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AR House 2012 Jury Panel

Meet the international jury of The Architectural Review’s House competition

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.




Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Brian Mackay-Lyons is a partner in MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple, a Canadian firm known for its commitment to a uniquely Acadian aesthetic. Mackay-Lyons studied architecture at the Technical University of Nova Scotia and UCLA, and has worked for Charles Moore, Barton Myers and Giancarlo de Carlo. In 1983 he returned to Nova Scotia, to challenge the more usual pattern of brain drain and make a cultural contribution to a region where his ancestors have lived for nearly 400 years. A memorable series of houses set in the rugged landscape of Atlantic Canada has made Mackay-Lyons a leading proponent of a distinct regionalist architecture. This recognition has led to larger scale public and international commissions and the practice’s work continues to garner accolades for creating buildings that not only act as cultural landmarks, interpreting and invigorating their context, but also gracefully project the identity of their patrons.

As well as teaching at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Mackay-Lyons founded the Ghost International Architecture Laboratory. Each summer, a gathering of architects, scholars and students is convened to explore the values of place, craft and community in architecture. The Ghost Lab redefines the architect as a builder who cultivates and contributes to the quality of the native landscape.


Sofia von Ellrichshausen


Sofia von Ellrichshausen is an architect and co-founder of Pezo von Ellrichshausen Architects. As one of the leading practices in Chile, Pezo von Ellrichshausen explores a fascinating cross fertilisation between visual arts and architecture. Their built work includes several public art projects and a series of houses, among them the Poli, Parr and Fosc Houses. Pezo von Ellrichshausen’s current projects include an apartment building in southern Chile, a social dwelling in Zaragoza, private residences in Portugal and Spain and their own studio-house in Concepción.

The practice has been awarded the Best Work of Young Architects Prize at the Iberoamerican Biennial (Montevideo, 2006), and earned a commendation in the AR Awards for Emerging Architecture (London, 2005) for the Casa Poli. Von Ellrichshausen studied architecture at Buenos Aires University, and in tandem with architectural practice, she also teaches at the School of Architecture of Talca University in Chile and has been a visiting critic at Cornell University in New York. Together with partner Mauricio Pezo, von Ellrichshausen curated the Chilean exhibition at the 2008 Venice Biennale.


Peter Salter


Peter Salter is an architect, academic and author. He studied and taught at the Architectural Association and in the early 1980s worked for Alison and Peter Smithson. Subsequently, Salter collaborated with Christopher Macdonald on a series of speculative projects that remain unbuilt. The projects are well known for their highly developed and evocative drawings, which are concerned with qualities of construction and spatial atmosphere. In 1990, Macdonald and Salter designed a temporary building, a folly, for the International Garden and Greenery Exposition in Osaka.

In 1995 Salter took over from Ron Herron as Professor and Head of School at the University of East London. Salter has since taught at the University of Bath and is now Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University. In 2004 Salter won the RIBA Annie Spink award for his outstanding contribution to architectural education. His architectural practice encompasses cultural, residential and leisure projects, including several schemes in Japan. He is currently working a series of bespoke houses in London for developer Crispin Kelly.


Catherine Slessor (Jury Chair)


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 and distinguished 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), Arquitectura Viva (Spain), 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 won the International Building Press award for Architectural Journalist of the Year three times. She has also been a guest critic at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University, and was on the jury for the 2008 RIBA President’s Medals Dissertation Prize.




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