May 7, 2015

Thesis SuperJury

Guest jurors

Julián Manriquez Botello

Julián Manriquez Botello (B.Arch, Cornell University; M.Arch, SCI-Arc) was born in Zacatecas, México. He is an educator—named director scholar at SCI-Arc— and practitioner and a licensed architect and the founding director of in.formation studio in San Juan, Puerto Rico where he resides. He embraces all scales as an opportunity to engage design research and investigate the relationships between form and performance, inhabitation and event, and object and territory. The studio works include master planning, architecture, interiors, installations, furniture, and product design. He has commissioned works in México, República Dominicana, British Virgin Islands, the United States, and Puerto Rico. He has received numerous awards and published extensively.

He is currently a visiting professor at the Universidad de Puerto Rico where he teaches studio and elective courses. He was the presidential visiting critic at Universidad Católica de Ponce in a series of semesters focused on projects for the city ecology. He was a visiting critic at the Politécnica Universidad de Puerto Rico where he partnered with Alberto Kalach from México City for a traveling studio to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He has been guest critic at PRATT, Cornell, City College, and Escuela Internacional de Diseño, among others.  He is an active member of the AIA Puerto Rico and has served as its president, vice-president, and board member. He has been a member of the Colegio de Arquitectos y Arquitectos Paisajistas de Puerto Rico and has served as advisor of education to the board.

Felecia Davis

Felicia Davis (B.S., Engineering, Tufts University; M.Arch, Princeton University) is an assistant professor at the Stuckeman Center for Design and Computation in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Pennsylvania State University, and director of SOFTLAB. She is also a Ph.D. candidate in the Design and Computation Group in the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT where she is working on a dissertation which develops computational textiles or textiles that respond to commands through computer programming, electronics, and sensors for use in architecture. These responsive textiles used in lightweight shelters will transform how we communicate, socialize, and use space. Davis has lectured, taught workshops, published and exhibited her work in textiles, computation, and architecture internationally, including the Swedish School of Textiles, Microsoft Research, and MIT’s Media Lab. She has taught architectural design for over 10 years at Cornell University and design studios most recently at Princeton University, and the Cooper Union in New York.

Felicia Davis is principal of her own design firm, FADSTUDIO. She has received several finalist awards for her architectural designs in open and invited design competitions such as the California Valley Central History Museum, the Queens Museum of Art Addition, the Pittsburgh Charm Bracelet Neighborhood Revitalization Competition, and the Little Haiti Housing Association in Miami.

Josemaría de Churtichaga

Josemaría de Churtichaga (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid, 1992) founded the office CHURTICHAGA+QUADRA-SALCEDO architects in 1995 with Cayetana de la Quadra-Salcedo. Focused mainly on public buildings, the firm has won several national and international competitions. De Churtichaga’s award-winning work has been published in national and international publications and books. The work of the office is focused on the intimate relationship between physical and unphysical aspects, trying to understand architecture as a sensorial interface, as an atmosphere between man and the environment. He was a design studio professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid from 2003 to 2008. Since 2008, he has served as the Associate Dean of IE School of Architecture and Director for Undergraduate Architecture Studies.

Wendy W. Fok

Wendy W. Fok (B.A.Architecture/Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University; M.Arch and Urban Policy/Planning certification, Princeton University; Doctoral Candidate, Harvard GSD) is the creative director/founder of WE-DESIGNS, LLC (Architecture/Creative Strategy) and atelier//studio-WF (Spatial Art), and winner of the ADC Young Guns 11 Award (2013), AIA Dallas “Express Yourself” Women in Architecture Award (2013), Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (2009), and selected designer of the Perspective 40 under 40 Award (2011).  Fok’s interests include investigations of contextual and content-related natures of digital-media and design-fabrication, partnered with cradle-to-cradle material explorations that complement scaled prototypes within architectural design. Meanwhile, her design methodology is to challenge the dynamic significance in structuring and mapping the ideals of art, architecture, and urbanism within the processes of design/optimization/fabrication for resilient planning, interactive design, material research, and alternative methods of fabrication/production with progressive aims within the built environment.

