GFD Awards Jury

Global Future Design Awards 2024 Jury Panelist:

Zhou Yi
Zhou Yi, founder and chief designer of Dayi Design, graduated from Nanjing University and has been in the design industry for over a decade. She is now a member of the Architectural Society of China , a council member of the Wuxi Interior Design Association, and a visiting professor in the Department of Art at Jiangyin University.

Following her graduation, Zhou gained international work experience and pursued further studies abroad, which greatly broadened her perspective.Upon returning to China, she chose to develop her creative work in her hometown of Jiangyin, using the historical and geographically complex small city to explore the relationship between people and space. Her aim is to interpret and perpetuate the area’s unique traditional culture from a modern standpoint, employing a rich visual language to captivate the younger generation.

Her unique female perspective and utilization of local design language have garnered widespread acclaim for her work. In a relatively short span of time, she has successfully completed numerous client projects, earning recognition for her independent thinking and surrealistic approach, establishing herself as a prominent designer in the region.

Company profile
Da Yi Design focuses on architectural and interior design, emphasizing the unique visual art effects of each project. The members of the design team have an international vision and a strong learning spirit.

Da Yi Design insists on taking local culture as the starting point, respecting tradition, and at the same time, examining future possibilities with an open and exploratory attitude. We hope to enhance the interaction experience between people and the environment through design. With free creativity and systematic management abilities, the company has successfully implemented many representative case projects in the region.

Da Yi Design has received numerous domestic and international design awards,

Best of Year (BOY), Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards, iF Awards, London Design Awards, A&D awards, FX Awards, Golden Pin Design Award, Loop Design Awards, The Architecture MasterPrize, MUSE Design Awards, Novum Design Award (NDA), K-Design Award, International Design Awards (IDA), MANGOPRIZE, The Golden Bund Award, etc..

Global Future Design Awards 2023 Jury Panelist:

Lindsey May
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs & Strategic Initiatives 

Lindsey May is a Registered Architect and designer based in Washington D.C. She is the founding principal of Studio Mayd—an architecture and design studio working on residential, cultural, and community projects.

In addition to contributing to the built environment through design projects, she is the Assistant Director and a Professional Track Faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Before landing in DC, Lindsey worked in architecture and fabrication studios around the world including: Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis, SOFTlab, and Rafael Vinoly Architects. Lindsey holds a Masters of Architecture from Princeton University and a Bachelors of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan.

Mohammad Gharipour
Area Chair / Director, Architecture Program

Mohammad Gharipour is Professor, Area Chair, and Director of the Architecture Program at the University of Maryland, USA. He obtained his PhD in architecture at Georgia Institute of Technology, USA. He has taught at several international universities and has received many prestigious awards and grants 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), Fulbright (2019), National Institute for Health (2016 and 2021), and Architectural Research Centers Consortium (2022). In addition to organizing and chairing more than thirty panels and conferences and publishing more than 140 papers, encyclopedia entries, and reviews, he has authored, edited, and co-edited fourteen books including Persian Gardens and Pavilions (I.B. Tauris, 2013), Health and Architecture (Bloomsbury, 2021), and award-winning Epidemic Urbanism. Dr. Gharipour is the founder of the award-winning International Journal of Islamic Architecture (IJIA), the second vice president of the Society of Architectural Historians, and the director of the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative.  As part of the Epidemic Urbanism Initiative, he has co-organized more than ten symposia and workshops, built a network with liaisons from more than 61 countries, and organized two international design competitions.

Jason S. Johnson

Jason Johnson is the Associate Dean Academic (Architecture) for the School of Architecture Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary. He has practiced and taught architecture in North and South America and Europe and is a founding partner of the Laboratory for Integrative Design at the University of Calgary.  He has published and exhibited design work related to research in the areas of responsive architecture, generative design, digital fabrication, and computationally integrated design techniques and workflows. Publications include Digital Design Exercises for Architecture Students a primer on generative design strategies for the beginning design student. His work spans scales, including furniture, public art, buildings, and infrastructure.

