Modular Architecture Essay Competition Jury Panel

Bee Breeders and ARCHHIVE BOOKS are pleased to announce the jury for the Modular Architecture Essay Competition!

Sevince Bayrak, SO?
Mathias Bernhard, Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania
Brandon Clifford, Matter Design
Emma Olbers, Emma Olbers Design
Jonas Prišmontas, Boano Prišmontas
Han Slawik, architech

Sevince Bayrak is an architect, writer and co-founder of SO?, a studio working on architecture and urbanism, based in Istanbul. SO? was a finalist for The Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards 2019. She has a book published about the evolution of squares and urban landscape in Istanbul, titled “Bir meydan öyküsü, Beyazıt”, adapted from her PhD research, in 2019. She was the author of the cover story of National Geographic TR’s December 2019 issue, titled “Istanbul 2100”.

Mathias Bernhard has been confirmed as a juror for the Modular Architecture Essay Competition! He is a postdoctoral researcher at the Weitzman School of Design, University of Pennsylvania. He is an architect with a profound specialization in computational design, digital fabrication and information technology. He is particularly interested in how artifacts can be encoded, made machine-readable and digitally operational. His research focuses on what computational design instruments can fully harvest the potential of recent developments in digital fabrication, more specifically, additive manufacturing.

Brandon Clifford is the director and co-founder of Matter Design. He is also an associate professor and director of the master of architecture program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Brandon received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University and his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from Georgia Tech. He has also served as the LeFevre Fellow at The Ohio State University and the John G. Williams Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Arkansas. Brandon is a designer and researcher who has received recognition with prizes such as the American Academy in Rome Prize, a TED Fellowship, the SOM Prize, the Design Biennial Boston Award, and the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers.

Emma Olbers is a Swedish designer and creative director at Emma Olbers Design. Her mission is to try to design good products – good from all aspects, including being good for our planet. She strongly believes that we all should and can do our little part. From the perspective of being a designer this means creating products where choosing the right materials and ensuring thoughtful production play a big part.

Jonas Prišmontas is a co-founder of London-based architectural and creative studio Boano Prišmontas, which he set up with Tomaso Boano. He has previously worked on projects including Google HQ by BIG & Heatherwick, Astra Zeneca HQ by Herzog de Meuron and Palace of Westminster by BDP. Boano Prišmontas adopts a creative and hands-on approach as a strategic tool for proposing design solutions to the contemporary world. Its body of work often deals with modular and self-build architecture, structural systems and urban installations. Each project draws inspiration from, and combines, various aspects of, art, architecture, and technology. “The Arches Project” was one of the finalists of the “Building of the Year2020 Award” by Archdaily.

Professor Han Slawik is founder of architech and a leader in modular design. He began his career by apprenticing as a bricklayer, and studied at the Berlin Civil Engineering School graduating in 1966 as an engineer. In 1973 he graduated from the Technical University of Braunschweig with a diploma in architecture. He founded the architecture office “Studio voor architectuur en techniek - architech” in Amsterdam in 1982. From 1984 to 1994 Slawik was professor for building construction and design at the Coburg University of Applied Sciences. This was followed by an appointment as professor for design and construction at the Leibniz University of Hanover. There he founded the teaching and research area "Experimental Design and Construction" in 2003. Prof Slawik retired in 2009 and continues to work as an architect and consultant in Germany and the Netherlands. He also gives lectures on container architecture and modular (construction) better: modular building.

The Modular Architecture Essay Competition is calling for submissions that offer a critical analysis of modular architecture and how it can be used to revolutionise architectural design in both residential and commercial spaces. The event is being run in tandem with the Modular Home Design Challenge 2021, in which participants are tasked with designing a modular home that can be constructed in any form or layout in any location in the world.

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