments throughout Latin America, the Middle East and the United States. Her academic background in architecture and education give her the tools to affect substantive and effective change in how we learn.

Patricia is passionate about research and using data to inform the next generation of learning spaces. She believes, however, that design is a constant co-creation. An experienced facilitator, Patricia has expertise in engaging a wide spectrum of users to jointly reimagine the future of learning. Her portfolio of education projects includes work with M.I.T., Harvard University, Brown University, Syracuse University, Northeastern University, Colby College, MassArt, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, The Boston Ballet, PWC, Avon, P&G, and Apple. A frequent blogger and speaker, Patricia has presented at SCUP, SXSWedu, and several educational conferences internationally. Patricia is committed to helping clients across industries leverage their investments in space to achieve their missions and foster the passion for lifelong learning.

Paul Urbanek

Design Leader, SmithGroupJJR
Detroit, Michigan, USA


He has served as lead designer on world-class scientific research labs, academic buildings, R&D facilities and museums, including the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams on the Michigan State University campus, and the First Automotive Works R&D center in Changchun, China. “I always consider the trust clients extend to me to create architecture for them,” notes Paul. “It is a privilege I don’t ever take for granted. These clients have great expectations; to create works that exceed those expectations is a challenge I relish.” As for what the future holds, “I want the flying car,” he declares. “The engineers promised us that when I was a child. Now it’s time to ante up.”

Pedro Campos Costa

Founder, Campos Costa Architects


Campos Costa Architects was found at the end of 2007 as an interdisciplinary research and development practice to inform architectural design. The office has received numerous awards and honours, including: A.prize 2012 Exposynergy premia l’architettura “, promoted by Triennale di Milano; 2012 40 under 40 winners- Europe´s Emerging Young Architects and Designers; “Next Generation Award” for “Casa Não casa “; Magazine Metropolis, New York. An Honorable Mention in Gyeonggi International Ceramix Biennale – Seoul – South Korea; Awarded “Premio Signorini” – urban intervention in the garden corso Magenta, Organized by D’Ars Agency, Milan; Award Libero Ferretti “Dove Abita l’utopia” – organized by the foundation Libero Ferreti and Domus Academy – with the intervention “Landscapes Indivisible” in Rome.

Pepe Gascón

Founder, Pepe Gascón Arquitectura
Barcelona, Spain


Qualified as an Architect at ESARQ (Universitat Internacional de Catalunya) in 2002 and as an Architectural Technologist at the EUPB (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya) in 1997.

In 2003 he established Pepe Gascón Arquitectura, a multidisciplinary architectural consultancy with a young, creative and innovative team.

They develop architectural, urbanistic and interior design projects of varying scale and technical complexity, in both the public and private spheres with their own work methodology and orientation, combing a love for architecture with technical effectiveness and constructive pragmatism.

Their work has been published and exhibited in numerous publications and exhibitions, national and international.

Pere Buil

Co-founder, Vora
Barcelona, SPAIN


Barcelona, 1973. Graduated from ETSAB, 2000. Studied in FAUTL Lisboa, 1996

Co-founder and lead architect of vora since 2000.

Currently teaching project design at ETSAV (UPC, Sant Cugat del Vallès). He’s been teaching (2010-2014) and organizing the Culture Department (2015) at ETSALS (URL, Barcelona). Teacher at the Taller Vertical Workshop at ESARQ (UIC, Barcelona) in 2010 and 2012. Former assistant professor at the Masters Program in BIArch (Barcelona) in 2010-11. Member of various academic juries in catalan universities.

Member of “aproximacions” collective (trad. approximations, or approaches), editing a quarterly fanzine on urban intervention proposals. Co-curator of “Estacions Transformadores” talks in 2008-2010 and “Sensitive Matter: Young Catalan Architects”, exhibition displayed in Lisbon, Coruña, Berlin and Barcelona between 2010-2012.

Peter Stefanov

Varna Free University


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Prof. Yi-Yu Huang

Tunghai University



Ranko Zuvic

Senior Instructor, Department of Architecture
University of Colorado Denver, USA


“As an architect, my primary commitment is toward helping people make places – places in which people can thrive, interact, and do good work. In other words, to simply be in more ways than one. Within the place making, I am particularly interested in the rigorous intertwining of the practical and the poetic. I feel that the practical and the poetic together help us create a more socially responsible, experientially palpable, effective, physically engaging architecture in which many can participate.”

Randa Tukan

Director of Hospitality
Management Board Member HOK Toronto


Based in Toronto, Randa Tukan, IDC, LEED AP BD+C, has more than 25 years of experience in interior architecture and design, both in Canada and around the world. As a leader of HOK’s Hospitalitypractice, she uses design to advance clients’ branding and positioning. Randa is fluent in English, French and Arabic.