Ivy Song
Manager & Design Director, IVVA (SHANGHAI), INC.
Chief Landscape Consultant, Kinpan Awards
Vice president of Kinpan Award Jury panel
ASLA Member
The Architecture MasterPrize 2022 Winner

Ivy Song holds a master’s degree in landscape design from Xi’an University of Architecture and Technology. Having been engaged in real estate landscape design for many years, she excels at building an integrated landscape system for commercial, residential and model areas of real estate projects, and has rich experience in landscape development. Ivy is the landscape creator for a series of luxury residential properties developed by Longfor Group in Xiamen, the promoter of the five-dimensional landscape R&D and design system of Longhu Group, and the builder of the landscape system of Seazen Holdings. She has managed hundreds of commercial and residential landscape projects throughout China, and the unique standardization system she established for Seazen Holdings is highly recognized in the industry.

Ivy founded her own design practice IVVA (SHANGHAI), INC. in 2019. Under her leadership, IVVA has actively launched business in the domestic and foreign markets to strengthen the international visibility of Chinese design. The practice has completed a great many landscape projects worldwide, including overseas projects such as Cityclou, Elsou, Parkone and Elsol in the Philippines, Canang Sari Villas and NDC in Indonesia, and domestic projects like the Landscape Improvement of Shanghai Prodor Music Hotel, an urban renewal project in Baoding City, Wuyou Mountain House in Guanyin Mountain, Hainan Tower Building, and China’s first Beach Resort, etc. Ivy has published articles on multiple platforms explaining her design philosophy and understanding about the market, and delivered open lectures about the evolution of landscape. Besides, she was invited to introduce the landscape map data model at the 2020 GBE Asia-Pacific Landscape Trend Forum, which won wide recognition and more than ten thousand online views.

Following Oriental design wisdom, Ivy works to create infinite scenes out of limitations. With a unique insight into the market, she helps brands upgrade their image and enhance competitiveness, and creates landscape that has a soul in spite of the constraints of budget and site area.

Fabian Neuhaus
Associate Professor

Dr. Fabian Neuhaus, PhD, received his doctorate in urban planning from University College London, the Bartlett. His research interest are temporal aspects of the urban environment. His research focuses on the topics of Habitus, Type and Ornament in the sense of Activity, Technology and Memory. He has been a guest critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, Architecture Association AA, University of Arts London, London Metropolitan University at the Faculty of Architecture and Spatial Design, the University of Plymouth at the School of Architecture. For his Masters of Science in Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, he was awarded a distinction. He has worked with architecture and urban design practices in the UK and Switzerland as well as on research projects at universities in Switzerland, Germany and the UK. He is the principal author of www.urbantick.org and co-curator of nextcalgary.ca.

Zhang Jiliang
Greentown China Holdings Limited
Vice President, Chief Planner
Website: https://www.chinagreentown.com

Zhang Jiliang is currently a vice president of Greentown China. Zhang holds bachelor and master’s degrees in engineering from Tsinghua University, and a PHD degree from Dalian University of Technology. He is a senior engineer and class-1 registered architect in China.

Zhang has rich experience in architectural design, rural & urban planning and construction management. Before being appointed as the vice president of Greentown China in 2019, he served Dalian Architectural Design & Research Institute, Dalian Xinghaiwan Construction Management Center and Dalian Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development, and acted as the director of the Planning and Development Bureau of Dalian Economic and Technological Development Zone, director of the General Office under Dalian Municipal Commission of Urban-Rural Planning, and the vice director of Dalian Municipal Planning Bureau.

Tang Jun
Founder and Chief Architect of JUNYUN Architecture Design Office

Tang Jun holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Zhejiang University, a top-3 higher education institution in China. He is a class-1 registered architect, and the founder and chief architect of JUNYUN Architecture Design Office. As a professional architect with constant passion in architecture and endless creativity, Tang Jun focuses more on refining design from the perspectives of cities and users, rather than on architectural forms or styles. He cares about people’s fundamental needs, explores the relationship between human and nature, and seeks a balance between architecture and environment.

JUNYUN Architecture Design Office works on a wide range of project typologies, including high-rise building, commercial building, office, hotel, residence, school, etc. Over nearly two decades, Tang Jun has steered and completed a host of iconic public projects and real estate projects in major cities nationwide, including but not limited to Phoenix Courtyard, Shanshui Shijian, The One Park, Urban Living Room of Dahuangshan Silicon Town, G60 Brain Tech Innovation Base and Mountain Art Center, which have won a great many international design awards.

