Jury Members

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. Jury Members for Global Architecture & Design Awards 2022 are yet to be announced. Following is the list of Previous Jury Members:

Jury Members

Aaron Forrest

Co-founding Principal , Ultramoderne


Aaron Forrest is a registered architect and co-founding Principal of Ultramoderne. He received both his Bachelor’s Degree and Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. In addition to co-leading Ultramoderne, he is Associate Professor of Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has extensive professional experience, having practiced in New York with Bernheimer Architecture and Guy Nordenson and Associates Structural Engineers, and in Madrid with Ábalos & Herreros Arquitectos.

Ahmed Sangaré

Co-founder, Totem Architects,
Côte d'Ivoire, France


Ivorian architect and city planner Ahmed Sangaré is the co-founder of Totem Architects, an architectural design practice that describes his conceptual approach as resolutely contemporary but proudly rooted in African cultural heritage.
Totem Architects’ projects span residential, cultural, commercial and office buildings design. Recently delivered projects include the Africa headquarters of FrieslandCampina.
As a city planner, Ahmed has participated in local initiatives aimed at understanding and alleviating issues encountered in disadvantaged urban neighbourhoods in Abidjan.
He has also presented several papers in the annual congresses of the International Society of City and Regional Planners, co-chairing the track about “Transforming human settlements” during the 52nd congress in Durban, South Africa in 2016.

Alireza Razavi

Director, Studio Razavi


Alireza Razavi (1970) is a registered architect in France (DPLG 1996), a licensed professional in the USA (Registered Architect NYS 2005) and a Chartered Architect in the UK (RIBA 2016). He holds a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York (MSAAD 1998) and a Master’s Degree from the Ecole Nationale des Arts Décoratifs in Paris (Aii 1997). Early work collaborations include Eisenman Architects, Agrest & Gandelsonas, Shigeru Ban Architects, François de Menil Architects and senior project manager at FTL-Happold in New York. Alireza Razavi is a member of the American Institute of Architects.

Amanda Gore

Director, The Liminal Space


Amanda helps clients think in new creative ways. An innovation specialist whose work bridges the worlds of creative development, audience engagement and social change, Amanda has more than 12 years’ experience in designing and delivering tools, formats, products and programmes for both public and private sector clients – from Apple to the V&A. As Director of The Liminal Space, Amanda leads a unique, purpose-driven organisation that brings together the creativity of a cross-disciplinary studio with the rigour of a think tank to transform what people think, feel and do. Trained as a designer and with a background in consumer insight, Amanda is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a member of The Courvoisier Future 500 and a mentor at Year Here.

Amanda Stanaway

Principal, Global Leader, Woods Bagot


Amanda sits at the forefront of workplace design; currently working with a broad portfolio
of corporate clients worldwide. Her role encompasses strategy and interior design across
the commercial, lifestyle and public sectors. Her mix of skills and diversity of knowledge
provides a unique, comprehensive and innovative approach to projects for her clients.
Amanda has been instrumental in creating some of the most cutting edge workplaces –
which have delivered real business advantage and positive change for the organization

Antoine Chaaya

Italy, Paris


Antoine Chaaya
Partner, Director
Architect DPLG based at Paris Office, Antoine Chaaya was born in Lebanon in 1960. He
studied architecture at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik (USEK), Lebanon. After
graduating, he joined the Paris office in 1987. He worked as a lead architect on a variety of
projects including the Kanak Cultural Center in New Caledonia and the Potsdamer Platz in
Since becoming a Partner in 1997, he has been the Partner in charge of other projects
including the “Il Sole 24 Ore” headquarters in Milan, The Broad Contemporary Art Museum
(BCAM) and The Resnick Pavilion at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Phase
One of The New Columbia University Manhattanville Campus with four academic buildings
and a residential tower, a residential project in Miami, the Headquarters of the SGBL Bank in
Beirut, as well as the Beirut City Museum. Currently, he is the Partner in charge of the Grand
Hospital of Saint-Ouen Paris Nord, and Pathé Headquarters in Paris.
Antoine was appointed member of the RPBW board in 2014.
He has been elected as a distinguished alumnus at USEK and was nominated as the patron of
the class of young architects 2017. He received a new distinction in 2018. He is also an
honorary member of the Lebanese Green Buildings Council (LGBC).
He has lectured in France, Italy, Denmark, Lebanon, Canada, and the USA, including talks at
Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, as well as the AIA – NY and Middle

Arturo Sanchez and Lauren Engel

Founders, Opposite Office


Arturo and Lauren Engel are Cinematographers and Photographers focusing their shared expertise on architecture, interior design, and hospitality. Together, they have more than 25 years of experience capturing various brand’s visual language and elevating their stories with compelling imagery.

Engels are international professionals that are split between Los Angeles, New York, Hong Kong, and Spain. Arturo, having grown up in Mallorca, and Lauren in Hong Kong, both share a global nature and a distinctive understanding of how to holistically capture a location’s influences and surrounding context.”

Benedikt Hartl

Founders, Arturo+Lauren
Hong Kong, Spain


Benedikt Hartl is the founder of the award winning architecture studio Opposite Office. Opposite Office draws, writes, imagines and builds architectural stories. By creating spatial solutions to social and political problems, Opposite Office engages in the fields of architecture, society and its interfaces. Their projects traverse theoretical and activist registers to create new forms of architectural work through critical interventions. Opposite Office works through architecture and its refusal. The activist spatial practice is grounded in research of public, cultural and political contexts and is nestling between reality and fiction. The work has been published and exhibited extensively in over 100 countries.

Berk Asal

Designer , ON/OFF


Berk Asal (1983 Izmir, Turkey) is a spatial designer and builder based in Berlin with a degree in industrial design from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He has been working as an exhibition designer and prop maker since 2010. Strengths in production management, material selection with awareness in carbon footprint reduction, prototyping and design engineering. He is a founding member of the architecture collective ON/OFF (2012), where he focuses on experimental urbanism, temporary architecture and community workshops.

César Béjar

Guadalajara, México


Architect and architectural photographer
Founder of César Béjar Studio
Guadalajara, México

César Béjar is an architect graduated from the University of Guadalajara in 2015 and with studies at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Is founder of César Béjar Studio, where he focuses on the design and development of architectural projects alongside with architectural photography. His multidisciplinary work is recognized worldwide by architects, photographers and designers. The aesthetic of his photography and his work as an architect is the result of this dual practice that nurture reciprocally.

His photographic documentation includes architectural projects in Mexico, the United States and some European countries with important architects. His photography is a compilation of the best architecture in Mexico and have been published in printed and digital magazines around the world such as Conde Nast Traveler, Casa Bella, The Architectural Review, A.MAG, TC Cuadernos and in The New York Times. As an archit
ect and photographer, he has imparted conferences and workshops throughout Mexico and has exhibited his work as a photographer in galleries in Guadalajara, Cancun and Chicago. He currently develops architectural projects in the Mexican Pacific, Los Cabos, Riviera Maya and Guadalajara, among others. His architecture is an expression of the contemporary Mexico strongly rooted in Mexican tradition and its vernacular link with the trade.

Danilo Petta

Founding Partner, MASK ARCHITECTS


Danilo Petta is an international award-winning Italian Watches and Luxury Industrial Designer at MASK Architects in Italy. He studied Architecture at Polytechnic of Milan and Interior Design at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Milan. He began his multidisciplinary career in the design center of “Bvlgari” in Rome as a “Watches Designer.” He led the design of “Serpenti Tubogas” with other many successful timepieces for the brand. In November 2010, he joined the brand “OMEGA”, and his new challenge was the development of the new collection of “DeVille” as Senior Product Manager. He has been awarded “ Europe 40 Under 40 ®” as one of the most innovative and contemporary emerging talents as a Watch and Luxury designer worldwide by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum. Between 2015-2018, he designed many different Luxury goods like the “Astronomia Sky,” “Astronomia Solar,” and “Astronomia Table-Clock” for Jacob & Co. “Astronomia Sky” was awarded in 2019 with the MUSE Award in the Fashion Design Category. In 2021 Danilo Petta was nominated by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of the Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic, one of the 100 Design Ambassadors representing Italian Creativity in the World.

David Telerman

Founder, Studio Atelier David Telerman
Paris, France


David Telerman is born in Belgium in 1990. He studied History of Art at the Paris-Sorbonne University (B.A. 2011) and Architecture at the Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris (M.S. 2017).
His studio Atelier David Telerman is working on various scales with a constant set of preoccupations with geometry, volume, light and the strong belief that each project should express and reveal the inherent truth of the place it occupies.
This approach materialized with the McNeal 020 project completed in 2020 in Southern Arizona, near the border of Mexico. The architecture refers to the vastness of the American desert, its position and geometry revealing specific characteristics of the surrounding landscape. He founded with Shaoshu Zhang in 2021 their new Paris-based practice Objects of Intention.