Riccardo Luca Conti

Execitive Director, Consultant
Catalytic Action, HelpAge International
London, UK


Riccardo is an architect and international development practitioner with experience in research, design and planning in different countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Kenya, Cambodia, Italy, Germany, Poland and the UK. He holds an MSc from University College London (UCL) in Building and Urban Design in Development. After graduating in architecture at Politecnico di Milano, he co-founded the project “Mathare River” (www.mathareriver.wordpress.com), which aims to use urban agriculture and waste management interventions as tools for environmental regeneration in the Mathare slum (Nairobi, Kenya). In Nairobi he worked as researcher and field project manager for Liveinslums NGO. Throughout his career he was able to experience various people centered design approaches. He is now co-funder and executive director of the not-for-profit design studio CatalyticAction (www.catalyticaction.org).

Richard Fenne

Woods Bagot


Richard is an experienced RIBA and UK registered architect and principal with over 15 years of wide-ranging international experience. Since joining the Woods Bagot Dubai studio in early 2011 Richard has led some significant and notable projects including the IRENA HQ building and the first residential development at Masdar City along with high profile mixed-use lifestyle developments in the region.In addition to providing studio and project leadership he is also a committee member of the Middle East Council for Offices (MECO), an external group dedicated to improving the quality of office developments in the region. Richard has excellent design capabilities and demonstrates strong leadership, communication and technical skills along with commercial acumen. Richard is passionate about design and is committed to producing projects of the highest quality.

Dr. R. M. K. U. Rajapakshe

Faculty of Architecture
University of Moratuwa
Katubedda, Sri Lanka


Dr. RMKU Rajapakshe completed his Masters in Architecture from The University of Queensland ,2004.

His key research area are: Architecture for thermal delight, Green architecture, Sustainable retrofitting of non-domestic buildings, Climate responsive urban environments , Energy sustainability of buildings.

Among a host of other awards, his work has been honored with Best Researcher Award, Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and Dr. Justin Samarasekara Award for the Best M.Sc. (Architecture) Dissertation, University of Moratuwa.

Roger Riewe

Board of Directors

The Graz University of Technology


In the realm of architecture Roger Riewe deals with architectural topics beyond form, with architecture as a background, of everyday life, and its sensation and signatureless architecture. In the field of technology he focuses on new materials and their use in architecture and on the demand for as yet unavailable materials as a demand of architecture.

Saša Begović

Director, Regenerative Earth and Anthropocene Design (READ), Assistant Professor, PhD
Tunghai University, TAIWAN


Chiu Kuo Wei has done Phd in Architecture, SDE from National University of Singapore in 2013. He did Masters in Urban Development and Design from University of South Wales, Australia in 2002. His research areas are Sustainable Urbanism and Future Cities, Syncretic Urban Morphology, Planning and Design, Intelligible Urban Form & Biomimicry, Ancient Urbanism & Spatial Datum, Tangible and Intangible Heritage of Monuments and Sites. His dissertation was nominated by the Department of Architecture, School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore with outstanding theses in the areas of Environmental and Sustainability Research for the World Future Foundation (WFF) PhD Prize for Academic Year 2013-2014.

Simon Jackson

Director Aedas
London, UK


Based in London, Simon is a highly creative individual and an award-winning designer with broad experience across many industry sectors. During his 27 years in professional practice, he has become an acknowledged expert, bringing an intellectual, challenging and strategic viewpoint to his clients. Simon is passionate about how design can make a valued difference to his clients’ organisations and their projects. He is renowned for fostering dynamic relationships with end users, developers and real estate brokers to ensure that his innovative and creative design solutions will have a positive impact. – MSIAD (Environmental Studies)
-Member of Association Parliamentary Group for Design Innovation
-Council Member of Interior Design Association

Stavric Milena

The Graz University of Technology


Stavric Milena graduated from the University of Belgrade and worked as an assistant and lecturer at the University of Belgrade from 1994 to 2004. Since 2004 she has taught at the Graz University of Technology, at the Faculty of Architecture, at the Institute of Architecture and Media and has been Assistant Professor since 2014. She is a visiting professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, at the Joanneum University of Applied Sciences in Graz and at the University of Novi Sad in Serbia and has given guest lectures at several universities – Mexico, Hamburg, Istanbul, Maribor and Banja Luka – as well as several lectures at various universities in Europe within the framework of research projects aiming at the implementation of digital technology in architecture and education. In addition, she continuously organizes exhibitions of her students’ work.

Stephanie Marie Bayard

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, USA


Stephanie Bayard teaches design studio and urban design seminars. She received her Architecture Diploma with distinction from Paris La Villette, France, and her MsAAD from Columbia Unviersity. Previously, she taught at Ohio State and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She founded aa64 with Phillip Anzalone, as an experimental practice focusing on design, digital fabrication and material construction in USA and Europe. Their work has been published and exhibited at the AIA NY Center for Architecture.

