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 Rethinking The Future Awards 2024 are yet to be announced. Following is the list of Previous Jury Members:

Jury Members

Franklin Mwango

Urban Designer & Architect and Founding Chairman, Department of Architecture & Interior Design at Kenyatta University


Franklin Mwango is an urban designer & architect and founding Chairman of the Department of Architecture & Interior Design at Kenyatta University. He has been involved in research and design within participatory design processes, trans-disciplinary research & design, sustainable building technologies, public open spaces and renewable energy. Mwango has co-authored several papers including: Rockefeller sponsored “Planning and Designing Flexible Use of Public Spaces for Improved Livelihoods in Urban Areas”; “Innovative Planning for Sustainable Urbanization”; and MISTRA sponsored “A Trans-disciplinary Research Approach: Challenges and Benefits of Co-production

Gokhan Avcıoglu

Founder, GAD Architecture
United States


Gokhan Avcioglu completed his education in 1983 at the Faculty of Architecture at Konya Selçuk University. Following this, he founded GAD Architecture and GAD Foundation, shaping the field of architecture with an innovative approach. With over 40 years of experience, Avcioglu develops thoughts on architectural heritage, spatial design, current needs, and even life on other planets, regularly sharing them through various platforms. In 1994, he established Global Architectural Development (GAD Architecture) in Istanbul, where he undertook over 350 projects in various functions and stages, with a significant portion of them being constructed. His projects include office buildings, and public and commercial spaces, as well as master planning projects in Istanbul, Bodrum, New York, Dubai, Riyadh, Erbil, and Tashkent. Among his globally acclaimed award-winning projects are Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bodrum, Susona Beach Resort & Spa Bodrum, Swiss Hotel Resort Bodrum, Kuum Hotel Bodrum, Divan Kurucesme, Trump Cadde, AHK Kundu Villas, Media City, Tasigo Spa Thermal Hotel Eskisehir, Borusan Music House, and One & Ortaköy. In addition to the prestigious Aga Khan Award for the Kadıköy Public Park Facilities project, Avcioglu has received numerous awards, including the WAFX Smart Cities Award, American Architecture Award, AR Future Awards, Jeu d’Esprit Award, International Architecture Awards 2023, Architecture MasterPrize, Green Good Design, and German Iconic Awards. He has also been involved in teaching at École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, Yıldız Technical University, Istanbul Technical University, Middle East Technical University, Bilgi University, and the Stuart Weitzman School of Design – University of Pennsylvania. Avcioglu is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), and the Chamber of Architects of Turkey (TMMOB). He has offices in Istanbul, New York, and Lisbon.

Hatem Ibrahim

Professor of architecture and urbanism at Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Qatar University


Hatem Ibrahim is a scholar and expert in the field of Urban and Regional Planning, with a particular focus on urban informatics, housing studies, regeneration strategies, and architectural identity. With extensive research experience, his work revolves around the intricate connections between urban development and various aspects of urban life. His recent research is the exploration of urban growth globalization, social equity, and sustainability in emerging metropolises. He delves into the complexities of urban dynamics, recognizing the unique opportunities and challenges that arise from rapid urbanization and industrialization. By investigating these multifaceted processes, he seeks to uncover strategies and approaches that promote inclusive and sustainable urban development. By merging theory and practice, he contributes to the understanding and improvement of urban environments, addressing pressing issues related to housing, regeneration, and architectural identity. He has published over 150 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, presented his work at international conferences, and actively participated in collaborative research projects. He has attracted Research Grant funds and delivered research projects totaling more than $1.8 Million. In addition, he has served as a keynote speaker and technical program committee of many international conferences. Also, he is an Editorial Board member in many International Journals. He is a member of many educational organizations and served in many academic, research and professional institutions.

Rena Sakellaridou

Prof. School of Architecture, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki


Rena Sakellaridou studied architecture in Thessaloniki, (Dipl. Arch AUTh), in Vancouver, (MArch UBC), and in London, (Ph.D Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning UCL). She is Professor of Architectural Design at the School of Architecture AUTh. She is founding partner of SPARCH Sakellaridou / Papanikolaou Architects. RS SPARCH is her highly acclaimed office in Athens, with a strong international presence.

Her books:

Synchronicities. The architecture of Rena Sakellaridou, (2023) ek magazine. Athens.

Rena Sakellaridou (2019), Sea Voyage. Photography Erieta Attali, Hatje Cantz, Berlin.

Rena Sakellaridou (2001), Mario Botta. Architectural Poetics, Thames and Hudson, London (in english) / (2000) Rizzoli (in italian).

She has numerous awards, among which: 5 distinctions Heliarch, 4 Mies van der Rohe Award nominations, High Commendation WAF, 4 Iconic Awards, Commendation AR MIPIM Future Project Awards, arcVision Prize nomination, GIWA 2023 (Design).

Zuzana Vranayova

Professor, Technical University of Kosice, Slovakia and Ulysseus European University


Zuzana Vranayova as a profesor of Institute of Architectural Engineering, Civil Engineering Faculty of Technical University Kosice wants to contribute to sustainable and safety water supply and drainage system in buildings and to introduce the water-saving culture in the context of climate change. Areas of interest: grey and rainwater use in the buildings; the influence of buildings transformation into green living system; study of green infrastructures effects for indoor and outdoor climate. The major recently elaborated projects: “Active hybrid infrastructure towards to sponge city“; „Safe and sustainable water management in the buildings of the third millennium“; „Research on energy balance management of rainwater in buildings cities of the future“. She recently participated in different INTERREG, COST, ERASMUS+ projects.


Dr. Ahmed Mohammed M. Abdelrazik

Assistant Professor, Effat College of Architecture & Design, Design Department
Saudi Arabia


Dr. Ahmed Mohammed M. Abdelrazik
(2015) Ph.D. degree in Design Sciences, Braunschweig University of Arts, Germany.
(2004) Master’s degree in Applied Arts, Helwan University, Faculty of Applied Arts, Interior Design & Furniture Department., Cairo, Egypt.
(1998) Bachelor’s degree in Applied Arts, Helwan University, Faculty of Applied Arts, Interior Design & Furniture Department, Cairo Egypt.
(2019-Now) Assistant Professor, Design Department, College of Architecture and Design, Effat University, Jeddah, KSA.
(2016-2019) Assistant Professor (Part-time), Interior Design Department, Faculty of Art & Design, MSA University, Cairo, Egypt.
(2016-2019) Assistant Professor, Furniture Design Sciences Program, Faculty of Applied Arts, Cairo Egypt.
(1998-2019) TA, LA, then a Faculty member, Interior Design and Furniture Department, Faculty of Applied Arts, Helwan University, Cairo, Egypt.
More than 20 years of experience in teaching, practicing, and researching in the Design field. Consultant of interior design and furniture. Member of many academic committees, associations, and syndicates

Sabah Shawkat

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava,


Sabah Shawkat is a structural designer, currently specialising in non-conventional free-form models using parametric design. He is focused on lightweight structures, such as tensile structures, tensile integrity structures, grid shells, reciprocal frames, and biomimicry design. He is also a passionate expert in traditional reinforced concrete, fibre high-performance concrete and prestressed concrete structures.

He teaches architecture students at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia. Moreover, he organises workshops for students and exhibitions of his own as well as student projects. He is also actively involved in projecting, building constructions, reconstructions, and modernisation of buildings. In 2021, he was an active participant in the Venice Biennial Architecture Exhibition “TIME SPACE EXISTENCE” organized and hosted by the European Cultural Centre in Venice, Italy.

Sabah Shawkat has published numerous articles in professional journals and has written several books, e.g.:

The Art of Structural Design (2017)

The Art and Engineering of Lightweight Structures (2019)

Art in/of Nature (2020)

Structural Icons for Architects (2021)

Construction in Architecture (2022)

Anatoliy Davydov

The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Member of the National Union of Architects


Anatoliy Davydov was born on July 14, 1958. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture of Kyiv State Institute of Fine Arts (now NAFAA). He worked as an architect, a researcher at the Kyiv Research and Design Institute of Urban Planning in the department of resort planning and development (1983–1991). Since 1999, he has been the owner and chief project architect of “GURT PROJECT” LLC.  He is the author of newly erected  public buildings for commercial, office and religious purpose, and also deals with the reconstruction of buildings. Also, he began his teaching work at NAFAA  in 1983. Specialist in the field of architectural design and composition. The author of scientific works, publications in scientific publications, methodological developments and study programs. Candidate of architecture(PhD) in 1992, in 1995 he received the academic title of Associate Professor. Since 2001 – the Head of the Department of Architectural Design, since 2004 – the Head of the Educational and Creative Studio of architectural design, since 2011 – the Dean of the Faculty of Architecture. Member of the National Union of Architects of Ukraine. Honored architect of Ukraine.

Dr. Arch. Uģis Bratuškins

Architect, Professor at Riga Technical


Architect, Professor at Riga Technical University since 2003. Visiting Professor: Jon Minku University of Architecture and Urbanism (Romania, 2014, 2015), University of Sassari (Italy, 2014, 2015), HafenCity University (Germany, 2017, 2018) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania, since 2017). Vice-Rector of the Nordic-Baltic Academy of Architecture (2013–2022). Editorial boards: Architecture and Urban Planning (Riga, Latvia), Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (Vilnius, Lithuania), Landscape Architecture and Art (Jelgava, Latvia), and Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering (Kaunas, Lithuania). Expert: Latvia Council of Science, Slovenian Research Agency (Ljubljana, Slovenia) and Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco (Florence, Italy). Author of about 100 publications.

