Tamayouz Excellence Award

Tamayouz Excellence Award Judges

Members of Tamayouz Excellence Award's judging panels (in Alphabetical Order)

Dia Azzawi – UK (2019) - The 2019 Honorary Chair of the Grandy Jury

Internationally celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi started his career in 1964. Today, his art is exhibited all over the world, including at the Museums of Modern Art in Baghdad, Damascus and Tunis; British Museum, Tate, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and Colas Foundation in Paris; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; and the World Bank. Azzawi designed the Rifat Chadirji Prize statuette, a sculpture inspired by the architect’s work, and produced 25 sculptures as a gift to Tamayouz in appreciation of Chadirji’s cultural role in the Arab world.

Steve Austin - UK (2015 - Present)

The head of Energy Construction and Environment School at Coventry University, Steve Austin has over 14 years of teaching experience. He completed his BA (Hons) in architecture at Portsmouth University in 1993 before obtaining his postgraduate certificate in education at Keele University. He also has a master’s in construction management from Coventry University. He started teaching at Moulton College in 2001 and was promoted to subject manager before he joined Coventry University’s faculty in 2006.

Akram Al Ogaily - UK/UAE/Iraq (2016 - Present)

Akram Ogaily has been a senior vice president and director of the Technical Core Team at the renown
PM consultant Hill International since September 2008, where he supports the master and urban planning programme and design of major projects and developments throughout the Middle East, South Asia, Europe and North Africa. Ogaily earned his B.Arch. degree from University of Baghdad and MSc. Arch. CEM from Bartlett School of Architecture – UCL. Ogaily founded Archicenter Consultants – Iraq in 1970. The firm
expanded to Kuwait in 1973, London in 1982 and Beirut in 1994. The firm was awarded important state project through design competitions in Iraq, Kuwait, the UAE and Oman, such as the Amiri Diwan, the Crown Prince and Council of Ministers Complex in Kuwait in 1982. Ogaily attended and participated in many regional and international conferences and workshops in the MENA region, the UK and the USA, where he presented papers on different urban planning projects, housing developments and conservation project challenges
in the Middle East.

Ali Naji - Jordan (2017 - Present)

Ali Naji is a consultant engineer and the CEO of Najmat Al-Sharq, a property development company that specialises in housing. Ali has 38 years of actual construction experience in Iraq and the Middle East.

Ayad Al-Tuhafi - UK / Iraq (2012 - Present)

Ayad Al-Tuhafi is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and the owner of Ayad Al-Tuhafi Architects Limited / Space Construction Limited. His consultancy is a respected architectural firm in London’s West End that specialises in the high-end market. Ayad has designed projects in many countries including England, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Nigeria and Brazil. He is also the CEO of Forma Group – specialist consultants for sports buildings and stadiums.

Ben Flippance - UK (2016 - Present)

Ben Flippance is the design director for IDP Group, providing a design-emphasised focus for a practice working across many industry sectors. Ben works in the conceptualisation and detailed design stages across architecture, urban design and landscape design bringing together a non-cellular approach to major urban masterplans and urban architecture projects. Ben studied at Oxford Brookes, Birmingham City and Coventry Universities, and is a visiting tutor and architectural advisory board member at Coventry University’s architecture school.

Claudia Linders - The Netherlands (2018 - present)

Claudia Linders is a Dutch architect, curator and visual artist. In 2001, she founded Atelier Claudia Linders, a studio that offers interdisciplinary research and design services in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Claudia holds various advisory and managerial positions, such as chairing the Amsterdam City Curatorium for art in public space, chairing the supervisory board of Artcentre Heden Den Haag, the Visual Arts Committee and the Cultural Advisory Committee of the Municipality of Nijmegen. She is a member of the examination board at the Design Academy Eindhoven (DAE) and board member of the Centre for Architecture and Urbanism Tilburg (CAST). Previously, she was head of the Interior Architecture and Furniture Design department at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague and dean of the Fontys Academy of Architecture & Urbanism Tilburg. She has curated a number of international transdisciplinary exhibitions and programmes, and coordinated the interdisciplinary design studies of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture.

