WD Awards Juries

World Design Awards 2021 Jury Members

World Design Awards 2021 Jury Members

Sara Khorshidifard
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Director of Center for Community Studies Drury University

An architectural designer, design researcher, and urbanist, Sara Khorshidifard joined the faculty in 2019 as Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Community Studies, where she is teaching courses in community design and design research. Her experiences range from teaching, to community design, to integrated project delivery, to historic preservation and urban restoration. Sara’s scholarship entails a triad trajectory in Urban-Rural Interface Studies, Architectural Education, and Tehran Studies. Her background creates a balance between practical instruction and broader philosophical perspectives supported by the spans of her scholarly trajectories. Prior to teaching, Sara worked as a design consultant and senior project manager in the United States. Before that, she practiced architecture for five years internationally, in Tehran, in small consulting firm and large engineering company settings. Her primary area of practice concentrates on community design, fusing her background and professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. Sara has accrued notable records in such work since her doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also served as a senior project manager and design consultant for the Community Design Solutions outreach center.

Oscar Kang, RA, LEED AP BD+C

Oscar Kang is an architect, educator, and researcher and has practiced architecture since 2003. He recently established Oscar Projects, an award winning architectural design and research firm which explores daylighting and materiality. Oscar holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture with High Honors from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Prior to establishing Oscar Projects, Oscar worked at the offices of John Ronan Architects in Chicago, Machado and Silvetti Associates in Boston, Grimshaw and Selldorf Architects in New York before relocating to Seoul, Korea in 2017.

Oscar Kang is currently Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture in Seoul National University of Science and Technology and was the past Chair of the Department.

Shim Hee-jun

Hee-Jun Sim founded ArchiWorkshop together with Su-Jeong Park. He honored Vordiploma and Diploma at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. He worked in broad range of European offices, such as RPBW (Renzo Piano Building Workshop) in Paris, Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and Rasch & Bradatsch (SL-Rasch) in Stuttgart. He has received numerous numerous awards among which: iF design awards, Reddot awards, German design awards, Korea Young Architect Award in 2019 and many others.
Currently, he is an adjunct professor at the university of Seoul & Chung-Ang university. He is a committee member of Korea architects institute and Master Builder and adviser of Seoul Housing & Communities Corporation. He is a curator at Global Studios, 2021 Seoul Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture.

I am an architect, who think, create, enjoy and share everyday Architecture. The title ‘ArchiWorkshop’ has two meanings. One is ‘workshop of artisans’, and the other is the meaning of ‘attacking and defending to each other through discussion’. From a result perspective of view, architecture is a visual work. But at the same time, its origin accompanies philosophy and rational thinking. For that reason, I discuss and converse as much as sketching and this approach allows us for more influential operations and results. I, ArchiWorkshop, think, create, enjoy and share everyday architecture. My ‘Everyday architecture’ has meaning of high level of architecture, namely, architecture with healthy environment and expansion of this architecture culture to more people to share.

Sunggi Park, AIA New York, NCARB
Seoul National University of Science and Technology

Sunggi Park is a registered architect in New York, the United States and currently an assistant professor at Seoul National University of Science and Technology in Korea. Previously, he operated a New York and Seoul based interdisciplinary architecture oriented design studio called Studio Sunggi Park LLC, [SU:P], from 2018 to 2021. Right before opening his own architecture practice, he worked at OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture New York, diverse range of projects from residential projects to civic infrastructure projects. Before he finished his master’s degree for architecture, he worked at Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen, Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, and the offices of Howeler + Yoon and Preston Scott Cohen in Boston. He also worked at Samoo Architects in Seoul, Korea, participating in the design of number of projects including high profile residences and office towers (Samsung Corporate Offices) from 2004 to 2011. In 2014, he graduated from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design where he was nominated as a finalist for James Templeton Kelley Prize for Best Final Design Project and for the Araldo A. Cossutta Annual Prize for Design Excellence. He was a finalist for the KPF Traveling Fellowship in 2013 and has received around 30 awards for a number of competitions for designs along a broad range of scales. He is focused on the relationships between architectural design and public space as well as architectural scale regeneration through design. His essential design approaches are providing re-configurable infrastructure, regenerating the sense of place in civic ground, and providing aesthetically pleasing architecture environment for public. He is constantly chasing and aiming to find adaptable and re-configurable architecture through the design elements of architecture, such as stair, window, floor or facade for unpredictable changes of living and life in new era. He had around 30 times publications and exhibitions in the world Asia, Europe, South and North America. He has taught a course in post-production architectural workflow at the GSD for build up his pedagogy. He was featured in Korean daily newspapers including Chosun, Dong-a, Hani, Joongang, Yonhap, MBN, and he was on air at SBS, one of major broadcasting companies in Korea.

