WD Awards Jury 2020

World Design Awards 2020 Jury Members

Sven Shockey (SmithGroup)

Sven Shockey, Design Director, brings over 25 years of experience in planning and architectural design. At SmithGroup, Sven has led the planning and design of a variety of projects including large-scale mixed-use development master plans, base buildings, academic buildings, and numerous interior fit-outs across the United States. He has a passion for rigorous idea-driven design. His design leadership has resulted in numerous awards in architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, and planning.

Esra Akcan
(Associate Professor, Director of Cornell Institute for European Studies )

Esra Akcan’s scholarly work on a geopolitically conscious global history of urbanism and architecture inspires her teaching. 
Akcan has received numerous awards and has authored more than 100 articles on the intertwined histories of Europe and West Asia, critical and postcolonial theory, architectural photography, migration and diasporas, translation, and contemporary architecture. These works offer new ways to understand the global movement of architecture and advocate a commitment to new ethics of hospitality and global justice. Akcan has also participated in exhibitions by carrying her practice beyond writing to visual media. 

Zain Abuseir
Lecturer in Architecture ( University of Michigan )

Zain Abuseir is a lecturer in Architecture at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Zain previously taught Visual Communications at the School of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, Michigan. She has also worked at RVTR and Atelier Mankouche in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While at RVTR, she has contributed to the NorthHouse Project, the Stratus Project, Conduit Urbanism and the Post-Carbon Highway Project. Her work has focused on graphic representation, book design and mapping.

Randy Guillot
FAIA, LEED® AP
Health and Wellness Leader, Design Director, Principal ( Gensler )

Randy’s design work leverages multidisciplinary partnerships and creates new models for healing, learning, and working. His portfolio of sculptural, exuberant, and site-specific architecture and design is hosted across five continents. Projects under his design leadership are celebrated for their critical design success and their enhancement of access to healthy, dignified, optimistic, and engaging environments for all. Randy is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects and has been recognized with more than 40 local, national, and international design awards. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with degrees in fine art and architecture. Randy is a university critic and lecturer and has expanded the profession’s commitment to partnerships with higher education through enabling unique ‘in-residence’ studio programs for students.

Simon Twose
Senior Lecturer – Architecture School of Architecture
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Qualifications

BArch (hons) Auckland, PhD RMIT Melbourne, ANZIA

I am currently Senior Lecturer at the School of Architecture, Victoria University of Wellington. I also run my own practice, Simon Twose Architects. My research interests reflect a mix of academic and professional practice. I focus on experimental design research practice, particularly in crossings and transferences between drawing and building. I have recently been awarded a PhD from RMIT University, Melbourne, in the invited reflective practice programme.

My drawing research is built from national and internationally exhibited creative works. I was invited to exhibit Concrete /Cloud/ at the 2016 Venice Biennale. /Cloud/ distilled ‘presences’ in drawing through a 1:1 concrete ‘sketch’. This project was also exhibited, at the Adam Art Gallery in NZ. In 2012 I was invited to exhibit Familial Clouds in the 13th Venice Biennale. Familial Clouds spatialised drawing practices behind two built projects. In 2015 I was invited to curate and exhibit NZ’s entry to the Prague Quadrennial and co-authored a performative drawing project with Dr Karina Simon. I am currently preparing an installation, Canyon, for the 2018 Venice Biennale to which I have been invited. Canyon is an international collaboration looking into multi-sensorial dynamics of drawing, through sketching, VR technology and sound.

George Baird
Emeritus Professor – Building Science School of Architecture
Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Research Interests

Specialist in building environmental science and services, and energy efficient design and operation of sustainable buildings. Research interest in building performance generally, with focus on the users’ perceptions of commercial and institutional buildings. In depth knowledge of the performance of buildings: energy performance, environmental performance, thermal comfort, indoor air quality, heating ventilating and air conditioning systems; plus the users’ perceptions of these.