DONG Dan-Shen

Chairman, Architectural Design
Hangzhou, China


DONG Dan-Shen
Born in Shanghai, China in 1963
Currently living and working in Hangzhou, China

In 1986, Dong Danshen graduated from the Department of Civil Engineering of Zhejiang University, majoring architecture with bachelor degree. Now, he is the Chairman and Chief Principal Architect of the Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University. He’s always focused on architectural creation and research, and has been founded the “Balanced Architecture” theoretical framework. The theory derives from the idea of “Knowing and doing” of traditional Chinese philosophy to guide specific architectural creation and practices. The cores of it are composed of “Unity of sensibility and rationality”, “Unity of technology and art” and “Unity of appearance and quality”, which aim to create the balanced architecture via architectural balance. His works have been published in various international media. In 2018, his works were invited to attend the “Art of Europe” International of Architecture. And he is invited to participate in the Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 in China. Moreover, he published two monographs, Towards Balance and Knowledge and Practice in the Construction of University Campuses.

Dr. Ferdinand Oswald

Architect, School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland
New Zealand


Dr Ferdinand Oswald is the course co-ordinator of two Design Technology courses at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Auckland. He holds a master degree in Architecture and a PhD in Architecture Engineering Science. Born in Stuttgart, Germany, he studied architecture at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura in Granada (Spain), Agency of Urban Planning in Bern (Switzerland) and graduated at Technical University Dresden (Germany).

In 2007 he realized the first German apartment block in “Passive House Standard” as project head architect with Stefan Forster Architects in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). He taught at Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences “construction and design”. Since 2008 he has been working at the Institute of Architecture Technology, IAT, Graz University of Technology in teaching and research positions. Here he became the leader of the research laboratory section IAT-LAB. His research and teaching has a specific focus on sustainable and energy efficient façade and building technologies. He won several research prices like the “European Recycling Award 2015”, “Innovation price Architecture and Building” at BAU Munich and granted several European patents.

His doctoral thesis “Reduce A/C – Reducing the utilisation of air conditioning in high-rise buildings in subtropical and tropical climate regions” was supervised by Prof. Roger Riewe (Graz, Austria) and Prof. Werner Sobek (Stuttgart, Germany). He is editor of several books and his research work has been published in several international magazines, journals and books. He organized several international conferences and symposiums: “Sustainable Smart Cities” 2011, “High Density & Living Comfort – Requirements of Dense Housing Areas – China Austria 2013 “. He is member of the CTBUH (Council for Tall Building and Urban Habitat) and Asia-Pacific Network for Housing Research (APNHR). He has organized numerous exhibitions, has taken part in scientific review panels and has been jury member of several commissions and appeal committees. He was Visiting Professor 2017 at Qingdao Technological University, Department of Architecture, Qingdao, China and 2018 Visiting Professor at German University of Cairo, Department of Architecture and Urban Design Program, Cairo, Egypt.

Ema Peter

Owner & Architectural photographer, Ema Peter Photography
Vancouver, Canada


Based in Vancouver, Ema Peter Photography was founded in 2005 to bring Ema’s creative vision to architectural photography. Ema’s training in both the visual arts and photojournalism, with experience at the Magnum Photo Agency in Paris, created the foundations for her approach to lighting and composition.
With over 20+ years of experience and shear determination, she has photographed internationally renowned projects and received countless awards.
Ema deeply believes that a space has life and she makes it her mission to harness that character in every photograph.

Eugeni Pons

Architectural & interior design photographer, Eugeni Pons Photography


EUGENI PONS (Barcelona, 1964)

His interest in photography began at 13, when he purchased his first “serious” camera, a reflex Canon AE-1. From that moment, he focused on experimental, architectural and landscape photography.

Bachelor in Philosophy, he studied at the UAB and, at a time, studied photography at the IEFC in Barcelona.

His professional career started in 1992, when he decided to set up an advertising photography studio along with a fellow student. Towards the year 95 they decide to go their own way, and that’s when he decides to work on his true passion, architectural photography. He took a chance shooting some buildings with no previous commission, and Casa Viva magazine acquired them .. From there, to On Diseño magazine, part of the same editorial group at that time. That introduced him to some of the most outstanding architecture studios in Barcelona and Madrid, and from there to the first synergies and assignments. He has collaborated with some of the sector’s most relevant headers: Arquitectura y Diseño, A +1, Diseño Interior, ON Diseño, AiT, Architectural Review, Interni, Abitare, Wallpaper, Domus etc. are some of them.

– Five LUX Architectural Photography Awards winner.

– Monographic exhibition in Greek, Autumn 2004.

– Collaborating in many photography exhibitions (“Barcelona-Madrid” in the COAC, Venice Biennial, RCR Monographics …).

– Pre-selected by New York’s MOMA for the photographic background for the exhibition “On Site: New architecture in Spain”, winter of 2006.

– Patron of the Bunka Foundation by RCR Arquitectes since 2013. Participating in the first Workshops of Laboratori LAB-A in La Vila, by RCR Arquitectes.

– Four monographic books: Guggenheim, Modern Interiors, Architect of Photography and The Interior Book.

Francesca Perani

Founder, Francesca Perani Enterprise


Francesca Perani, architect, designer, activist, is interested in disrupting the norm through the creation of playful experiential spaces combining material and visual experimentation.

Trained in Italy, Belgium, Australia, United Kingdom, she is driven by the power of shared creativity as an effective instrument to bring about change.

Since 2008 she runs FPEnterprise, an award-winning practice based in Bergamo, Italy. Founder of both Cutoutmix, open-source platform of inclusive cutouts for architectural renderings and RebelArchitette non-profit network highlighting the work of female creatives, since 2011 she teaches at IED Istituto Europeo Design in Milan, International Master Design Courses.

Françoise N’Thépé

Paris , France


Born in Douala, Cameroon, Françoise N’Thépé has been working as an architect for more than twenty years. She graduated from Paris’s Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in 1999. In 2000 she began a collaboration with the architect Aldric Beckmann, with whom she went on to found Beckmann-N’Thépé Architects. The two worked together until 2017.
In 2018, Françoise N’Thépé decided to set up her own agency, FRANÇOISE N’THÉPÉ ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN.
Strongly aware that architecture draws on every aspect of experience, Françoise N’Thépé is committed to reevaluating what it means to be a female architect with diverse origins. With her well-established professional expertise and many years of experience, having worked on the design and construction of many major projects, Françoise N’Thépé is now keen to turn her skills to international projects.

2018: Profiled in the documentary Woman Architect, by Thierry Mercadal (On Stage production, Paris)
2016: Becomes part of the intangible permanent collection of architecture of the Pompidou Centre (Paris)
2013: Two nominations for the Prix Femmes Architectes, ARVHA (Paris)
2008: Généro-Cité exhibition at the 11th International Architecture Biennale in Venice (Italy)
2001: Winner of the “New Young Architects Portfolios” (NAJA) prize, awarded by the Ministry of Culture (Paris)

Greg Corso

Designer, SPORTS Collaborative


Greg Corso is the co-captain of the design and research collaborative SPORTS based in Syracuse, New York. SPORTS is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2017 Arch League Prize from the Architectural League of NY, the 2018 Young Architect Award from The Architect’s Newspaper, and a 2020 EDRA Great Places award. Their work has been exhibited at several academic institutions including Harvard, Yale, Cooper Union, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and UCLA, among others. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has worked in art and architecture studios in the United States and Europe including Studio Gang, JDS Architects, and Standard Architecture. Greg has taught architecture and design at Woodbury University, The University of Illinois at Chicago, and is currently an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Hans Jakob Wagner

Research associate, University of Stuttgart
Stuttgart, Germany


M.Sc. ITECH (Dist.), B.Sc. (Arch.)
Hans Jakob Wagner
Research Associate
Institute for Computational Design and Construction
2017 – current

Hao Dong

Creative Thinker, Co-founder and Partner, Crossboundaries
New York, USA


Co-founder and partner of Crossboundaries, established in 2005 in Beijing. He
graduated from architecture in China and the United States. After studying
and working in New York for 5 years, he returned to China in 2002 and as of
today has an overall practice experience of about 20 years. Hao Dong is a
chartered member of RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects).
Besides his extensive global and local experience on architectural and interior
design, Hao’s interests center around bridging architecture and education by
extending the creative thinking outside the traditional realm of the design
practice. Hao is an active public speaker aiming to open dialogues and sharing
his creative visions with clients, collaborators, and students through design
events, workshops and curation, both within and outside the profession. He is
driven by the goal of finding better and more future oriented solutions as well
as asking better questions that design should be able to respond to

Hayri Atak

Founder, Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS)
Istanbul, Turkey


Hayri Atak is an architect, designer and instructor who conducts his works in several different scales such as environment, city, building and industrial design. He graduated from Istanbul Technical University department of Interior Architecture and studied architecture in Auburn University in part of his undergraduate education. He had the opportunity to participate in various workshops at Rural Studio. Afterwards, he completed his master’s degree in Istanbul Technical University “Facade Design and Technology” and then completed his “Hotel Design in Interior Architecture” education at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA). In addition, he was awarded numerous awards in many competitions he participated in during his student period and professional business life. Hayri Atak who carries out workshops with different concepts in universities also participates in various courses as a guest lecturer and teaches at many different universities such as ITU, IMU, FSMVU. In addition to the aforementioned workshops he takes part as a jury member in many national and international competitions. He adopts concepts such as futurism and informatics in architecture and stands out with his modular and organic formed works in line with these sense of design. He closely follows many topics such as parametric design, prototyping techniques, robotics in architecture and continues on his works with Hayri Atak Architectural Design Studio (HAADS).