Dunja Karcher

Assoc. Professor for Architecture: Design and Construction, German International University


Dunja Karcher’s work focuses on resilient design and applied research. As an architect and educator, she emphasises a holistic perspective that can range from the urban scale to the architectural detail, from the genius loci to social and economic constraints.
She attaches great importance to teaching the ability to make judgements in aesthetic perception. She endeavors to give students a sense of the appropriateness of their actions and to place the human scale at the center of her work.
Prof Dunja Karcher graduated in architecture from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) in 1993. She holds a Ph.D equivalent in Green Building Design from the Technical University Munich (TUM), under the supervision of Professor Hermann Schroeder.

Since 1997 she has worked as a senior architect for the planning team Karcher/Jammernegg/Kohman Architekten GbR. in Munich, in the office for architecture and interior design, landscape and urban planning: housing, schools, healthcare and industrial projects.

Since 2023 Assoc. Professor for Architecture: Design and Construction, GIU German International University, Berlin. 2021-2023 Lecturer for Architecture and Urban Design, GIU German International University, Berlin. 2017-2021 Professor for Architecture and Urban Design, Focus Housing GUC German University Cairo, Egypt, since Winter Semester 2019 also at GUC Campus in Berlin, Germany.

From 2013-2016 Professor of Architectural Design and Mentoring, research professorship „Quality Pact for Teaching“, joint-programme of the BMBF (Federal Ministry of Education and Research), for the improvement of study conditions and teaching quality. Department of Architecture, Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany.
2009-2012 Professor of Architectural Design, Construction and Technology:
Department of Architecture, Munich University of Applied Sciences (MUAS) in Germany.

2020 – present: External Consultant for the excavations in Asswan, Egypt for DAI – The German Archaeological Institute Cairo.
2017 – present: Research projects, consulting and workshops within the Institute Make-Contact e.V. – Institute for Cooperation in Design Process – Promoting university-collaboration between Germany and the Middle East. http://make-contact.org/

Burak Asiliskender

Professor of Architecture at Abdullah Gül University and the Dean of the School of Architecture


Burak Asiliskender is a Professor of Architecture at Abdullah Gül University and the Dean of the School of Architecture. He has been also working as the Advisor to the Rector for Bologna Process and Accreditation. He was former -and founding- chair of the Department of Architecture. He studies, teaches and extensively publishes on architectural theory and design. He has been actively working on preservation of Sümerbank Kayseri, as a unique modern heritage, since 1998. He also involved in the design and implementation projects for the restoration and adaptive re-use of former Sümerbank Kayseri Textile Factory for AGU.

Dr Irina Miodragovic Vella

Lecturer and the Head of the Architecture and Urban Design Department at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta


Dr Irina Miodragovic Vella is a lecturer and the Head of the Architecture and Urban Design Department at the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta. With her teaching approach, she seeks to instil in students a deep respect for the environment and a keen understanding of the context. Irina advocates for architectural design processes grounded in contextual concerns and responsibilities whose spatial outcomes honour their specificities, nuances, and intricacies. Irina’s research interests include digital design, computation, associative geometry, parametric modelling, and digital fabrication. She has a keen focus on exploring their relevance and application in contexts peripheral to digital reach and design ‘hotspots’. This showcases Irina’s commitment to advancing local innovative architectural approaches from a global perspective.

Prof. Alex Torpiano

Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta


Professor Alex Torpiano is currently Dean of the Faculty for the Built Environment, University of Malta, a position held for the last 16 years; he has served as Head of the Department of Architecture and Urban Design, 2016-2020, Head of the Department of Building and Civil Engineering, 1988-1999 and 2007-2011, as Head of the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering, 2011-2016. He set up and served as Director of the Institute for Masonry and Construction Research between 1994 – 2009. He is a Member of Senate, and served on Council of the University of Malta between 2009 and 2021. He has served as President of the Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers (Kamra tal-Periti), 1994-1996, 2017-2019.

Barbara Krystyna Pierscionek

Professor, Anglia Ruskin University
United Kingdom


Professor Barbara Krystyna Pierscionek graduated from Melbourne University in Australia with a PhD on the protein chemistry and optics of the eye lens and was awarded a prestigious NHMRC research fellow (MRC equivalent) shortly after graduating to start an independent research program on the optics of the eye.

Barbara has expanded and continues this programme of research in areas of optics and biomechanics of the eye, ageing of the eye and eye disease, non-surgical anti-cataract modalities and nanotechnological applications to the eye. Barbara has received support for her research from Research Councils (NHMRC, EPSRC, BBSRC), EU, Fight for Sight, Royal Society and industry (Essilor International and Zeiss Meditec) as well as being awarded beam time grants for work in Japan at SPring-8 the world’s largest synchrotron.

In addition to qualifications in science, Barbara has an MBA and legal degrees including an LLM in cybersecurity. She has also worked in the criminal justice system and as a lay judge in employment tribunals.

Barbara has published 180 peer reviewed papers, five book chapters and a book on law and ethics for the eye care practitioner.

Anwar Fayez Ibrahim

Associate Professor of architecture at Jordan University of Science and Technology


Dr. Ibrahim, an Associate Professor of architecture at Jordan University of Science and Technology, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from the same institution, and completed his Ph.D. in Architecture history and theory at the State University New York at Binghamton. During his tenure from 2018 to 2022, he served as the Chairman of the Department of Architecture and subsequently held the position of Vice Dean from 2020 to 2022. Dr. Ibrahim is an accomplished researcher with publications in prestigious peer-reviewed indexed journals. His research focuses on architectural theory and education, and human behavior in the built environment.

Samer Bagaeen

Professor, University of Kent


Samer is a Technical Director in Town Planning and Stakeholder Capability in the Environmental Planning team at Arcadis and Professor of Planning & Resilient Systems at the University of Kent. He is Visiting Professor at the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London. Samer is an elected Trustee of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and a Non-Executive Board Member on the South East (England) Regional Board at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). He is a Design Council Expert (Specialist, Resilience) and a member of the Kent Housing and Development Group. He was first elected as a Councillor on Brighton and Hove City Council in 2019.

Suparath Valaisathien

Professional Architect and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Assumption University


Suparath Valaisathien is a Professional Architect and Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Assumption University, Thailand. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from King Mongkut Institute of Technology Ladkrabung (2nd class honors) and Master of Architecture from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (with distinction) with focus on Sustainable design. He continued for his second Master of Science in Advance Architecture Design (MSAAD) at Columbia University, New York.

Suparath joined the School of Architecture and Design in 1999, teaching mainly in the Design studios along with Construction and Technology classes. He was appointed as the Chairperson of the Department of Architecture in 2016, and eventually the Dean of School of Architecture and Design since 2017.

He previously practiced as an Architect at Meltzer&Mandel in Manhattan before returning to Thailand. In 2004, he co-founded and became a Principal of At1 Studio Company Limited which is multi-disciplinary firm specialized in Modern Tropical design concepts for various building types and scales; ranging from interior design, private residence, dental clinic, hotel, office building, factory, convention hall, school, public park, and community planning proposal across Thailand and regional countries.

Dr. Federica Pascale

Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin University
United Kingdom


Dr Federica Pascale is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Built Environment at Anglia Ruskin University and was awarded the 2021/2022 THIS Institute’s sustainability & healthcare improvement fellowship from The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute at Cambridge University.  She has over ten years of international research experience in community and healthcare sustainability and resilience to natural hazards and the ageing population. She is Co-I on research projects on EDs, design for people living with dementia and “Towards more Earthquake-resilient Urban Societies through a Multi-sensor-based Information System” (£8M H2020 project). She worked with the Department of Health on its Dementia Capital Investment Programme and is a co-author of Health Building Note 08-02.

Bridget Horner

Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban, South Africa


Bridget Horner is a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.  Her interdisciplinary research combines spatial knowledge with a social purpose.  A common thread in her work is differential power relations and spatial injustice.  Her  PhD study drew upon her interest in the arts and employed visual methodology [namely photography]  to explore students’ meaning-making of higher education spaces.  Publications have explored diverse interests, such as the importance of the higher education space in the post-COVID world to learning from applied theatre in sensitising architecture students to community needs.  Her current research interest lies in the power of visual communication in suppressing and maintaining knowledge production hierarchies in the construction industry in South Africa.

Daniel Stockhammer

Dean of the Liechtenstein School of Architecture


Daniel Stockhammer graduated from architecture schools in Winterthur, Vienna and Zurich. After studying under Wolf D. Prix and Zaha Hadid and completing his master’s thesis with Jacques Herzog & Pierre deMeuron, he became a design architect in their Basel office. He completed his doctorate at the Institute of Historic Building Research and Conservation at ETH Zurich, and has since been researching and teaching on the topics of (adaptive) reuse, building inventories and upcycling in architecture. After teaching at the school of architecture in St. Gallen, he became an assistant and full professor at the University of Liechtenstein. He has been a member of the Rectorate and Dean of the Liechtenstein School of Architecture since 2022.

