Charles Jencks, Enrique Sobejano, Clare Wright and Catherine Slessor named as the international jury who will judge the AR+D Awards for Emering Architecture.
Charles Jencks is a distinguished American architectural critic, author, patron and theorist. Best known for his seminal critique ‘The Language of Post-Modern Architecture’, which encapsulated the paradigm shift from Modernism to Post Modernism, Jencks continues to scrutinise architecture with a provocative, polemical and eclectic eye. He has lectured at over forty universities including Bejing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Milan, Barcelona, and in the US at Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, and Yale. More recently, he has been involved in designing landforms, landscape and sculpture, and writing on cosmogenic art. He currently directs the commissioning programme for Maggie’s Centres, a series of cancer care centres in cities across the UK, designed by leading architects such as Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry and Rem Koolhaas.
Enrique Sobejano is a partner in Madrid-based Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos. The practice has a reputation for thoughtful contemporary architecture, often engaged in a dialogue with existing historic buildings. Recent projects include the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian on the north coast of Spain, and an extension to the Moritzburg Contemporary Art Museum, a late medieval castle complex in Halle, Germany. Sobejano and his partner Fuensanta Nieto also teach at the Universidad Europea de Madrid and the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid. Their projects have won recognition in over 50 design competitions and have been extensively published in various Spanish and international magazines and books. Their work has been exhibited at several Venice Biennales and was included in On Site: New Architecture in Spain, held at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2006.
Clare Wright studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art under the tutelage of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein. In 1994 she established Wright & Wright with her partner Sandy Wright. Based in London, the practice has a keen interest in the legibility of buildings, the coherent use of heavyweight materials and construction that stands the test of time. Recent projects include the ongoing masterplan for the Architectural Association, a library for Magdalen College, Oxford, the new Library and Archive for the Church Commissioners for England at Lambeth Palace, and the Women’s Library in London’s East End. She has also taught at the Bartlett and East London University, and been an assessor for the Arts Council of England, the RIBA and the Civic Trust.
Catherine Slessor is Editor of the Architectural Review. In a long career as an architectural editor, critic and writer she has also contributed to a variety of international architecture magazines, among them Architectural Record (USA), Arquitectura Viva (Spain) and Bauwelt (Germany). Her selected publications include 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. Earlier this year she was a juror for the 2012 Canadian Governor General’s Medals in Architecture.