World Architecture Festival announces head of ‘super-jury’

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15 May 2016
Micheal Sorkin

World Architecture Festival (WAF) has confirmed Michael Sorkin will head-up the ‘super-jury’ at this year’s WAF Awards, to determine which building, from entries across the globe, will be crowned with the ultimate prize - ‘World Building of the Year 2011’.

Sorkin is principal of the Michael Sorkin Studio in New York City and one of the most influential architectural and urban designers practising today, making him ideally placed to lead the super-jury. Recent projects include planning and design for a highly sustainable city of 300,000 near Wuhan in China, a 5000-unit community in Penang, Malaysia, master planning for the Zha Bei district in Shanghai and the design of a town of 40,000 on the Black Sea in Turkey.

Architects have just one week left to submit projects into the WAF Awards; all entries close on the 1st July.

Joining Sorkin on the super-jury will be: Ben van Berkel, Co-founder of UNStudio, Rotterdam; Jo Noero, Principal of Noero Wolff Architects, Cape Town; Odile Decq, Principal of ODBC, Paris; and Professor Kongjian Yu, Principal of Turenscape, Beijing, a double category winner in previous WAF awards.

The super-jury has the enviable task of deciding which project will lift a prestigious WAF Award on the final day of the World Architecture Festival, taking place at the Centre Convencions International Barcelona (CCIB) from 2nd – 4th November 2011.

Praising Michael’s appointment, Paul Finch, WAF Programme Director, said: “Michael is a fantastically thoughtful architect and an excellent choice to lead the super-jury. The calibre of the five members of the super-jury is superb – their expertise will undoubtedly help identify those projects that are truly exceptional.”

Over 220 projects have already been submitted for this year’s WAF Awards – the only global architectural awards event where designers present their work live to an expert panel of judges and a live public audience.

The awards are divided into three main sections: Completed Buildings, Structural Design, and Future Projects (for designs in progress) and are held during World Architecture Festival. A series of keynote addresses, seminars, exhibitions and presentations run alongside the main awards programme, and every shortlisted project will feature in a grand exhibition during the festival. The deadline for entries is June 30, 2011.

Background on the super jury:

Micheal Sorkin’s recent projects include planning and design for a highly sustainable city of 300,000 near Wuhan in China, a 5000-unit community in Penang, Malaysia, master planning for the Zha Bei district in Shanghai and the design of a town of 40,000 on the Black Sea in Turkey. Michael has taught at the City College of New York since 2000 where he is currently the Distinguished Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Graduate Urban Design Program.

Ben van Berkel – the co-founder of Dutch based practice UNStudio. Projects include the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, a façade and interior renovation for the Galleria Department store in Seoul, Korea and a private villa in up-state New York. A keen lecturer, he has taught at many schools around the world and is currently the Professor Conceptual Design at the Stadelschule in Frankfurt.

Jo Noero – who established Jo Noero Architects in 1984, which became Noero Wolff Architects in 2000. He has completed more than 250 buildings, mainly in South Africa, and the practice has won national and international awards for architecture including the Ruth and Ralph Erskine Fellowship in 1993 and the Lubetkin Prize in 2006. Jo Noero was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2000. He has lectured and taught at many international and national universities and is currently a Professor of Architecture at the University of Cape Town.

Odile Decq – a renowned French architect and head of the Ecole Speciale d'Architecture of Paris.

Kongjian Yu – is China's pre-eminent landscape architect and a professor of landscape architecture at Peking University. A designer, writer, educator and advocate of landscape architecture, Kongjian has been endeavouring to establish a whole new system in Chinese contemporary landscape design, from its practice, education and theory, to its public reception. He is the founder of Turenscape and the Graduate School of Landscape Architecture at Beijing University.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Festival visit: www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

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