GFD Awards Jury

Global Future Design Awards 2021 Jury Panelist:

Andrew Mcmullan
Director Mcmullan Studio

Andrew believes design is optimistic. For 15 years, he held senior-level positions at Allies and Morrison, Heatherwick Studio and was Vice-President of HOK, helping to create award-winning projects that made a deep impact on places and people. In 2018, he founded Mcmullan Studio to evolve his positive design approach by creating community-based projects where wellbeing and diversity are designed into daily life. A graduate of the Architectural Association, Andrew has sat on international award juries and taught at Central Saint Martins and the Architectural Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a UK Design Council Expert.

Anthony Montalto AIA
HKS Architects, Principal
Director of Design

Anthony’s passion for architecture comes from the ability to transform people’s lives in a long-lasting and emotionally significant way by sculpting the built envi-ronment. He utilizes a thoughtful approach and design process that embraces his client’s business, brand and culture and carefully considers the impact his design solution will have on the environment and its surround-ing communities.

Anthony has 26 years of experience working on a variety of project types that span the globe from Chicago and New York to Singapore and Ho Chi Minh City. He spe-cializes in corporate headquarters, hospitality, mixed-use and sports facilities. In addition, Anthony is responsible for overseeing all design initiatives for the firm as the Director of Design.

Maria Tsaftari
Design Director / Partner

Maria Tsaftari studied architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the School of Architecture of Paris-La Villette. She holds a MS in Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York.

She has worked in practices in New York, before returning to Greece in 2011. Maria joined Urban Soul Project in 2012 as an architect, and was named partner in 2014, currently holding the design director position.

Urban Soul Project was founded by Tasos Georgantzis and Kostas Floros in 2009, based in Thessaloniki, Athens and London, is one of the biggest architectural practices in Greece. It is a multi-awarded architecture firm offering services ranging from architecture, interior and product design. With a wide spectrum of more than 40 skilled professionals, USP is an experienced firm in complex planning permissions that has handled numerous renowned projects, especially in listed buildings around Greece. The studio was recently commissioned with LEED and WELL Certified projects. Τhe firm was awarded with the German Design Award, the A’ Design Silver Award, the International Hotel and Property Award, and finally was an honoree at the Best of the Year Interior Design Magazine Awards in New York City. In 2019 the firm won the BIGSEE award for the Interior Design 2019 and the 100% HOTEL DESIGN AWARD “Best City Hotel.”

Ana Pinto-Alexander, RID, FIIDA, EDAC
Director of Health Interiors
HKS Architects

HKS, INC Principal and Senior Vice President
Ana Pinto-Alexander is a Principal and Senior Vice President at HKS. A highly recognized and featured designer, Ana has more than 34 years of experience designing interiors for the country’s most progressive facilities. Her extensive research anchors her belief that the environments where we live, work and play greatly reflect and affect who we are as individuals. Those foundational beliefs were shaped by her childhood in Colombia, South America and enhanced by extensive international travel that influences her unique design perspective.

For 10 years she was President of Maregatti Interiors, a 22-employee interior design firm acquired by HKS in 2011. Although most of her work has been in in health care interiors, Ana is also passionate about meaningful interior design for educational facilities.

Ana has juried Healthcare Design magazine’s Architectural Showcase and Contract magazine’s Healthcare Environment Awards. She has spoken around the world on the importance the built environment has on the way we live. The recipient of numerous awards, including the 2013 “Legends IN Design,” she has also been featured in several national publications, including a cover story for Interiors and Sources. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Purdue University. In 2019, she was recognized by Healthcare Design as one of the 25 most influential people in health care. Interior Design Magazine selected Ana to receive the Healthcare HiP award in 2020.
Ana gave the virtual Commencement speech to the 2020 graduates of the Interior Design school at Texas Tech University.

She is currently on the board of Mosaic Family Services. Recently, she gave the commencement speech for the Interior Design graduating class of 2020 for Texas Tech University.

Silvia Acosta

Silvia Acosta is an architect, artist, and professor of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. Based between Providence and Miami, her work maintains linkages between architecture and the arts. It is dedicated to the craft of making, whether at the scale of composing material artifacts or through design-build explorations with her students. Her path through the creative process is informed by the intelligence of the hands and the role of imagination as a generator of ideas to be enacted.