Michael Ermann
Virginia Tech | School of Architecture 

Michael Ermann has won 13 awards for his teaching, research, and design; published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations; and been awarded seven externally funded grants. Amber Book, the course he created to help architects study for their licensure exam, has enrolled more than 30,000 professionals and its YouTube channel has more than 7 million views and more than 35,000 subscribers. The Bubble Wrap house he designed won an international Architizer A+ design award and he authored the book Architectural Acoustics Illustrated (Wiley) to translate the science of architectural acoustics into the graphic language of architecture. In 2019, AIA Virginia recognized Professor Ermann with a lifetime achievement award.

Tania Tovar Torres
Rice University

Tania Tovar Torres is an architect, writer and curator whose practice explores creative media and formats in architecture exhibition and production, specializing in documentary and archival research. She is co-founder and director of Proyector, a curatorial platform and exhibition space based in Mexico City devoted to the promotion of emerging voices in architectural research. Tania is currently Wortham Fellow at the Rice University School of Architecture in Houston. In Mexico she was associate professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana; worked as a consultant for the German Cooperation Agency for Sustainable Development in Mexico; and was appointed curator of the Architecture Pavilion of the ‘Abierto Mexicano de Diseño’ in 2019 and 2020. Previously she worked at the ‘Canadian Centre for Architecture’ in Montreal, and the ‘Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery’ in New York in the development of archival and research based projects. Tania graduated as an architect from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM; studied at the State Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Stuttgart, Germany; and holds a Master’s degree in Critical, Conceptual and Curatorial Practices in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP, USA. Her work has received recognition from The National Fund for Cultures and the Arts, Jumex Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, and has been published in the Architectural Review, ARQ, MAS Context, Arquine, Bitácora Arquitectura, Archifutures, DPR Barcelona and the Harvard University Press among others.

Ramtin Haghnazar
Virginia Tech University
Member of BioDesign Research Group

Ramtin Haghnazar is a researcher and designer specializing in the fusion of computational design, digital fabrication, and natural materials. Currently, with Virginia Tech University’s Bio Design Lab, he explores the intersection of technology and nature.
Holding degrees from the University of Tehran, Ramtin’s Ph.D. research focused on creating a computational tool for architects to design nonstandard freeform structures. As co-founder of Dahi Studio, he has made his mark in fabrication-oriented design and modeling, contributing to notable projects worldwide in Frankfurt, Toronto, Istanbul, Baku, Tehran, Mashhad, and Doha.
Ramtin is committed to academia, establishing the “Digital Craft House” with the University of Art, Tehran, and serving as lab co-director. He shares his expertise as a lecturer, workshop tutor, and coordinator at various universities, nurturing the next generation of designers.

Kai Liu
Professor | Associate Head | PhD
Huazhong University of Science and Technology

Prof. Kai Liu is a national level registered architect, a visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a council member of the Institute of Chinese Architects, ASC. He has multiple identities in the field of architecture and has a series of achievements in design practice, academic research and education.

Prof. Kai Liu has long been focusing on the practice of public architecture design to create a healthy, energetic and friendly living environment. He has presided over more than 50 design projects such as libraries, museums and educational buildings. Among them, he has received 21 prestigious design awards, and has been awarded the honorary title of Chinese Contemporary Outstanding Young Architect.

Prof. Kai Liu has conducted in-depth academic research. The projects were supported by 24 research grants. He has published 2 monographs, 38 journal articles and participated in the compilation of 4 design standards. He has rich teaching experience who has guided students winning 63 awards in design competitions. He was honored the title of Chinese excellent instructor in 2006.

Tuwanda Green

Tuwanda Green has over 32 years of architectural experience. She has maintained an architectural license in Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia for 24 years, and holds a doctorate in architecture from Virginia Tech. Dr. Green owns and manages an architecture business. Her firm focuses on human centered design solutions grounded in scientific research, literature, and research methods. Her work is supplemented by her previous government design projects which spans multiple locations domestically and internationally. Dr. Green’s keen passion to improve spaces for the benefit of occupant health is seen in her role as subject matter expert, teacher, educational conference speaker, and researcher.