Suzette Adams-Rickards

Architect, MJIA
Lecturer/Programme Director, Caribbean School of Architecture (CSA), Faculty of the Built Environment (FoBE), University of Technology


Jamaican registered architect with over a decade professional experience and currently Architectural educator, Suzette is the Programme Director for the Master of Architecture course and full-time Lecturer at the Caribbean School of Architecture, University of Technology, Jamaica. She spent several years, prior contributing to nation building at the Urban Development Corporation, on impactful projects such as the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) New Houses of Parliament Design Competition. She is responsible for the publication of competition documents inclusive of The GOJ Houses of Parliament Design Competition, Design Brief, and the Terms & Conditions, 2018. Suzette’s extensive experience in both the Private and Public sectors pairs well with academia in her pursuit to give back to her profession and country

Previous Jury Members

Emma Papin Harutyunyan

Professor, National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia


Emma Harutyunyan is an architect, researcher, and educator with more than 35 years of experience in professional practice. Since 1985, Emma has been engaged in active architectural design. She is the author of a large number of public, commercial, educational and residential buildings, winner of the international competition for the project of educational buildings. She is Ph.D. and currently professor at the National University of Architecture and Construction of Armenia, Head of the Chair of Theory and History of Architecture and Heritage. An author of more than 30 scientific articles and two books. Emma is leading many International educational joint programs and founder of the “Architectural Heritage Restoration” new Master program at the NUACA. She is also board member both ICOMOS/Armenia and Chamber of Architects of Armenia.

Renato D'Alençon

Director, Architecture, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile


Architect graduated from the School of Architecture of the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and M. Arch. graduated from Cornell University. Fields of scholarly work include environmental design and performance of buildings; recovery and development of heritage building systems; and habitability in social housing and informal settlements. Experience in teaching and research at Technische Universität Berlin, Politecnico di Milano, and P. Universidad Católica de Chile.

Emina Zejnilović Zebić

Architect, Researcher, and University Professor
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Emina Zejnilović Zebic is an architect, researcher, and university professor, currently working at the Department of Arcitecture, International Burch University in Sarajevo.

Her academic work examines the dialogue and complementarities of the reciprocal connection of space and the society, focusing on the memory of socio-territorial interventions, architectural anomalies and opportunities of the post-socialist cities and societies in transition. She has authored more than 30 scientific articles and four books. Emina has led and participated in numerous research and developmental projects, funded locally and internationally, including Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education, COST Action and IOC.

Kağan Günçe

Professor, Faculty of Architecture at EMU


Kağan Günçe is a full-time professor in the Faculty of Architecture at EMU. He also serves as Vice-Chair of the Institute of Graduate Studies and Research at EMU. He was the director of HERA-C and the head of the Interior Architecture Department at EMU. His research interests include architectural theory, design, environmental psychology, conservation, traditional built environments and housing issues. He has articles, papers in many national and international journals and conferences, and international research projects supported by the European Union in the mentioned fields. His academic works have received many citations on the web of science platform.

Emine Koseoglu

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakif University
Istanbul, Turkey


Emine Köseoğlu is an architect and academician. She conducts her professional and academic studies since 2002 focusing on architectural design, environmental psychology, and urban morphology. She graduated from Trakya University, Department of Architecture in 2002; completed a M.Arch program in 2004 and a PhD program in 2012 at Yıldız Technical University, Department of Architecture. She received the title of Associate Professor in 2018. Since 2014, she has been working as a faculty member at Fatih Sultan Mehmet Vakıf University, Department of Architecture in İstanbul. Recently, she coordinated architectural and urban design studios and conducted research projects on architecture. She has recently been carrying out a micro-loft project within her architectural practice.

Tobias Danielmeier

Head of School at the Dunedin School of Architecture at Otago Polytechnic I Te Pūkenga
New Zealand


Associate Professor Tobias Danielmeier is Head of School at the Dunedin School of Architecture at Otago Polytechnic I Te Pūkenga. His research and professional practice investigate the interface between industrial architecture and spaces for hospitality. His work focuses on how processes and production flows can be improved spatially, how buildings aid and optimise energy and water use, use of solar active and passive strategies, creation of positive and lasting visitor experiences, as well as place and corporate identity expressed through our built environment. He has been a faculty lead for Victoria University of Wellington’s Solar Decathlon entry. Professor Danielmeier has worked at Bolles+Wilson as well as RMA. Many of his architectural designs have gained national and international awards in the disciplines of architecture, design and engineering. He is chair of the New Zealand Institute of Architects, Southern Branch.

Erna Husukić

Associate Professor and Researcher
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Erna Husukić currently holds the position of Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, International Burch University from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Her research interests revolve around contemporary urban milieu and urban studies with an interest in urban transformations, city regeneration, and urban memory. Her published works examine the relations between urbanization and development, marginal spaces, urban ruins, and cultural dimensions of globalization.  Her current research focuses on the mega-events in the growth of global culture, particularly the Olympic Games. Erna is the author of four books, and numerous papers in prominent journals and conferences. She is actively engaged in the writing and implementation of local and international projects.

Solon Xenopoulos

Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture, Neapolis University Pafos


Architect, Professor and Dean of the School of Architecture, Engineering, Land and Environmental Sciences, at Neapolis University, Pafos, Cyprus since 2014.

Qualified as Architect at the National Technical University of Athens.

Postgraduate Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Subject : The Architecture of Cinematic Space.


Since 1975 taught Architecture at the School of Architecture of the National Technical University of Athens.

2007 – 2009: Professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture of the University of Nicosia.


Worked in London as an Architect at Douglas Stephen and Partners, Erno Goldfinger,  Clifford Wearden and associates, Williams and Winkley, Architects.       (1967-1974)


Since 1992 establish the Architecture Practice SXEHA with Eleni Hadjinicolaou in Athens.

The Practice is involved in a large number of projects in Greece and Cyprus, Highly successful participation in Local and International Architectural Competitions.

Significant projects : Archives Building for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation in Nicosia.

Athens Olympic Games 2004 Candidacy Report, and Projects.

Public and Private buildings,



Member of the Greek Film Centre.

Member of the Scientific and Technical Chamber of Cyprus.


Interested in Architecture, Philosophy, Conceptual aspects of design, Architectural Education, Architecture and other disciplines.

Numerous publications on issues complimentary to Architecture.

Architecture editor of the biannual publication of Arts “diorama”in Cyprus

Patricia Andrasik

Associate Professor, School of Architecture and Planning, The Catholic University of America


Andrasik has a diverse background in interior design and architecture. She brings a strong foundation in sustainable design and planning to various project types in her extensive experience as a practitioner. Adept at implementing all facets of the IDP including charretting and project coordination, she uses BIM software such as Green Building Studio, Vasari and Ecotect to inform metrics and performance goals throughout design.

In addition to her professional work, Andrasik has been teaching both studios and sustainability courses at the School of Architecture and Planning since 2004. She recently developed a course called LEED Lab held in collaboration with USGBC and GBCI which focuses on student implementation of LEED EB:O&M, and will launch two classes in lighting and environmental analytics next year.

Felipe Pinto d'Aguiar Montt

Associate Professor, Architecture, Southern University of Chile


Felipe Pinto d’Aguiar, born in 1982 in Santiago, has collaborated with esteemed ensembles across fifteen countries, including the JACK Quartet. As a Fulbright recipient, he earned a DMA from Boston University. Before that, he completed a Masters in Music at The University of Melbourne. Recognized as a standout Chilean voice of his generation [El Mercurio], his inspirations range from visual arts to literature and nature. Currently, he serves as an Associate Professor at the School of Music & Sonic Arts and as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at Universidad Austral de Chile.

Hıfsiye Pulhan

Professor, Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University


Prof. Dr. Hıfsiye Pulhan is a tenured professor of Architecture at the Department of Architecture, Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU) and teaching architectural design, architecture and design theories and history of architecture.  Ms. Pulhan was amongst the first graduates of the Eastern Mediterranean University, Faculty of Architecture, Department of Architecture in 1995 and completed M.Arch in 1997 and Ph.D in 2002 at the Eastern Mediterranean University. She got the EU scholarship in 2008 and carried out a research project in Oxford Brookes University, UK as a visiting scholar. So far, she has undertaken different duties at the Department and Faculty of Architecture including the coordination of the Graduate Programs, chair of the Graduate and Curriculum Committees and performing as Vice Dean prior to assigning as Vice Rector responsible from student affairs from 2014 to 2016 and Vice Rector responsible from university promotion in 2019.

Professor Pulhan contributed to field surveys of different institutions including Oxford Brookes University, MIT, METU as a specialized on traditional settlements and architecture in Cyprus.  She worked for the TRNC Department of Antiquities, High Council of Monuments for the documentation and conservation of architectural heritage. She is the founding member of Housing Education Research and Advisory Unit (U-HERA) of the EMU Faculty of Architecture. As a member of the unit, she participated in an EU Granted Project- OIKODOMOS originated in Spain.  She took place also in the executive board of EMU Center for Cyprus Studies (EMU-CCS) and served as the editor-in-chief for the Journal of Cyprus Studies. She has been the organizer of many academic conferences including ISVS 6: 6th International Seminar on Vernacular Settlements – 2012. Professor Pulhan is also co-curator of different academic events and competitions organized in the name of first Turkish Cypriot architect Ahmet Vural Behaeddin and contributed to the academic studies about modern architecture during the British Colonial and Republican eras in Cyprus. So far, she has conducted research studies, published scholarly papers, delivered seminars and supervised PhD and Master’s thesis on the architecture of traditional and Modern Movement environments in Cyprus, Turkey and Iran. She is a member of international organizations such as IASTE, DOCOMOMO, IAPS, ISVS, INTBAU, Mim-ED.