Heike Schlauch

Architect and Interior designer, Heike Schlauch raumhochrosen


Designing process as a dialog. Producing an adequate project in dialogue with all affected persons means for us mutual involvement and appreciative communication of the counterpart in all phases of the project. We realize, that communicating the result also contributes a lot to the acceptance and identification of users. Architecture is communication. With clients, which oblige to beauty and appreciation for design, we feel connected. Our mission is fulfilled if the object fits well into the landscape. If interiors spread atmosphere. If users are satisfied. Energy efficiency Building energy efficient and resource efficient buildings is part of our attitude. Our goal is to save more energy than the law requires and to achieve an energy consumption close to the passive house (15 – 35 kWh / m2a). A well-insulated building and the optimization of the building services technology result in a minimal primary energy requirement, which is generated via roof or façade surfaces. This means ecological and economic sustainability, low operating costs and great comfort both in private homes and in major tourism buildings. Accessibility We commit our work also to accessibility in order to enable the participation of all people in public life and the greatest possible self-determination in many situations of life and at any age. Whether in public buildings, nursing homes or in your own home, there are always ways to pave the way to arduous paths and to redesign them right away.

Jaime Andres Marin

Principal and Fonder, MARIN ARCHITECTURE
Ecuador, South America


Jaime Andres Marin,

Born in Ecuador, Jaime’s diverse portfolio includes high-end residential, commercial, cultural, retail, restaurant and hospitality design, which led him to highly recognized national and international awards.

Jaime is considered one of the best upcoming Architects in Ecuador and has been a member and a jury on very important architecture awards and festivals worldwide.

His work has been published in highly recognized architecture books, magazines and has been the recipient of the Esmeraldas Ornate Prize in 2014, UIDE gold medal for the Quito Biennale 2008, Ecuador Architects in 2015 and 2017 and The Esmeraldas Mayor’s Career Recognition 2018.

He is currently based in Laguna Beach, California, with a satellite office in Cumbaya, Ecuador and planning to expand his work to other locations.

Jakob Gate

Co-founder, Native Narrative and Scandinavian Sauna


Jakob Gate -Architect MAA
Prior to starting Native Narrative Jakob worked for leading design studios in the U.K. China & Indonesia on projects ranging in scale from masterplanning to furniture.

Design studios Jakob have worked with includes but is not limited to: Heatherwick Studio, Softroom, Foster & Partners.

As a founding partner Jakob is leading architectural design development in collaboration with our key consultants. Read more about Jakob here.

James Whitaker

Founder, Whitaker Studio


Based out of our office in London, Whitaker Studio designs buildings, master plans and objects that pepper the world and vary in size and use. We are passionate about what we do and love every last second of it. We don’t have a set style, or set way of working, but rather a constantly evolving collection of interests we want to explore. We start every project with no preconception of what it should be other than that it should be the best possible project it can be. That journey always starts by listening to our clients. If we want to create something that is great, really great, we need to understand our clients and see the world from their perspective. Find out what the ‘best possible project’ means to them. Once we understand their motivation, desires and dreams we can pick up a pencil and start to sketch. And if we do our job right, and keep listening, then we can achieve our goal of creating great work.

Whitaker Studio was founded by James Whitaker. James studied architecture at The University of Edinburgh, where he also taught animation and multimedia. He has worked in London and Hong Kong in the studios of Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad on a variety of projects, big and small. Whitaker Studio’s most well-known project is probably the Starburst House in Joshua Tree which was the most popular project on Dezeen in 2017. James’s photography work has been exhibited widely and published internationally, from the BBC Culture Show to Architecture New Zealand.

Jan Clostermann

Founding Director, CLOU architects


Jan Clostermann is an award-winning architect from Germany and the Founding Director of CLOU. Following his architectural studies at the Technical University of Berlin, Jan received his Diploma in 2001 from the Architectural Association in London.

Before founding CLOU in 2015, Jan collaborated with Alsop Architects in London, Rotterdam, and Singapore, establishing their Beijing offices to design and deliver Raffles City Beijing, and in 2010 co-founding Spark Architects.

Over more than 20 years, he has designed more than 2 million square meters of high-profile mixed-use and retail projects.

A frequent speaker at academic and industry forums, Jan is leading a new generation of creative yet commercially minded architects. He continues to push for architecture that performs better socially, environmentally, and economically.

Jan began his architectural studies at the Technical University in Berlin and in 2001 received his AA Diploma with from the Architectural Association in London.

Before founding CLOU in 2015 Jan collaborated with a Sterling Prize winning practice where he had the opportunity to pursue a broad range of projects from studios in London, Rotterdam, Singapore and Shanghai.

In 2005 following the success of the Clarke Quay and Shanghai Cruise Terminal projects, Jan moved to Beijing to direct the team designing Raffles City Beijing.
Since then he has conceptualized and delivered numerous high profile mixed-use and retail projects.

Jaycee Chui

Director, MDO


Jaycee Chui founded MDO in 2014. An ARB qualified Architect and interior designer, Jaycee has over 16 years of experience in London, Hong Kong and China. Her international background fused in Eastern and Western cultures, helps to develop the practice across China. Her approach focuses on the emotional response to space and design and the beauty of everyday spaces.As a female designer, trained in the West and working in Asia,Jaycee represents a new generation of designer; unlimited, energetic, and a role model for the 21st Century designer/businesswoman. In 2018 Jaycee Chui won 40 under 40 for Interior Design. MDO’s projects have won numerous international awards including WIN Awards 2021 and 2020 , DNA Awards, Italy A’Design, Frame Award, IIDA, IDA, LONDON Design Awards,a&d TROPHY AWARDS,Residence Magazine Best 100, Best 100 China.

Jolanta Uczarczyk

Designer, Uczarczyk
Krakow, Poland


Multidisciplinary designer, birdwatcher and swimmer.
Creates and develops design inspired by nature, art and architecture. Uses tools and skills from sculpture education background, combines them with a passion for photography, graphic design and video art. She is an author of recognized designs, including the series of hanging bird feeders “Tweet Resto Bar”, inspired by nature and architecture, such as the MOCAK-feeder, inspired by the architecture of Contemporary Art Museum in Krakow.
Runs Uczarczyk. Works and lives in Krakow, Poland.

Jonas Prišmontas

Co-founder, Boano Prišmontas


Jonas Prišmontas (MArch) studied Architecture at the University of East London graduating with a critical thesis about the phenomena of Urban Community Gardens. During his career, Jonas worked various size practices with projects ranging from house extensions to large scale government projects. In 2019 Jonas Prišmontas co-founded architectural practice Boano Prišmontas.
The studio adopts a creative and hands-on approach as a strategic tool to propose design solutions to the contemporary world. Their body of work often deals with self-built pop-up architecture and art installations. Each project draws inspiration from, and combines, various aspects of art, architecture and technology.

Julien De Smedt

Founder and Director, JDS Architects


Julien De Smedt is the founder and director of JDS Architects based in Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Shanghai. A designer and architect whose work is internationally spread, Julien’s commitment to the exploration of new architectural models and programs has helped re-energize the contemporary architecture discussion. Seminal projects include the VM Housing Complex, the Mountain Dwellings, Lille’s ABC, the Iceberg, Kalvebod Waves and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Born in Brussels to French art enthusiast Jacques Léobold and Belgian artist Claude De Smedt, Julien attended schools in Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles before receiving his diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Marcio Kogan / Renata Furlanetto

Founder / Director, Studio MK27
Sao Paulo, Brazil


Julien De Smedt is the founder and director of JDS Architects based in Brussels, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Shanghai. A designer and architect whose work is internationally spread, Julien’s commitment to the exploration of new architectural models and programs has helped re-energize the contemporary architecture discussion. Seminal projects include the VM Housing Complex, the Mountain Dwellings, Lille’s ABC, the Iceberg, Kalvebod Waves and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Born in Brussels to French art enthusiast Jacques Léobold and Belgian artist Claude De Smedt, Julien attended schools in Brussels, Paris, and Los Angeles before receiving his diploma from the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.

Marco Lavit

Founder, Atelier LAVIT
France, Paris


Marco Lavit (b. 1986) studied architecture at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He graduated at ESA in 2011 with a dissertation on wineries sustainable design. His sensibility towards design took shape at the studio of the architect and designer Riccardo Blumer. His time at LAN Architecture further strengthened his architectural direction, with a strong focus on design culture and attention for detail.

Lavit founded his architecture and design practice, Atelier LAVIT, in Paris in 2014. Since then, the practice has been active in France and Italy. Atelier LAVIT’s work originates from the dialogue with artisans and their savoir-faire, especially Made in Italy. This approach results in an extemporal production, letting the strength of raw materials speak for the designs themselves.