Supporting the uniqueness of personal ingenuity forming architectural work, Acosta is also interested in participating in collaborative projects. As much as architecture comes from individual creativity, it is often a collective effort; in the best of situations, its beauty comes through in the inclusion of humanistic values, both in its making and its offerings. Her approach to architectural practice is founded on two beliefs—joint endeavors outweigh work conceived from a single point of view, and architecture is made and then given away. No matter who sponsors it, architecture is in the world and for the world. These opportunities to make contributions are about observing, listening, and doing. They are also about responding with a sense of obligation towards humanitarian concerns. Acosta has taught at several institutions including Harvard, Yale, University of Miami, Boston Architectural Center, China Academy of Art, Nagoya University, Monash University, Curtin University of Technology, and Equinoctial Technological University.

Craig Kolstad
Design Director

As Director of Design for HKS Architects in Detroit, USA – Craig is an award winning architect with over 22 years of international design experience in multiple typologies ranging from commercial, hospitality, cultural, to healthcare. He continues to evolve his practice through an integrated research-led process with diverse collaborators including researchers, designers, anthropologists, artists, and engineers. His goal is to create poetic high-performance, regenerative places & spaces, and memorable experiences while improving health & wellness outcomes through design.

Talin Leask
Talin Design

Creative Director

Talin is an interior architect and product designer. After working as an interior architect in Qatar and Dubai for a number of years she returned to London to pursue her interest in product design by obtaining a masters degree in Industrial Product Design. During her studies she developed a number of innovative solutions to everyday problems with her most recognisable being The WaterBottle (place link to the water bottle).

Experience in both interior architecture and product design means that Talin is able to guide the creative direction of briefs by utilising her overarching skill-set. In so doing, total design is applied whether working on an interior brief or a product brief.

Alfonso Padro
Director of Education

Alfonso is a Principal at an international Architectural firm and has worked on a variety of built environment projects from education, healthcare, residential, commercial schemes through to large scale master plan developments in the UK and international.

He’s experience has predominantly been working on public sector procured projects and working in this capacity has brought a balanced approach to judging schemes in the context of current politics, construction thinking aligned with public and community contexts. 

Alfonso is also an Ambassador for Blue Print for All, Crit-Panellist at various London Universities, Mentor for Secondary and University students and a Trustee at a Multi-Academies Education Trust in Canary Wharf, London, UK.

In addition he was recently a Jury member at the UIA Golden Cubes Awards, Expert Assessor for the New London Awards and West London Jury Chair at this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects Awards.

Tasos Georgantzis
Urban Soul Project

Tasos Georgantzis is the managing Partner of Urban Soul Project. He specializes in Hospitality and Offices Design as well as in LEED Certified Projects. He holds an MSc in Construction Economics and Management from UCL, London.

Based in Thessaloniki and with offices in Athens and London, Urban Soul Project is one of the largest architectural offices in Greece. Having in its staff more than 55 specialized professionals, it is an award-winning architectural practice and design studio that offers services of architecture, interior design and product design, in projects in Greece and abroad.

Urban Soul Project specializes in the re-use of listed buildings as well as in the design of spaces of high standards. Its projects have been certified with GOLD LEED as well as the first GOLD WELL CERTIFICATION in Greece.

At the moment, USP are working on the design of several new hotels in central Athens. Some of its most important recent projects are the new PRODEA offices and the ERGON House in Athens, the Colors hotels in Thessaloniki, the ERGON chain stores in Greece and abroad, while many of the private apartments and offices it has designed have been distinguished internationally.

Shelby Morris
Director of the Commercial

Shelby Morris, AIA, LEED AP is the Director of the Commercial Practice for HKS Architects in Atlanta, Georgia. Shelby has led over $2 billion of design and design/build projects, including: Phipps Plaza Hotel and Office, Lenox Square Mall renovation, eight projects at Duke University, and 1020 Spring Office. His team at HKS is currently working on projects for Norfolk Southern, 901 W. Peachtree, 14th & Spring Office, and 760 Ralph McGill in Atlanta.
Through ULI (Urban Land Institute) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Shelby has served on ULI Atlanta Advisory Committee, the AIA National YAF Advisory Committee (2016-2017), co-chair of the ULI Programs Committee, and is past chair of the AIA Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program. Shelby was an award recipient of the 2017 Building Design and Construction’s 40 under 40, the 2016 AIA National Young Architect Award, and the 2015 AIA Atlanta John Busby Award. His team was recently awarded ULI Atlanta’s top commercial project for their work on the NCR Headquarters in Atlanta. The award list also includes Atlanta Business Chronicle’s Real Estate Deal of the Year award three times.

