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The Vision Awards Jury
The Vision Awards Jury comprises practitioners and thought leaders from the worlds of architecture, design, technology and film, each with a special connection to visualizing our built environment. The jury includes leaders who are actively bringing architecture to the public today, both online and in the built environment. For entrants and winners, this is an opportunity to get your work in front of people who are shaping how the world engages with architecture — now and in the future.
Founder and CEO, KilographKeely is the founder of Kilograph and Kilograph SL. She is a designer with more than 20 years experience in the fields of architectural design, visual effects, brand design and exhibition design. Keely is member of the executive committee at the A+D museum, past president of the ASAI and serves on the juries of Architizer and the Architecture Master Prize awards annually.Read less
Associate Director, Zaha Hadid ArchitectsShajay is an aspiring polymath. He is an Associate Director at Zaha Hadid Architects where he co-founded and heads the Computation and Design research group (ZHACODE, 2007). Shajay pursues his scientific interests in digital design and robotic fabrication as a PhD candidate at the Block Research Group (BRG, 2017) at the ETH, Zurich and previously as a M.Phil. graduate from University of Bath, UK (2016). He is a graduate from and a studio-master at the post-graduate course of Design Research Laboratory at the Architectural Association, London (AADRL, 2006). There, he explores the intersection of computer graphics, video games, metaverse technology, urban development, and modern methods of construction.Read less
Founder, PLANESITEAndrés F. Ramirez is a Colombian writer, curator, film-maker and cultural producer, working in the realm of architecture, urban planning and media. He is the co-founder and Managing Director of PLANE–SITE, an agency devoted to the production and dissemination of original content about the built environment. At PLANE–SITE , he leads a wide-range of projects –from exhibitions and publications, to design competitions and international conferences. Andrés is currently pursuing a PhD in Urban Planning at UCLA.Read less
Co-Founder, Desai Chia ArchitectureKatherine Chia FAIA is a founding principal of Desai Chia Architecture. Since 1996, she and her partner & husband, Arjun Desai, have established the firm’s reputation for authentic design, creating inspiring environments expressive of light, materials, and spaces that foster collaboration. Desai Chia’s projects have been published extensively and received many accolades including numerous AIA Design Awards and American Architecture Awards, numerous Interior Design Best of Year Awards, and an AIA Institute Honor Award. In 2018, ARCHITECT Magazine ranked Desai Chia Architecture #19 in the nation for Design. The book “The Women Who Changed Architecture” by Princeton Architectural Press included Katherine and her work in the chapter titled “Raising the Roof.”
Katherine grew up in New York State and Belgium. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T. and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College. Prior to founding Desai Chia Architecture, she worked for Maya Lin on numerous art and architecture commissions. She is a Trustee Emerita of Amherst College, a board member of the International Center of Photography, a board member at the Center for Architecture, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.Read less
Founder, Floor Plan CroissantBoryana Ilieva (aka Floor Plan Croissant) is an architect who hunts film houses and paints their depths. She believes a film floor plan forms a ghost matrix where directors place hidden messages. In 2022 she participated in the Sketch Gallery Talk at the first-of-its-kind Gathering of film production designers from around the world in Greece. She guest lectured at the Royal College of Art (UK) and the University of Toronto (Canada). The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences digital magazine has featured her work. Recent contributor as an illustrator to the MUBI print magazine, Notebook.Read less
Founding Principal, LTL ArchitectsMarc Tsurumaki is principal and founding partner of LTL Architects, a New York-based design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997. LTL Architects engages a diverse range of work, turning the constraints of each project into the design trajectory by exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, materiality, form, and program. In 2019, the firm was selected as the AIA New York State Firm of the Year, and its three partners were inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. LTL’s work has been recognized extensively including the National Design Award and inclusion in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco MoMA and the Carnegie Museum of Art. Marc Tsurumaki is a licensed architect and received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University. Marc is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and has taught at multiple institutions, most recently as the Davenport Visiting Professor at Yale University. Marc is the author with Paul and David Lewis of five books including the recently published Manual of Biogenic House Sections, a follow up to their best-selling Manual of Section which addresses questions of embodied carbon and the architectural potentials of plant and earth based materials. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of Storefront for Art and Architecture.Read less
Founder, DBOXMatthew Bannister co-founded DBOX in 1996. In 2006 he was named one of ‘The World’s Top Creatives Under 40’ by WallPaper* magazine. In 2015 he was named one of ‘The 20 Biggest Power Players in New York City Real Estate' by the New York Post. Under his leadership, DBOX has won multiple awards including the Emmy Award. For the last three years he has operated as the creative director and a member of the lead architectural design team for Four Seasons Private Residences Lake Austin, a 145 acres purely residential resort. Matthew earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University. He has taught at both institutions. @dboxglobal @thebeautifulfearRead less
Head of AI Innovation, cream.aiJacques Alomo is a partner and Head of AI Innovation at youknow, where he integrates generative AI into production workflows and SaaS Applications. He founded creamlabs AI which provides creative agencies and marketers with AI-focused education, consulting, and the right tool to supercharge their visual generations. Jacques has an interface and motion design background with 12+ years of experience and shares his AI-related findings daily on LinkedIn. Feel free to follow.Read less
Co-Founder, VirginLemonCarlotta is the Co-founder of Virginlemon, a visual communication studio specialised in architecture, winner of the 1st Architizer One Rendering Challenge.