In architecture, the studio has a preference for the use of wood, often applied to unusual and innovative housing structures all around Europe. In 2017 Atelier LAVIT realized an exclusive tree house, Origin, for the Park of Raray Castle, France, and a series of surprising, floating cabins for Grands Cepages. Hotel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape as well as some privates lodges in the Mediterranean basin. On going projects such as private houses and eco-lodges hotels characterize continuous research on the theme of prefabricated wooden structures and intelligent design.

In 2014 Lavit conceived Venezia, an iron and leather seat which catches the eye for the fluidity and elegance of its line. Venezia was originally designed for the Venice Architecture Biennale, but the work was later exhibited all across Europe: at Great Design Gallery (Paris), at Centre Pompidou (Paris) as part of the retrospective on Le Corbusier by Officine Panerai, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and at Impermanent Collection (Brussels), Collectible design fair (Brussels), Nomad Circle (St. Moritz), Art Basel (Basel), Salone del Mobile (Milan), Maison & Objet (Paris). Today the Venezia lounge chair set, Reconvexo low table, Atem modular sofa, Danseuse floor lamp and Trio wood ceiling lamp are produced exclusively by Nilufar Gallery in Milan.

Lavit’s work has been published and presented internationally allowing him to approach the universe of industrial design collaborating with Jannelli & Volpi (Arké, 2019), Ethimo (Hut, 2020) and Living Divani (Lemni, 2021).

In 2018 Lavit was one of the Rising Talents Award for Maison & Objet Paris and the AD Seven for the Future Award. He exposed Reconvexo low table, designed for Nilufar Gallery, at the exhibition ‘Architect’s Furniture 1960-2020’ at La Cité de l’architecture et du patrimoine de Paris in 2019. With the surprising installation ‘Hut’ during Paris Design Week 2019, he started the collaboration with Ethimo and won the Archiproducts Design Awards for the outdoor category in 2020 and the prestigious EDIDA Award in 2021.

Currently teaching architecture at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture (ESA) in Paris, Lavit focus the work of his studio on small scale architectures and prefab technics and he also acts as a regular guest speaker at conferences related to his field of research.

Martin Beverfjord

Co-founder, Oslo-based Rever & Drage


Sandy Attia earned a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2000 and founded MoDusArchitects with Matteo Scagnol the same year. Their work has been published widely and among the many awards received for the practice’s work, MoDusArchitects received one of four prizes for the2021 Italian Architect of the Year Award. Sandy Attia’s contribution to the architectural field works between professional and academic pursuits, with a special interest in infrastructural and educational projects. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Milan Polytechnic University and has also been a visiting professor at the Princeton School of Architecture.

Meritxell Inaraja Genís

Founder, Meritxell Inaraja Arquitecta


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.

Nicolas Sterling & Elke Sterling-Presser

Co Founder and Director, Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers


The practice, co-founded in 2018 by French Engineer-Architect Nicolas Sterling and
German Architect Elke Sterling- Presser, is based on 30 years of combined experience,
in the respective fields of Architecture and Structural engineering. We have a high
level expertise in designing landmark architectures and structures worldwide, and we
stand for design excellence. We contributed to a wide range of programs from design
objects and sculptures to multi programmatic theaters and bridges. We are experienced
to deliver in various cultural and geographic situations, and well understand the im pact of challenging project in unexpected context.

Öznur Pınar ÇER

Founding Partner, MASK ARCHITECTS


She is an International award-winning Turkish Architect and founder,founding partner and principal at MASK Architects in Italy. She graduated from the first place prize of the Faculty of Fine Arts at the Cyprus International University in 2014. She has led award-winning international competitions such as the “Oasys+System” artificial breathing modular palm structure system that has been one of ten winners of the “Cool Abu Dhabi Challenge” competition between 1,540 participants. The same project has been awarded A+Architizer 2021 in the USA and Golden Trezzini Awards 2021 in Russia as one of three finalists. Another important project that she led is “Villa G01” new generation Luxury Villa was awarded honorable mention prize by LOOP Design Awards 2021. She led and designed the “Exosteel Mother Nature” modular house project. She and her partner will build the world’s first steel 3D printed structure of modular houses in Orani, the city of Sardinia. The office is the first architecture and design studio in the world to use a steel 3D-printed “exoskeleton” construction system that supports and distributes all the functional elements of the building, using their new solution of construction technique which they called “EXOSTEEL”. She won first prize at World Architecture Community Award 29th circle with the “Kırşehir Automobile & Aeroplane Museum” project. Another project of her “Seoul Photography and Art Museum” was awarded the “one of the best Museum of the Year” in Turkey by the “UNIMUZED 2021” International University Museum Association Platform. The same project has been awarded the 2020 Golden Trezzini Awards for Architecture and Design in the Best Architectural Design for a Museum category In Russia.

Qianyi Lin & Dongzi Yang

Founders, Various Associates (VA)
Shenzhen, China


Qianyi Lin & Dongzi Yang

Qianyi Lin, co-founder of Various Associates (VA), holds a BA (Hons) degree from University of the Arts London and a master’s degree from Royal College of Art.

Only two years after VA’s establishment, it was the only Asian team awarded as one of the “7 Emerging Design Talents” by Interior Design magazine. In 2020, the team won the Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award, as the youngest wining team since the launch of the awards program for 25 years. In the same year, Qianyi Lin became an international juror of Frame Awards.

As a representative of China’s emerging design power, Qianyi Lin has been featured by many famous international media platforms, including BBC, Interior Design, Vogue, Wallpaper*,and Domus, etc. VA’s design works have been frequently highlighted on the cover pages of authoritative design magazines worldwide and included in the lists of most popular projects. So far, under Qianyi Lin and Dongzi Yang’s leadership, VA has won dozens of world-class design awards.

Dongzi Yang

Architecture MA, Royal College of Art

RIBA Part 2

BA (Hons), University of the Arts London

Dongzi Yang is the co-founder of Various Associates. He focuses on sustainable design approaches and material research, and endeavours to discover the identities of projects based on essence and functionality.

Rion Philbin

Creative director, No So


Rion Philbin is an architect with a long list of solo and collaborative projects. His specialized experience is partitioned between Healthcare Architecture, Interior Design, Product Design and Art Installations. With a 2020s approach, all of his work derives from a passion for analysis and innovation in creating meaningful design packages and built work. Founded by Rion Philbin, No So [No Office Studio] is a team of artists, designers and architects working remotely. No So delivers progressive design solutions to clients who view art, design and built space as assets for increasing their overall quality of life, work and play worth.

Rubén García Rubio

Architect and Co-founder, studioVRA


Ruben Garcia Rubio, holds a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Valladolid (Outstanding Ph.D. Thesis Award); and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Roma Tre. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA) and, previously, has taught in several schools of architecture and international institutions in Europe and the Middle East. Ruben is co-founder of studioVRA (with Sonsoles Vela) and his work has been distinguished with several architectural awards, both design and built, and published in international architectural magazines. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the architectural weblog CajondeArquitecto.com.

Sandy Attia

Visiting Professor, Milan Polytechnic University


Sandy Attia earned a Master’s in Architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2000 and founded MoDusArchitects with Matteo Scagnol the same year. Their work has been published widely and among the many awards received for the practice’s work, MoDusArchitects received one of four prizes for the2021 Italian Architect of the Year Award. Sandy Attia’s contribution to the architectural field works between professional and academic pursuits, with a special interest in infrastructural and educational projects. She is currently Visiting Professor at the Milan Polytechnic University and has also been a visiting professor at the Princeton School of Architecture.

Serhii Makhno

Founder & Architect, Sergey Makhno Architects


Serhii Makhno is an architect, designer, ceramist, and collector. He is the founder of Makhno Studio, a Kyiv-based studio of Ukrainian contemporary design, architecture, and ceramics. For 19 years Serhii and his team have been creating projects that change the image of Ukrainian design. He is also the founder of the Makhno Product brand that creates designer lighting, furniture, decor, dishes, and art objects. Serhii is a lecturer and speaker at Ukrainian design and art events. Serhii Makhno considers his main goal to rebuild the Ukrainian identity, its cultural code, which was lost as a result of many historical events.

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Sevak Asatrián

Architect, Fran Silvestre Arquitectos


Sevak Asatrián, Architect from the Higher Technical School of Architecture of Valencia, has been part of the Fran Silvestre Arquitectos studio since 2015, focusing his practice on the creative department and the architectural visualization department, as well as in the graphic design area, developing various projects such as the House of Silence, the House of the Seven Gardens, the Zumex Group Campus, the Fababu House, the House on the Horizon or the House in Brussels. Some of these projects have been published in international media such as GA Houses, Architectural Record or TC Cuadernos.
Likewise, since the 2015-2016 academic year he has been collaborating with Fran Silvestre as an assistant professor in the Department of Architectural Projects at the ETSA in Valencia. Similarly, he is part of the teaching team of the MArch Valencia master’s and postgraduate programs in the areas of architecture and design.
He has received various awards in national and international architecture and design competitions such as the X Gandía Blasco International Competition (1st Prize), the Young Architects Competition Lighthouse Sea Hotel Competition (2nd Prize), the Young Architects Competition Art Prison Competition (special metnion) or the contest organized by ArkxSite – Site Lake Baths (1st prize), in addition to several mentions and a 3rd Prize in various calls for the annual Catedra Blanca Valencia contest.
Similarly, part of his academic work has been published in the yearbooks of the Department of Architectural Projects of the ETSA of Valencia between 2012 and 2018, as well as on various digital platforms and exhibitions.