Davide Ponzini - Italy (2020)

Davide Ponzini is associate professor of urban planning at Politecnico di Milano and the director of the Tau-lab research group. He has also been a visiting scholar at Yale, Johns Hopkins, Columbia University and Sciences Po Paris, and visiting professor at TU Munich. His research activity focuses on planning theory, urban and cultural policy and contemporary architecture. He is co-author (with the photographer Michele Nastasi) of Starchitecture, and co-editor (with Harvey Molotch) of The New Arab Urban: Gulf Cities of Wealth, Ambition, and Distress. His last book is titled Transnational Architecture and Urbanism. Rethinking How Cities Plan, Transform, and Learn.

Dr Deyala Tarawneh - Jordan (2020)

Dr Deyala Tarawneh is an architect and urbanist concerned in topics related to smart cities, mobility and achieving spatial justice and gender equality in cities. She holds a PhD degree in Urban and Regional Studies obtained from the University of Birmingham, UK. Deyala is currently chairperson and head of the architecture department at the University of Jordan. She is also the counsellor and advisor for the Women In Engineering (WIE) affinity group as part of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Deyala is a founding member and currently treasure for the Watershed and Development Initiative (WADI) funded by the United States Forestry Service (USFS) to advance water conservation and land stewardship practices to build resilient communities and healthy watersheds across Jordan.

Dr Ebtissam Moustapha – Egypt (2019 - Present)

The recipient of Tamayouz Excellence Award’s prize for Women in Architecture in 2018 in the Rising star category, Dr Ebtissam Farid Moustapha is the co-founder of ENCODE. The practice is a multidisciplinary design studio that offers architectural, interior and product design services that investigate various digital and physical computational tools to explore opportunities of innovative designs that depend on cutting edge technologies and challenge the conventional model of design production in Egypt. In addition, she is an associate professor at The Knowledge Hub _ Coventry University UK in the New Capital Cairo. Recently, Ebtissam was included on the 2019 power list of the 50 most influential architects from the Middle East, published by Middle East Architect magazine. She also won Egypt’s State’s Excellence Award for 2019.

Dr Jala Makhzoumi - Lebanon/Iraq (2014 - Present)

Dr Jala Makhzoumi is an Iraqi architect, academic and professor of landscape architecture at the American University of Beirut, president of Lebanese Landscape Association and co-founder of Unit 44. Winner of Tamayouz’s award for Women in Architecture and Construction in 2013, Dr Jala is also a senior fellow at the Cambridge Center for Landscape and People. Her professional and academic expertise includes postwar recovery, energy efficient site planning, landscape heritage conservation and sustainable urban greening.

Dr Mohammad Gharipour - US (2020)

Mohammad Gharipour is professor and director of the Architecture Graduate Program at the School of Architecture and Planning at Morgan State University in Baltimore, USA. He has received many grants and awards including Hamad Bin Khalifa Fellowship in Islamic Art (2007), the Spiro Kostof Fellowship Award from the Society of Architectural Historians (2008), National Endowment in Humanities (2015), Fulbright-Hays (2016), Foundation for Landscape Studies (2016), Council of Educators of Landscape Architecture (2016), American Institute of Architects (2018), Fullbright (2019), and National Institute of Health (2020). Dr Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA) and the author and editor of eleven books, including Bazaar in the Islamic City (American University of Cairo Press, 2012), Persian Gardens and Pavilions (I.B. Tauris, 2013), and Architectural Dynamics in Pre-Revolutionary Iran (Intellect, 2019).

Dr Rasem Badran - Jordan (2016 - Present)

An award-winning Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran, founder of regional architecture practice Dar Al-Omran, has long been considered a pioneer of modern Islamic architecture. He received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995 for his project the Great Mosque of Riyadh. Dr Rasem has built an extensive portfolio of more than 400 reputable projects across the Middle East that span the religious, cultural, educational and hospitality sectors, as well as residential, commercial and healthcare. He is the 2019 laureate of Tamayouz’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr Wendy Pullan - UK (2017 - Present)

Dr Wendy Pullan is a professor of architecture and urban studies at the University of Cambridge, where she is also director of the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research. From 2014 to 2017, she served as head of the university’s department of architecture. Pullan has published a number of works that explore European and Middle Eastern architecture and cities, examining the processes of urban heritage, conflict and change – both historical and contemporary. Additionally, she has provided advisory work on issues related to divided cities, urban uncertainty and conflicts in the Middle East.​

Felipe Samaran Salo - Spain (2018 - Present)

Felipe Samarán Saló has been the dean of the Architecture School at the Universidad Francisco de Vitoria since 2006, and he has taught architecture since 2002. Architect by ETSAM, he previously worked with Alberto Campo Baeza, with whom he worked on the Caja General de Ahorros de Granada, and many other buildings between 1997 and 2002.