She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Politecnico di Milano in Italy. In 2013, she moved to Paris to begin her career and worked for several design firms as concept developer and 3D artist.
Since then she collaborates daily with Architects, developers and artists worldwide to create expressive images and animations, and joined global CGI events as a speaker on the topic of narrative in architectural visualization.Read less
Co-Founder, Desai Chia ArchitectureArjun Desai AIA is a founding principal of Desai Chia Architecture. Since 1996, he and his partner & wife, Katherine Chia, have established the firm’s reputation for authentic design, creating inspiring environments expressive of light, materials, and spaces that foster collaboration. Desai Chia’s projects have been published extensively and received many accolades including numerous AIA Design Awards and American Architecture Awards, numerous Interior Design Best of Year Awards, and an AIA Institute Honor Award. In 2018, ARCHITECT Magazine ranked Desai Chia Architecture #19 in the nation for Design.
Arjun grew up in New Delhi and Mumbai, India. Prior to founding Desai Chia Architecture, he worked at SHCA/NY on numerous civic projects in New York and Washington, D.C. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from M.I.T. and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Bennington College.Read less
Creative Director, Sabi SpaceSabina Blasiotti is a London-based architectural designer with roots in Pescara, Italy, where she grew up. Sabina's passion for design led her to London, where she graduated from the University of Westminster (BA) and Bartlett UCL (MArch). Sabina gained valuable experience working at renowned architecture firms, including BIG in London and Kengo Kuma in Tokyo, Japan, before founding her own practice, Sabi Space. Sabina's work is a testament to her intuition, extensive research, and passion for taking on challenging projects. Her projects have garnered international recognition, including accolades from Azure Magazine, Architizer, and UCL, and have been exhibited in prestigious venues such as the Royal Academy, Sir John Soane's Museum, and RIBA HQ. Sabina's commitment to design and architecture goes beyond her professional work. She is currently continuing her studies and teaches as a guest critic and lecturer, taking on the responsibility of promoting progress within the field.Read less
Architect, SnøhettaBless Yee was the Non-Student Grand Prize Winner of 2020’s One Drawing Challenge, and was one of the winners of Dezeen's 2021 Redesign the World competition. She is an architect, artist, and educator based in New York City. Currently Bless is an Project Architect at Snøhetta and is an adjunct professor at the New York City College of Technology— she has also worked at Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Handel Architects. In her personal work she is developing methods of layering hand drawing and physical models with digital tools to depict compelling narratives of social issues.Read less
Founder, Architecture HunterConsidered by Feedspot as the #1 among the top 125 architectural influencers in the world, the Brazilian architect Amanda Ferber is the founder of Architecture Hunter, one of the largest architecture pages on Instagram in the world, with almost 3 million followers. In 2018, the architect was featured on the cover of the Italian magazine Beesness as 'the architects’ influencer”, representing young women in the business world. In 2019, at the age of 24, Amanda entered the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
During her academic life, Amanda worked at studioMK27, led by the internationally renowned Marcio Kogan, as well as on important architecture platforms. Besides being a jury member of different international architecture awards, and the ambassador of Morpholio, Amanda has traveled the world giving lectures on how to turn Instagram into a strategic tool for architects and designers. @amanda_ferber @architecture_hunterRead less
Architect, Studio HogmanAs an architect, artist, and educator, Dan has developed the capacity to blend digital and traditional media in developing architectural concepts and has exhibited with the SFMOMA, the AIA, and numerous private galleries. Apart from his multidisciplinary design practice, Dan serves as faculty at the AAU San Francisco teaching design and drawing studios.Read less
Founder, Archi HacksBennett is the co-founder of Archi Hacks and Arch Hive, two organizations dedicated to reinventing the early stages of architectural career paths. Through these platforms, he provides a means for architects and designers to showcase their work and discover new opportunities. Bennett's past experience includes employment at offices such as BIG, OMA, and 3XN, where he was involved in numerous conceptual and built works around the globe.Read less
Founder, Ema Peter PhotographyBased in Vancouver, Ema Peter Photography was founded in 2005 to bring Ema’s creative vision to architectural photography. Ema’s training in both the visual arts and photojournalism, with experience at the Magnum Photo Agency in Paris, created the foundations for her approach to lighting and composition.