Simon Devitt

Photographer, Simon Devitt
Auckland, New Zealand


I am a photographer with a strong practice focus in Photography of Architecture, currently based in Auckland, New Zealand, with an established international practice throughout Australasia and further afield.
I have both a strong sense of home and a wanderlust which goes right back to when I was born in a sandstorm beside a sleeping camel in 1973. Working in many different settings across cultures around the world has had a great impact on my professional practice, which has been greatly enriched by my experience of each particular context: Shanghai and its people, the fruitful silence of a Japanese bamboo forest, the light in Los Angeles, so different to the harsh, more direct light in New Zealand.
Infact, I love LA light, so diffused, as if a giant soft box had been placed over the sun. On one particular occasion, standing with my camera equipment in a very suburban street in Echo Park I noticed that I had caught the neighbours’ attention. A few came up to ask what I was doing, in a cutely nosey, neighbourly way, all of them appearing to act as a neighbourhood watch of sorts over the house I was photographing and for each other. I felt a great sense of community and a few of them even made it into one of my pictures. I love people in my photos as their appearance adds a sense of scale and a place in time.
I am the author of the award-winning photo-book Rannoch and the All Things Considered series. Photo-books bring together my passion for image, place and language, which started in 2013 with the launch of Portrait of a House, my first self- published photo-book on the Athfield residence in Wellington. Since then, I have started publishing the Ripe Fruit series.
My images feature in many books and collaborations including Long Live the Modern(2009), Group Architects: Towards a New Zealand Architecture (2010), Athfield Architects (2012) and Summer Houses (2011); as well as in numerous national and international magazines such as Elle Decor (Italy, UK, Japan and South Africa), Architectural Digest (Germany), Dwell (USA), Habitus, InDesign (Australia), Architecture NZ, Home New Zealand, Urbis, Interior (NZ).
I lecture in Photography of Architecture at the University of Auckland, where I have also had the pleasure of offering the annual Simon Devitt Prize for Photography since 2008.
Currently I’m represented by PhotoFoyer in Milan, Italy and my work has been exhibited in both group and solo shows.
Once I had a man crush on Nick Cave, and I have a penchant for garden gnomes. Oh, and I prefer my martini shaken, not stirred.
I am available for commissions, collaborations and guest lectures in New Zealand and worldwide.

Sonsoles Vela Navarro

Architect and Co-founder, studioVRA


Sonsoles Vela Navarro, holds a BArch from the University of Valladolid, a Master of Science in Architecture and Sustainable Environment from the University of Extremadura, a Master`s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Kühnel Business School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Design and Digital Architecture from the San Jorge University. Sonsoles is a practicing architect with almost 20 years of experience working alongside private clients and builders to develop architectural designs on residential, commercial, health care projects. Sonsoles is also a founder-partner of studioVRA and her work has been distinguished with several architectural awards, both design and built, and published in international architectural magazines. Currently, she is also a Lecturer at Tulane University (New Orleans, USA).

Soomeen Hahm

Founder, SoomeenHahm Design
London, UK


Soomeen Hahm is the founder of the SoomeenHahm Design Ltd, a design researcher, educator and architectural designer. Academically she is currently a design faculty and robotic researcher at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Soomeen gained her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the Beijing Tsinghua University and her Master of Architecture degree at the Architectural Association where she studied in the Design Research Lab (DRL). After her graduation, she developed her interests focusing on research in generative and algorithmic design using computer coding, application of multi-agent systems in design, interactive/responsive environments, behavioural patterns of natural systems, as well as robotic fabrication processes and digital modes of production. Her latest research focuses on AR/VR, wearable machines and human computer interaction. She is specialized in coding, digital simulations and 3d modelling in various software platforms. Since her graduation, Soomeen has taught and lectured at numerous institutions in UK and internationally, teaching studios, workshops and short courses focusing on computational design. In addition to this, she is contributing to various online educational platforms and digital toolset libraries. While participating in different academic events, she tries to tackle the issue of computational design paradigm in architecture across multiple scales, through collaboration and exchange of knowledge with other experts from the field. She is experienced in teaching design studios. She used to direct multiple design studios at the AA and the Bartlett. The design studio she directed at the Bartlett – BPro AD – developed series of innovative projects within architectural design discourse focusing on design and construction by augmented humans. She is also an experienced designer worked several years at Zaha Hadid Architects and Zaha Hadid Design where she engaged in designing some of the most iconic buildings and products.

Thomas Corbasson

Founder, Chartier+Corbasson Architectes
France, Paris


Thomas Corbasson is a French architect based in Paris. After having worked in Seoul for Jean Nouvel, he founded his architecture studio Chartier + Corbasson, designing mainly museums, cultural spaces and music- and theatre venues. Convinced of the importance of preserving local heritage, his studio specialized in the rehabilitation of patrimonial buildings, always seeking for an elegant dialogue between the old and the new. His award winning projects continue to shape the cultural scene all over France. Corbasson is the vice president of the Maison de l’Architecture in Paris, teaches at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture, has been a guest speaker at numerous conferences and colloquia and organized several architectural interventions at David Lynch’ Silencio Club in Paris. In October 2021, he replaced Ieoh Ming Pei at the Académie d’Architecture de France.

Valerie Schweitzer

Principal, Valerie Schweitzer Architects
New York


Valerie Schweitzer AIA is principle of the New York-based, multi-award-winning firm, Valerie Schweitzer Architects. Her inventive reinterpretations of American vernacular, and emphasis on carbon-friendly solutions combined with bold and expressive forms has drawn global attention. Her recent Outside-in pavilion in Southampton, New York, was used to launch a new section of the New York Times in 2020. Her firm’s current project, a multi-residential building in West Los Angeles, Hide and Go Seek, is nearing completion and animates the streetscape with pocket gardens inserted into a glass and concrete façade. It signifies a playful ode to the ubiquitous palm tree, helping to animate and sensitize the neighborhood to their environment.

Previous Jury Members

Amanda Ferber

Founder, Architecture Hunter,


“Named as Forbes 30 Under 30 Brazil in 2019, Amanda Ferber is an architect and the founder & CEO of Architecture Hunter, a digital media startup with one of the biggest Architectural Instagrams in the world. With an audience of more than 3 million people, Architecture Hunter is followed and respected by great namaes, such as Jean Nouvel, Marcio Kogan, Stefano Boeri, Toyo Ito, Snøhetta, and even Facebook’s founder himself, Mark Zuckerberg. Amanda is a jury member of different international awards, besides being the ambassador of Morpholio, the north American App Network for architects and designers and also of Arkos Brazil. In 2020, Amanda was listed as #1 out of the top 125 architecture influencers in the world.”

Andreas Tjeldflaat

Founder, Framlab,


Andreas Tjeldflaat is a Norwegian architect and design engineer. He is the founder of Framlab, a NYC and Bergen-based research and design studio, and an advisor with Antler and UNECE REM. Previously, Andreas has worked with leading design and architecture firms, such as Toshiko Mori Architect in NYC, RRA in Oslo, 3XUID in Copenhagen, and Titoma in Taipei.

Prior to this, he served in His Majesty The King’s Guard in Oslo. In addition, Andreas has taught at renowned institutions such as the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, and Columbia University. He holds an engineering degree from the Technical University of Denmark and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been awarded the Philippe Cret Medal for consistent demonstration of design excellence.

Andreas is currently conducting research on the spatial and social capacity of modular systems, while trying to master the art of bread baking.

Ann Marie Aguilar

Senior Vice President, WELL,
London, United Kingdom


Ann Marie Aguilar, WELL Faculty, WELL AP
Director of Operations, Europe
International WELL Building Institute
Ann Marie Aguilar joined the IWBI team in 2016, and from a base in London oversees the dayto-day activities of IWBI Europe. She supports the business development and technical teams
and is the first point of contact for clients and design teams interested in all applications of
WELL Certification.
Ann Marie’s role is to support “early adopters” of the WELL Building Standard, by facilitating
communication with IWBI technical experts to provide international translation, alternative
adherence pathways and alignment with European sustainability rating tools. Ann Marie’s
expertise in environmental sustainability and well-being has helped deliver strategic adoption of
WELL into the UK, Ireland and continental Europe with support from BRE, Green Building
Councils and other partners in the UK and abroad. She is also responsible for implementing
new directives for research, growth, recruitment and education.
She brings to IWBI a technical background in sustainability consulting, having worked for 11
years with Arup Associates, the architectural consulting arm of Arup in their London offices. Her
17 years of global project experience range in scale from campus size to small city
developments and identify a clear sustainability vision, objectives and measurable targets. She
has extensive experience in LEED Certification, material deconstruction and material reuse
processes. Whilst there she developed Arup’s health and well-being consultancy offering across
their global operations. Previously, Ann Marie led her own sustainability consulting business in
New York City.
Among the first cohort of WELL APs, she now also provides education and support to industry
as a WELL Faculty member.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from the New York Institute of Technology and
received Chartered Environmentalist status in 2012. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of
the Arts, member of the Sustainability Futures Group at the RIBA and a member of the Institute
of Environmental Management and Assessment.