Professor Pulhan is keen on studio education. She significantly considers architectural criticism and process of revision for the development of emergent design ideas with contextual and conceptual features.

Besides perusing administrative duties and studying theory and history of architecture as her main research fields, she is interested in various cultural events and activities as her favorite hobbies. She is interested in philately and owns a broad stamp and postal history collection of Cyprus as it inherited from her father. She assisted her father for the opening of several old Cyprus photographs exhibitions in Cyprus and Turkey. Likely, she adores to collect items like original Coca Cola tins, matchboxes, cars toys, old Cyprus photographs and postcards.  She travels widely, reads, writes, and enjoys listening to music with a special interest in blues, folk, pop, Norah Jones, Shania Twain, James Blunt and others. Being an architect has led her to draw freehand sketches skillfully. An important aspect of her life is her family: her parents, brother, and sister and plenty of furry friends, lovely cats, and adorable students.

Jianxin Hu

Associate Professor of Architecture, Integrated Systems in Buildings


Jianxin Hu

Ph.D., Registered Architect, LEED AP.
Associate Professor of Architecture
Areas of Expertise: Architectural Daylighting, building systems integration, building energy modeling and simulation, healthy built environment assessment

Tomasz Malec

Assistant Professor, International University of Sarajevo
Bosnia and Herzegovina


Tomasz E. Malec is a licensed architect, lecturer, and researcher in interdisciplinary relationships between spatial units and tangible and intangible culture. His experience includes work at ES AR&D in Bielsko – Biała (architectural office), SB&F University in Bielsko – Biała, University of Economics in Katowice, Polbet SA in Katowice (building corporation), BWS University in Bielsko – Biała (Dean of Faculty of Economics and Technology, head of Engineer, Building and Computer Design Technology Unit),  TM Construction (architectural office – owner), Agriculture University in Cracow, Academy of Silesia in Katowice, Istanbul Medipol University, Istanbul Kemerburgaz University, and International University of Sarajevo. Between 2000 and 2013, he was the author and co-author of multiple architectural designs, mostly connected with renovation of historical buildings. He authored the textbook Simple Introduction to Architecture (Gliwice, 2011, 2018, and 2023; Istanbul, 2017, Sarajevo 2019), the monographs Evaluation of Large-Volume Shopping Centres on Base of Chosen Examples and Jewish Architecture and Urbanism in the Years 1495–1815: The Jewish City in Casimir, Cracow (Rome, 2015), along with 35 articles in scientific journals and conference proceedings.

Dr Wallace Enegbuma

Senior Lecturer, Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand


I am currently exploring development of an automated green rating system under the Malaysian Carbon Reduction and Environmental Sustainability Tool, sustainable 3D printing shelter design for disaster management and 6D BIM framework for improving facilities management in Wellington healthcare facilities. Other BIM applications include education, sustainability, retrofit, cost analysis, Location Based Management (LBM) and IOT.



BSc (Architecture), MSc (Construction Contract Management), PhD (Quantity Surveying), PGCert (Learning and Teaching), MPMI, MARCOM

Mohammad Sazzad Hossain

Associate Professor, Architecture at MIST


Md. Sazzad Hossain is a practicing architect, researcher, and educator. He received education and training from different universities in Bangladesh, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland, and Japan. He is currently working as an associate professor of Architecture at MIST, Bangladesh. He also has experience of teaching and research at different universities in Bangladesh, Germany, Italy, and Czech Republic. His research articles on architectural and urban issues are published in reputed journals and Books. He was involved in different projects of ICOMOS and UNESCO. Mr. Hossain is an expert member of ICOMOS International Training Committee and ICOMOS International Scientific Committee for Twentieth Century Heritage. He was the Secretary, Heritage and Culture of the Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB). He is also engaged as a member of ARCASIA Heritage Preservation Group and UIA work program on Heritage and Cultural Identity.

Andreas Flora

Associate University Professor, Institute of Design at the University of Innsbruck


Andreas Flora *1969
Associate University Professor at the Institute of Design at the University of Innsbruck

Studied in Vienna and Innsbruck (Austria)

Main fields of work:

Sustainable architecture
Comfort research
Research and consulting in the field of sustainable neighbourhood development

Awards (selection):

2008: Contract-World Award for Hotel „Grüner Baum” in Glurns (I)
2010: Nomination for the Austrian State Prize for Architecture for Warehouse Gradischegg in Innsbruck (A)
2015: Winner German Design Award for Townhouse St. Martin in Passeier (I)

Lives in Innsbruck and Mals

Dang Ming

Founder and Chief designer, Hong Designworks


Founder and Chief designer of Hong Designworks;
Lecturer of Xi’an University of Science And Technology;
Chinese senior interior architect

Dang Ming has been in the industry for more than 20 years. He is a well-known designer in China. He went to Dusseldorf, Germany for professional training studied under German designer Prof. Helfried Hagenberg.Dang Ming’s design works have won many international awards,which are collected by KLINGSPOR MUSEUM OFFENBACH and also selected in the 2010 German design Biennale.

Designer Dang Ming and his partners co-founded Hong Designworks in 2002 and now it has become one of the biggest design studios in China. The company has many design teams with more than 100 outstanding designers.For the past two decades,Dang Ming and his teams have created many excellent projects such as Changan Cloud-One Belt One Road Cultural Communication Center, Xi’an Administrative Center, Yan’an Grand Theater, Shaanxi Great Hall, Concert Hall of Xi’an Conservatory of Music, Yanchang Petroleum Group Research Center; Office And commercial projects include ECCO China Headquarters Office in Lujiazui, Shanghai, ECCO Global Flagship Store in Huaihai Road, Shanghai, Swire Properties Swire Xi’an Headquarters Office, ECCO Northwest Headquarters, Xi’an Maike Commercial Center, Xi’an Andaz Apartment, Amber Meeting Office, Chinlink Office, INTHE_Shop, etc. In addition, Hong Designworks, the company where Dang Ming works, has other teams that served many large-scale projects, such as Xi’an Xianyang International Airport T5 Terminal and Comprehensive Transportation Hub, Beijing Central Gifts and Cultural Relics Management Center, Poly Grand Theater, New Building of Shaanxi Provincial Library , Xi’an Railway Station ,etc. The company’s service field involves office, commercial real estate, boutique hotels, health care and medical care, public culture and other types of spaces. It has gained outstanding achievements and excellent reputation in the industry.
Dang Ming is also an excellent mentor in Chinese designer circle. For more than 20 years, he has trained many design talents in colleges and universities. Many of his students have become the backbone of China’s design industry.He is respected by his students and has a very high reputation in this industry.
In 2022, Mr.Dang Ming and YIMU Studio founded INTHE_ Space, with the purpose of promoting the connection between Chinese art and the world’s excellent art and bringing many world-class art feasts to Chinese audiences. Since the opening of the space, Dang Ming and INTHE_ project have continued to cooperate with global artists and galleries,discovering young artists, encouraging them to pursue art and the spirit of innovation.Meanwhile, providing them with a platform for exhibition and support in all aspects. At present, INTHE_ project has become a variable space that has been paid much attention in the art and design circles.It is also a constantly practicing of Mr.Dang Ming’s pursuit of design and art and self-examination.

Daniel Fan

Founding partner, S5 design
Shanghai, China


Founding partner of S5 design
Senior interior designer of CIID China Institute of Architecture Interior Design
Senior interior designer of CBDA China Building Decoration Association
Executive vice director in 36th committee of CIID China Institute of Architecture Interior Design
Executive director of JSIID Jiangsu Interior Design Society
Master’s degree in project management, National Institute of Science, Technology and Management, France
Second instructor of postgraduates in Department of Architectural and Environmental Arts, School Of Design, Jiangnan University
Member of Jiangsu Young Artists Association

Daniel Fan has more than 20 years of design experience and is well-known in the industry as a “commercial space marketing expert”. It is good at considering multiple dimensions such as business logic, market model, business psychology, contemporary art and architecture, and conveying commercial brand recognition with space aesthetic design. Over the years, it has not only exported a series of well-known commercial designs such as Kitchen Music, KFC,Hi hotpot, Mengfei Noodles, Made in Macau, Orange Crystal Hotel, Huayi Cinemas Film Culture Experience Park series of restaurants, etc., in commercial, hotel, club, spa, mansion and other fields All have made achievements, and have won various design and art awards.

Daniel Fan loves the Jiangnan culture in China. He uses modern design inspiration, abandons the collage of traditional Chinese elements, and integrates his unique and modern design into his works to spread and carry forward the traditional culture of Jiangnan in China. His design works are fashionable, innovative and high-grade, boldly reflecting the fashion of Jiangnan and Jiangnan culture in the new era, creating Chinese design ideas with an international perspective, and gaining great reputation and praise in the international and domestic industries.

