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Judges

All entries are judged by the international jury below:

JUNYA ISHIGAMI

 

Junya Ishigami studied architecture at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and subsequently worked in the office of Kazuyo Sejima. In 2004 he established his own practice in Tokyo. Ishigami's work redefines the aesthetics of minimalism by playing with perception, materials and scale. His projects include the Kanagawa Institute of Technology KAIT workshop (2008), a shop for Yohji Yamamoto in New York (2008), and the Japanese Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Biennale. More recently, he designed a installation for London's Barbican Centre consisting of a single curved line of delicate 4m-high 'columns', which appear to be held in place by air and atmosphere alone. Ishigami describes it as 'melting endlessly into space' and only on closer inspection are the minutely fine and transparent structural components perceptible to the naked eye. Current projects include a house and a centre for elderly people.

 

BRENDAN MACFARLANE
 
A native New Zealander, Brendan MacFarlane studied architecture at Sci-Arc in Los Angeles and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a founding partner in Jakob + MacFarlane, an architectural firm based in Paris. Its work explores digital technology both as a conceptual consideration and as a means of fabrication, using new materials as a possibility to create a more flexible, responsive and immediate environment. Projects to date include the Restaurant Georges at the Pompidou Centre, Paris (2000), a new Communication Centre for Renault (2004), the Maxim Gorki theatre (2004), the Fondation Ricard (2007), and the ongoing Docks of Paris, an imaginative remodelling of a historic warehouse on the Seine to host a range of new uses, including a fashion and design college. Current projects include two buildings in Lyon, including the Orange Cube, the new FRAC Exhibition Centre in Orléans, and the Swiss Cultural Centre in Paris. He has also taught at London's Bartlett School of Architecture, the L'École Spéciale d'Architecture in Paris and Harvard GSD.


LEE MARSDEN
 
Lee Marsden joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2007 and is a Director and Principal of the London studio. He is involved in a diverse range of projects including buildings for arts and culture, education, leisure, housing and retail and commerce. Recent work includes a new 1,700-seat concert hall for Guilford, boutique hotel projects in the UK and Middle East, and intermediate affordable housing for London. Prior to joining Austin-Smith: Lord, Marsden
co-founded and was Director of London-based architectural firm 6a. He is keenly interested in what the future holds for the profession and is involved in teaching and mentoring new architectural talent in the changing face of architectural practice.
 

CATHERINE SLESSOR
 
Catherine Slessor is Editor of the Architectural Review. She studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and was in private practice for a time before joining the Architects' Journal as a Technical Editor and subsequently the AR. In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture and design magazines, among them Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain), Arkitektur (Sweden), and Bauwelt (Germany). Her selected publications include Eco Tech, a study of the relationship between High Tech architecture and environmental awareness, and Concrete Regionalism which considers the influence of vernacular traditions on contemporary practice. She has lectured in the UK, USA, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Argentina, and has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University.

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