Luis Borunda

Luis Borunda, Ph.D., is an architect, researcher, and educator specializing in technology and computational design, renowned for his expertise in advanced design and construction methods leveraging computation and digital fabrication. With a Ph.D. in Architectural Construction and Technology from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Borunda earned the highest distinction for his pioneering research on digital 3D printing, design, and fabrication of continuous surfaces. His work encompasses the development of lightweight, high-performance structures utilizing computational techniques and digital fabrication technologies. By integrating sensors and advanced technologies, Borunda enables real-time monitoring and optimization of building performance, showcasing his commitment to sustainability and social equity in the built environment. Borunda’s expertise extends to the design of energy-efficient buildings and the development of methods for analyzing and optimizing urban systems. With the Global Forum on Urban and Regional Resilience at Virginia Tech, he has led impactful projects in smart construction and experiential learning, driving innovation in architectural practice and education. Collaborating with the National Laboratory of Sustainable Housing and Communities of Mexico, Borunda continually pushes the boundaries of sustainable architectural solutions. His current research in AI, Computer Vision, and design applied the development of Assistive Technologies exemplifies his dedication to utilizing technology to foster accessibility, inclusivity, and equity in architecture and beyond. Borunda’s work aims to empower individuals with visual impairments, ensuring that architectural advancements benefit diverse communities. Aligned with the pursuit of environmentally conscious and socially responsible design practices, Borunda’s contributions have been recognized through prestigious accolades, including the Excellence in Teaching award from Virginia Tech.

Jessica Hernandez

Jessica Hernandez is an accomplished architect and professor with over 14 years of experience in concept design, urban planning, architecture, interior design, education, and user experience design. She has lived and worked in the US and South America, working on a diverse range of projects, often as a team leader, and always as a team player. Her experience includes large-scale urban development, mixed‐use commercial, residential; and a full range of interior projects most recently focusing on retail.

Global Future Design Awards 2022 Jury Panelist:

Bau-Show Lin
Associate Professor
Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture, National Taiwan University

Dr. Bau-Show Lin concerns with the connections between artificial constructions and nature. She devotes efforts to investigating and promoting microclimate regulation, stormwater management, and biodiversity of green roofs and vertical greening for buildings. Her most recent research focus is the comprehensive urban ecosystem services for built areas.

Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

Azadeh Omidfar Sawyer was appointed Assistant Professor in Building Technology in the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture in 2019. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate building envelope, its effect on lighting, and occupants’ comfort and visual impressions. One goal is to address how “green” design can result in comfortable and aesthetically pleasant design. Sawyer focuses on evaluating and minimizing the discrepancies between the design of an envelope compared to the actual experience of it. This can be achieved by bridging the gap between building technology, design quality, and by humanizing data though the use of immersive visualizations such as VR.

Eddy Man Kim
Carnegie Mellon University School of Architecture

Eddy Man is a practitioner, researcher, educator, and technologist in architectural, web, media, brand, and experience design. A technologist and futurist at heart, Eddy Man is interested in interdisciplinary efforts to mutually augment design and technology—especially as they relate to the ethical and cultural implications of applied artificial intelligence in architectural design.

Eddy Man was awarded the George N. Pauly, Jr. Fellowship to join Carnegie Mellon University in 2014 and prior to that co-founded openUU, a design research agency based in Hong Kong. As the Technical Director, Eddy Man marketed for, managed, and delivered openUU projects that won four Best-of-Year Awards by Interior Design magazine and the 40-under-40 Award by Perspective Global magazine. While managing his practice in Hong Kong, Eddy Man taught at The University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Interior Design Association.

Virginia Cartwright
Associate Professor

Virginia Cartwright, associate professor of architecture and the director of the UO Baker Lighting Lab, explores light, form, and space through her research and practice, as well as in her design studios and seminars on the architecture of Alvar Aalto and on architecture in the cinema. She also teaches courses in daylighting, electric lighting, site and climate, and media.