Fok is currently completing her Doctor of Design at the Harvard GSD, in collaboration with the Harvard Law School. Her doctoral research is an investigative approach between computational innovation and ethical/equitable application of technical methods, including issues of intellectual property law, ownership and authorship property rights in digital fabrication and commodization, for architecture and the built environment. Fok has also been invited to tutor at several Architectural Association (AA) Visiting Schools, among other prestigious design workshops internationally.

Alvin Huang 

Alvin Huang AIA (B.Arch, University of Southern California in Los Angeles, 1998; Masters of Architecture and Urbanism, Architectural Association Design Research Laboratory, London, 2004) is an award-winning architect (registered in Arizona and Colorado), designer, and educator specializing in the integrated application of material performance, emergent design technologies, and digital fabrication in contemporary architectural practice. This exploration of “digital craft” is identified as the territory where the exchange between the technology of the digitally conceived and the artisanry of the handmade is explored. His wide ranging international experience includes significant projects of all scales ranging from hi-rise towers and mixed-use developments to bespoke furnishings.

Alvin Huang is the founder and design principal of Synthesis Design + Architecture. Previously, he gained significant professional experience working with Amanda Levete Architects, Future Systems, Zaha Hadid Architects, and AECOM.

Huang’s work has been widely published and exhibited and has gained international recognition, including being selected to represent the UK at the Beijing Biennale in 2008. Awards include: a 2014 ACSA New Faculty Teaching Award, 2014 ACSA Faculty Design Award (Honorable Mention), 2014 AIA Small Projects Award, 2014 Autodesk Small Business Innovation Award, 2013 Time Magazine’s 20 Best Inventions of the Year, 2013 AIA|LA NextLA Design Award, 2013 AIA California Council Merit Award, and 2009 D&AD Award for Environmental Design.

Hans Ibelings

Hans Ibelings is a Montreal-based architectural historian. He teaches at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, University of Toronto, and is the editor and publisher of ‘The Architecture Observer.” From 2004 until 2012, he was the editor and publisher of A10 new European architecture, a magazine he founded together with graphic designer Arjan Groot. Prior to that he worked as an independent critic and curator at the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. He is the author of several books, including “Supermodernism: Architecture in the Age of Globalization” and “European Architecture Since 1890.”

Christopher Marcinkoski

Christopher Marcinkoski (B.Arch,  Pennsylvania State University; M.Arch, Yale University) is an assistant professor of landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a licensed architect and founding director of PORT A+U, a leading-edge urban design consultancy. Prior to his appointment at Penn, Christopher was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations in New York where he led that office’s large-scale urban design work including the QianHai Water City in Shenzhen and Shelby Farms Park in Memphis.

Marcinkoski’s design work and research have been published internationally in a range of journals and books, including MONU 19 - Greater Urbanism; Paisea 23 - Large Scale; Vertical Cities Asia International Design Competition + Symposium (National University of Singapore); Proceedings of the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture; Urban INFILL volume no. 5: Diagrammatically (Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative/Kent State University); Praxis: Journal of Writing and Building, Issue 13 - Eco-Logics; A+T #37 - Strategy Space; ExtraStateCraft: Global Infrastructure as a Medium of Polity (Jan van Eyck Academie); Harvard Design Magazine #33; Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park (Princeton Architectural Press); MID-(Mississipi State University); Dirt: via Books Volume 2 (MIT Press); Fast Forward Urbanism (Princeton Architectural Press); Architecture as Infrastructure: Designing Composite Networks (Jovis); Landscape Architecture China; Metropolis; and 20|20: Editorial Takes On Architectural Discourse (Architectural Association Publications).

Marcinkoski’s current research uses the urbanistic crisis that emerged in Spain over the first decade of the 21st century as a platform for considering the increasingly speculative nature of contemporary urbanization, and in particular, the disciplinary implications for the design and planning professions engaged in the work that comprises this phenomenon. His forthcoming book on the subject is titled “The City That Never Was - Urbanization After the Bubble.”

While at Yale University, Marcinkoski was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for Design Excellence and the Christopher Tunnard Fellowship for Achievement in Urban Planning. In 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Fellowship for Urban Design. He was editor of Perspecta 38 | Architecture After All (MIT Press, 2006).

