Jury

Ashvinkumar Kantial

Ashvinkumar Kantial

Ashvinkumar is Group Chief Operating Officer, ONG&ONG Pte Ltd and has been involved in many notable projects, both local and overseas. Some of these in collaboration with Paul Rudolph, Kenzo Tange Associates, MGT Architects and Carlos Ott.

He is Immediate Past President, Singapore Institute of Architects and has been actively involved in SIA since 2000. He was responsible for the Institute's Practice Thrust and other positions he held include Co-Chairman of the Professional and Strategic Development Committee and Chairman, Board of Architectural Education Committee. He has also been involved as a Board of Architects Professional Practice Examiner and currently he is a Steering Committee Member of the proposed Indian Heritage Centre.

 

Peter Rich

Peter Rich

Peter Rich is a practising architect and has been a Professor of Architecture at the University of the Witwatersrand for 30 years. Peter soon began to engage with tribal communities, acting as an architect, a facilitator or an activist.

After 1994 Peter engaged with a series of important cultural heritage projects. All of these projects were funded by the South African government, using cultural tourism initiatives to battle poverty and heal the wounds of apartheid.

The Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre (Awarded “Building of the Year” at the World Architecture Festival in 2009) and the Alexandra Heritage Centre, both recently completed, have been widely published and applauded, a culmination of a lifetimes passion for architecture.

In 2010, in recognition of his achievements, Peter was awarded the prestigious Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects and The South African Institute of Architects Gold Medal.

 

Rachel Sayers

Rachel Sayers

Rachel is a partner of Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios with a long standing involvement in University campus’, public realm, educational and residential facilities design, including a 900 bed residential scheme for the University of Washington in Seattle. She also has experience of designing science laboratories. Other projects include MildMay, an urban design scheme providing housing, supported needs housing and a GP Surgery for the Peabody Trust in London.

Rachel worked on the Canopy project in London for an eco-friendly office building to house charities involved in sustainable development and NGOs. She works for charities in Burundi and Kenya providing facilities for street children using local technologies.

She was a member of the jury for the KME copper awards 2010 and has given several talks on education facilities. She is an External examiner at University of Strathclyde School of Architecture and part-time Tutor in the Diploma School of the Welsh School of Architecture 2003-2004.

 

Catherine Slessor (Jury Chair)

Catherine Slessor (Jury Chair)

Catherine Slessor is Editor of the Architectural Review. In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture magazines, among them Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain) and Bauwelt (Germany).

Her selected publications include Eco Tech, a study of the relationship between High Tech architecture and environmental awareness and Concrete Regionalism which considers the influence of vernacular traditions on contemporary practice.

She has lectured in the UK, USA, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Argentina and has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University. Earlier this year she was a juror for the 2012 Canadian Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.


 

Shamsul Wares

Shamsul Wares

Shamsul Wares is Professor and Dean at the School of Environment and Design, University of Asia Pacific, Dhaka, Bangladesh and has designed many Residential, Institutional and Public Buildings. He has served as President of The Institute of Architects, Bangladesh (IAB) for two terms and has led the Bangladesh delegation at five ARCASIA meetings. He was awarded the Life Time Achievement Award for Architectural Education by the institute in 2009.

He also serves as a technical advisor to a number of Bangladesh Government Organisations including the Ministry of Public Works, Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Dhaka University, Export Promotion Bureau, etc.

Shamsul has been a member of international design competition juries including Architect of the Year Award (AYA) in New Delhi (1997 and 1999), ARCASIA Award for Architecture, CAA 7th International Student Design Competition (2006).

He has delivered papers at several International Seminars in Asia and beyond.