Fernando Olba - Spain (2014 - Present)

Fernando Olba is an award-winning Spanish architect and the principal of Fernando Olba Arquitectura y Ubanismo, a Valencia-based practice. He studied at the Polytechnic University before receiving his master’s in architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He worked with Santiago Calatrava in Valencia, a period of time during which he led the design team on the City of Art and Sciences. His international experience includes lectures at several institutions, such as the School of Architecture at USC in LA, AIA Pasadena and Foothill and the Netherlands Architecture Institute.

Firas Hnoosh - UAE (2018 - Present)

Based in Dubai, Firas Hnoosh is a design director and tall buildings expert. With over 20 years of professional design experience, Hnoosh was most recently the principal and design director of Perkins+Will’s Dubai studio. He’s also held positions at Gensler and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, where he developed a focus on high rise buildings and high density developments. Hnoosh advocates and promotes a design approach to create holistic architecture by designing buildings that respond to their context. Some of his projects include The Lexicon Tower in Central London, Manhattan Loft Gardens in London, and the Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminal.

Jerome Goyard – France (2012 - Present)

Jerome Goyard graduated from the Paris-Malaquais School of Architecture, France, after which he spent a year completing a research programme in India that focused on Indo-Islamic architecture and the urbanism of the old city of Jaipur, Rajasthan. He has worked at the world famous firm Shigru Ban Architects – Europe in the Centre Pompidou of Paris. Since 2010 he has led the competitions department at Fevre Gaucher – Architectes Urbanistes in Paris.

Kanan Makiya - US (2017 - Present)

The Sylvia K. Hassenfeld professor of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies at Brandeis University, Kanan Makiya was born in Baghdad; however, he left Iraq to study architecture at M.I.T. He later joined Makiya Associates to design and build projects in the Middle East. In 1981, he left the practice of architecture and began writing a book about Iraq. Republic of Fear: The Politics of Modern Iraq (1989) became a best-seller after Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait. Kanan’s next book, The Monument (1991), was an essay on the aesthetics of power and kitsch. Kanan has been profiled in many books and publications including The New Yorker (Jan 6, 1992) and The New York Times Magazine (Oct.7, 2007).

Katherine McNeil - UK (2012 - Present)

Architect, a trustee of Architecture For Humanity London and the course director of architecture at Coventry University, Katherine McNeil’s work includes community development projects in Nepal, Ghana, Uganda, the Philippines and the UK. Katherine’s experience includes projects such as the Patient Hotel for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and affordable housing in Westminster, London for Circle. Her special interests include appropriate design, grass roots community development and global neighbours.

Kathy Basheva - UK (2019)

Kathy Basheva is a London-based RIBA-chartered architect with experience in the Far and Middle East, Europe and the UK. Kathy brings a unique international understanding and design flair to her work. She is a regular external critic at the Bauhaus school of architecture and has been invited as a critic to the AA, UCL Bartlett and UEL. Kathy is also the head of development and education at the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC).

Kerem Cengiz - UAE (2020)

Kerem Cengiz is the managing director – MENA at LWK + PARTNERS. With a strong design-led background and technical and commercial aptitude, he has had over 25 years of international experience across all aspects of design and real estate development. Kerem aims to create developments that contribute in combining high urban design quality with assured commercial success through thought, innovation, strong leadership and effective management. He has addressed and participated in multiple international conferences, such as MIPIM, Cityscapes and The Big5 Dubai. Kerem also presents at universities and institutions and has led the formation of national architectural guideline and regulatory publications. Kerem’s outstanding work and leadership has helped secure many significant and high-profile projects in the UAE, GCC, and broader MENA region and internationally often competing with globally recognised international design practices. His ethos has earned him and the team he manages the “Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award for Innovation” in 2017, as well as “The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade” in 2009.