In 2003, Daniel Fan and several partners jointly established S5 design. Since its establishment, the company has been committed to the exploration and practice of commercial space design, reviewing the market in terms of operation, design, market form, etc. to achieve precision, and in terms of practice methodology, it is obsessed with international narratives in local languages and strives for innovation. Since the establishment of the company, classic cases of hotel, catering, commercial real estate, leisure and entertainment, museum, exhibition center and other commercial space and public space design have repeatedly appeared. Remarkable achievements have been made in concept planning and many other fields. The company’s brand effect is well-known in the industry for its excellent design innovation ability and professional commercial space integration solution ability.

Guo Kui

Founder, Shanghai XINGFULI Cultural and Creative Industries Development Co.
Shanghai, China


The founder of Shanghai XINGFULI Cultural and Creative Industries Development Co.

Born in 1972

Education Background

Bachelor’s Degree: China Academy of Art, Department of Environmental Art Master: EMBA, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business

Working Experience

1997-2000     Designer,Shanghai Zhuzong Group Construction Development Co. Ltd
2000-2009     Founder and Chairman,Shanghai Lixun Construction & Decoration Co.
2009-2018     Founder and Chairman,G-Art Design Co.
2014—— Now     Founder and Chairman, Shanghai XINGFULI Cultural and Creative Industries Development Co.

Social Responsibility

Deputy Director, Shanghai Creative Designers Association Deputy Director, Shanghai Creative Industry Association Deputy Director,Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business


Founded G-Art Design Co. in 2009 and has led his team to grow into a benchmark company in the industry of interior design in China. In 2018, G-Art was ranked as the No. 1 overall interior design company in China and No. 17 globally by Interior Design USA and has won many international and domestic design awards, as below.

German Design Award Red Dot Design Award
International Design Awards Iconic Awards
SBID International Design Award Conde International design Spark Design Awards
A’Design Award & Competition APSDA Award
International Property Awards The Golden Bund Award

In 2014, he founded Shanghai XINGFULI Cultural and Creative Industries Development Co., “XINGFULI”, “M+Blackstone”, “M+Mali”, “M+Yiyuan” and other community projects have been well received by the society.
These projects have won the awards as below. Changning 2017, 2018 Fashion Landmark
2018 Urban Life Awards – Annual Exquisite Living Landmark The first batch of

National Night Culture and Tourism Clusters 2020 Shanghai New Culture IP Top 10

The New Fashion Spot of 2020. 2021 Shanghai Design 100+

“Best Micro- Renewal Organization”, “Best Renewed Community” and other awards at the 2021 Pengpai Urban Renewal Conference

Md. Muktadir Rahman

Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology (KUET),
Khulna, Bangladesh


He is currently a faculty member at Department of Architecture in Khulna University of Engineering and
Technology, Khulna, Bangladesh. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 2016 from
Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He received his Masters of
Architecture degree under Urban Design and Landscape Division from the same institution in 2023.
He is a researcher and architect. He participated in a number of construction projects as an architect on
the campus of the university and in the suburbs of Khulna and Jhenaidah city. His research primarily
focuses on organic cities, sustainable city models, and urban morphology. His area of expertise is the
analysis of urban form and structure using GIS-based methods and space syntax.

Lichen Ding

Founder & Chief Designer, DLCA Architects
Wuhan, China


Lichen Ding is  an  award-winning  designer  with experience spanning across multiple disciplines and industries. Dabbled in architecture, interior space, and the field of art installations, service areas throughout the culture, hotel, commercial, office, real estate and brand planning.

He has a passion for art since childhood and has always aspired to design for spatial comfort and simplicity. He designs  are well received by clients as a blend of inspiration and functionality. With solid knowledge in architecture and interior designs,He started he career working with land developers after getting professional qualifications in her early twenties.

His project design has won several international authoritative awards, such as Gold Key Award, iF  Design Award, A’  Design Award, The Prix Versailles, German Design Award, Iconic Award, Hospitality Design Award, Asia Design Prize,K Design Award,Singapore Interior Design Awards,London International Creative Competition,Inno Design Prize,The Architecture Master Prize and China 40 under 40.

Has been selected as a jury member for prestigious international competitions including the A’ Design Award Competition, BLT Built Design Awards, TITAN Property Awards, Golden Trezzini Awards, London Design  Awards,  Loop  Design Awards.


Founder & Chief Designer of DLCA Architects. Wuhan, China.


Jury Member of 2023 Loop Design Awards, USA. Jury Member of 2023 London Design Awards, UK.

Jury Member of 2021-2022 A’ Design Award Competition, Italy. Jury Member of 2022 BLT Built Design Awards, Switzerland.

Jury Member of 2022 TITAN Property Awards, USA. Jury Member of 2022 Golden Trezzini Awards, Russia.


Senior partner of World Design Consortium(WDC).

Member of International Council of Creative Industries (ICCI). Memberof International Association of Designers (IAD).

Member of International Design Club (IDC).


  1. Perspective’s 40 Under 40 Awards, (2022) HongKong.
  2. IFI “40 Under 40” Interior Design,  (2020-2021) China.
  3. IDF “Architectural Thinking” Design Elite, (2019-2020) China. 2018. IFI “40 Under 40” Hubei Interior Design, (2018-2019) China.


  1. Gold Key Award, Winner, USA. 2021. Gold Key Award, Finalist, USA.
  2. iF Design Award, Germany.
  3. A’ Design Award, Silver Award, Italy.× 3 2020. A’ Design Award, Bronze Award, Italy. 2019. A’ Design Award, Gold Award, Italy.
  4. A’ Design Award, Bronze Award, Italy.
  5. A’ Design Award, Iron Award, Italy.
  6. The Prix Versailles, Special prize Interior, France. 2019. German Design Award, Special Mention, Germany. 2019. Iconic Award, Winner, Germany.
  7. Hospitality Design Award, Finalist, USA.
  8. Asia Design Prize, Bronze Award, Korea. 2019. K Design Award, Finalist, Korea.
  9. Singapore Interior Design Awards, Honorary Mention× 2, Singapore. 2018. The Architecture Master Prize, Winner, USA.
  10. London International Creative Competition, Shortlist, UK.
  11. London International Creative Competition, Honorary Mention, UK. 2018. Inno Design Prize, Winner, France.

Alan Crawford

Architect And Founder, Crawford Partnership Architects
London, England, United Kingdom


Alan is Crawford Partnership’s Managing Director, having founded the company in 1997. He has 30-years’ experience working in architecture, including time spend in the Middle East. Following previous practice experience, he founded the company and continues to work with incredible passion, seeing the role as more of a vocation.

Alfonso Padro

Director of Education | Principal, HKS
London, UK


Alfonso Padro is a Regional Practice Director, Education and a Principal at the HKS London office. Operating in the UK and throughout Europe, Alfonso is responsible for managing design teams and understanding client needs and aspirations to deliver beautiful buildings that are both functional and enjoyable. He is a sought-after speaker at design conferences worldwide.

Ann Lau

Director, Hayball
Greater Melbourne Area


Ann is one of the two design directors at Hayball, leading the practice’s vision and ethos and building a solid design culture for the Australian-based national practice. With 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design on projects in Australia, Europe, China, and Southeast Asia, and a career history working with practices in Australia, Beijing, and the Netherlands.

She is an interdisciplinary practitioner working across scales and boundaries in architecture, interiors, and urban design. Her passion works in synergy with her deep thinking, listening, and research-led approach, bringing unbiased scrutiny to a design alongside a broad range of design skills across project typologies to define and clarify the project’s vision. Design teaching and critique have played an essential role in her practice, demonstrated by her continuous engagement with academia over twenty-plus years, both in the teaching and critique of design and course advisory involvement with schools of design. She believes that teaching enriches and complements architectural practice. The practice of teaching itself can hone an architect’s sense of empathy, the ability to listen, communicate, and collaborate, and skills that are crucial in bridging designers with clients and audiences to develop meaningful and outstanding project outcomes.

Ann regularly serves on design award juries and is a past Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter Councillor. A champion of the advancement of professional knowledge, she has undertaken university teaching and lectures in Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the US. She is a mentor in the Property Council of Australia’s 100 Women in Property program. A former Associate Professor of Architecture at Deakin University and served on course advisory panels for RMIT Architecture & Urban Design program and Swinburne University. She is currently a panel member of the Victorian Design Review Panel (VDRP) of The Office of the Victorian Government Architect in Australia. She believes that architects must, through their practice, be advocates for ethical civil societies, where gender, race and ethnic diversity, social and environmental justice, housing, health, and education should be a right for all.

Annette Fisher

Director and Co-chair, unionne
Nigeria & UK


Annette Fisher is a practising international British/Nigerian architect. Her practice FA global operates in London and Lagos. She started her career working for commercial UK practices, TP Bennett, Rolfe Judd and Whinney Mackay Lewis before setting up her own practice in the capital in 1994.

Now her mission and ambition are to use her skills, privilege, position and experience to motivate others to greater heights, and transform other people’s lives. She and her team are spearheading a global mass low cost housing project starting in Nigeria to meet the 25 million housing deficit; and a major UK project showcasing women and minority architects.

