Julien De Smedt, JDS Architects
Stephanie Deumer, Visual Artist
Sonia Gagné, Provencher_Roy.
Daniela Holt Voith, Voith & Mactavish Architects
Lydia Kallipoliti, ANAcycle thinktank.
James Krueger, HMC Architects
Nuno Pimenta
Angelo Renna
Lukas Rungger, NOA - architecture and interior design studio

Julien De Smedt is the founder and director of JDS Architects based in Copenhagen and Brussels. An architect and designer whose work  is internationally spread, Julien’s commitment to the exploration of  new architectural models and programs has helped re-energize the  contemporary architecture discussion. Seminal projects include the VM Housing Complex, the Mountain  Dwellings, Lille’s Maison Stéphane Hessel, the Iceberg, Kalvebod Waves  and the Holmenkollen Ski Jump. Born in Brussels to French art enthusiast Jacques Léobold and Belgian  artist Claude De Smedt, Julien attended schools in Brussels, Paris, and  Los Angeles before receiving his diploma from the Bartlett School of  Architecture in London. Prior to founding JDS Architects, Julien worked with Rem Koolhaas in  Rotterdam, and co-founded the architecture firm PLOT with Bjarke Ingels  in Copenhagen. In 2013 he co-founded with William Ravn the agenda driven design label Makers With Agendas, addressing matters of society to  create meaningful products. Julien has been a guest lecturer in numerous venues worldwide and  a visiting professor at Copenhagen’s Art Academy, Rice University in Houston, Texas, the University of Kentucky, MIT in Cambridge, USA, and  at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. His work is published  and exhibited internationally. He published the monograph PIXL to XL and released 2 influential books:  Agenda, Can We Sustain our Ability to Crisis? and Built Unbuilt. Among other awards and recognition, Julien received the Henning  Larsen Prize in 2003 and the Eckersberg medal in 2005, the Maaskant  Award in 2009 and the Prix Dejean in 2014 from the French Academy of Architecture. In 2004 the Stavanger Concert Hall received the Golden Lion as the  World’s Best Concert Hall at the Venice Biennale, the Maritime youth  House won the AR+D award in London and was nominated for the Mies  van der Rohe award. The Mountain received the World Architecture  Festival Award and MIPIM Award in 2009, while the Iceberg received the latter in 2013 along with the Architizer A+ Award and the Best Building Award in 2015 from Archdaily. More recently Maison Stéphane Hessel was among  the best Hotels at the 2016 MIPIM Awards and the Hangzhou Gateway  was a 2017 Architizer A+ finalist. In 2019 The Holmenkollen Ski Jump  received the Houen Foundation Award, Norway’s most important award for architecture.

Stephanie Deumer is a Canadian Visual Artist currently living and working in Los Angeles. Her multi-media installations highlight interrelations between different kinds of reproduction—including biological, visual, mechanical, and social. Deumer was a fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. Her work has been featured in ArchDaily, Dezeen, World Architecture, The Art Newspaper, Time Out Riyadh, Palm Springs Life, and Creative Boom, among others. She has exhibited internationally in Canada, the United States, the UK, Ecuador, and Saudi Arabia. In 2022, Deumer participated in Desert X AlUla in Saudi Arabia, creating a solar-powered video installation that cultivated native plants. As part of her continued exploration of simulacra and immersive environments, the work brought to life the spectacle of biological reproduction through technological and visual means.

Sonia Gagné is part of the leadership team at the helm of the Montréal-based practice Provencher_Roy. She has been a partner since 2010, having acquired thirty-some years of experience, including 17 years with the firm. Her excellence in leadership has been recognized on numerous occasions, particularly by CREW M in 2019, Female Frontier Awards in 2021, and through awards in architectural competitions in which her design projects, like the Port of Montréal’s Grand Quai and Cruise Terminal, have been presented.

At the helm of various civic and significant urban projects (development of Sainte-Catherine Street West in Montréal, LeBreton Flats in Ottawa), Sonia pushes the limits of an innovative approach accompanied with phases of disciplinary reflection and characterized by continually evolving social and urban contexts. Her expertise spans the health care (Hôpital Pierre-Le Gardeur), cultural (Jean-Noël Desmarais Pavilion – Montreal Museum of Fine Arts), transportation (Vendôme metro entrance), commercial (lg2 Offices), and sports infrastructure fields (Colisée Vidéotron).