Lee Yong-ju





Dong Gyu Kim

Gyeongsang National University

Dong Gyu Kim is an assistant professor in the school of architecture at Gyeongsang National University in Korea. After obtaining a Bachelor from Inha University, he studied at the Federal University of Technology Zurich (ETH, Zurich) and received a Diplom in Architecture and Urban Design from Stuttgart University. He practiced architecture and urban design at Heinle Wischer und Partner, Pesch und Partner, Werner Sobek 3e, Behnisch Architectkten, and HWP in Germany. Since then, he jointly/independently operated MOOYUKI, UNITA, SOAP, and studio ALL in Korea, gave design and theoretical lectures at Dankook University, Inha University, and Namseoul National University, served as invited professors at Sejong University. He was a public architect in Seoul, and is currently working as a public architect in Jinju and a city PD in Suwon.

Minjung Maing
Hanyang University (Seoul), School of Architecture

Professor Minjung Maeng is an associate professor in the Department of Architecture at Hanyang University. Prior to joining Hanyang University, he conducted research and lectures at Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Hong Kong. Prior to that, he had many years of rich hands-on experience at architectural design and engineering firms in the United States and Korea. In fact, I have experience working as a design expert on several large construction projects in the United States. Prof. Minjung Meng’s main research areas are performance design of buildings, design technology integration, sustainability, building exteriors (façades), building systems and urban planning. In detail, he has worked in the field of building design for urban microclimate, building information modeling (BIM) and performance decision-making processes, workflow analysis, sustainable home design and integration with building exterior and façade manufacturing technologies. Professor Minjung Maeng received his BA in Architecture and Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, MA in Engineering from Stanford University, and MArch. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He also earned American Professional Engineer and AIA certifications.

Kwon Soon-Jung
Professor, Ph. D., Architect
Department of Architecture, Ajou University

1. Education & Degree
 B. Eng., Dept. of Architecture, Seoul National University. 1984. 2
 M. Sc., Dept. of Architecture, Seoul National University. 1986. 2
 M. A., South Bank University, London, U. K., 1997. 10
 Ph. D., Dept. of Architecture, Seoul National University. 1999. 2
 Licensed Architect. Ministry of Construction. 1990.12

2. Career
 2001 – : Professor. Department of Architecture, College of Eng., Ajou University
 1999 – 2001 : Full-time Lecturer. School of Architecture, College of Eng., Soonchunhyang University
 1992 – 1998 : Head Researcher, Korea Institute of Health Management.
 1987 – 1991 : Architect, Seoul Architects’ Company

3. Teaching Area
 Architectural Planning and Design
 Theory of Architectural Form and Space.
 Planning of Health Care Buildings.
 Planning for Elderly Care Facilities.

4. Membership in Academic Societies
 1993 – : Architectural Institute of Korea
 1995 – : Korea Institute of Healthcare Architecture. Honorary President.

5. Graduation Thesis
 Thesis for M. Sc (S.N.U. 1986. 2) : A Study on the Expansion & Modernization and Its Trend of the General Hospital in Korea
 Thesis for M. A. (South Bank University, London, 1997) : A Strategic Approach – Provision of Care Facilities for Older People in South Korea
 Doctoral Dissertation (SNU. 1999. 2.) : A study on the Supply Estimation and Planning of Elderly Care Facilities in Korea

6. Architectural Works
1) Competition for Concept Design of Elderly Housing, 3rd prize, 2020.10, Korea Land & Hosing Corporation.