Chad Porter
Design Director

Chad Porter is a Principal and Design Director at the HKS Singapore office. Chad seeks to enrich a variety of project types by collaborating with clients and project teams from initial planning through completion. His completed work includes Taikang Chengdu International Hospital and the Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital in New Delhi.

Gordon Gn
Regional Design Director
HKS Singapore office

Gordon Gn is a Regional Design Director in the HKS Singapore office. He focuses on architectural theory, design, digital fabrication, and complex modeling to bring critical thought to the future of architectural design. Working extensively within the Asia-Pacific, Middle East/North Africa regions and the US, he handles clients and project teams from conceptualization to completion. Gordon’s insight and experience have led to numerous awards for his healthcare and commercial sector designs. As a graduate of the Architectural Association in London, he is often asked to serve as a juror in design competitions and speak at health, technology and design events.

Global Future Design Awards 2020 Jury Panelist:

Dr. Danielle S. Willkens

Assoc. AIA, FRSA, LEED AP BD+C is a practicing designer, researcher, educator, and FAA Certified Remote Pilot who is particularly interested in bringing architectural engagement to diverse audiences through interactive projects. Her experiences in practice and research include design/build projects, public installations, and on-site investigations as well as extensive archival work in several countries. As an avid photographer and illustrator, her work has been recognized in the American Institute of Architects National Photography Competition and she has contributed graphics to several exhibitions and publications. Willkens was the recipient of the Society of Architectural Historians’ (SAH) H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship. Selected design and research projects can be found at archDSW.com and her work has been featured in CRIT, the Journal of Architectural EducationTimeOut LondonThe Washington Post, EAHN’s Architectural Histories, Dialectic, and the SAH research blog.

John Maruszczak
Associate Professor
School of Architecture
Member of the UT Arlington faculty since 1984. Professional experience with Raimund Abraham, New York and Arquitectonica, Miami. Received UT Arlington’s Distinguished Award for Creativity and Research, 1991, and Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill Educator’s Travelling Fellowship, 1986. Numerous major awards in architectural competitions, including most recently: Honorable Mention, YKKAP Shelter Idea Competition, Tokyo, 1996; Fourth Prize, Minamata Memorial Competition, Minamata, Japan, 1995; First Prizes for the Dallas Police Memorial ,1995, and Chicago Miegs Field, 1994 (with E. Baum); First Prize for Visionary Landscapes competition, 1994; and First Prize in the 1993 Computer Forum competiton of the San Francisco AIA. Honorable Mention in Progressive Architecture Annual International Furniture Competition, 1986; First Prize, Mitsui Home International Residential Competition, 1989; and Third Place in the 1990 Shinkenshiku Residential Design Competition. Work published in Progressive ArchitecturePrinceton JournalJapan ArchitectTexas ArchitectLandscape Architecture, and in The Education of an Architect, Rizzoli.

Brian Bell
Professor of the Practice

Brian Bell is co-founder and principal of BLDGS, an architecture and urban design firm located in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).  Brian’s interests are focused the nature of architectural experience and the relationships between contemporary buildings and cities – how both can and should be developed together to create rich and complex spatial and social experiences.  This interaction extends through most of the office’s work, including projects for cultural/arts institutions and galleries, higher education, corporations and multi-family housing. Brian is also a Professor of the Practice in Architecture at the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Design where he teaches advanced graduate level design studios.  His academic focus has most recently investigated the interaction of private and public space in cities with projects such as a U.S. Consulate for Muharraq, Bahrain, and contemporary models for urban, mixed-use high-density residential housing, transit-oriented development, and new mixed-use office buildings in Atlanta.  Brian received a Master of Architecture from Harvard University.