Matt Shaw

Matt Shaw is the founder and co-editor of Mockitecture, a half-manifesto/half-satire collection of architectural debauchery. He has worked for the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab), Storefront for Art and Architecture, Architizer, and been published in The Architectural Review, Beyond, Domus, Icon, and the Architect’s Newspaper. He also wrote and researched two editions of the guidebook Europe’s Top 100 Architecture and Design Schools for Domus, and helped edit Reiser + Umemoto’s O-14: Projection and Reception for AA Publications. Matt leads an experimental research group, the Critical Method Unit (CMU), at Syracuse University NYC Architecture Program.

Roger Sherman

Roger Sherman (B.A, University of Pennsylvania; M.Arch, Harvard Graduate School of Design, AIA Henry Adams Medal) founded Roger Sherman Architecture and Urban Design (RSAUD) in 1989. Previously, he worked for Rafael Vinoly Architects in New York City for 2 years. He is licensed in both California and New York. Sherman is the recipient of many honors and awards, including a finalist for the Ventulette Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Tech in 2004; presenting a paper at the “Pragmatism” Conference at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2000; a Wheelwright Fellow at Harvard in 1995; and a Skidmore Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellow in 1984. In 1987, he and Edmund Chang earned the commission for the West Hollywood Civic Center by winning an international design competition from a field of over 300 entrants.

Sherman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Westside Urban Forum (WUF) and on the Advisory Board of Livable Places, a non-profit developer of affordable housing. He has also served on the City of West Hollywood’s Cultural Heritage Advisory Board, and as a partner of the Weingart Center Association, a homeless organization. Sherman is an adjunct associate professor at UCLA’s Department of Architecture and Urban Design, and was formerly Director of the FreshURBS postgraduate program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). He was a Visiting Studio Professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design in 2001, and has both lectured and served as a visiting critic at a wide range of academic institutions, including Yale, Rice, Princeton, Michigan, Arizona State, and CCAC.

Donna Sink

Donna Sink (M.Arch,Cranbrook Academy of Art) is a registered architect and partner at MW Harris LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana. Sink joined the firm in 2005 after ten years of experience working in Portland doing retail interiors and in Philadelphia doing historic renovation and institutional work. MW Harris is an architecture and interior design offering high-end design services for residential and light commercial projects. They specialize in providing personal, customized design for discriminating homeowners who value timeless style, excellent craftsmanship, and the emotional rewards of loving the space in which they live. The firm focuses on both new construction and renovation projects that typically employ custom built-in cabinetry, integrated lighting design, and sophisticated furnishings. Their belief is that good design should - and does - bring pleasure to every aspect of life. Donna Sink’s enjoyment in practicing architecture stems in large part from the collaborative interaction of owner, builder, and designer in creating a project that exceeds everyone’s expectations.

Elisabetta Terragni

Elisabetta Terragni has been the principal of her studio in Como, Italy since 2001. After serving as an assistant at the Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich from 1997 to 1999, she moved to Montreal, Canada for two years and later taught museography at the Milan Polytechnic.  She has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the New York Institute of Technology (2005-2006) and is currently associate professor at the City University of New York.  She has taught studios and seminars at universities in Germany, Italy, and Switzerland.

Peter Zellner

Peter Zellner (B.Arch, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia; M.Arch, Harvard Graduate School of Design) is the principal and design lead for AECOM’s Los Angeles design studio. Zellner has over 20 years of experience in building, urban design, interior architecture, and exhibition design.

In addition to his award-winning work, Peter Zellner is a faculty member at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and coordinates the school’s Future Initiatives Urban Design program. He has held visiting professorships at UC Berkeley, the University of Southern California, Florida International University, the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris, the Institut für Städtebau und Raumplanung (Institute for Urban Design and Urban Planning) at the Universität Innsbruck, Austria and the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. He was the 2013 Ivan Smith Eminent Chair at the University of Florida, School of Architecture.

“The Los Angeles Times” and “The New York Times”have recognized Peter as an emerging voice. “Harper’s Bazaar” included Zellner in its ‘Best of What’s New — Designers to Watch’ and “Art Auction” magazine included him in its annual ‘Power 100’selection of influential people in the art world. 

PZellner is the author of numerous essays and books including, “Hybrid Space” (Thames & Hudson, 2000) and “Pacific Edge” (Thames & Hudson, 1998). He has curated exhibitions including Sign as Surface (Artists Space, 2003) and Whatever Happened to LA?(SCI-Arc, 2005).

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