Mohamed Al-Assam - UAE (2017 - Present)

Chairman of one of the most well-established practices in the Middle East, Dewan Architects + Engineers, Mohamed Al-Assam is considered one of the most influential architects in the region. Since establishing Dewan more than 30 years ago in Abu Dhabi, he has expanded the firm’s presence across the region and beyond with recently opened offices in Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to Dewan, he is an active speaker and debater, and contributes often to public and professional forums.

Muthar Al-Salloum - UK / Iraq (2015 - Present)

Iraqi-born, British and RIBA-chartered architect, Muthar Al-Salloum is the co-founder and managing director of MAS architecture. He’s also an RIBA East Midlands architecture ambassador and a member of the Construction Excellence Council in the UK. His award-winning practice, which specialises in various sectors, has completed a number of large and small-scale commercial, education, residential, mixed-use and heritage projects. Having scooped up multiple awards such as a RICS East Midland Award (2019) for best sustainable residential development, and a Procon East Midland Award (2018) for larger residential scheme of the year and best heritage and building conservation scheme of the year, MAS has solidified its position as a player in the forefront of the architecture industry.

Nadia Habash – Palestine (2019 - Present)

Palestinian architect and academic Nadia Habash is the director of Habash Consulting Engineers and an adjunct lecturer at Birzeit University. She served as the first woman head of a regional branch of the Engineers Association of Jordan and Palestine and city councillor in Ramallah, during which her main aim was to preserve the cultural heritage of the city. Habash was highly commended for Tamayouz’s Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 2018.

Nahed Jawad – UK (2019 - Present)

Nahed Jawad moved to London from Damascus in 2006 when she joined Zaha Hadid Architects. She worked closely with Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, under whose tutelage she completed her master’s in architecture and urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2010. In 2019, she completed her PhD in architectural design from the Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to teaching at Central Saint Martins, she also heads her namesake studio, Nahed Jawad Architects.

Philip Michael Wolfson - US (2016 - Present)

After studying architecture at Cornell University in Ithica, New York, American designer and architect Philip Michael Wolfson attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he met Zaha Hadid. After completing his studies, he spent 10 years as head of design with Hadid and in 1991, he established his own studio. He has worked throughout Europe and the US on residential interiors and functional art pieces, which have been shown at leading international art and design exhibitions, galleries and public venues all over the world.

Prisca Arosio - The Netherlands (2018 - Present)

Prisca Arosio holds a master’s degree in architecture, building and planning from the Technical University of Eindhoven, and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Politecnico di Milano. Her roots are in designing processes that inter-cross architecture, urban design and landscape architecture. She participates in the organisation of the AA visiting school and the House of Politics, and she collaborates on a number of large-scale urban projects with Amsterdam-based studio BASTA Urbanism.

Professor Lucelia Rodrigues – UK (2018 - Present)

Professor Lucelia Rodrigues is the chair in sustainable and resilient cities at the Department of Architecture and Built Environment of the University of Nottingham. Her work is very cross-disciplinary, aiming to inform the sustainable practice of architecture and enhance the quality of the built environment. She is particularly interested in the resilience of communities and buildings in a changing climate and has been involved in several projects focused on different aspects of sustainability, particularly energy, carbon management and comfort. She is the director of the Transport, Mobility and Cities at Nottingham initiative and the MArch in architecture and sustainable design programme.

Professor Shaban Taha - Egypt (2020)

Professor Shaban Taha is a professor of architecture and the former vice dean and dean at the Shoubra Faculty of Engineering at Benha University, where he was also the vice president. Dr Shaban is a dedicated and resourceful academic and researcher, who has years of well-honed teaching experience, as well as experience in educational institution administration and architecture and heritage publishing. He has long participated and headed several competitions, both national and international, in addition to his many years of practicing architecture and urban design.

Rana Aytug - UK (2017 - Present)

Rana Aytug is a researcher and a PhD candidate at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University in the UK, through a scholarship jointly granted from the CTPSR and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Her research interests are focused around youth civic engagement, urban diversity and peace-building. Rana holds a master’s degree in spatial planning from the German Jordanian University and a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Applied Science Private University in Jordan. Rana’s work experience spans across architecture, spatial planning and community and youth development.

Sebastian Hicks - UK (2015 - Present)

Sebastian Hicks is a qualified architect with a track record of prize-winning designs for high and low-tech sustainable living solutions. One of his notable projects is housing for forestry workers in Northern Argentina. He is founder of The Imaginary Rock, a social enterprise that develops community-led interventions in culturally diverse and sensitive locations across London. His research specialisation is in capacity building for natural hazards, and he lectures in humanitarian engineering and architecture.

