Jury Members

Jury Members (in alphabetical order)

li Basbous
Ali Basbous (Beirut, 1973) is the Founder and Director of BAD. Built by Associative Data; A Canadian, Lebanese Architect living between Barcelona and Beirut. Ali holds a Masters degree in Advanced Architectural Design from the Institute of Advanced Architecture of Cataluña/Barcelona (IAAC). Ali’s global experience in creating pioneering ideas have been prized many internationally notable awards. Prior to his involvement in BAD., Ali has been performing major roles and renowned design practices in firms like JDS Architects (Brussels, Copenhagen), NBBJ (Shanghai, Seattle) and Raphael Vinoly Architects (New York). Ali pursues an expertise in the use of powerful modeling and design softwares (such as Rhino 3D, Grasshopper and VB scripting) to discover new Architectural forms that can respond to contemporary culture, economics and industry. His deep understanding for the complex systems of nature and the massive Data accumulation varying between sustainable issues to practical diagrammatic programming enable him a to generate precise definitions to acquire pioneering designs. During his design process, he studies and analyses new social patterns, economical and cultural trends, and conceives accordingly. With many years of Global practice, Ali has a deep understanding of the local cultures and clients.

Abbas Gharib
Abbas Gharib, founder of studio Gharib ,(born 16 June 1942) is an Italian-based architect of Iranian origin. His approach to planning and design has made him well known as an influential figure in the research, practice and teaching of Post-contemporary art and architecture. He studied architecture at the University IUAV of Venice. His role in evolving the method of creative development in Tenstar Community Association proposes through the development of an integrated set of creative disciplines, an education that transforms the urban regeneration in an added value through the interaction of creative disciplines. An added value that allows the users of the projects to meet their operational needs in an area renovated with sustainable long-term economy based on the use of knowledge (knowledge based production) rather than on the dispersion of energy (energy based production).

Willy Müller
Willy Müller graduated as an architect (1984) in Argentina and pursued doctoral studies at ETSAB-UPB (1986/88). He is a co-founder of the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC) in 2001, becoming its Development Manager in 2004. He established his own office in Barcelona WMA, Willy Müller Architects in 1996, a recognized architectural firm achieving several international awards in competitions as well as with built projects, featuring his work in numerous exhibitions. He is the co-author of several books, including Sociópolis, Media House Project, the Metapolis Dictionary of Advanced Architecture, and the Self-sufficient Housing. 
“Müller himself is a professional of proposals, not only for buildings but also as concepts. He has been a strong voice for putting architecture at the center of the debate. He has been fearless in exposing his ideas personally and has worked to promote creativity and discussing all of architectures extensions. His intentions are clearly to go beyond the physical world and explore also the possibilities of interaction in a social context, the new technologies and with nature.” (Jaime Lerer, President of International Union of Architects).
Müller was the Director of Barcelona Regional from 2011 until 2015.

Yoko Okuyama
Yoko Okuyama was born in Tokyo and graduated in architecture from the Hokkaido University. She immediately began her career in Kenzo Tange's studio where she collaborated on a number of important prejects, such as Tokyo Cathedral and Univesity of the Sacred Heart.
She is the founder and currently the chairwoman of Sohseisha architecture and design firm. She moved in Italy in 2000 and began her art works. The creation of her works from giappanese cellulose and water which as equally ancient and primeval as these materials. Her works have been descrived as "brushless painting" because use only the movement of water.

Carme Pinós

Carme Pinós set up her own studio in 1991 after winning international recognition for her work with Enric Miralles. She has worked on numerous projects ranging from urban refurbishments and public works to furniture design. Her sharp approach to design, anchored by a constant focus on experimentation and research, has made her work garner worldwide recognition. Her most significant recent works include the design of the MPavilion 2018 in Melbourne, the Regional Office for the Generalitat in Tortosa (Spain); the architectural set composed by Gardunya Square, Massana School of Arts, an extension for La Boqueria Market in the Historical District of Barcelona, the Masterplan for the historical centre of Saint Dizier (France), the Departments Building of the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria), the Cube Towers in Guadalajara (Mexico) and the CaixaForum Cultural and Exhibition Centre in Zaragoza (Spain). She was named Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and RIBA International Fellow in 2013 for her outstanding contribution to architecture.