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2017 Jury

The AZ Awards jury will be announced in January 2017.


2016 Jury

AZURE presents the five jurors of the 2016 AZ Awards.

Chris Wilkinson

A founding principal of London architecture firm WilkinsonEyre, Chris Wilkinson established himself with his Supersheds, including the Stratford Market Depot and Stratford Station, part of London’s Jubilee Line extension. His practice went on to win back-to-back RIBA Stirling Prizes for his conversion of a defunct steelworks into the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham (2001) and for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge (2002). Other award-winning built works include the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth and the Guangzhou International Finance Center in China. Among his accolades are an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architecture, honorary doctorates at Westminster University and Oxford Brookes University and inclusion in the Order of the British Empire Millennium Honours list.

Anna Simone

Anna Simone is a co-founder and partner of Cecconi Simone, a Toronto interior design firm synonymous with high-end, award-winning interiors in the retail, corporate, hospitality and residential fields. Simone has applied her signature sophisticated style to countless international projects, from private seaside residences in Anguilla to a community in Dubai consisting of 8,000 residential units, to more than 75 multi-unit high-rise buildings in her home city. Simone was also one of the forces behind the Pug Awards (2004-2014), whose program recognized the best and the worst of Toronto’s architecture with the aim of engaging the public with city’s development.

Thomas L. Woltz

Landscape architect Thomas L. Woltz, principal of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects in New York and Virginia, has filled his portfolio with projects that bridge complex biological systems and restoration ecology with function, resulting in hundreds of acres of reconstructed wetlands, reforested land and thriving wildlife habitats. His focus on ecological and environmental restoration within public parks, urban engineered landscapes, and working farmlands, has earned him over 90 international, national and regional awards. Notable completed projects include the Memorial Park Master Plan in Houston and Citygarden in St. Louis. Woltz is currently working on one of his most technically ambitious projects to date: the landscape design for New York City’s Hudson Yards.

John Tong

After 20 years as a founder and lead designer at 3rd Uncle Design, in 2012 Toronto architect John Tong established +tongtong, where he emphasizes creative collaboration within a diverse range of projects. Tong is noted for the Drake Hotel Toronto and Drake Devonshire Inn, a circa-1880 foundry converted into a hip rural retreat, and Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a Toronto space incorporating a café, retail boutique, beauty salon and bar – both of which earned him prizes from the U.K.’s Restaurant & Bar Design Awards. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the MoMA, the CCA and the Design Exchange.

Omer Arbel

Vancouver designer Omer Arbel has been exploring the inherent mechanical, physical and chemical qualities of raw materials for over a decade. He is the creative director of Bocci, known internationally for its hand-blown glass lighting and powerful installations, presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and at Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan, among other premier venues. Last year, Bocci opened its first European showroom inside an historic courthouse in Berlin. Named Bocci79, the multi-storey building is now operating as a showroom and archive for some of Arbel’s largest lighting and architectural projects and explorations.


2015 Jury

The 2015 jury composed some of the very best in their fields: architect Winka Dubbeldam of Archi-Tectonics (New York, US), architect Brendan MacFarlane of Jakob + MacFarlane (Paris, France), designer Anwar Mekhayech of the Design Agency (Toronto, Canada), landscape architect Janet Rosenberg of Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Toronto, Canada) and designer Philippe Malouin (London, UK).

Winka Dubbeldam

Award-winning architect Winka Dubbeldam is Chair and Professor at the Architecture Department of PennDesign, and has taught her research-based approach to eager master’s students at Columbia, Harvard, Cornell and PennDesign. But that’s not all: as founder of New York design practice Archi-Tectonics, Dubbeldam is the luminary behind everything from buildings with bold, faceted facades in New York to the bottom-up revitalization of downtown Bogota.

Philippe Malouin

Born in Canada, trained in Eindhoven, Paris and Montreal, and now based in London, designer Philippe Malouin is bridging the trans-Atlantic gap in the design world. Since getting his start working for Tom Dixon, Malouin has developed sculptural furniture, boldly hued rugs, ethereal lights and otherworldly installations for the likes of Roll & Hill, Kvadrat, Established & Sons, Swarovski and more.

Janet Rosenberg

Since 1983, Janet Rosenberg has been synonymous with innovative landscape architecture. A focus on the identity of the modern city is at the core of Janet Rosenberg & Studio. From the Pan Am and Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, being built for the 2015 games, to the blown-glass flowers at the Max Tanenbaum Healing Garden at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, she is transforming Toronto’s outdoor spaces. With diverse projects in Canada, the U.S. and beyond, Rosenberg’s environmentally sensitive, yet innovative, approach is also spreading across the globe.

Brendan Macfarlane

Digital technology and environmental strategies are increasingly important components of an architect’s toolbox, and nowhere are these better integrated than in the work of Brendan Macfarlane and his Paris firm, Jakob + Macfarlane. From the geometric metal-clad FRAC Architecture Exhibition Centre in Orléans to the bold green 10,000-square-metre Euronews Headquarters on the waterfront in Lyon, Macfarlane’s commitment to creating responsive and flexible built environments is evident in every project.

Anwar Mekhayech

In less then 10 years, DesignAgency – the studio that Anwar Mekhayech established with Matt Davis and Allen Chan in 2007 – has earned international renown. This is thanks, in part, to the fact that the founders spent three years hosting Designer Guys on HGTV. But it’s also because of their collaborative approach to projects, including Toronto’s Momofuku restaurant and the Generator hostel brand. The Generator series of boutique hostels, for which Mekhayech acts as global creative director, brings modern design to even the most cash-strapped travellers across Europe.


2014 Jury

Our esteemed jury convened in Toronto to evaluate the 652 entries to the fourth annual AZ Awards.

Diego Burdi

Along with Paul Filek, Diego Burdi helms Burdifilek, the Toronto interior design firm behind such stellar hospitality and retail environments as the W Hotel in Atlanta; and the flagship Joe Fresh boutique in New York, located in a historical building on 5th Avenue.

Patricia Patkau

Patricia Patkau is co-principal of Patkau Architects in Vancouver. Her firm has won dozens of accolades, including two AZ Awards, one for Cottages at Fallingwater, now under construction. She is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Insitute of Architects.

Charles Waldheim

As the landscape architecture chair at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Charles Waldheim knows what goes into creating smart green space. He helped to advance the discipline of “landscape urbanism”, which describes landscape as a path to order within cities.

Jamie Gray

Jamie Gray is the owner-operator of Matter, a leading furniture and accessories retailer in Manhattan that specializes in launching young talent. In 2010, he began manufacturing products by some of this favourite designers, under the label Matter-Made.

Ron Arad

London-based Ron Arad designed such post-modern classics as the Rover chair, made out of an old car seat, and the flexible Bookworm bookshelf for Kartell. He is also an architect, and in 2010 he completed the Design Museum Holon outside Tel Aviv, where he was born.

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