Annamaria Lambri

Associate Professor of Interior Design, School of Architecture, Art & Design,
Dubai, UAE


Born in Italy, Architect Annamaria Lambri graduated in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano (Laurea in Architettura), followed by a Master Degree in Interior Design, specialized in Hospitality Design.

Annamaria has a vast and diversified experience in the field of Architecture and Design, working on numerous projects ranging from international exhibitions to commercial, residential and hospitality design both in Italy and internationally. She moved to the UAE in 2005 where she worked on a variety of prestigious commercial and residential design projects. Annamaria has been involved in several hospitality design projects, working with some of the major international hotel operators. She developed projects in the Gulf Region, Asia and Europe, building a conspicuous professional experience in the design field.

Annamaria is Associate Professor of Interior Design, specialized in Hospitality Design, at American University in Dubai UAE. She is also the Outreach Coordinator at AUD Interior Design Department, collaborating with some of the major players of the field.

Her research focuses on human-centered design, spacing from the study of the relationships between educational spaces and learning experience and the study of innovative instructional approaches. Her primary area of interest is the development of the hospitality design field and its implications.

Her constant improvement and engagement in the field is demonstrated by numerous significant professional certifications such as “Leaders of Learning” from Harvard University. She is a certified Architect, AIA International Associate Member (The American Institute of Architects), RIBA Chartered Member (Royal Institute of British Architects), IDEC Member (Interior Design Educators Council).

She alternates her academic activity with research and design practice. Annamaria is part of several Committees, both Academic and Professional organizations. She is a Jury member of reputable international and professional events such as LIV Hospitality Design Awards, LIT Lighting Design Awards and CID Commercial Interior Design Awards. She is a speaker at local and international Interior Design and Architecture events, seminars, workshops and conferences.

Cristiano Luchetti

Architect / Researcher / Educator, Univpm – Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche,
Ankona, Italy


Cristiano Luchetti is an architect, a researcher, and an educator holding more than 25 years of experience in both professional practice and academia. As a designer, he led large-scale projects in the residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors in China, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Since 2015, he has been associate editor of Compasses Architecture & Design and regularly writes about the architecture and urbanism of the Arabian Gulf. In 2018 he co-curated the Egyptian pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennale, and in 2021 he co-authored the book “Desert:Space – Architecture for Emptiness.” He recurrently serves as a juror for the most prominent international competitions and awards.

Cristina Verissimo

Co-founder, CVDB Arquitectos,


David Cole

Founder, Atelier COLE,
United Kingdom


David is a founding partner of Building Trust international and director of the design practice AtelierCOLE In both roles he works to deliver innovative design solutions to community and client groups. He is guided by the principle that design can be a tool for positive social change. Building Trust assists global NGO’s supporting thousands of people by engaging designers in providing better housing solutions, schools and medical facilities. Over the last decade they have provided guidance on community engagement and integrating design thinking into aid solutions. Building Trust currently operates in 26 countries and has more than 50,000 members. As the director of the organization David provides design support alongside management and advancement of the stations and their reach. www.buildingtrustinternational.org /// www.ateliercole.com

Fernanda Canales

Founding & Director, Fernanda Canales,


Canales holds a PhD in Architecture (ETSAM, Madrid), an MA (UPC, Barcelona), and has been distinguished with awards such as the Emerging Voices Award from The Architectural League of New York. She is author of the books: Private Spaces; Shared Structures (Actar, 2020), and Architecture in Mexico 1900-2010 (Arquine, 2013), and has been visiting faculty member at Yale School of Architecture, Princeton University, and invited speaker at the Architectural Association School in London and Columbia University in New York. Her work has been widely exhibited, among other venues, at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the ifa-Gallery in Stuttgart, and the Venice Biennale.

Gonzalo Lopez

Partner, knitknot architecture,
United Kingdom


Gonzalo J. Lopez Garrido is an architect and educator based in New York City, co-founder of knitknot architecture and Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute and New York City College (CCNY). He holds a Masters in Architecture from the Architecture School of Barcelona (ETSAB) and is a PhD Candidate in Sustainability and Urban Regeneration at the Polytechnic University of Madrid. Knitknot architecture is a collective practice of architects, urban designers, researchers, artists, and thinkers that have created an international framework for experimenting with new ways of addressing professional practice. The collective was awarded in 2015 with the prestigious prize Europan, in Norway, and the INTBAU Excellence Award for Community Engagement for El Jicarito School, in Nicaragua in 2018.

Irene Kronenberg & Alon Baranowitz

Founders, Baranowitz + Kronenberg


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.

Jese Medina-Suarez

Creative Director, Campbell House,


Jese has developed an expertise in hospitality and food + beverage design, but his experience stretches across multiple sectors such as aviation, residential, retail and workplace projects. Over the last 15 years, Jese has lived in London, Paris, Milan, Singapore and Melbourne, where he has designed projects in all five inhabited continents and has explored the blurred boundaries between the hospitality world and other design sectors. He has worked for several high-profile clients and brands such as Four Seasons, St Regis, W, Jumeirah, British Airways and Hakkasan to mention a few. He has worldwide experience across all aspects of interior projects, from concept design to final construction. His distinctive approach hinges on his expertise on the meaning of brand in architecture and interiors, bringing brand strategy and powerful storytelling to the very core of the design process for every project.

Johnny Chiu

Founder, JC Architecture and OUT Scholarship,


Johnny Chiu, the founder of JC Architecture and OUT Scholarship, is recognized for his fresh perspective and concept-driven work. He is the first Taiwanese designer to win WAF/INSIDE World Interior of the Year, his other accolades include five Taiwan Interior Design Gold Awards, and Red Dot: Best of the Best.

His provocative and unconventional design works have made him a key figure in defining design in Asia and he is often invited on the jury panel of esteem design competitions such as US’s International Interior Design Award, New York Pratt Prax_IS award & super jury of World Festival of Interiors: INSIDE. Besides, he has given talks at many significant design events and universities, including Japan’s premier design event, DesignArt Tokyo.

His latest adventure includes a train design for Taiwan Railway, Not Just Library, and Taipei Fine Arts Museum Store, also pursuing an Architecture PhD degree from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Juan Pablo Cepeda

Founder& Director, CPDA arquitectos,


Juan Pablo Cepeda is a Mexican architect founder and director of Mexico City young based studio CPDA Arquitectos. He received the Gold Medal in the First Mexico City Architecture Biennale in 2013.
Cepeda graduated in Architecture from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 2007. In 2011 he cofounded the architecture practice Mocaa Arquitectos, and in 2016 he launched CPDA Arquitectos.
Regardless of the scale or scope, we provide each project with the same high level of rigor and care. We respect the tradition and legacy of good Mexican architecture, in order to achieve this goal, we respectfully look back at the past not leaving by side the historical process and transformations of the context but creating an aesthetic reinterpretation of the elements that identify the site with its present and its future.
Firm recognition includes two medals from the Academy of Mexican Architecture, two honorable mentions from the Young Mexican Architects Biennale, Nominated for the RIBA International Prize (2017), Highly Commented, World Architecture Festival in the small-scale housing category (2018), Winner in the Archmarathon Awards Miami in housing category (2020), Winner in the Noldi Schreck Awards, in housing category (2020), Highly Commented, World Architecture Festival, in the housing category (2021),Winner in the IDA Design Awards, in housing category (2021),Winner in the Architecture Masterprize, in housing category (2021) and more.

Kenrick Wong

Co-founder, Orient Occident Atelier,
Hong Kong


Kenrick Wong graduated from the University of Hong Kong with a Bachelor and Master of Architecture degree and studied in Paris. As a registered architect in Hong Kong who has been practising in both architectural design and community work on a local and global scale for more than 10 years, he believes that architecture is a powerful tool to advocate cultural, social enterprising and education projects. Kenrick co-founded Orient Occident Atelier (OOA) and the Adventurous Global Schools (AGS), of which the first self‐initiated village school in Cambodia he oversees as the chief design principal in 2017. He saw many needs & opportunities about good but affordable environmental design with social narratives in HK, Asia and globally. This belief brought him to the WaterHall Project and other projects with winning entries of the Design for Asia (DFA) Grand Award for Sustainability, the Good Design Award in Japan, Architizer+ Award, WA Community Award and shortlisted a few times in Dezeen Award and Archdaily.

Currently, Kenrick and his team at OOA are actively engaged in architecture and heritage conservation, as well as their interdependence with multi-media creation, where they have engaged themselves with the virtual reality conservation of the Bishop Hill Underground Service Reservoir, the disappearing printing industry of Kwun Tong in Hong Kong, Hotel Siem Reap near Angkor Wat, Cambodia, which design stems from the vernacular of rice wine making process, and continue their endeavours in their social and cultural architecture trilogy.