She’s the founder and co-chair Unionne a consortium of female led architects’ practices, and the chair Let’s build a televised forum championing women and diversity in practice. A part-time professional RIBA part 3 tutor at Westminster University, London and a former RIBA Vice President, nominated presidential candidate 2002 and council member.

Annette was the first black woman to be elected to RIBA Council in 1999. Whilst also being a Commonwealth Association of Architects Trustee, former executive council member of the Association of Consultant Architects Nigeria(ACAN) and former Chair Kush Housing Association and Group Board Director for Places for People HA.

She has also won awards including the Barclays Men & Women of Merit Award, Natwest Award for African Professional of the Year, the Judge Malta Architecture & Spatial Planning Awards, Judge Civic Trust Awards, and Judge IDA awards and OPAL awards, and recently Judge Dezeen Awards 2022: and author “Oyinbo: a Foreigner’s Guide to Living in Lagos”.

Benjee Mendoza

Founding Partner, BAADSTUDIO


Benjamin Hizon Mendoza is the Co-founder of BAAD Studio Co. along with his wife Annabelle Bermejo Mendoza. He graduated from Xavier School in Metro Manila where his early education formed his
foundations and basic principles. He then gained his Bachelors Degree in Architecture in the University of
Santo Tomas. Currently he is completing his Masters Degree in Urban Design in the University of Sydney,
NSW Australia.
They started BAAD Studio in 2010, where they been carefully working on small to large design projects
ranging from Architecture, Interior Architecture, community and physical town planning that challenge
current conditions of contemporary design in their local context.
Their projects have won awards such as “MADE” 2018 for Best Residential Design for the “Tree-Line
House”, and Future Civic Project Award in the World Architecture Festival 2018 and was First Highly
Commended by the Super Jury for Future Project of the Year Award for the “Sunken Shrine of Our Lady of
Lourdes, Cabetican Pampanga”. They have also been shortlisted for two categories in the 2022 WAF to be
held in Lisbon, Portugal.
Benjee Mendoza has been an active speaker in several major conventions and Universities around the
country. He was a Judge at the World Architecture Festival in Amsterdam last 2019, WAF China 2020,
WAF China 2021, and this year’s WAF 2022 in Lisbon, Portugal.
The studio comprised of a strong team of Architects, Engineers and Interior Designers who share a strong
belief in atmospheric Architecture that strive a balance between well-being and ecological sensitivity. It
has always been a deep commitment for the team to produce progressive responsive and responsible
designs that can have positive influence in shaping our urban and rural future.
Publications & Features
Main feature and magazine cover for Bluprint entitled “Designed for disaster”
Second Main feature and magazine cover for Bluprint entitled “Opposite House”
2 featured projects in the “Tropical houses for the 21st Century Book 1”
Featured project in the “Tropical houses for the 21st Century Book 3”.
Project study feature in the book “Design for Better Book 1”
MADE Architecture Awards 2018 for “Best Residential Design” featuring the Tree-line House
World Architecture Festival 2018 Winner for Future Civic Category
First Highly Commended Award for Future Project of the Year – World Architecture Festival 2018
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Design Anthology Festival 2018, Manila – Panel Speaker
Design Anthology Festival 2019 – 60min Talk at the Wall Stage & Design Competition Panel of Jury
2019 World Architecture Festival Judge – RAI Amsterdam, Netherlands
2020 World Architecture Festival Judge – WAF CHINA Virtual
2021 World Architecture Festival Judge – WAF CHINA Virtual
2022 Design Speaks AU, Brisbane Australia – Visiting Speaker
2022 World Architecture Festival Judge – Lisbon, Portugal

Bernard Gomez

Director / Principal Architect, B.G.J.F Consultancy Services Pvt Ltd.
Sri Lanka


Bernard Gomez B.Sc (B.E), M.Sc (Arch), F.I.A. (S.L), qualified with a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa in 1993 when he distinguished himself by being awarded high commendation in both his thesis and Comprehensive Design Project. Subsequently he apprenticed with some of Sri Lanka’s architectural pioneers including Architect Valentine Gunasekara, and the late Architect. Minette De Silva. He concluded his apprenticeship as Project Architect on the iconic Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, working with the late Archt. Milroy Perera in conjunction with the late Archt. Geoffrey Bawa.

Since then he has authored several prestigious, award winning projects including Aditya Hotel, Galle, Sri Lanka, the Mercedes Benz Center of Excellence, Colombo, and most recently the Corporate HQ, multi story tower for Dialog Axiata. His work has been featured in many important international publications like the Phaidon World Atlas of Architecture, DOMUS magazine, and he has presented papers at several local, and international fora, including the SAARCH and ARCASIA, Architects forum. He is currently Vice President of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects, and a long standing council member for the past 10 years, where he has the distinction of having served as Chairman of the three boards of the Institute: The Board of Architectural Education, The Board of Publications, and the Professional Affairs Board. He serves as a visiting lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Moratuwa, and has been appointed as a local juror in the final year critique panel of the Colombo School of Architecture.

He is the Managing Director, Principal Architect, and founder of BGJF Consultancy Services Pvt. Ltd, a is a multi disciplinary international consultancy practice known for their dedication to design excellence and meticulous execution of projects. The practice is a brand much sought after by discerning clientele in Sri Lanka. This dedication to excellence has resulted in several international commissions notably in India, Dubai, and the Far East, where the company is involved in several Commercial, Residential, and Hotel developments.

Bernard Storch

Partner, PLP Architecture
London, England, United Kingdom


Bernard has exceptional experience on a wide range of commercial, residential, institutional
and hospitality projects in the UK, Europe, China, Japan and the Middle East. He is one of
PLP’s key creative thinkers and designs in an open and accessible manner that emphasises
team involvement and end-user satisfaction. Bernard has worked at all scales all around the
world, from high-end residential in London conservation zones, to large scale mixed-use
developments in prominent locations in Tokyo. He is currently working on a new
headquarters building on a prominent and sensitive site at Holborn in the City of London.

Carol R. Bentel

Chair of the Interior Design Department, School of Visual Arts in NYC
New York


Dr. Carol Bentel, FAIA, FIIDA, ASID, LEED AP

SVA BFA Interior Design: Built Environments, Chair

Bentel & Bentel Architects, Partner

Dr. Carol Bentel FAIA, FIIDA is a partner at Bentel & Bentel Architects/Planners and Chair of SVA’s BFA Interior Design: Built Environments department. Dr. Bentel is a Fulbright Scholar, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, and Fellow of the AIA College of Fellows. Dr. Bentel was the 2008 Chair of the AIA National Committee on Design and Vice-Chair of the NYS Preservation League. Dr. Bentel is a World Architecture News Female Frontier “Interior Designer of the Year” Awardee, Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Honoree, a three-time recipient of the James Beard Award for restaurant design, also receiving other national awards from the AIA, SARA, and IIDA. Dr. Bentel’s work is in Built by Women NYC. She co-authored the book, Nourishing the Senses: Restaurant Architecture of Bentel & Bentel.
Dr. Bentel has served on the faculty of SVA, NYIT, NYCCT, Harvard University, MIT, and Georgia Tech. Dr. Bentel received her Ph.D. in History, Theory and Criticism in the Department of Architecture at MIT.

Cristiano Luchetti

Associate Professor, American University of Ras al Khaimah


Cristiano Luchetti is an architect, researcher, and educator with more than 25 years of experience in both professional practice and academia. Since 2012, Cristiano has taught and researched architectural and urban design for UAE universities. He is currently an Associate Professor at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE and a Ph.D. candidate at the Universita’ Politecnica delle Marche in Italy. In his professional activity, Cristiano carries out consultancy for large-scale projects in the Middle East’s residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors. He is 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 co-authored the book “Desert:Space – Architecture for Emptiness.” He recurrently serves as a juror for the most prominent international competitions and awards.

Cs Nel

CEO & Founder, Luxe Lines
Versailles, Île-de-France, France


CS Nel is a professional Senior Architect. He has worked globally in Europe, Asia and Africa. His specialities range from residential to hospitality and retail architecture; however, he has also completed projects within the medical and commercial sectors. His projects have ranged from large-scale multi-billion dollar projects to luxury fit-outs.


CS excels in the built environment process, from the conceptual stage to its completion and project handover. His work is impeccable at every step, and he will always go the extra mile.


His philosophy is delivering the highest quality whilst making a lasting impact. His work in Asia, the Middle East and Africa is a testament to this philosophy, where he often worked in unison whilst leading various international teams. He quickly adapts to the needs of a project and the people working with him. To him, one cannot exist without the other, and he is adept at keeping that balance.

