Meet the international jury of the 2013 AR House Awards
The AR House Awards will be chaired by a new, international jury this year, to be chaired by Catherine Slessor. We encourage past entrants to resubmit projects for their fresh perspective.
Amanda Levete founded her architecture practice AL_A in 2009, having worked as a co-partner in Future Systems for 20 years.
Notable works of hers include Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground (winning the Stirling Prize in 1999); Selfridges department store in Birmingham; and the under way extension to the V&A museum in London. AL_A prizes its work on design led by research and development of digital fabrication, but continued commitment to the value of hand craft and drawing. Amanda also has a long-standing relationship with furniture design studio Established & Sons, collaborating to produce small works that allow the office to ‘challenge conventional notions of form and space’.
Francisco Aires Mateus
Francisco graduated as an architect from FA-UTL in Lisbon in 1987, establishing his practice Aires Mateus a year later with Manuel Aires Mateus.
The practice has been awarded multiple accolades, including the Premis FAD d’Architectura - Ephemeral Architecture, in 2010 for the Weltliteratur Exhibition, and Architecture and Urbanism Prize for Aveiro University Canteen in 2005. As well as exhibiting worldwide, he has held professorships at UAL, Portugal; Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, Switzerland; Graduate School of Design, Harvard; and Oslo School of Architecture, Norway.
Takaharu studied at Mushashi Institute of Technology and the University of Pennsylvania before founding practice together with his wife Yui (also pictured) in 1994, picking up numerous accolades in their career to date.
Based in Tokyo, notable honours for his work includes multiple awards each for the Soejima Hospital in 1997, Roof House in 2001 and Fuji Kindergarten in 2007. Regularly travelling to present lectures to architecture schools worldwide, Takaharu has acted as a professor in Tokyo City University since 2009.
Catherine Slessor is Editor of The Architectural Review. She studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and after qualifying as an architect, worked in private practice for a time in London. In 1987 she joined the Architects’ Journal as a Technical Editor, and subsequently moved to the AR. In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture and design magazines, among them Architectural Record (USA), Arkitektur (Sweden), De Architect (The Netherlands) and Bauwelt (Germany).
Her selected publications include Eco Tech, a study of the relationship between High Tech architecture and environmental awareness, and Concrete Regionalism which considers the influence of vernacular traditions on contemporary practice. She has lectured in the UK, USA, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and Argentina and has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University.