Buildner is excited to announce its jury for the Iceland Movie Pavilion competition!

Pip Cheshire, Cheshire Architects
Ricardo Gomes,
Borghildur Indriðadóttir, artist
Pablo Larroulet, LARROU ARQ  - Pablo Larroulet Arquitectura
Mark Smyth, Studio Bua
Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir, Studio Bua
Hans Jakob Wagner, University of Stuttgart
Hanna Dís Whitehead, Studio Hanna Whitehead

Pip Cheshire is the Director of Cheshire Architects, based in Auckland, New Zealand. His career includes an Adjunct Professorship at the University of Auckland, competition and awards judging, institutional, residential and civic architecture. Pip is the recipient of the NZIA Gold Medal for Architecture, NZIA national awards for architecture, is a University of Auckland Distinguished Alumni and a published author and critic.

Ricardo Gomes, partner of, was born in Portugal and studied architecture in Lisbon. Worked at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas and with the artist Olafur Eliasson in Berlin. He taught architecture at the UDK in Berlin and art at DIS Copenhagen. He lives and works in Lisbon and Copenhagen.

Borghildur Indriðadóttir is an artist that lives and works in Reykjavík, Iceland. She has previously worked at Studio Olafur Eliasson, and has collaborated to produce installations such as MEAT shown in Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, and as an actress and designer for Club Inferno staged by Volksbühne Berlin. 

Pablo Larroulet is a Chilean architect and founder of LARROU ARQ  - Pablo Larroulet Arquitectura. He graduated in 2010 from the Universidad del Desarrollo, Chile having also studied at the Politécnico de Milán, and received an MArch in Design and Innovation from Valencia, Spain in 2005. From 2015 to 2019 he worked in Sydney, Australia at Villa + Villa Architects and is currently working in Valencia, Spain with Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, specializing in the development of residential, commercial and interior design projects. Parallel to his work and life abroad, he is in constant connection with the development of projects in Chile and collaboration with various architectural offices. 

Mark Smyth is co-founder of Studio Bua, an architectural practice with offices in London and Oslo. Mark is an architect and interior designer with extensive residential experience born in Ireland. He graduated from the Technical University in Delft in 2010. While working at award-winning London studio The Manser Practice, he has led demanding projects ranging in scale from one-off private residences nestled in the English countryside to high-rise mixed-use developments in the heart of London. Raised a stone’s throw from his parents’ plant nursery, Mark is an avid horticulturalist whose prowess extends beyond buildings to garden design.

Sigrún Sumarliðadóttir is co-founder of Studio Bua, an architectural practice with offices in London and Oslo. An Icelandic architect with a background in visual arts, she is especially practiced in the design, procurement and construction of public buildings in Norway, and has–in her role as project architect at Oslo studio LMR Arkitekter–overseen a number of public projects such as schools in Kautokeino and Bærum. In recent years, Sigrún has also led a number of residential refurbishments and urban design projects. Our resident polyglot, she speaks fluent English, Icelandic, Norwegian, Danish, Dutch and Italian. Sigrun has recently received several international prizes for projects she headed for Studio Bua, for example Architectural Review House award 2021 (Commended), Dezeen Awards 2020, AIA UK Design Awards 2020.

Hans Jakob Wagner is a research associate and doctoral candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction, University of Stuttgart. He has a special focus on advanced computational wood building systems and associated robotic production systems and -processes. He is working on his dissertation titled "Project-based Robotic Timber Construction: A framework for the integrative co-evolution of building- and automation systems in computational wood construction" and core projects within the DFG Cluster of Excellence IntCDC.

Hanna Dís Whitehead is an artist who produces work through her studio Studio Hanna Whitehead out of Southeast Iceland. Hanna graduated from the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands in 2011. Interested in the dialogue between an object and the viewer, her works waiver on the borders of art, design, and craft, often going between diverse materials within the same subject. She runs her design studio in the Southeast of Iceland, focusing on a hands-on approach towards her subject. Hanna is very process-driven, often interweaving stories with shape, materials, color, and drawing. 

The Iceland Movie Pavilion competition seeks designs for a movie pavilion in the Grjótagjá caves located near Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland. The pavilion should reflect the essence of Icelandic cinema, its distinctive character, and unique history, with the central focus being a small movie theatre capable of hosting up to 50 visitors. The pavilion will be a place to introduce visitors to Icelandic cinema, as well as offer fans a place to gather and share their passion for film.

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