The jury is formed out of 5 architects from Romania and abroad and their purpose is to analyze the projects included within the exhibition. The judges cannot participate with a project within the categories included.
The members of the jury will conduct on one hand the pre-selection of the projects, and on the other hand, will nominate the winner for each category. The decisions made by the jury regarding the winners of the event cannot be contested.
The jury members:
1. Charles Phu - Founder Office for Architectural Culture (UK)
As one of the 18 prominent international architects selected by European journalists in 2011, Charles Phu has practiced architectural design for over 20 years internationally. He gained his professional architectural qualification and MArch in USA after his BS degree in structural engineering in Taiwan. Charles’ body of work is diverse, from cultural buildings, event buildings and master plans to office towers, residential developments, hotels and performing art buildings to stage set designs for opera and ballet.
Prior to founding OAC in 2010, Charles has been involved as a lead design member in a number of iconic and award-winning building designs from concept to construction for master planning, tall buildings, cultural and event buildings, mixed-use, public spaces, residential, retail and hotels, with several leading architectural firms including SOM and RMJM with whom he worked as Chief Design Architect for St Petersburg’s 463m Okhta Centre (also known as Lakhta Centre and Gazprom City).
2.David Cash - Chairman BDP (UK)
Having studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and then designing housing within a small practice, David joined BDP in 1980. Attracted by the scale of projects available, the team based culture and the interdisciplinary ethos of BDP, David’s early work related primarily to city centre re-development projects. This work included mixed use developments in town and city centre locations with retail, leisure, cultural buildings and housing.
He was made a partner of BDP in 1990 and took over leadership of the firm’s northern studios in 1994. In 2012, David was elected as Chairman of BDP having spent the previous four years masterminding the firm’s international growth which included establishing new studios in Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Shanghai.
As one of the UK’s largest architect led practices, BDP designs buildings and projects across many sectors including retail, education, healthcare and workplace. Recently completed and ongoing work includes the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo (with Wolfgang Buttress), Alder Hey Health Park, Strathclyde University Technology and Innovation Centre, Box Park at Croyden, Copperas Hill for Liverpool John Moores University and Astra Zeneca’s new HQ in Cambridge (with Herzog and de Meuron).
3. Melissa Sterry - Founder Bionic City (UK)
Design scientist Melissa Sterry is recognised as a world leading authority on the science, technology and thinking that could help build a brighter future. A design practice graduate, her career has been spent working with leading-edge researchers and practitioners worldwide, of which the past fifteen years have been at executive board-level.
Melissa is also the founder and creator of Bionic City that asks “how would nature design a city?” and explores the potential of biomimetics, biotechnology and biology in the built environment in the now, near and far future. Underway since January 2010, Bionic City came about as a spin-off project from Melissa’s PhD research, which centres on developing city-scale resilience to major natural hazard events through mimicry of the behaviours, relationships and systems of flora and fauna species.
Her academic activities include visiting lecturer, visiting fellow, workshop host, Masters thesis supervisor, guest critic and scientific committee member at several leading European architecture and design research institutes, including The Bartlett, Ravensbourne, University of the Arts London, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, AA School of Architecture, and University of Salford.
A recipient of several national and international innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, including the Mensa Education and Research Foundation International Award for enhancing intelligence that benefits society, Melissa is listed in the ‘Libertine 100’ women with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas.
4. Irena Bauman - Founding Director Bauman Lyons Architects (UK)
Irena Bauman is a practicing Architect and a founding Director of Bauman Lyons Architects. She is a Professor of Sustainable at Sheffield University School of Architecture and Director of Building Local Resilience research platform. She is also an External Examiner at Manchester School of Architecture and the Chair of the Regional Design Review Panel. She was Commissioner for Commission for Architecture and the Build Environment for UK from 2002-2009.
Her practice and research are concerned with how architecture and architectural thinking can facilitate local communities to mitigate, adapt and become more resilient to the uncertainties that lie ahead. She recently completed research projects to develop Climate Change Adaptation Strategies and is currently working on Innovate UK funded projects into off site construction methods.
Her current architectural projects include urban regeneration strategy for 4 towns in Bolsover Uk and a co-produced large scale refurbishment of Silk Mill as a New Museum of Making in Derby.
She is the author of ‘How to be a Happy Architect in which she challenges the architectural establishment to be more in tune with the needs of communities. She is currently writing ‘Retrofitting Neighbourhoods –Designing for Resilience’ in which she is collating some international case studies of neighbourhood scale project which pave the way towards transformative change.
5. Serban Sturdza - Director PRODID (Romania)
Serban Sturdza is the author and co-author of multiple projects of restoration and rehabilitation of buildings, public spaces, and residential buildings. Among his projects are: Mincu House, Pribegeanu Manson (Mărculeşti, Giurgiu), Ghica Manson (Ghergani, Dâmboviţa), extension of the Timiş City Council, extention of the Baroc Palace (Timişoara), Art Museum (Timişoara), Unirii Square landscaping (Timişoara), Mandeal House (Popa Tatu Street, Bucureşti), Marcov House (Voluntari), D House (Cantilli Street, Bucureşti), S House (from the forest, Băneasa), House I (Vasile Fuică Street, Bucureşti).
Sturdza is currently activating in professional associations such as the Order for Architects from Romania and the Architects Union from Romania, but he was also a member within multiple Historical Monuments Commissions. At the moment, he is active in different non-profit organisations that initiate programs for protecting the Romanian heritage such as The Pro-Patrimonio Foundation (60 churches of wood, the Enescu house from Mihaileni).
He is also part of several international projects and he creates exhibitions concepts (selection: Lasting -CERF 2000, Bolt- The Biennale Architecture from Venice for the year 2008, The International Book Fair- ICR Madrid from the year 2011, The International Book Fair- London in the year 2012).
The judges will present one winner for each category and they will be announced within the Architecture Conference&Expo Gala Awards that will take place on October 6th, 2016.
Partners and sponsors will have the possibility to offer prizes for the winners which were selected by the members of the jury. The remuneration offered by partners or sponsors will be offered to the architect or architectural office. The sum distribution must be conducted by the architectural office, organization or students and not by the organizer, sponsor, partner or the members of the jury.