WD Awards Juries

World Design Awards 2021 Jury Members

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.