Julien de Smedt, JDS Architects
Stephanie Deumer, Visual Artist
Bartosz Haduch, NArchitekTURA
Lydia Kallipoliti, ANAcycle thinktank.
Nuno Pimenta
Jürgen Mayer H., J.MAYER.H und Partner
Lei Zheng, Zaha Hadid Architects

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.

Bartosz Haduch is an architect, academic teacher, publicist, winner of numerous architecture competitions, awards, and scholarships. Following his studies and internships in Holland, Spain and Austria, he launched his own studio in Krakow, Poland. Since 2009, he has run the interdisciplinary collective NArchitekTURA, which combines urban planning with architecture, landscaping and design. In 2010, the Wallpaper* magazine named NArchitekTURA one of the world’s thirty most intriguing young studios. In 2021 The Great Synagogue Memorial Park in Oswiecim, designed by the practice, was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lei Zheng is an associate at Zaha Hadid Architects. She has extensive experience in engineering and architecture projects in China, participating as a consulting engineer on a number of international competitions. Lei’s research has focused on the capability of new digital technologies to investigate the relationship between architecture and engineering in buildings in urban scenarios. Lei is a course lecturer at the Architectural Association, where she teaching technical studies, as well as a visiting lecturer at the Bartlett, where she teaches computational design,. She has an engineering degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Masters of Science in Emergent Technologies and design from the Architectural Association.


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