Stefanos Adamakis – Greece (2019 - Present)

Stefanos Adamakis is a partner at Adamakis Architects & Associates, Architectural Design and Construction Office, as well as a lecturer on the restoration and reuse of listed buildings. Having obtained his diploma of architecture from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Stefanos is currently in the process of completing his PhD in building technology and energy consumption from the University of Thessaly. He is also an associate of the Piraeus Bank Cultural Foundation for the surveying and recording of pre-industrial buildings in Pelion.

Ahmed Al-Azzawi - UK

An award-winning Iraqi architect, Ahmed Al-Azzawi is a technical coordinator at Barratt Homes. He has a master’s in management for construction from Coventry University, which he received two awards for. Ahmed has lectured at Jordan University and guest lectured at Coventry University. He has also designed various projects in the UK, Middle East, Europe and the US, which span several sectors including sports and leisure, urban design, mixed-use and residential. Ahmed is a facilitator for Tamayouz’s Dewan Award for Architecture.

Turath Jamil - France

Turath Jamil is an architect and researcher at the Pantheon-Sorbonne University Paris 1, where he is a PhD candidate with a research focus on Islamic architecture. He previously worked with UNESCO on a publication that documents Islamic architecture in Iraq, and he has worked in various countries including Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Poland and France. He currently works at the Paris-based Fevre Gaucher – Architectes Urbanistes. Turath is the facilitator for the Tamayouz Iraqi Graduation Projects Award.

Ossaid Aleitan - Jordan

Ossaid Aleitan is an architect, project manager and founder of AlKafo for Construction Management & Design Consultancy, an Amman-based practice that offers multidisciplinary design including landscape and interior design, architecture, engineering and renovation services. He is also a lecturer at Jordan University and a central commission member of the Jordanian Engineers Association. He has worked on various projects, from small residential villas to large-scale hospitality projects, as well as several industrial projects in the Middle East and Africa. He received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Jordan University and his master’s in construction project management from UWE – Bristol. Ossaid is the facilitator for Tamayouz’s International Graduation Projects Award.

Ahmed Salah Al-Mallak - UK

An award-winning architect and academic, Ahmed Al-Mallak is the founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award. He lectures at the School of Energy Construction and Environment at Coventry University in the UK. After establishing Tamayouz Excellence Award in 2012, he grew the programme to include seven awards that recognise excellence in architecture across the Near East and North Africa.

Tamayouz Award Judging Panel: Judges from previous cycles

Dame Zaha Hadid - UK - The 2012 Honorary Chair of the Grandy Jury

Zaha Hadid, founder of Zaha Hadid Architects, was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2004. She is internationally known for her theoretical and academic work. Each of her dynamic and innovative projects builds on over 30 years of revolutionary exploration and research in the interrelated fields of urbanism, architecture and design. Zaha’s outstanding contribution to the architectural profession continues to be acknowledged by the world’s most respected institutions.

Ammar Khammash - Jordan (2018)

Ammar Khammash is a Jordanian architect, photographer, designer and artist. He has completed several large-scale renovations of ancient structures and churches throughout Jordan. He obtained a BA in architecture from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in the United States in 1986, and he studied ethnoarchaeology at the Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at Yarmuk University in Irbid, Jordan in 1987 and 1988. Later, Ammar established Ammar Khammash Architects, a practice in Amman that encompasses architecture, landscape management, building design and interior design.

Angela Brady OBE - UK (2013 - 2017) - The 2013 Honorary Chair of the Grandy Jury

Past President of the RIBA, Angela Brady is the director of the award-winning practice Brady Mallalieu Architects. Angela is also a design champion and television broadcaster.

Alessandro Rocca - Italy (2016)

Alessandro Rocca is an associate professor of architectural and urban design at the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies (DAStU) at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches subjects such as architectural design and theories and techniques. He is rector’s delegate for Russia, coordinator of the double degree programmes in architecture, promoter of several international exchanges, member of the board and teacher at the DAStU PhD programme in architecture. He has written several books and articles on architectural and landscape design. Recently, he directed the design teams of the Cereals Cluster at Milan Expo 2015, and the Bovisa Campus Masterplan in Milan.