Kerim Miskavi

Founder, Miskavi Architecture Studio,


Kerim Miskavi is the founder and design lead of
MAS, an innovative architectural practice
established in Istanbul, Turkey in 2017. Prior to
founding his own architectural practice, Kerim
received his education from Rice University in
Houston, and gained over 5 years of professional
experience at award-winning international
architecture offices such as SO-IL and
Mitchell|Giurgola Architects in New York, USA and
Herzog & De Meuron in Basel, Switzerland.
In his prior experience, Kerim has served as a
project lead for a range of projects including the
CTF Museum in Hong Kong, Museum of the 20th
Century Competition in Berlin, an interactive stage
design for a and an innovative corporate
headquarters renovation in Istanbul. He has also
worked as the lead designer for several projects
and proposals such as the Versace Headquarters
Showroom, Brooklyn College Ingersoll Hall Lab
Renovations, and Solomon R. Guggenheim
Foundation Collection Center.
Kerim’s work as a part of SO-IL has been exhibited
in the Chicago Architecture Biennial (2015),
Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Triennale (2015) and published by the New York
Times (2015).
In addition to his professional work, Kerim is a firm
believer in academic engagement and is a studio
instructor at Kadir Has University as of 2022. He
has also served as a visiting studio critic at
Columbia University. Kerim is currently pursuing
professional licensure in the US.

Kian Yam

Co-founder, MLKK Studio,
Hong Kong


Kian Yam is the co-founder of MLKK Studio, an award-winning architectural design studio based in Hong Kong. Specializing in people-centred design solutions, Kian gathered a vast portfolio in furniture, interior and building projects populated in Asia, South East Asia and Australia. Kian currently focuses on innovative social projects and sustainable rural architectural development. Recent projects include designing rural schools for ethnic minorities in Myanmar and community centres for the underprivileged in Coastal Kenya. Her design research began in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology(MIT) Master of Architecture with her thesis focused on future social domestic living in High-dense urban environments. Kian’s work with the studio received multiple international interior and architecture awards. Kian is a registered Architect in the US and a Certified Designer at Passivhaus design institute.

Kristina Loock

Head of Business Development, gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects


Kristina Loock is heading up gmp’s Business Development Team at its headquarter in Hamburg. A licenced architect with demonstrated success in creative problem-solving Kristina worked with design offices in Los Angeles (Morphosis & Michael Maltzan Architecture) and New York (WORK AC) prior to joining gmp in 2015. Kristina studied at the ETH Zürich, received her Diploma from the Technical University in Braunschweig and has a Master of Science from Columbia University. At gmp Kristina is responsible for new projects, team building, ESG reporting and strategic communication. A dedicated team player with deep technical expertise across a diverse range of typologies Kristina is fostering knowledge-sharing and coordinates peer workshops within gmp and its partner network.

Kyle Schumann

Founders, After Architecture,


Kyle Schumann is Cofounder of After Architecture, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and  Curator of the Biomaterial Building Exposition. . He was previously the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellow at the University of Tennessee and is the recipient of the Robert A.M. Stern Architects Travel Fellowship. Schumann seeks to advance the accessibility of digital fabrication techniques, leveraging democratized technologies in his teaching and research as well as inventing and building low-cost ground-up fabrication systems. His work spans analog processes in woodworking, metalworking, casting, ceramics, and textile production, to advanced and novel digital fabrication technologies, robotics, and machine visioning systems.

Schumann has been named Curbed Young Guns by Curbed in 2014, recognized as Next Progressive by Architect Magazine in 2019, and included on Cultured Mag’s Young Architects and Designers List in 2021. His work has been honored with an AIA Central Virginia Merit Award, an AIA Los Angeles Next LA Honor Award, a Society of American Registered Architects National Design Honor Award, and included on Fast Company’s list of World Changing Ideas in Spaces, Places, and Cities.

Katie MacDonald

Founders, After Architecture,


Katie MacDonald, Architect, is Cofounder of After Architecture, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, and Curator of the Biomaterial Building Exposition. She previously held the 2019-2020 Tennessee Architecture Fellowship at the University of Tennessee. MacDonald’s work reconsiders construction standards and materials in light of new lifecycle questions and overextended supply chains. MacDonald prototypes new biomaterial assemblies, with the aim of creating building material systems that sequester carbon and reduce construction’s contribution to the environmental crisis.


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.

Magic Kwan

Co-founder, Orient Occident Atelier,
Hong Kong


Graduated from UC Berkeley (M.Arch.11) and the
University of Hong Kong (HKU) with First Class Honours (BA(AS) 08)
professionally practiced 11 years in Tokyo, Los Angeles, and Hong Kong
joined Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s Tokyo office as Architect in 2012
taught in UC Berkeley, HKU & HKUSPACE
awards won:
’40 Under 40 Award’ by Perspective in 2015
‘Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (HKYDTA)’ and ‘Best Design Educator Award’ by the Hong Kong Designers Association (HKDA) in 2016
‘Architizer+ Award’ and ‘DFA Awards’ in 2018
‘Good Design Award’ & ‘MUSE Design Award’ in 2019
‘Dezeen Award’ shortlisted in 2019
co-founded Adventurous Global Schools (AGS) charity
co-founded Architecture for All (AFA)
collaborating with M+ Museum for the ‘M+ Rover programme’ in 2020

Mark Foster Gage

Founder, Mark Foster Gage Architects,


Mark Foster Gage is the principal of Mark Foster Gage Architects in New York City as well as a writer, design contributor to CNN, and an associate professor at the Yale School of Architecture where his academic focus is on the relationship between aesthetics and design. At Yale he has offered related courses continuously since 2001, in addition to holding multiple administrative and service positions, notably as an Assistant Dean from 2009-2019.

​For nearly two decades Mark Foster Gage has designed projects for clients including Lady Gaga, the Biden/Harris Presidential Campaign, Intel Corporation, Google, Samsung, W Hotels, MAC Cosmetics, Diesel, H&M, The Coachella Music Festival, and Vice Media. Gage’s design work has been exhibited in venues such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City (MoMA), the Museum of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Royal Gallery of Art in London, the National Gallery of Art in Osaka, Japan, the Hiroshima Museum of Contemporary Art, the Frac Center in Orleans France, The Franz Mayer Museum in Mexico City, and the Venice, Beijing, and Prague Biennales.

Mark Foster Gage’s design work has been featured in most major architectural publications as well as the popular press including locations such as Vogue, Newsweek, Fast Company, Wired, USA Today, The New York Times, The Beijing Times, The Spectator (London), New York Magazine, Harper’s Bazaar, and Surface Magazine. Television coverage of his work has been produced for PBS, Fox, and MTV. Gage has lectured widely on his design work as well as his design contributions to the field of architecture at numerous universities, think-tanks, museums and other international institutions including both TED, and INK conferences.

A comprehensive monograph on Mark Foster Gage’s work and writings titled Mark Foster Gage: Projects and Provocations was published by Rizzoli Press in 2018, and includes a forward by Robert A.M. Stern and an afterword by Peter Eisenman. Gage is the author of multiple books including Designing Social Equality: Architecture Aesthetics and the Perception of Democracy (Routledge, 2018) and as editor has published: Aesthetics Equals Politics: New Discourses Across Art, Architecture and Philosophy (MIT Press, 2019), Aesthetic Theory: Essential Texts for Architecture and Design (W.W. Norton & Sons, 2012), and Composites, Surfaces and Software: High Performance Architecture, co-edited with Greg Lynn (Yale/Norton, 2011). Mr. Gage is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Notre Dame. He was recently a nominee for the Architecture Prize awarded by the American Academy of Arts and Letters

Marshall Blecher

Founder, Marshall Blecher Studio,


Marshall Blecher is an award winning Australian architect based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Marshall is the co-founder and director of MAST a maritime architecture studio based in Copenhagen.Marshall also runs Studio Marshall Blecher which is focussed on creating unique and vwell crafted houses.
Marshall has travelled the world researching floating architecture and its potential to improve the sustainability and quality of coastal cities. He has designed houseboat developments and public piers in the UK and floating islands in Copenhagen as well as a series of unique houses across Scandinavia and Australia. Marshall holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Arts, School of Architecture, Design and Conservation. He is the recipient of the prestigious Hezlet Bequest, The Byera Hadley travelling scholarship and the Mirvac Award.
Marshall was the winner of the 2018 Taipei International Design Prize in the social design and public space design categories, his work has also been shortlisted for the Beazley design Award and the Danish Design Prize

Martinho Pita

Founder, Martinho Pita Studio,


Martinho Pita is a Designer based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Ever curious and with a wondering eye since early childhood, he graduated with a degree in Architecture and The Arts from ECA (Edinburgh College of Art) in 2007, having subsequently worked in several of Europe ́s leading Architecture Studios such as Aires Mateus and João Pedro Falcão de Campos. In 2009, and going back to his incessant look for the serendipity side of the creative process, he moved to India to work with Urbanouveau* and Sparcindia in the development and effective implementation of “Incremental Housing Strategy” in the slums of Yerawada, Pune. In 2010 he joined the Architectural Office MVRDV, in Rotterdam, and worked alongside Urbanouveau* in the “Connecting-Stockholm” project in the city ́s Architecture Museum. During 2011 he returned to Lisbon to work on another singular and innovative project with Urbanouveau* named TISA (The Informal School of Architecture), side by side with 50 multidisciplinary students in Cova do Vapor, a traditional fisherman ́s village on the outskirts of Lisbon. Currently living and working in the Portuguese capital, he created Martinho Pita Studio which sees him working solo and in close collaboration with different artistic fields, combining interior design, product development and Architecture . His work focuses on the expressive and whimsical combination of tradition and innovation, with an intense drive, passion and attention to detail. He still believes that every dynamic starts from the complementarity between opposites, and that the odd and accidental can live side by side with the rule and rigour which he strives to achieve in each and every idea and project.