Recent firm awards include a 2017 Architectural League of New York Emerging Voices Award, and both Atlanta AIA and Georgia AIA “Firm-of-the-Year Awards” in 2019 and 2017 respectively. 

Oswald Jenewein
Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Oswald Jenewein is an architectural designer, educator and researcher working on the convergence of architecture and design of built landscapes, geopolitical territories and spatial regimes in context of Ecological Environments. Oswald is an Assistant Professor in Architecture for Ecological Environments and Digital Design at the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington where he also founded and directs FUELED – the Future Environments Lab For Ecological Design. He is also a Lecturer of Architecture at the Institute of Design, Department of Spatial Design at the University of Innsbruck and an external thesis reviewer at the University of Tallinn, Estonia. Oswald was a 2019 Marshall Plan Research Fellow working on his recently published paper “The Texas Coast as Geopolitical Territory: Operations and Processes in Coastal Landscapes of Oil.” As part of his pedagogical approach in educating students as responsible, global citizens and critical thinkers, Oswald is serving as International Studies Coordinator and Co-Chair of the Curriculum Committee at the College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs at UT Arlington. He is also the Second Year Studio Coordinator in the BSc. Program in the School of Architecture at UT Arlington, implementing Digital Methodologies of Design, Representation, and Fabrication. He teaches architecture design studios, and courses in ecological design, visual communication and architectural theory. Over the past years, Oswald won several research grants and exhibited in different venues in the United States and Europe including the Venice Biennale. He has organized lectures, panel discussions, and exhibitions internationally. Recent publications include “Designing towards Ecological Environments. A Modular Approach to Structure a Design” and “The Texas Coast as Geopolitical Territory: Operations and Processes in Coastal Landscapes of Oil” Oswald received his professional master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Associate Professor
Kevin Erickson is the founding principal of KNE studio, based in New York City, and an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois, where he is Chair of the Detail + Fabrication Program Area within the School of Architecture. The work of KNE studio is fixated on simple and forward thinking design ideas that create new value on multiple scales. In 2013, KNE studio was invited by actress Bette Midler’s NYRP Foundation to design a boathouse and outdoor classroom in upper Manhattan. In 2012, they won the Warming Huts Design Competition to build a winter pavilion alongside Frank Gehry, and previously received an honorable mention in the Tokyo Fashion Museum on Omotesando Competition, and were a finalist in the urbanSHED International Design Competition. The studio has received an AIANY Design Award, an ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Next Landmark Award at the 2012 Architecture Biennale in Venice. Recently, Kevin co-curated 5×5: Participatory Provocations, a traveling exhibition featuring work by 25 young American architects and was invited to serve on the Van Alen Institute’s Program Leadership Council.

FAIA Professor

Professor David M. Chasco, FAIA, is Professor and past Director of the Illinois School of Architecture (2004-2014). Chasco was originally a member and associate with Gunnar Birkerts and Assoc. from 1983-1994, Design Architect with DiClemente Siegel Design/Gunnar Birkerts FAIA from 1997-2002, joined the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University (LTU) in 1994, and served as Interim Dean from 2002-2004.

Chasco received his Master of Architecture (1980) and B.S in Architecture (1977) from the Illinois School of Architecture in Urbana-Champaign. He was the recipient of the school’s prestigious Plym Travelling Fellowship in 1992.

Roberto Bucheli
Part-Time Lecturer
Roberto Bucheli is a graduate Core I studio instructor in the School of Architecture where he focuses on teaching digital skills to incoming students. He received a Bachelor of Architecture in his hometown of Quito at Universidad San Francisco in Ecuador and both Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Digital Design – Fabrication at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Global Future Design Awards 2019 Jury Panelist:

Peter Bishop
Professor in Urban Design The Bartlett School of Architecture Faculty of the Built Environment

I am an urban planner and urban designer. I am a director at the architecture firm Allies and Morrison and Professor of Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture. I am interested in the strategies and approaches that can be employed to shape cities within the social, economic and political forces that operate.