With over 20+ years of experience and shear determination, she has photographed internationally renowned projects and received countless awards.
Ema deeply believes that a space has life and she makes it her mission to harness that character in every photograph.Read less
Director of Visualization, SHoP ArchitectsMengyi is currently the Director of Visualization at SHoP Architects. She has worked in multiple roles of expertise in the architectural field with a focus on the New York metropolitan area, ranging from lighting design for major infrastructural projects to creating exhibitions that utilize social media as a design tool.
For the last 11 years at SHoP Architects, Mengyi has played a role in almost every project at the firm, using visualization and emerging technology as design tools to realize SHoP’s architectural vision. Notable projects include Barclays Center and 111 W57th Street in New York, Uber’s new headquarters in San Francisco, and Detroit Hudson’s downtown revival.
She is also a co-organizer of 3DNY, working together with architecture, visualization and VFX studios to promote diversity and facilitate conversations among different fields.Read less
Founder, StudioUNITVivien received her Masters of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where she was awarded the prestigious Clifford Wong Prize in Housing Design. After 15 years in architecture, Vivien discovered a passion in photographing the urban density and built environment of Hong Kong and around the world.
She was accoladed due to her trained architectural eye that translates space into captivating visuals, gaining her a massive organic following on social media as well as the title of Best Female Photographer by #legend in 2017. In her early days, her work has consistently appeared on 10-Best features from popular publications such as ArchDaily, HK Tatler, TimeOut and South China Morning Post. Today, she is creating productions for leading architecture firms and developers on world-class, iconic buildings, including one by a Pritzker-winning architectural office.Read less
Co-Founder, Founder & Editor; The Craft, Ronen Bekerman Architectural Visualization BlogHeading The Craft and founder of Polytown Media, Ronen Bekerman is a leading figure in the architectural visualization industry with over 20 years of experience. Specializing in creating high-fidelity still images, animations, and VR experiences for clients globally, Ronen has made significant contributions to the field. As the founder of the widely recognized ArchVIZ blog at ronenbekerman.com, he has cultivated a dynamic community where professionals can share, learn, and engage in architectural visualization challenges. Prior to dedicating himself to visualization, Ronen served in the Israeli Navy, worked as a 3D design specialist at Chyutin Architects, and pursued architecture studies at Tel Aviv University.Read less
Computational Designer/Conceptual Artist, HSNRGBHassan is an Egyptian interdisciplinary designer/artist based in southern California. He holds a bachelor degree in architectural design and his experiences vary between Museography, Exhibition design, Computational design, Furniture design, Architecture and Construction, Digital Fabrication and Conceptual art. Alongside his work as a computational designer; Hassan is currently exploring the digital art scene using artificial intelligence.Read less
Partner, Thomas Phifer and PartnersSince founding Thomas Phifer and Partners in 1997, Thomas Phifer has completed an expansion of the Glenstone Museum in Potomac, Maryland, an expansion of the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York, the United States Courthouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, North Carolina, the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion at Rice University in Houston, Texas, an outdoor performance pavilion in Austin, and numerous houses in the Hudson River Valley of New York State. Ongoing projects include the Museum of Modern Art and TR Warszawa Theatre in Warsaw, Cine Colombia headquarters in Bogotá, a student center and an International Studies Center for Indiana University in Bloomington, and the South Battery Park City Resiliency Project in Lower Manhattan. Thomas Phifer is also engaged in private residences in Portugal, Texas, Maine and New York. Since 1997, Thomas Phifer and Partners has received four Design Excellence awards from the General Services Administration and more than thirty honor awards from the American Institute of Architects, as well as numerous national and international citations. His projects have been published and exhibited extensively in the United States and overseas. A monograph on the work of Thomas Phifer and Partners was released in 2010 by Skira Rizzoli. Thomas Phifer received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture from the American Academy in Rome in 1995 and was awarded the Medal of Honor from the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 2004. He was elected as an Academician of the National Academy of Design in 2011. In 2013, Mr. Phifer received the Arts and Letters Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2016, he was honored by the New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects with the President’s Award and by the Sir John Soane’s Museum Foundation. He also gave the 2016 keynote lecture at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London. In 2019, he was awarded the National Design Award in Architectural Design from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. In 2022, he was elected as a lifetime member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Mr. Phifer is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and serves on the board of the Architectural League of New York. In 2022 the Clemson University of School of Architecture announced a newly endowed fellowship for historically underserved and underrepresented students. The Thomas Phifer Fellowship will support tuition in the School of Architecture for two graduate students for two years in an effort to increase access and broaden a more diverse pathway within the profession of architecture in South Carolina. Thomas Phifer has served as a visiting professor at numerous architecture schools, including the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Cooper Union, University of Southern California, University of Texas, University of Pennsylvania, and Cornell University College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. Mr. Phifer has been appointed the William Henry Bishop Visiting Professor of Architectural Design and the Louis I Kahn Visiting Professor of Architectural Design, both at the Yale School of Architecture. Mr. Phifer received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1975 and his Master of Architecture in 1977, both from Clemson University. In 1977 he studied at the Clemson Architecture Center in Genoa, Italy.Read less
Head of Design, FormlabsMarcelo Coelho is Head of Design at Formlabs and Faculty at the MIT Department of Architecture. Spanning a wide range of media, processes, and scales, his work explores the boundaries between matter and information, fostering new forms of collaboration between human and machine intelligence.
