Berlin Techno Booth Competition Jury Panel

Bee Breeders is pleased to announce its jury for the Berlin Techno Booth competition!

Dan Dorocic, ON/OFF
AKUT, street artist
Gonzalo Lopez, knitknot architecture
Jürgen Mayer H., J.MAYER.H und Partner
Kerim Miskavi, MAS - Miskavi Architecture Studio
Alice Pasquini, street artist
Nicolas Sterling, Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers
Elke Sterling-Presser, Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers

Dan Dorocic is a member of design & architecture collective ON/OFF. Through his involvement with ON/OFF, he has been focusing on mobile architecture, publishing, and pedagogical workshops. Dan also works on more traditional architecture projects and has curated several exhibitions, run workshops and taught in architecture departments in Germany and Norway. ON/OFF is a network of designers, architects, curators, filmmakers, and urbanists. Our curiosity lies in the city and its processes. This complexity offers the basis for experiments into our contemporary condition and gives us the opportunity to question, to tune into, and to discover new realities. With each project we draw on our combined experiences and unique skills to investigate and affect the city’s lived dimension. We primarily conceive of tools and structures both physical, social, and fictional - which enable shared engagement with the citizens of the place where the experiments are carried out.

Falk Lehmann aka AKUT is a Berlin-based urban contemporary artist and photographer, who has been active in the graffiti and street art scene for more than 25 years. He began his career in graffiti focusing on photorealism as a founding member of the legendary graffiti collective Ma’Claim Crew in 2001. After studying Visual Communication & Graphic Design at the Bauhaus University in Weimar Germany, he merged with artist Jasmin Siddiqui aka Hera to form the renowned artistic duo Herakut in 2004. As part of Herakut AKUT has maintained his photorealistic style but transitioned from graffiti to street art, painting large scale murals, working on humanitarian projects in refugee camps and holding gallery exhibitions all over the world. AKUT constantly develops his creative output by exploring different painting techniques and materials, the unconventional usage of tools and an ever growing range of creative disciplines. In his artworks he mainly focuses on modeling individuals and portraits as well as processing overall issues humankind is facing.

 

Gonzalo Lopez received his Masters in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Barcelona (ETSAB), and is currently a PhD Candidate in Urban Planning and Design at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (ETSAM), where he is developing his research thesis: “The participatory city. Collaborative working methods applied to urban planning”. After years practicing in the international offices of Mecanoo, KPF and OMA, Gonzalo is currently Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute, and partner at knitknot architecture.

 

Jürgen Mayer H. is the founding partner of J.MAYER.H und Partner. After studying architecture at the University of Stuttgart, The Cooper Union New York and Princeton University, he founded his Berlin office in 1996. J.MAYER.H und Partner is a renowned architectural practice working at the interface of architecture, communication design and new technologies. In cooperative teams, multidisci-plinary spatial research on the relationship between body, nature and technology is developed and reali- zed, from installations to urban planning designs and competitions. J.MAYER.H has realised a wide range of different projects worldwide. Recent notable projects include the parking garage in Miami Design-District, the FOM university building in Dusseldorf, Germany, a court building in Hasselt, Belgium and various public and infrastructural buildings in Georgia, such as the airport in Mestia and the border crossing in Sarpi. The most prominent project is the internationally renowned Metropol Parasol, the re- design of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Seville, Spain with its expansive sculptural wooden construction.

Kerim Miskavi is an architect and founder of Istanbul-based MAS - Miskavi Architecture Studio. He graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, and has worked with international practices including SO-IL and Mitchell | Giurgola Architects in New York, and Herzog & De Meuron in Basel. Kerim has served as a design lead on projects ranging from a contemporary art museum in Hong Kong to an interactive stage design for a Japanese choreographer in New York. His work has been published and exhibited by the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in New York, and the New York Times. Through an iterative, concept-driven approach, MAS engages in projects of various scales and media ranging from custom-made furniture design to large-scale urban transformations.

Alice Pasquini is a street artist whose work is seen on urban surfaces and walls, galleries and museums in more than one hundred cities worldwide. Alice graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and has been commissioned to design the libretti for the 2019/2020 season at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, has collaborated with the Tourism and Culture Assessor and the Legality and Coastline Assessor of Rome for the 3D project Under Layers in Ostia, and has realized a cycle of works for the Capitoline Museums in Rome. Her work has been exhibited in the Museo Italiano, Melbourne (2017), Saatchi Gallery, London (2016); MACRO Contemporary Art Museum in Rome (2014); Tri-Mission Art Gallery, American Embassy, Rome (2013); Galleria d’Arte Provinciale Santa Chiara e alla Galleria Nazionale, Cosenza (2013); Casa dell’Architettura, Rome (2013); Palazzo Candiotti, Foligno (2012); Espace Pierre Cardin, Paris (2012); Mutuo Centro de Arte, Barcelona (2012). Alice has completed projects Canada Goose, Canon, Nike, Range Rover, Toyota, and Microsoft, illustrated the graphic novel Vertigine (Rizzoli, 2011).

Elke Sterling-Presser is Co Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers in Berlin. She is a licensed German Architect and Entrepreneur, and holds an advanced Master of ­Architec­ture degree from the SAC-Städelschule at the “Staatliche Hochschule für Bildene Künste, Städelschule”, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, under the supervision of Prof. Ben Van Berkel, Prof. Johan Bettum and Prof. Mark Wigley. She completed her degree in architecture in Heidelberg, Ger­many in 2001. Between 2006 and 2015, she worked at Zaha Hadid Architects in London. Her completed projects include the Riverside Museum project, Museum of Transport in Glasgow, the Sackler Gallery Serpentine in Hyde Park, London and the Neil ­Barrett stores in Tokyo, Seoul, Daegu, Osaka, Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hong Kong and London. She is the project architect for all Neil Barrett stores and for private residences in San Diego and Brussels. She currently teaches at the UdK in Berlin, and has taught at the University of Greenwich in London between 2013 and 2015. She has been invited for reviews at various schools of architecture, including the AA Architectural Association, UCL Bartlett, Metropolitan University MET, University of Greenwich, London, Städelschule, Frankfurt and the University of Applied Sciences, Heidelberg.

Nicolas Sterling is Co Founder and Director of Sterling Presser Architects and Engineers in Berlin. He is a structural engineer and architect, qualified and chartered. He is a graduate of the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris and the Paris La Villette School of Architecture. He was previously Associate Director of AKTII Adams Kara Taylor, managing a group delivering buildings and special structures. He joined ARUP AGU’s Advanced Geometry Unit in 2005, a team of specialists within ARUP led by Cecil Balmond, and was part of the ARUP Building Engineering Group in London until 2011. His design-oriented approach and interest in innovative forms and structures has enabled him to work on cutting-edge design projects with leading architectural and design firms such as Zaha Hadid, Shigeru Ban, Ron Arad and Anish Kapoor, and has been involved in a wide range of programmes such as sculptures, canopies, buildings and walkways in a design approach. Prior to 2005, Nicolas worked with Hugh Dutton in the HDA office in Paris on lightweight structures, long span walkways and facades, developing technical concepts and details as a key point in the architectural process. Nicolas regularly gives lectures and reviews in architecture and engineering schools.

The Berlin Techno Booth Competition is part of Bee Breeders’ Small Scale Architecture Appreciation Movement showcasing small projects that contain big ideas. It tasks designers with proposing a temporary structure that, in light of the ongoing pandemic, could accommodate a single dancer, allowing them to dance and enjoy Berlin’s best techno music while socially distancing. The only constraint is that the structure needs to have a maximum area of 4 m2.

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