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Meet the 2014 Judges

Carlo Castelli (AECOM)

Carlo Castelli

Carlo Castelli is an architect and urban designer. He studied architecture in Genoa where he graduated with distinction in 1999. In 2011 he completed the MSc ‘City Design and Social Science’ at the London School of Economics and Social Science to build up on his design experience and explore research and applied techniques on urban issues.

He has more than fourteen years of experience and worked as a senior architect in internationally recognized practices such as Wilkinson Eyre Architects and Arup Associates before joining AECOM in 2012.

Through extensive experience on complex buildings and diverse urban contexts, Carlo has acquired a great understanding of the design development process at various scales, managing interfaces, coordination and brief interpretation towards the creation of high-quality design and successful urban environments with real added value for the various stakeholders.

His experience spans across sectors and includes important contributions to the design process and delivery of internationally renowned buildings within urban development projects. Amongst them the 26 storey residential tower part of a wider Love Lane masterplan in Woolwic, London, the 437m high Guangzhou West Tower, the Olympic Basketball Arena for London 2012, the Temple Mills Depot for Eurostar trains in London, the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension and a velodrome competition entry for London 2012.

He is currently involved on the design of a 440,000 sqm commercial development in Istanbul which includes a bank’s headquarters, a masterplan for a 160,000 sqm mixed-use development in Bahrein and the Cairo Aerotropolis project. He previously worked on the Olympic venues in Rio de Janeiro acting as design lead for the Tennis Centre and core lead design coordinator for the International Broadcast Centre with significant elements of liaison with the masterplanning team.


Alan Crawford (Crawford Partnership)

Alan Crawford

Alan Crawford is the founder of award winning London based Crawford Partnership Architects, established in 1997 as a design led architecture and interior design practice.

Prior to setting up Crawford Partnership, he spent 8 years in the Middle East as an architect and director of a leading London practice based in Bahrain, working on a diverse range of projects from new schools, offices towers, mixed use townships, telecommunications and industrial buildings and high end residential developments, with the most challenging of these being a new conference centre complex for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) annual conference, designed as a cluster of tented structures and built in 112 days in Kuwait City one month after liberation at the end of the Gulf War.

More recently, the practice has developed a growing reputation in the residential sector producing unique, quirky designs for new houses built on difficult urban infill or backland ‘brownfield sites’ in and around London that we now term ‘Signature Houses’, and which require considerable skills in manipulating and overcoming complex planning policy issues to gain approvals. One of these houses recently won ‘Best Home’ in the 2012 Haringey Design Awards.

In expanding the practice profile overseas, during the past two years Alan has been regularly visiting Peru where he has been forming links in Lima with local architects and contractors to tap into the growing construction market in this part of the world.

For the past 4 years Alan has been a judge on the prestigious ‘Designer Magazine’ kitchen and bathroom awards.


Firas Hnoosh (BDP)

Firas Hnoosh

Firas joined BDP as Director in 2014 after serving as Design Director at the Abu Dhabi office of Gensler and before that for several years at the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) as Associate and Studio Head leading a range of mixed-use projects throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

As Director at BDP’s Abu Dhabi office, Firas Hnoosh provides design leadership to the design team and is responsible for delivering the best service to clients and continually improving design quality.  Overall, he directs the design process from conception and planning phases through design development and construction documentation as well as lead business development activities in the MENA region.

Previously, Firas has experience in Sweden working for Lindvall Architecture and Design. He has also lived in the Middle East for several years, two of which were in Dubai where he formed a good understanding of the region and appreciation of its construction market. Firas holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, he is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Božana Komljenovic (Zaha Hadid)

Zaha Hadid

Božana was born in Belgrade where she graduated in Architecture from Belgrade University. 

Since relocating to London in1994, Božana completed Post Graduate Diploma and Part III at the South Bank University, registered with ARB and became a chartered RIBA member in 2000.

In London, Božana worked independently on residential and art related projects before joining architectural practice Walters and Cohen in 1998. She was made an Associate at Walters and Cohen in 2002. 

In May 2007 Božana joined Zaha Hadid Architects and was made an Associate in December 2008.

Since joining ZHA Božana worked as a Project Architect/Associate in charge of:

  • 5.5 million square meters masterplan in Istanbul
  • Architectural Concept for sqm mixed use development in Kartal, Istanbul
  • Residential development in Singapore
  • Kowloon Cultural District competition in Hong Kong
  • King Abdulah Petroleum Research centre in Saudi Arabia
  • Sheldon Haymarket Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska

Božana is currently a project Associate on Beko mix use complex project in Belgrade. In addition, Božana also:

  • Ran design workshops for Sorrel Foundation’s joinedupfordesign programme
  • Acted as an external critic and tutor at both South Bank and the Architectural Association in London
  • Continues to actively mentor Part III candidates
  • Has been a visiting lecturer at the London School of Economic’s Cities Programme
  • Is a continuing visiting studio co-mentor at Masters Programme at Faculty of Architecture, University of Belgrade
  • Tought at Belgrade University as part of EU MIDWEB programme for 2011


Rysia Suchecka

Rysia Suchecka (NBBJ)

Rysia Suchecka is partner in charge of interior architecture at NBBJ, named one of the largest practices in the world by BD Magazine. As a driving force behind NBBJ’s design excellence, Rysia has led project work for clients that include the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Rysia possesses a special ability to translate a client’s vision, purpose, and culture into an elegant facility by integrating the interiors with the building’s structure, character and surrounding context. Her work further stands apart for its graceful detailing, fine materials and finishes.

Rysia’s work has brought national and international recognition, including her induction into the Interior Design magazine Hall of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the IIDA. In addition, her design has garnered many prestigious awards, including two National AIA Honor Awards for Interior Architecture and five Best of Year Awards from Interior Design Magazine.

Rysia is also a popular design awards juror, lecturer, and advisor. She has served as a design instructor at the Cornish Institute and an alumni lecturer at the School of Architecture in Warsaw, Poland, Parsons The New School for Design, the University of Oregon and the Pratt Institute. She has been an interiors juror for the AIA Chicago and Washington DC chapters, the Institute of  Business Designers and Interior magazine’s Best Interiors awards. She serves on the Advisory Board of Contract magazine and the Henry Art Gallery.


Lev Libeskind

After graduating with a B.A. from University of California, Los Angeles in 1999, Lev received an M.Phil in Architecture History and Theory from the University of Cambridge (UK) and an MBA from the Universitaet St. Gallen (Switzerland.) He has lived in a dozen countries and worked in many diverse companies, among them Studio Daniel Libeskind in New York and Architekt Daniel Libeskind AG in Zürich. Since 2012, Lev has headed the Libeskind studio in Milan, in order to manage his father’s European projects, as well as product & industrial designs, exhibitions, and interior design around the world. The Milan studio is currently working on projects in Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Spain and Switzerland.






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