Ben Maltby - UK (2017 - 2019)

Ben Maltby is the global shelter and infrastructure lead for Save the Children USA, developing technical solutions and leading teams responding to humanitarian crises around the world. A civil engineer by profession, he has a background in major commercial and civil development projects, and as a qualified lecturer, he has taught at universities in the UK and China. Ben was awarded a service medal by HM Queen Elizabeth II for his work in responding to the Ebola Outbreak of 2014 and 2015 in West Africa. He has also received CEO awards from Save the Children for two consecutive years. Ben was also the former apprentice to the president of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.

Carl Fraser - UK (2018 - 2019)

Carl Fraser is a UK-based researcher whose work explores the cultural and social development of alternative practices in their relation to understandings of urban spaces of cultural exchange. His work identifies patterns of social, political and economic behaviour in London and extrapolates these constructs to theorise on their relation to other cities and neo-liberal environments.

Dr Aida Hoteit - Lebanon (2019)

Dr Aida Hoteit is a Lebanese architect, academic and researcher. She is a professor and the chairperson of the Department of Architecture at the Lebanese University. She previously served as the chairperson of the Department of Urban Planning in the Lebanese Ministry of Public Works and Transport. She obtained her PhD in architecture and urban planning (Summa Cum Laude) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid. She also attained an MPhil in social psychology from the Complutense University of Madrid. She has more than 25 years of teaching experience, and has maintained a strong focus on urban and social development. Her research work is cross-disciplinary, and explores the cultural, philosophical and psychological impacts of architectural design and urban planning.

Dr Mahmoud Charafeddine – Lebanon (2019)

Dr Mahmoud Charafeddine has been a professor of architectural theory and design at the Lebanese University since 1986, where he has also been responsible for the architectural programme since 2004. His teaching focuses on defining architectural problems through urban and morphological site characteristics. Dr Mahmoud has participated in several Arab conventions regarding architectural education and the mutual heritage within the former Euromed programme. He is a committee member at the annual Arab Architecture Exhibition for graduating projects – a position he has held since 1999. In addition to his academic and public roles, he is the founder and CEO of Architectural Team for Construction.

Dr Soheir Hawas - Egypt (2019)

Dr Soheir Hawas is a professor of architecture and urban design at the department of architecture at Cairo University. She is also a researcher, author and the founder and former chair of the Research Studies & Policies Department at the National Organisation of Urban Harmony (NOUH) at the Ministry of Culture Egypt. Dr Soheir has long contributed to the protection and preservation of Greater Cairo’s urban environment: between 2000 and 2003, she provided consultancy for the Ministry of Housing regarding the preservation of Cairo’s architectural identity, and in 2006, she was responsible for documenting the city’s valuable buildings. In addition, she has participated in a number of conferences and authored various publications, for which she won an award.

Kevin Singh - UK (2016)

Kevin is head of Birmingham School of Architecture and Design at Birmingham City University. His teaching career spans 20 years and in 2015 he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship. Kevin works closely with the Royal Institute of British Architects, chairing validation panels and sitting on both the RIBA Council and Education Committee. He practices with the space* studio and is currently working on the interiors of the new English National Ballet.

Mandy Franz - UK (2018 - 2019)

London-based, RIBA-chartered conservation architect Mandy Franz is a senior associate at MICA Architects. She works on a range of education and residential projects, designing and delivering award-winning designs. Mandy is also a visiting critic at Bath University and founder of MICA’s mentoring programme. A supporter of inclusion and diversity, Franz was a finalist in 2018 for an award for women in architecture.

Manhal Habbobi - UAE / Iraq (2018 - 2019)

Founder of Manhal Habbobi Consultants, Iraqi architect Manhal Habbobi runs offices in cities across the Middle East and greater region, including Dubai, Istanbul, Baghdad and further afield in Toronto, Canada. Manhal has a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering from the University of Baghdad (1995), and a master’s degree in architectural philosophy, which he obtained in 2000.