Diogo Burnay

Co-Founder, CVDB Arquitectos


Diogo Burnay lives and works in Halifax, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal.
Associate professor and Director of the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, since 2012.
Architecture diploma, Faculdade de Arquitectura, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal, 1989.
MSc in Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, England, 1995.
Registered architect, Portugal since 1989.
Worked in Lisbon with Maria Manuel Godinho de Almeida and Duarte Cabral de Mello in 1989; in London at Building Design Partnership, between 1988 and 1990; In Macau with Manuel Vicente, between 1992 and 1995 and at OBS Arquitectos, between 1995 and 1997.
Taught at the University of Hong Kong Architecture School in 1995; at the Faculdade de Arquitectura University of Lisbon, from 1997 to 2011; at the College of Design, University of Minnesota in 2002 and 2006 and at the Architecture School University of Texas, Arlington, 2007.
Co-curator With Cristina Veríssimo, Ana Vieira and Nuno Sampaio, Metropolitan Public places exhibition, Lisbon first Architectural Triennale 2007 “urban Voids”.
External examiner, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London from 2010 to 2014.
Member, Advisory Council of the Lisbon Architectural Trienal Foundation since 2014.
Founded CVDB Arquitectos with Cristina Veríssimo in 1999 and in partnership with Rodolfo Reis since 2012.
The practice work focuses on architecture’s relation to the public realm, in the context of a larger physical and cultural landscape, and to the individual’s experience and perceptions of spaces and places.
Projects and buildings have been exhibited and published worldwide and have received national and international awards and prizes (WAN 2013 education building 1st prize and Archdaily Best Education building of the year 2014, Architectural Review 2015, highly commended for education buildings).
Together with Cristina Verissimo will be the chief curators of the 2022 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.Diogo Burnay lives and works in Halifax, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal.
Associate professor and Director of the School of Architecture, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada, since 2012.
Architecture diploma, Faculdade de Arquitectura, University of Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal, 1989.
MSc in Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, London, England, 1995.
Registered architect, Portugal since 1989.
Worked in Lisbon with Maria Manuel Godinho de Almeida and Duarte Cabral de Mello in 1989; in London at Building Design Partnership, between 1988 and 1990; In Macau with Manuel Vicente, between 1992 and 1995 and at OBS Arquitectos, between 1995 and 1997.
Taught at the University of Hong Kong Architecture School in 1995; at the Faculdade de Arquitectura University of Lisbon, from 1997 to 2011; at the College of Design, University of Minnesota in 2002 and 2006 and at the Architecture School University of Texas, Arlington, 2007.
Co-curator With Cristina Veríssimo, Ana Vieira and Nuno Sampaio, Metropolitan Public places exhibition, Lisbon first Architectural Triennale 2007 “urban Voids”.
External examiner, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London from 2010 to 2014.
Member, Advisory Council of the Lisbon Architectural Trienal Foundation since 2014.
Founded CVDB Arquitectos with Cristina Veríssimo in 1999 and in partnership with Rodolfo Reis since 2012.
The practice work focuses on architecture’s relation to the public realm, in the context of a larger physical and cultural landscape, and to the individual’s experience and perceptions of spaces and places.
Projects and buildings have been exhibited and published worldwide and have received national and international awards and prizes (WAN 2013 education building 1st prize and Archdaily Best Education building of the year 2014, Architectural Review 2015, highly commended for education buildings).
Together with Cristina Verissimo will be the chief curators of the 2022 Lisbon Architecture Triennale.

Elena Grigoryeva

Editor-in-Chief, Project Baikal


Elena Grigoryeva is an honoured architect of Russia, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Architecture and Construction Sciences (RAACS), full member of the International Academy of Architecture, Moscow Branch, Eurasia (IAAM). Her architectural works include more than 150 projects: schools and universities, residential complexes, The Water Sports Complex for Olympians, as well as restoration of historic areas in Irkutsk. Her projects, including the bridge over the Angara River in Irkutsk, are winners of national and regional competitions.
Along with her design practice, Elena Grigoryeva performs social, research and international activities. Since 2008 she has been a vice-president of the Union of Architects of Russia (UAR) for Siberian Federal District. She represented the UAR at the UIA Professional Practice Commission. In 2005, 2008 and 2011 the UIA General Assembly elected her an alt-member of the UIA Council. In 2001 she founded the interregional festival Zodchestvo in Siberia. Since then, it has been held annually, occupying an important place in the calendar of Russian architectural events.
In 2004 Elena Grigoryeva founded the international architectural journal Project Baikal, winner of the Interarch 2009 Grand Prix at the International Academy of Architecture Triennial. Indexed in Scopus and a number of other academic research databases, Project Baikal has become nationally and internationally recognized as a journal that highlights not only successful architectural projects and realizations, but also urgent problems of urban planning and architecture, ecology and climate, resettlement and urban environment.

Elisabete Saldanha

Founder, es1arq
Porto, Porto, Portugal


Elisabete Saldanha was born in 1977 in Clermont Ferrand, France. In 1982 she returned to Portugal to her home town of Guimarães, where she lived and studied until the age of eighteen.

A graduate of Architecture from the University Lusíada, she started her professional career in 2001. Later, she increased her knowledge and perception of the business side of the industry, participating in a one year General Management Program at a Catholic University in Lisbon. In 2003 she created her own project, es1arq, where she since has developed architectural projects of various typologies, nationally as well as internationally.

Of these, the rehabilitation work of Guimarães House stands out, awarded by Archdaily as the best building of the year in the rehabilitation category in 2016.

In parallel to this activity, for more than a decade, Elisabete Saldanha has been integrating the architectural projects and technical support teams of one of the largest global companies in the construction sector, exposing her to cultures and markets like South America and Africa, specially in Angola, where she lived for over a year.

From 2005 to the present, collaborating pro-bono with the Portuguese branch of the Humanitarian Association Habitat for Humanity, she has taken an executive role in the Building Committee and developed projects for execution.

Issa Diabaté

Partner and General Manager, Koffi & Diabaté Architectes
Ivory Coast


A Master in Architecture graduate from YALE University, Issa

Diabaté is the Managing Director of the Koffi & Diabaté Ar-
chitectes office (founded in 2001 with Guillaume Koffi) and

co-founder of Koffi & Diabaté Group (Specialized in Architec-
ture, Real Estate Development and Construction). Previous

architecture internships include: Goly Kouassi, Devrouax and
Purnell and Jean Nouvel et Cattani, SAU Guillaume Koffi.
Very much involved on the topic of African urban issues, over
the years, Issa Diabaté has participated in a number of local

change-geared initiatives, addressing context-oriented pro-
blems (through projects and the mentoring of young archi-
tects, namely). As an architect practicing on the continent,

he aims to shed light on both the issues at hand and on those
creative solutions required to build (now) the African City of
Tomorrow. Issa Diabaté has participated as speaker, sharing
on these issues at the following conference events: “Other

Desires” at Columbia University, New York, 2016; African Lea-
dership Network, Kigali, 2014; Design INDABA, Cape Town,

2014; Afritekture, Munich, 2013; Ted Talk, Arusha, 2007.
A Member of Côte d’Ivoire’s Order of Architects with whom
he initiated Côte d’Ivoire’s first Architecture and Building Fair,
ARCHIBAT in 2007, Issa Diabaté also evolves in the design world

and is a laureate of Senegal’s DAK’ART Contemporary Art Bien-
nale (1998). Most recently, he participated in the exhibitions

ABIDJANOW 2013 (Salon ARCHIBAT -Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire)
and DESIGN INDABA 2014 & 2017 (Cape Town, South Africa).
In 2019, he collaborated with the Swedish group IKEA for their
first collection by African designers : “OVERALLT”.
For his work and contributions to his field and to the nation of

Côte d’Ivoire, Issa Diabaté has been appointed Knight of the Order of Cultural Merit.

Koffi & Diabaté’s works have been presented, internationally, at the Triennale di Milano and at the Louisiana Mu-
seum of Denmark.

Jennifer Siegal

Founder / Principal, Office of Mobile Design (OMD)
Los Angeles County, California, United States


Jennifer Siegal is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at USC and the founder and principal of the Los
Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD). Since its establishment in 1998, OMD has been recognized
internationally with over 100 publications and awards for the fearless pioneering research and development of
prefabricated and environmental construction systems.
Siegal is Managing Partner and Chief Design Officer of Wildernests. The company is described as “the Tesla of
real estate” for disrupting the real-estate industry and spearheading the sector’s transition from carbon-intense to
She is the author of Mobile: The Art of Portable Architecture (2002) and More Mobile: Portable Architecture for
Today (2008) both by Princeton Architectural Press, and a monograph Jennifer Siegal by China Architecture &
Building Press (2005). She was a 2003 Loeb Fellow in the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate
School of Design and has held Residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Taliesin, Arcosanti and the Chinati
Foundation in Marfa, TX.
Winner of the internationally acclaimed arcVision Prize – Women and Architecture, Siegal was unanimously
chosen by the jury for being “a fearless pioneer in the research and development of prefabricated construction
systems.” Recently she was awarded the inaugural EARTH award from ELLE DECOR a celebration of
accountability, renewal, transformation, and humanity in design.

Jese Medina-Suarez

Creative Director, Campbell House
Paris, Île-de-France, France


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.

Oscar Hernández

Co-Director, STVX Architects
Mexico City Metropolitan Area


Oscar Hernández (1990) is a young mexican Architect graduated from the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (UAA) in 2013. He also has been an Architectural Photographer and filmmaker since 2012, where he has contributed to the documentation and distribution of Mexican architecture around the world, obtaining numerous awards and publications, in different online editorial sites, books and printed magazines, both nationally and internationally. He has experience in the documentation of more than 450 projects, in Mexico, the United States and Spain. His approach to architecture, through his eyes and camera, brings together vast first-hand knowledge, through learning and a direct relationship with the creators of the spaces and the end users of each documented project. For Oscar, photography corresponds to his practice architectural as life itself; it’s his way particular to observe and perceive the spaces from of the acommunication found between the volumetry and the light. Among the main lines of attention for him is correctly interpretation of the scale, the materials, the context in conjunction with climate and function, in order to create narratives that speak to intentions and sensibilities who created the project, as well as the experience same of the user.

