2021 Awards Jury
We are thrilled to introduce the impressive jury members for the 2021 AZ Awards!
Made up of international experts – architects, landscape architects and designers at the forefront of their professions – the AZ Awards jury convenes in March to review the submissions and select the winners.
One of the world’s pre-eminent designers, Patricia Urquiola works with a variety of leading Italian and international design companies, including Kvadrat, Driade, Moroso, Flos, GAN, Andreu World, Glas Italia, Kettal, and global groups such as Haworth, BMW, Louis Vuitton, Missoni, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Four Seasons, Ferrari and Swarovski; she has also been the creative director of Cassina since 2015. Creating links between craftsmanship and industrial research and between heritage and technology, Urquiola drives the companies she works with to upcycle waste material and reimagine their entire manufacturing process.
Ini Archibong’s inimitable furniture design is characterized by a deep interest in master-craftsmanship and its intrinsic relationship to technology. Based in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, the California native of Nigerian American heritage has collaborated with global brands including Hermès, Knoll, de Sede, Bernhardt, Sé, and Vacheron Constantin, drawing inspiration from his study of architecture, environmental and product design, as well as his lifelong passions for mathematics, philosophy and world religions.
Susannah C. Drake is associate professor at CU Boulder and founding principal of Brooklyn-based DLANDstudio Architecture + Landscape Architecture. Drake is a global thought leader on climate-adapted infrastructure and urban design. Over the last decade, her inventive design for the transformation of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has inspired a national movement to heal the wounds made by urban highways. Her Coastal Urbanism planning work for The Fourth Regional Plan, dedicated to the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut metropolitan area, calls for climate migration to higher ground.
Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto established his eponymous firm in 2000, after graduating from Tokyo University’s Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. He first gained international acclaim with House N (2008), Musashino Art University Museum & Library (2010), House NA (2011) and the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion he created in 2013. Among his recent renowned projects is the already iconic L’Arbre Blanc, a residential tower he designed in Montpellier, France, after winning first prize in an international competition for its commission in 2014. He also won several design competitions across Europe in 2015, 2017 and 2018.
Adelaide Testa is co-founder, with Andrea Marcante, of the Milan design studio Marcante – Testa, which creates atmospheres that, while rigorously composed, set out to elegantly combine a multitude of values: serious and fun, authentic and refined, with deep roots and a love of the world. Balancing emotion and reason, the studio has received numerous prizes and honours. In 2016, it worked on the public sector project Liberamensa to introduce interior design into neglected places, such as prisons, and is currently collaborating as art directors or consultants with various brands, including Ceramica Vogue, GTV Thonet, SEM, London Art, Spotti-Valcucine, Archiproducts, B-Ticino.
Paul Filek is co-founder and managing partner of Burdifilek, a globally recognized interior design firm based in Toronto. With over 25 years of experience, Filek and his team have put creative intelligence, cultural relevance and flawless execution at the forefront of all projects to create unexpected and expressive interiors for brands around the globe. His company has designed award-winning interiors for the retail, residential, hotel and hospitality sectors in America, Europe and Asia.
The prolific Karim Rashid, who established his studio in 1992, has more than 4,000 designs in production, over 300 awards to his name, and client work in over 40 countries. Eschewing singular style in favour of designing in the modus of our time, the New York–based Canadian designer has created luxury goods for Christofle, Alessi, Veuve Clicquot and Riva 1920; democratic products for Umbra, Paul Mitchell and 3M; timeless furniture for Bonaldo, Tonelli, BoConcept and Vondom; exquisite lighting for Artemide and Fontana Arte; high-tech products for Asus and SirinLabs; surface design for Marburg and Abet Laminati; iconic branding for Hugo Boss and Citibank; and award-winning packaging for Method, Paris Baguette, Kenzo and Eos.
A graduate of Harvard and SCI-Arc, Barbara Bestor has consistently pursued experimental architecture that engages the city through design, art and urbanism. Her varied and progressive body of work connects with people on a variety of levels, often outside the boundaries traditionally delineated for architecture. She believes that good design creates engaged urban life and embraces the “strange beauty” that enhances everyday experiences. Established in 1995, her Los Angeles practice Bestor Architecture is best known for designing the new headquarters for Beats By Dre, Snap, Inc., and Nasty Gal.
Over two decades of practice in Canada, the United States and Europe, Marc Ryan has dedicated his passion, advocacy, and professional work toward elevating the role of landscape and the public realm in shaping the quality of urban environments. He is a landscape architect who re-imagines cities by transforming under-utilized terrain into new urban landscapes, providing leadership to uncover and create a dramatic new sense of place.
Gilles Saucier graduated from the School of Architecture at Université Laval in 1982. Soon after, he established the Montréal architectural firm Saucier+Perrotte Architectes, a multidisciplinary practice internationally renowned for its institutional, cultural and residential projects. These include the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ontario; the UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Vancouver; and the River City residential complex in Toronto. As Design Partner, he is responsible for the design integrity of all projects, with specific attention given to architecture’s connection to geology and the landscape.