You bang keun

Professor, School of Architecture, Gyeongsang National University
Professor, “Atelier International d’Architecture Construite(AIAC)

As a university professor and architect, I take the space formed by the material properties and structural design concept of architecture as my main task.
Currently, I am the vice president of AIAC (Atelier International d’Architecure Construite), an international studio, and conduct annual workshops with architecture schools and students in 10 countries around the world with the same concept.


Seung-beom Roh
Professor Department of Architecture
HANYANG University College of Engineering





Our Previous Jury Members 2020

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 Northouse 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
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 by enabling unique ‘in-residence’ studio programs for students.

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


BArch (Hons) Auckland, Ph.D. RMIT Melbourne, ANZIA

I am currently a 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 Ph.D. from RMIT University, Melbourne, in the invited reflective practice program.

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 spatialized 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 a 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.

Jan Smitheram
Associate Dean of Academic Development
Wellington Faculty of Architecture and Design Innovation

My current research project involves working on a URF funded project researching how architects think about the body when they design. Papers currently under preparation address questions of architectural representation, performativity, occupation and affect.

I am also working in collaboration with Simon Twose, our research explores the relationship between the body and the built-in terms of theory and practice. Our research will be made available through conferences and journal publications.

Visiting Assistant ProfessorInterior Design Pratt Institute

Founding partner of In Situ Design, a boutique firm specializing in residential and hospitality design; prior to founding In Situ Design, he worked for Perkins + Will on urban planning, commercial, and healthcare projects, and at Oliver Cope Architect on traditional residential designs; in a previous life, he worked at Lazard Frères in Paris and Moscow and briefly in the old offices of The New Yorker magazine.

David Ling 
David Ling founded David Ling Architects

Informed by a multi-cultural background, nurtured in the United States, formed in Europe and with an umbilical cord still attached to China, David Ling founded David Ling Architects in 1992. Ling established international practice in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. Composed of exhibition spaces, creative offices, high-end retail, high-end residences and institutional spaces Ling’s work has received numerous international awards such as the Interiors Magazine’s Annual Awards for Best Retail Design and again for Best Office Design, Interior Design Magazine’s Future Furniture Award, Best of Year Award and Kitchen and Bath Designer Leader Award, Municipal Arts Society’s National Design Award, Architectural Bienal Miami + Beach Gold and Silver medals, Benjamin Moore’s Hue Awards for Best Residential Interiors, New York Magazine’s Top 100 Architects and Decorators, London’s Design Partnership Award for Best Retail Design and Best Exhibition Design from ICFF and London’s Grosvenor House Antiques Fair. Ling’s international press includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Netflix, HG TV, Dwell Video, Interior Design, Interiors, Dwell, House and Garden, Elle Décor, Metropolitan Home, Wallpaper, Arte, Casa da Abitare, Interni, Architektur und Wohnen, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, VM+SD and Burlington Magazine. The Essence of Ling’s Architecture is the artistic integration of space, form, light, and function enriched by materiality. Ling’s approach is a sculpted choreography of opposites, forming a dialogue of interlocking spaces and forms articulated in a crafted use of materials, ennobling space and form through materiality and light.

David Ling’s ultimate goal is to create something never said before, in a timeless manner.

Wallace P.H
HKIA University

Buildings. He is both an architectural practitioner and theorist on urban design, cultural conservation, and community participation. His award-winning designs range from the urban washroom to the university academic building. Also, he is a social activist to promote a civil consciousness on the urban environment, community conservation, and sustainable planning, including his recent advocacy on the redevelopment planning and architecture of Shek Tsai Leng [Dills Corner Garden] Elderly Caring District. He has been conducting research with an exhibition in Habitat City and Bamboo Theatre. His latest research, Kai Tak River Green Corridor Community Education Project [HKADC 2013 Award of Arts Education, International Award for Public Art 2015], focuses on cultural identity and urban sustainability issues during the urban transformation process in Hong Kong and southern Chinese cities. To recognize his contribution to the promotion of cultural conservation, he was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the Secretary for Home Affairs in 2015.