He is also Co-founder and co-director of STVX Architects, a firm focused on architectural design, real state development and urban projects based in Aguascalientes and Mexico City. They have been invited as teachers and workshop leaders at different national architecture conferences. In 2018, STVX + María Eizayaga + Emilio López won First Place at the Open International Competition for Alternate Layout Design in Standard Housing, organized by the Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Infrastructure of Russia in conjunction with the Unified Development Institution in the Housing Sector and the firm Strelka KB.

Pinar Dinç Kalayci

Professor - Department of Architecture, Gazi University, Ankara, Turkey
Ankara, Turkey


Pınar Dinç Kalaycı is a professor of architecture at Gazi University, Turkey. She is the coordinator/facilitator of the Studio ThinkImagine, one of the leading architectural design studios of the Department. Professor Dinç Kalaycı has numerous publications mainly on post-occupancy evaluation of buildings, environment and behavior studies, criticism in architecture, education of future architects and re-use of heritage buildings. She published two books: One is about criticizing architecture, proposing idea-existence-place-actors quartet as the dynamics of criticism; as another book of her is on the studio philosophy, proposing “integration” as an ultimate goal for architecture. Recently, she deals with fluidity, sustainability, resiliency, integration issues in architecture whereas using architectural design competitions for students as a form of studio pedagogy is also in her unique area of interest.

Rita Rawashdeh

Creative Director, Maisam Architects
Amman, Jordan


Rita Al Rawashdeh is the creative director and senior partner at maisam
architects & engineers and Heading its Designlab™.
With over twenty years of experience, Rita leads a team of architects that seeks
to create original spaces and experiences that elevate the quality of human living
through research, knowledge, and design. Her experience is across Jordan,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, India, Pakistan, and the USA. She combines the
disciplines of architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, and art in an
untraditional way.
Rita has been a jury member of different international awards, the latest being
WAF 2022,
A ‘Design Awards & Competition, besides she won many prestigious
international awards.

 2022 World Architecture Festival jury member
 2022 Grand Award Jury member for A ‘Design Awards & Competition
 ̵ 2021 ــJury member for Ethiopian Satellite Preschool, in Africa, by
 ̵ 2019 WAF Educational Future Project of The Year, The School in A Park,
 ̵ 2019 WAFX Ethics and Values Award, The School in A Park, Winner
 ̵ 2019, ASGBSA New Campus Architectural Competition, Winner
 ̵ 2016 The Chicago Atheneum Museum of Architecture Award, Petra
Museum, Winner
 ̵ 2016, Bloom Park Architectural Competition, Winner
 ̵ 2015 Architizer A+ Popular Choice Awards, Winner
 ̵ 2014 LEAF Awards, Winner, Petra Museum, Winner
 ̵ 2013 Cityscape Emerging Market Award, Winner, Ahyaa’ Amman
Boutique Hotel
 ̵ 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 Arabian Property Awards, Winner
 ̵ 2012 ArchTriumph Battersea Power Station Competition, Winner of
 ̵ 2006 Edgo & Foursan Architectural Competition, Winner
 ̵ 2003 College of Arts & Design Architectural Competition, Winner

Roland Bechmann

Creative Director, Maisam Architects
Managing Director & Partner, Werner


Dipl.-Ing. Roland Bechmann, Werner Sobek AG
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 accomplished his diploma, Roland started working at Werner Sobek and soon rose to be appointed first principal, then general manager, and finally managing director and partner. Roland heads the department of competitions and is a specialist of project management, lightweight structures and steel constructions. He has extensive 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 Astana/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).

Tiago Do Vale

Tiago do Vale Arquitectos, Senior Architect and Founder
Braga, Braga, Portugal


Architect by the University of Coimbra, was Senator and Member of the Assembly of the University.

Doctoral candidate and Postgraduate on Advanced Studies in Architectural Heritage by the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto.

Editor of Design Media Publishing’s “Urban Complex” book, and its Chinese edition by Liaoning Science and Technology Publishing House “城市综合体”.

Published throughout the world, Tiago do Vale has given lectures and signed articles on architecture, urban planning and rehabilitation in several publications.

His work has been exhibited both in Portugal and abroad.

Juror for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the DAS Awards (Moldavia).
Juror (on behalf of the Portuguese Architects Board) for the 2016 and 2017 editions of the João de Almada Award (Portugal).
Juror for the Architecture MasterPrize since 2020 (United States of America).
Juror for the Muse Design Awards since 2020 (United States of America).
Juror for the Muse Hotel Awards since 2020 (United States of America).
Juror for the Titan Property Awards since 2021 (United States of America).
Juror for the Rethinking the Future Awards 2021 (India).
Juror for the Toronto BUILD Awards 2021 (Toronto, Canada).
Juror for the Architecture Design Awards 2022 (United States of America).

Curator of the “Urban Dialogues, International Architecture Congress” in 2014 (Portugal).

Curator of the 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 editions of the “Mesturas, International Architecture Encounters Galicia-Portugal” (Spain and Portugal).

Columnist at the RUA Magazine.

Regional Adviser for the Asia Designer Communication Platform.

2022 Simon Architecture Prize, Nominated
2022 Loop Design Awards, Winner Best Small Architecture Firm Award, Winner Best Renovation Firm Award and Winner Design & Small Scale
2021 Loop Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2021 International Design Awards, Third Prize
2020 DNA Paris Design Awards, First Prize
2019 National Wood Architecture Award, Finalist
2019 Architecture Masterprize, Small Firm of the Year
2019 Baku International Architecture Award, First Prize and Honorable Mention
2019 Muse Design Awards, Platinum Award and Double Gold Award
2018 Architecture MasterPrize, Honorable Mention
2018 Blueprint Awards, First Prize
2018 International Architecture Awards, Third Prize
2018 Global Architecture & Design Awards, Honorable Mention
2018 Architizer A+Awards, Double First Prize
2018 International Design Awards, Third Prize
2017 Construir Awards, Finalist
2017 American Architecture Prize, First Prize
2017 COAG Architecture Awards, Finalist
2016 American Architecture Prize, Third Prize
2015 Architizer A+ Awards, First Prize
2015 National Wood Architecture Award, Selected
2014 Institute of Housing and Urban Renewal Award, First Honorable Mention
2014 ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards, First Prize

Tim Kwan

Design Director & Founding Partner, Office AIO
Beijing, China


Tim Kwan is Founding Partner and Principal of Office AIO, an interdisciplinary design studio based in Beijing. Led by Tim, the studio’s work is known for its poetic and meaningful sense of place. His design approach explores ways to define new values, with a passion to bring forth solutions that ties strongly with its context. Office AIO’s distinctive, award-winning portfolio of works encompasses commercial and residential projects of various scales. In 2020 Office AIO was nominated in global interior design authority – FRAME and Dezeen Awards “Emerging Designer of the Year”. Actively involved in the design community, Tim was a design lecturer at the School of Architecture, University of Auckland and regularly serves as jury panel on industry leading design awards such as Architizer A+, World Architecture Festival and the RTF awards.


Trevor Boddy

Architecture Critic/Curator, Trevor Boddy Consulting Urban Designer
Vancouver bc, Canada


Trevor Boddy is a critic, curator, historian of architecture/urbanism, teacher and consulting urban designer. He curated the 2008 exhibition Vancouverism and related Trafalgar Square site-specific construction, named a marquee event for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, and re-mounted in 2009 at Place d’Invalides, Paris. An expanded version was installed at Woodward’s for the 2010 Olympics. His career retrospective exhibition entitled Telling Details: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens toured nationally to five galleries nationally. For the City of Surrey he was co-organizer of TownShift: Suburb Into City, the largest ideas design competition ever mounted by a Canadian municipality, and conceived their new civic design awards.

Trevor has written on architecture and cities for the Globe and Mail, Vancouver Sun, Edmonton Journal, Ottawa Citizen, Seattle Times, Architectural Review, Architectural Record, Bauwelt, A/V and l’Architecture d’aujourdhui, and has won the Western Magazine and Alberta Book of the Year prizes. He holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Calgary, has taught design studio, history, and urbanism on four continents, and lectures globally on contemporary design and city-building. RAIC awarded Trevor its 2010 Advocacy Award, and he is an honorary member of AIA and the Bulgarian Union of Architects.

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


Marcio Kogan

Marcio is the founding architect of studio mk27. Born in São Paulo and graduated from FAU-Mackenzie in 1976, he is a guest professor at the Politecnico di Milano and Escola da Cidade, and also the author of all the projects of studio mk27. During the first years of his career, Marcio divided his time between cinema and architecture. He is an honorary member of the AIA (American Institute of Architects) and of the council of the Museum Of Art of São Paulo (MASP) and the Brazilian Museum of Sculpture and Ecology (MUBE).

 Renata Furlanetto

Architect, graduated from FAU-Mackenzie in 1997 and specialized in “Design in Time” at UPC in Barcelona. Her project “From Local to Global” won the Europandom Award and her House in Araçoiaba project won the Young Architects Award from IAB. At studio mk27 since 2001, she coordinates Architecture Team.

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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