Marcelo’s work has been exhibited internationally, including places such as the Rio 2016 Paralympic Ceremonies, Times Square, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and Ars Electronica, and can be found in museums, private collections, and millions of products sold all over the world. Recognition for this work includes two Prix Ars Electronica awards, Design Miami/ Designer of the Future Award, Red Dot Design Award, and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award. He holds a doctorate degree from the MIT Media Lab.Read less
Senior Visualizer, ERA-coDuy is an artist based in Melbourne, Australia. Born and raised from the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, Duy brings a unique perspective to his work, which focuses on capturing the essence of unbuilt architecture through portraiture.
Duy's dedication to his craft is evident in his experimentation with different techniques and styles, as he strives to keep up with the industry's top performers. Duy's hard work has garnered him numerous prestigious industry awards and accolades. He is also passionate about sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise, serving on critique panels at the University of Melbourne and delivering insightful guest lectures at RMIT University.
During the week, Duy works as an illustrator at ERA-co, where he uses his expertise to bring new and exciting ideas to life. When he's not hard at work, Duy enjoys exploring the beautiful parks and gardens of Victoria, as well as maintaining a healthy work-life balance to fuel his creativity.Read less
Architect, ZJJZ Atelier ChinaXuanru Chen, graduated from the University of Michigan with a master’s degree in architecture, has been working in Shanghai as an architect since 2011.
In 2017, she co-founded ZJJZ with Sean Shen and Yu-ying Tsai. The studio focuses on design solutions for different spaces, while studying the creative uses of the space. Its areas of expertise encompass cultural and public projects such as art galleries, libraries, community centers and hotels. ZJJZ has also played an active role in the rural development of China.Read less
Architect, GenslerHamza Shaikh is a London-based architect and artist. He is prominently known for his experimental architectural drawings on social media as well as his thought-leadership in the design industry. His recent book, ‘Drawing Attention – Architecture in the Age of Social Media’ was published by RIBA and Routledge and has been described as a crucial handbook for students and professionals worldwide. He is also the host of the Two Worlds podcast series which aims to uncover the hidden potential of architecture by speaking with extraordinary practitioners on the fringe of architecture. In 2021, he was the recipient of the Individual of the Year award by the Thornton Education Trust for 'inspiring future generations' in architecture. Hamza has been described as a rising star and an influencer in the profession and is seen as a mentor to young professionals and students. He is also a visiting critic at the University for the Creative Arts and the University of Westminster.Read less
Executive Director, International Center of Photography (ICP)David E. Little is the Executive Director of the International Center of Photography (ICP). Prior to joining ICP in September 2021, Little served as the John Wieland 1958 Director and Chief Curator of the Mead Museum of Art at Amherst College from 2015 through 2021. He also held leadership positions in curatorial and education, including Curator and Head of the Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Associate Director and Helena Rubinstein Chair of Education at the Whitney Museum of American Art; and Director of Adult and Academic Programs at MoMA. David holds an MA in art history from Williams College and a PhD from Duke University.Read less
Founder, Whitaker StudioJames Whitaker is the founder of the self-named Whitaker Studio.
Based out of London, Whitaker Studio designs one-of-a-kind buildings and master plans for clients around the world. Whitaker Studio's work has been published widely and their Starburst House in California is possibly the world's best-known unbuilt house.
Prior to setting up Whitaker Studio James worked as an architect for Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad in London and Hong Kong, on a variety of internationally renowned projects, both big and small. He has also worked as a photographer and a digital artist.Read less