Sven Shockeyć

Board of Directors, Design Leader, Firm Leader
SmithGroupJJR, Washington D.C. USA


“Architecture really is a multi-headed beast,” states Sven, and he means that in a good way. “It’s why I went into the field. I like that each project has untapped potential. But I did not anticipate that I would be working on so many different types and scales of projects, which I really enjoy.” As senior designer in the Washington, DC Workplace Studio, Sven has contributed to a variety of mixed-use, commercial and institutional projects from DC to India. Perhaps endless untapped potential is what draws Sven to music, too. He plays and listens to music as a creative outlet and, if not for architecture, would have pursued a career in sound design. He even has a desire to master the oud, an obscure pear-shaped stringed instrument with origins in the Mideast and North Africa. Other cultures clearly pique his interest: If he could go anywhere in the world, “I would take a private train across China with my family, with tours, hiking, and feasting along the way.”

Tobias Wallisser

Co-Director, LAVA


Tobias Wallisser is partner of LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture which was founded in 2007 by Chris Bosse, Alexander Rieck and Tobias Wallisser. LAVA operates as international network from offices based in Berlin, Stuttgart and Sydney. Currently, the office works on projects in Germany, Saudi Arabia, China and Australia.
After studying architecture in Berlin, Stuttgart and New York, Tobias worked in the United States, Netherlands and Germany.
For 10 years Tobias was Associate Architect at UNStudio in Amsterdam. He played an instrumental role in the emergence of the Stuttgart Mercedes-Benz Museum which has attracted worldwide attention for its innovative spatial concept.
Since 2006, he is Professor of Innovative Construction and Spatial concepts at the State Academy of Fine Arts Stuttgart.

Trevor Lee

Owner, Superafutures


Trevor started Suprafutures in 2013, as a result of the collaboration with the Land Art Generator Initiative and is currently working on several sites for the installation of Windnest. He is a registered landscape architect.

Tsveta Zhekova

Varna Free University


details pending

Ulrik Raysse

Managing Director, Founding Partner at ARROW
Copenhagen, Denmark


Master in Architecture, Ulrik Raysse is Managing Director and founding partner at ARROW. Ulrik oversees Arrow’s performance as a business, focusing on the strategy and policy issues of the company. He comes from a position as owner at Henning Larsen Architects where he headed numerous award winning international projects. Ulrik has been active on the global scene for more than a decade leading large international multidisciplinary teams to success. The last years have been spent making use of his expertise on the African continent.

Ulrik is skilled in delivering commercial complex projects; such as the 265.000 m2 mixed use One Berkeley Court development, or the 50.000 m2 sustainable headquarters of the Spiegel Magazine. Ulrik also has the sensibility to deliver large public project such as 25.600 m2 National Concert Hall in Ireland with world class acoustic design. Ulrik is an experienced International Speaker and juror of International competitions. He is appointed external examiner at the Royal Academy of Fine Art.

Urko Sanchez

Principal Architect, Urko Sanchez Architects


Born and raised in Madrid, Spain, Urko Sanchez began his architectural studies in 1988. It took him 10 years to complete his coursework because of a huge passion for travel. “From the time I was very young, I have always loved traveling,” says Urko. “I’ve been in more than 40 countries.” From Canada to Argentina, from India to Africa, Urko has seen a great deal of the world. Urko Sanchez Architects is an award-­winning Kenya and Spain-based boutique architectural firm renowned for excellence in design.

Valentin Bearth

Director, VS siteworks
Washington, USA


After graduating in Architecture from the Polytechnic of Zurich with Dolf Schnebli in 1983, Valentin Bearth began to collaborate with the Peter Zumthor practice. In 1988 he and Andrea Deplazes foundedthe Bearth & Deplazes practice, with offices at Chur and Zurich, and took Daniel Ladner into partnership in 1995. The firm has produced numerous housing projects and commissions for public works and schools, receiving widespread recognition in Switzerland and abroad: in 1999 it was a finalist in the Mies van der Rohe Award. From 1997 to 2000 he was a member of the Federal Commission for the Protection of Monuments in Switzerland.

Vicki Scuri

Director, VS siteworks
Washington, USA


The focus of Vicki Scuri’s practice is community-based design for infrastructure, with emphasis on community identity through awareness of place, history and culture. For more than 25 years, I have participated on design teams across the US, creating holistic environments, often becoming local landmarks, reflecting collective values, shared histories and symbolic meanings that enrich and extend our lives through day-to-day experience and collective memory.

Vinod Gupta

Founder and Director, Space Design Consultants
New Delhi, INDIA


Graduated in architecture in 1969 from School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. He spent two years studying pre-fabricated housing in Denmark. From 1973 to 1989 he was full-time faculty of architecture at School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi. In 1984 he completed his work for Ph.D. at the Center for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Among the special findings were the use of texture on buildings and the fragmentation of form to achieve cooling in the desert city of Jaisalmer.
He initiated the teaching of passive solar architecture and energy conservation in buildings at the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi and continues to be a visiting professor there. Vinod Gupta is advisor to the Delhi Urban Arts Commission, member of the Board of Studies and the Committee on Doctoral Programmes at SPA, member of the Technical Advisory Committee for GRIHA, the national green building rating system for India.

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