A long-standing focus of Cartwright’s research is the relationship between light and form in the work of Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. She has presented segments of her research in lectures and papers, including presentations of “A Lexicon of Light, Themes in Aalto’s Libraries” in Dresden, Germany, and “From the Earth to the Sky; Tracing the Development of Luminous themes in Mt. Angel Abbey Library” at the Centenary Celebration of Alvar Aalto’s Birth at Mt. Angel Abbey Library. Her research areas also include climate-responsive design and daylighting strategies, including atria, courtyards, and light wells.

Ihab Elzeyadi
Professor of Architecture & Building Science
Director, High-Performance Environments Lab

Professor Ihab Elzeyadi’s focus on architecture that provides high indoor environmental quality (IEQ) for its occupants directs his research into high-performance building design, architecture for health and well-being, and design guidelines for indoor environmental quality (IEQ) and multi-comfort dynamic building design. He engages students in hands-on research and design explorations in design studios, seminars, and courses in environmental control systems and high-performance building design. Elzeyadi is the founder and director of the UO High-Performance Environments Laboratory (HiPE) and the Façade Integrated Technologies testing facility (FIT). Both are state-of-the-art award-winning facilities that provide research and consulting services for the building industry, research institutions, and private, and public entities.

Elisandra Garcia




Mark Gillem

Professor Mark L. Gillem teaches architecture and urban design through a joint appointment in the Departments of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. He is the director of the PhD Program, the University of Oregon’s Urban Design Lab, and he is President of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

His teaching and research focus is on sustainable urbanism, which is an ecological approach to building that integrates architectural and landscape design with socio-cultural and environmental needs. In addition, he conducts post-occupancy evaluations of buildings and urban spaces using qualitative and quantitative methods. In the studio, he challenges students to balance theory and practice through the use of participatory methods in order to foster collaboration in the shaping of the built environment.

Chiwon Ahn, Professor
Faculty of Architecture (Architecture Major) Hanyang University

Architectural Design 3 (ARE357) & Architectural Design 4 (ARE358), Architectural Design (ARE102), Architectural Basic Design (ARE 109).

Interested research area
Architectural design, research facility planning and design, building information modeling, eco-friendly architecture

BA, Virginia State University, 2000 (Double Major in Architectural Design & Architectural History, USA) 2003 Master of Architecture, Yale University (USA).

Dr. Hwanyong Kim
Associate Professor | Major Head | School of Architecture & Architectural Engineering, Major in Architecture Hanyang University

Dr. Hwanyong Kim is an associate professor in the School of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Hanyang University ERICA. He joined ERICA in 2020 fall semester. Prior to ERICA, Dr. Kim served as a professor at Incheon National University and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture & Urban Planning at Texas A&M University in the U.S., where he had finished his Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Sciences. Dr. Kim studied architecture as his undergraduate degree at Chung-Ang University, S. Korea and finished his master’s degree in community & regional planning at the University of Texas at Austin, U.S. He holds another master’s degree in architecture design from Hanyang University, S. Korea.

Sara Khorshidifard
Assistant Professor of Architecture
Director of Center for Community Studies Drury University

An architectural designer, design researcher, and urbanist, Sara Khorshidifard joined the faculty in 2019 as Assistant Professor and Director of Center for Community Studies, where she is teaching courses in community design and design research. Her experiences range from teaching, to community design, to integrated project delivery, to historic preservation and urban restoration. Sara’s scholarship entails a triad trajectory in Urban-Rural Interface Studies, Architectural Education, and Tehran Studies. Her background creates a balance between practical instruction and broader philosophical perspectives supported by the spans of her scholarly trajectories. Prior to teaching, Sara worked as a design consultant and senior project manager in the United States. Before that, she practiced architecture for five years internationally, in Tehran, in small consulting firm and large engineering company settings. Her primary area of practice concentrates on community design, fusing her background and professional degrees in architecture and landscape architecture. Sara has accrued notable records in such work since her doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she also served as a senior project manager and design consultant for the Community Design Solutions outreach center.

Hwang Yi, Assoc. Prof., Ph.D., Assoc. A.I.A., LEED AP
Department of Architecture, College of Engineering, Ajou University





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.