Marc Glaudemans - The Netherlands (2014 - 2017) - The 2015 Honorary Chair of the Grandy Jury

Marc Glaudemans is the director of mobility, economy and internationalisation for the province of Noord-Brabant in the Netherlands. He was previously a professor of regional and urban strategies at Fontys Academy of Architecture and Urbanism in Tilburg, as well as its dean. In 2006, Marc founded Stadslab European Urban Design Laboratory, which has developed into an acknowledged think-tank and international urban design laboratory with a track record of programmes in Central and Eastern Europe and Asia. He is also a board member of INTA (International Urban Development Association).

Dr Caecilia Pieri - France (2017 - Present)

Dr Caecilia Pieri is an associate researcher at the French Institute of the Near-East (IFPO) in Beirut, Lebanon. She has authored and co-authored several books on the modern architectural and urban heritage of Baghdad. Dr Caecilia is a member of ICOMOS – International and DOCOMOMO – Lebanon, and she is also an expert at UNESCO (World Heritage) for the modern heritage in the Arab World.

Konstantinos Adamakis - Greece (2019)

Konstantinos Adamakis is a professor of architecture, deputy head of the department of architecture, and director of the master’s programme at the University of Thessaly, Greece. During his former role in the 1990s as Deputy Mayor of Volos, a port city in Thessaly, he worked on an extensive programme for the restoration and re-use of important buildings across the city. In 2010, he received a Lifetime Achievement honour from the Hellenic Institute of Architecture. His realised work includes multiple public and private projects and the restoration, re-use and reconstruction of monuments and industrial buildings.

Matteo Umberto Poli - Italy (2018)

Matteo Poli is an architect, researcher and landscape design professor at the Politecnico di Milano. He has extensive regional and international experience as a design consultant in architecture, urban design and landscape design. From 2004 to 2007, he was the editor of Domus, and was a special correspondent for Abitare until 2014.

Niran Banna - Germany (2016)

An architect and member of German Architects‘ Chamber of North-Rheine-Westphalia, Niran Banna graduated from the architecture department at the University of Baghdad. She is currently a practising architect and leader of large spatial planning projects across the Middle East and North Africa, which she works on in close collaboration with a German team. Niran has written several articles about Iraqi spatial planning issues.

Raymond Quek – UK (2016)

An architectural educator and historian, Raymond Quek is a professor of architecture and the head of the Leicester School of Architecture at De Montfort University, UK. He has held faculty positions at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and taught at universities in the UK, Singapore and New Zealand. He received his architectural degree from Liverpool University where he won the Charles Reilly Medal. He has also won a Cambridge Commonwealth Trust Award to pursue postgraduate work at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge with a focus on the history and philosophy of architecture.

Saad M Naji - Jordan (2019)

Iraqi businessman Saad M Naji retains and manages a number of investments through the Al-Naji Holding Group. He has invested in the oil, energy and tourism industries in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. With a master’s degree in ‘The Impact of the Principles of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in Achieving Corporate Marketing Objectives’, Mr Naji has long believed in the importance of corporate social responsibility. He believes that supporting civil societies is an ethical and social duty that must be exercised by companies in their day-to-day operations; hence, he has contributed to the establishment of a number of professional organisations that have worked to support their communities.

Seif Allah Abu Alnaga – Egypt (2019)

An award-winning Egyptian architect, Seif Allah Abu Alnaga is head of the Society of Egyptian Architects and chairman of International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). He served as president of the African Union of Architects (AUA), as well as vice president of the International Union of Architects (UIA). A reputable athlete, he also represented Egypt in the Munich Olympics 1972.

Suad Amiry – Palestine (2019)

Palestinian architect Suad Amiry is the founder of Riwaq, a centre for architectural conservation. She is also vice president of Birzeit University’s Board of Trustees, a board member for the Palestine Investment Fund and the Palestine Housing Council, as well as a jury member for The Palestine Award for Culture. One of Suad’s most notable projects is Riwaq’s 50 Villages – a mission to restore 50 villages across Palestine. Amiry was the recipient of Tamayouz’s Woman of Outstanding Achievement in 2018.

Hannah Vowles - UK (2017 - 2018)

Hannah Vowles studied architecture at Kingston and the Architectural Association. Since completing her studies, she has worked in architecture for 10 years, across both the public and private sectors. She founded the art practice/project ‘Art in Ruins’ with Glyn Banks, which produces exhibitions, critical writing, curating and teaching. Hannah is also an associate professor and deputy head of school at Birmingham School of Architecture and Design, as well as the founding chair of the association of architectural educators (aae).