Dr David Bohua Tann

David has twenty-six years of teaching, research and management experience in the UK higher education sector, starting as a lecturer, senior lecturer, principal lecturer and then took up academic leadership and managerial positions since 2005. As an academic, he has been actively engaging in curriculum development, validation, accreditation, student experience, international partnerships, student recruitment, external examination and a variety of committee activities. Prior to joining UEL he was the Assistant Dean (International) at the School of Engineering and Computing, University of the West of Scotland, having previously served as Head of Department at London South Bank University and Deputy Head of Department of Engineering at the then University of Glamorgan (now South Wales). He worked at British Coal South Wales and as a Structural Design Engineer in Cardiff for a number of years, structures that he was the main designer for include the Cardiff Copthorne Hotel and SHAW building in Wales. David was one of the youngest university graduates and tutors in China after graduating with a top student of the year award at the age of nineteen and before settling down in the UK.  

Clara Sandrini
Architecte DPLG, Docteur de l’Université de Paris 8, HDR rattachée à l’ED TESC

Rémi Papillault
Professeur des ENSA, Toulouse

Fernando Vidal
Principal, Managing Director, Sao Paulo

As a kid, Vidal used to move his bedroom’s furniture around just to observe how it would change his daily routine. During family trips around the world, he would always pay attention to the interaction between people and spaces in different cultures. Born and raised in São Paulo, Vidal embodies the city’s restless personality and is always looking for inspiration in arts and multiple sports.

Marshall Arne
Associate Professor of Architecture

Professor Marshall Arne joined the faculty at the Hammons School of Architecture full time in 2001.  Prior to this, for 18 years in practice, he held design leadership roles with architectural firms in the San Francisco bay area, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Kansas City, Missouri.   He continues to practice as principal of Art & Architecture LLC as well as participating in national and international architectural design competitions.   In 1993, Professor Arne was awarded the prestigious Plym Traveling Fellowship from the University of Illinois resulting in extended residence in Paris, France studying the dynamic of contemporary modern architecture in the historic urban fabric of this great city.  In 2008-9, Professor Arne took sabbatical leave to return to Paris, as well as Barcelona Spain, to investigate the relationship between culture and design as genesis for architectural conceptualization. 

Per Franson
Head of the Architectural Lighting Division

Per is an architect and educator as well as Head of the Architectural Lighting Division .Per has been teaching in numerous courses on all levels. 20 years of running his own practice Per has great experience of the profession and is keen on bringing practice, education and research closer together.

Lilian Crum

Art + Design
Assistant Professor + Director, BFA Graphic Design + BFA Interaction Design

Lilian Crum is a Detroit-based visual artist and designer. She received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and previously received her HBA in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. 

She is a founder and partner of Unsold Studio, a collaborative art and design studio that focuses on producing work for creative culture and the public good. Clients include Cranbrook Art Museum, Will Leather Goods and Culture Lab Detroit, and the studio is involved in community-development initiatives such as Impact 48 through the AIGA Detroit chapter. The studio has recently exhibited Cornell College in Iowa and Pratt Institute in New York City. 

Lilian’s personal work is exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. She is represented by Alison Milne Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, the Art Gallery of Ontario Sales Gallery in Toronto, Ontario, and James Robertson Art Consultants in Toronto, Ontario and London, England.

Prof. dr. Jonas Jakaitis
Associate Professor & Head of the Department of Design, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University

Jonas Jakaitis is an Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Design at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University. He holds a PhD in Arts. He is a member of the Lithuanian Association of Architects and the Association of Lithuanian Landscape Architects. Jonas is involved in a range of programmes, projects, commissions and workshops. He is a certified architectural expert, an expert at the Lithuanian Evaluation Centre of the Quality of Studies and a member of the certification commission for architects on behalf of Lithuania’s Ministry of Environment. He is a participant in many international and national conferences and seminars.

Emmanuel Combarel
ECDM Studio 




Steve Coy
Associate Professor
Art + Design

Steve Coy received a BFA from the University of Michigan (2001) and an MFA from University of Hawaii (2007). He is currently an assistant professor of Graphic Design at LTU.

Coy works in many mediums ranging from street art, performance, video, installation, new media, design, and photography: often in various combinations. He currently lives and works in Detroit, Michigan. His works have been displayed in Beijing, Sydney, Melbourne, Berlin, Art Basel Miami, Honolulu, and London among other cities.

Prof. Mark Blaschitz 

Teaches as a professor for housing, basics and design in the architecture department. Deputy Chairman of the Architecture Study Commission in university politics.