That underlining might come from his early childhood escapes and runs echoed in his work from his countryside studio in the hilly wonders of Proença-a-Velha, to his inner city Showroom surrounded by Lisbon ́s pastel palaces and unorthodox architectural metrics.

His work builds a bridge, long and sinuous as all bridges which defy straight lines should do, between nature and artifice, organic and geometric, formal and informal, me and you, as opposites sometimes attract, and mostly defy expectations.

Nigel Coates

Director, Nigel Coates,
United Kingdom


Nigel Coates is a British architect and designer who trained at the Architectural Association. He has consistently experimented and questioned his field, extended its boundaries and bridged it with semiotics, craftsmanship and contemporary culture. With his first architectural commission in Japan in 1985, he founded Branson Coates Architecture. His portfolio of buildings and interiors includes the Wall and Art Silo in Tokyo, the Hubs in Sheffield, the Geffrye Museum in London and the Body Zone in the Millennium Dome.
In 2006 Coates established his own London design studio. He has accumulated a broad-ranging catalogue of furniture and lighting designs with many Italian companies including Poltronova, Gebrüder Thonet Vienna, Fornasetti and Slamp. From 1995 to 2011 Coates was Head of the Department of Architecture at the Royal College of Art, and is now RCA Professor Emeritus. He is also a founder of the London School of Architecture. In 2012 he received the Annie Spink Award for excellence in architectural education. Books include Guide to Ecstacity (2003), Narrative Architecture (2012) and his forthcomig memoir (2022).

Rabih Geha



Rabih is the founder of the multi-award winning practice Rabih Geha Architects. He won several awards including Interior Designer of the Year and frequently makes the list of the most influential designers in the Middle East. In 2021, he expanded his practice to the UAE to service his growing portfolio of projects in the GCC. Rabih is sought-after for his signature blend of unexpected and authentic spaces. He holds a B.A. in architecture from AUB and a master’s degree from ENSCI, and spends his time between Dubai and Beirut where he also mentors Lebanon’s next generation of architects at ALBA.

Roland Bechmann

Managing Director & Partner, Werner Sobek,


Roland is Managing Director and Partner of the international engineering consultancy Werner Sobek. Born in Berlin, he subsequently moved to Hanover, Germany, where he studied Structural Engineering. Having ac complished his diploma, Roland started working at Werner Sobek and soon rose to be appointed first princi pal, then general manager, and finally managing director and partner. Roland heads the department of com petitions and is a specialist of project management, lightweight structures and steel constructions. He has ex tensive experience in various important high rise projects, such as ADAC Headquarters in Munich/Germany,
the Hegau Tower in Singen/Germany and the 400 m high Olympic Tower in Nanjing/China. In addition Roland has been in charge of several complex and large-scale projects such as World Expo 2017 in Asta na/Kazakhstan and the underground railway station in Stuttgart/Germany. Since 2013, Roland has also been Country Representative of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH).

Raulino Silva

Founder, Raulino Silva Arquitecto Unipessoal Lda,


Raulino Silva lives and works in Vila do Conde, where he was born in 1981.

Architect by the Escola Superior Artística do Porto, he is a member of the Order of Portuguese Architects n.º 15294, and founder of the Raulino Silva Arquitecto Unipessoal Lda.

Between 2006 and 2011, he worked as a freelancer and collaborated with architects in the city of Porto. Since 2011, he has an architecture office in Vila do Conde, where he works with his team of architects, in several single-family, multi-family and equipament projects.

He participated in the LIPAU Architecture Workshop in Bergamo organized by Falcotà de Architettura in Milan and was invited to participate as speaker at the Architecture Conferences of the Vila do Conde Memory Center and in the debate on “Quality” in the Perspective Europe forum 08 in Venice, organized by The Plan Magazine. He presented his projects, also in the Pecha Kucha Night Porto 3, in the Palacete Pinto de Leite, and in the Pecha Kucha Night Lisbon 5 in the Museum of Electricity – EDP Foundation.

The works have already won the following architectural awards: the IF Design Awards 2019 in Germany, the Build Architecture Awards 2019 in England, the World Architecture and Design Awards 2019 in India, the Design and Build Awards 2019 in England, the Global Future Design Awards 2019 in India, the Europe 40 Under 40 Awards 2018 in Greece, the International Architecture Awards 2018 in USA, the Architecture MasterPrize 2018 in USA, the Iconic Awards 2017 in Germany and the Baku International Award 2015 in Azerbaijan.

Tiago Krusse

Founder, Design Magazine,


Tiago Krusse is a Portuguese professional journalist, founder and director of Lisbon based DESIGN MAGAZINE, online media focus on design, architecture, art, cultural and creative industries. Tiago is a renowned professional who, for the last 28 years, has been reporting and participating in the fields of expertise he is keen on. He’s commissioning and writing some of the finest design, architecture and art led features from around the world.

Tuğçe Rizeli Bilgi

Co-founder & Managing Partner, GEO_ID,


Tugce Rizeli is the co-founder and managing partner of GEO_ID; an Istanbul based design studio providing multidisciplinary approach to IDentity and Interior Design. Tugce undertook a degree in Architecture at Yildiz Technical University and continued her studies at Politecnico Di Milano. Her work explores the links between architecture and interior design, creating projects with subtle transitions between disciplines with a spatial design attitude that always searches the essence. Focusing on context and emotions, Tugce’s experimental approach is rooted in modern interpretation of everyday items and how they connect people.
Since co-founding GeoID in 2013, Rizeli’s ingeniune vision fuels the development of the design studio’s creative projects. Together with her team of young creatives from varying design fields, they develop unique narratives revolutionizing all aspects of design from brand identity to product design, packaging, styling, art productions and to visually and spatially harmonious interiors. Still in her thirties, Rizeli has a slew of acclaimed projects under her portfolio including Maxx Royal Kemer, Hisvahan Hotel, Konsolos Restaurant, Pan Café, Bebek Hotel by The Stay, Petra Cafe, Paragastroteka, Huqqa and The Market Dubai. Apart from her professional studies, Tuğçe gives lectures and participates in design studio critics in various universities in Turkey.

Umber Bawa

CEO & Founder, Rabble,


Umber is the Founder + CEO of rabble an impact investment + tech platform that allows accredited and non-accredited investors to invest in real-asset backed projects that have a positive environmental impact and financial returns. Prior to founding rabble, Umber led project finance and strategic initiatives at Spirae, a Colorado-based clean technology firm. At Spirae, he oversaw the creation of financial models for renewable-based microgrid and smart city projects, led smart city initiatives in North America and Europe including a $20M smart city initiative funded by the EUDP. Umber has advised working groups in the clean energy space, served on the NY REV Market & Technology Design Working Groups, participated in the Maryland Microgrid Resiliency Task Force, and is a contributor to Rocky Mountain Institute’s eLab (Electricity Innovation Lab). Prior to Spirae, Umber worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington, D.C.-based think-tank, focusing on finance and international trade. He is a frequent speaker on finance and policy panels in the renewable energy space. Umber is a graduate of The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he studied finance, decision systems, and game theory.


Founder & Chief Architect, ARCHSTUDIO,


Mr. Han Wenqiang advocates the principle of “design of relationships”, so as to make the space to be the communication medium, realize the deep link among body, nature, history and man-made environment, thereby shortening the emotional distance between people and environment.

His design practice covers old building renewal, architectural and interior design. He was a winner of Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Competition, Perspective’s 40 UNDER 40 Awards (Architecture category) and FA Emerging Architect Award.

Xuanru Chen, Yu-Ying Tsai and Sean Shen



Founded in 2017 by partners Xuanru Chen, Sean Shen and Yu-ying Tsai, ZJJZ is an emerging architectural design practice based in Shanghai. Their professional areas of expertise encompass cultural and public projects such as art galleries, libraries, museums, and hotels. ZJJZ proposes design solutions for different spaces, while studying the creative uses of the space. They believe that architecture is not limited to a physical structure that merely satisfies functions, but it is also a container of space that users interact closely with–a combined experience formed by light, shadow, sound, color and details, where rationality and spirituality coexist.

ZJJZ and their work has been recognized by a number of prestigious awards in China and worldwide: The German Iconic Awards – best of best (2019); FA Emerging Architect Top 40 (2018); Global Architecture & Design Awards (2021). And ZJJZ was selected as the top 10 architecture design firm in China by Avontuura.

Previous Jury Members

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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