Regardless of the type and scale of her interventions, Sonia makes use of architecture as a powerful catalyst for conveying nuanced realities, while reinforcing and stimulating the identity and dynamic and enduring citizen appropriation of a place. Actively involved in her field, she sits on the boards of directors of the Antiquarian and Numismatic Society of Montréal (Château Ramezay) and Montréal centre-ville. In 2021, she joined the honorary committee for the annual Gala of La rue des Femmes women’s organization.

Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, IIDA, ASID, is a founding principal of Voith & Mactavish Architects and director of design. Holding degrees from Yale University School of Architecture and Bryn Mawr College, Daniela has dedicated her career to promoting the advancement of design for educational environments. Her client-focused practice supports leading edge pedagogical thought and encourages mindful ways of living and learning. Daniela has developed a method of practice that moves fluidly from planning initiatives to building design. Her many long-term relationships with educational institutions result in designs that carefully suit her clients’ missions, reflect their architectural identities, and assist in achieving their strategic goals. She is also consistently looking for ways for her projects to be sustainable in innovative ways. Her work has received numerous national and local accolades. 

Daniela is also an educator. Since the early 1980’s she has taught at Yale University as a TA, University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, and has developed and taught Bryn Mawr College’s design studio program. She often serves on juries for professional awards in architectural design and construction quality, as well as serving on academic reviews. Daniela has also consistently sought out opportunities to make a positive impact in her community. Mayor Michael Nutter appointed her to serve on the city’s award-winning 2008 Zoning Code Commission, which revised the city’s 50-year-old code. Daniela is currently President of the Institute for Classical Architecture & Art – Philadelphia Chapter; Director of the Carpenter’s Company of Philadelphia; and Board Member of the Design Leadership Foundation, whose mission is to ensure a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion within the fields of architecture and design.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer, scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Cooper Union in New York. She is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018), the editor of EcoRedux; Design Remedies for an Ailing Planet (AD 2011) and the Head Curator of the upcoming Tallinn Architecture Biennale. She holds a SMArchS from MIT and a PhD from Princeton University. Kallipoliti has previously taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Syracuse University and Columbia University. She is the principal of ANAcycle thinktank.

James Krueger is a Design Principal in HMC Architects’ San Diego studio, and serves as the firm's Civic and Pre-K-12 Practices Design Principal leading designs for the firm. With more than 20 years’ experience working in studio, James brings a unique design perspective to the practice. What inspires James’ work is the idea that everything HMC builds has the opportunity to have a positive impact on the lives of each client. In a firm that focuses primarily in Education, Healthcare, and Civic markets, the facilities that HMC creates are focused on improving the fabric of the communities they serve.

Françoise N’Thépé runs Paris-based practice FRANÇOISE N’THÉPÉ ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN. Born in Douala, Cameroon, she obtained her Master of Architecture in Paris in 1999 and has been working as an architect for the last twenty years. With her well-established professional expertise and many years of experience, her work has been awarded with several prestigious prizes and distinctions.

Nuno Pimenta runs a transdisciplinary practice in Porto, with a portfolio that spans temporary architecture, installation, public art, exhibition design and performance. His work focuses on the appropriation and subversion of common construction elements and techniques for the creation of social and political narratives.

Angelo Renna is an architect with a keen interest in multi-species narratives, one he developed during his studies in Florence and Porto, and was further honed through collaborations with different offices, such as Stefano Boeri in Milan and Topotek in Berlin. He recently published the book Monkey Factor – Small stories for a reconciliation with nature.

Lukas Rungger is a founder of noa* network of architecture, based in Bolzano, Italy and Berlin, Germany. Lukas graduated in architecture from the Technical University Graz (AT)  and after additional studies in Brussels (BE), he first worked as an architect with Prof.  Hans Gangoly in Graz (AT), then with Softroom Architects in London (UK) and finally in  Milan (IT) with Matteo Thun. After having completed his thesis in New York City (USA)  followed by his professional qualification as an architect from IUAV Venezia (IT), Lukas  has been extensively involved in a wide range of projects mainly in the field of master planning, housing, hotels and interior architecture of bars and restaurants. He was a member of the RIBA Royal Institute of British Architecture and is now a member of the  Architectural Chamber of Bozen/Bolzano.

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