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Europe's top 40 under 40 announced

Competition was apparently very fierce for this year's Europe top 40 under 40 with an indecisive result being cast by the jury who chose 61 architects to receive the accolade.

The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announced the selection of this year’s most promising and emerging European design talent with architects and industrial designers from architecture and industrial design and manufacturing firms across Europe hailing from 19 European nations:Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovania, Spain, and Switzerland. Germany produced the greatest number of up-and-coming architects with 9 winners, closely followed by Italy's 8 recipients.

In 2008, hundreds of architecture and design submissions for 2009 were received by The European Centre from across Europe (both Members States of the European Community and Accession States). “The jury selection and process was extremely difficult,” states Ioannis Karalias, Museum Vice President, The Chicago Athenaeum. “The jury was presented with hundreds of excellent projects and designs from skyscrapers and large-scale urban planning projects to the highest quality industrial design for commercial and consumer use. It was difficult to narrow the number down to simply 40 design firms (60 designers and partners of design firms in total).”

The jury included Brian Douglas Lee, Partner at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Mark P. Sexton, Principal at Krueck & Sexton Architects, Richard Tomlinson, Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago and Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, President at The Chicago Athenaeum. The program is organized by Kieran Conlon, Director/COO, The European Centre and Lary L. Sommers, Director of Administration/Marketing, The Chicago Athenaeum and was initiated to spotlight and identify the next generation of European architects and design professionals who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas in Europe and around the world.

In the category of architecture, projects by the selected architects included corporate architecture, skyscrapers, institutional projects, religious buildings, civil and political structures, planning projects, urban renewal, restoration/renovation projects, sports and transportation centres, institutions, parks, monuments, and public environments. In the category of industrial design, the latest products for furniture, lighting, household items, and bathroom and kitchen fixtures.

Projects were judged on the merit of design innovation with the emphasis on pushing the envelope on conventional methods and exploring new ideas, theories, and approaches to contemporary design.

An exhibition of work by the 2009 Laureates opens at Contemporary Space Athens (46-48 Megalou Vassiliou, Rouf-Athens, Greece) on Wednesday 16 September and continues through November 1. A more formal exhibition and presentation takes place at the symposium, “The City and the World,” in Florence, Italy the second week of November 2009.

The 2009 “Europe 40 Under 40” Laureates are:

AUSTRIA

• Josef Saller, Architect, heri & salli, Vienna, Austria
• Herbert Wolfmayr, Architect, heri & salli, Vienna, Austria

BELGIUM

• Frederik Aerts, Industrial Designer, Berghoff Worldwide, Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
• Thomas Bercy, Architect, Bercy Chen Studio LP., Austin, Texas, USA
• Wim Goes, Architect, Wim Goes Architectuur, Gent, Belgium
• Pieterjan Deblauwe, Industrial Designer Pieterjan Deblauwe, Gent, Belgium

DENMARK

• Thomas Brinch-Møller, Architect, DOK54, Jordup, Denmark
• Anders Lendager, Architect, MAPT., Nørrebro, Copenhagen, Denmark
• Jacob M. Lund, Architect, DOK54, Jordup, Denmark

FINLAND

• Olli Komulaninen, Industrial Designer, Polar Electro Oy., Kempele, Finland
• Illka Suppanen, Architect and Industrial Designer, Studio Suppanen, Helsinki, Finland

FRANCE

• Charles Bessard, Architect, Powerhouse Company, Copenhagen, Denmark

GERMANY

• Alain Berteau, Architect and Industrial Designer, Alain Berteau Designworks, Brussels, Belgium
• Jens Bruenslow, Architect, Architecture Project, Valletta, Malta
• Kati Meyer-Brühl, Industrial Designer, Brühl & Sippold GmbH., Bad Steven, Germany
• Holger Kehne, Architect, Plasma Studio, London, Great Britain
• Tobias Kraus, Architect, Kraus Schönberg, Konstanz, Germany and London, Great Britain
• Claudia Schmidt, Architect, MIR Architecten, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Timm Schönberg, Architect, Kraus Schönberg, Konstanz, Germany and London, Great Britain
• Alexander Tränkle, Industrial Designer, Alexander Tränkle, Langenargen, Germany
• Constantine Wortmann, Industrial Designer, Büro für Form Designstudio, Munich, Germany

GREAT BRITAIN

• Simon Frommenwiler, Architect, HHF Architects GmbH., Basel, Switzerland
• Morten Villiers Warren, Industrial Designer, Native Design Ltd., London

GREECE

• Panos Parthenios, Architect, Parthenios Architects + Associates, Athens, Greece

ICELAND

• Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdótir, Architect, Minarc, Santa Monica, California, USA

ITALY

• Federico Bargone, Architect, Sbarch Associates, Rome and Folgno, Umbria, Italy
• Francesco Bartolucci, Architect, Sbarch Associates, Rome and Folgno, Umbria, Italy
• Franco Cervi, Industrial Designer, 27_9, Milan, Italy
• Alessandro Console, Architect, Console/Oliva Architects, Rome, Italy
• Francesco Iodice, Architect, IODICEARCHETTI, Aversa, Italy
• Daniele Lago, Industrial Designer, Lago SpA., San Giorgio in Bosco (Padova), Italy
• Orsola Pezone, Architect, IODICEARCHETTI, Aversa, Italy
• Marcello Silvestre, Architect, IODICEARCHETTI, Aversa, Italy

LATVIA

• Juris Mitenbergs, Architect, AB3D Ltd., Riga, Latvia

THE NETHERLANDS

• Nanne de Ru, Architect, Powerhouse Company, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
• Frederike Top, Industrial Designer, Frederike Top Ontwerp, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Ronald Schleurholts, Architect, Architectenbureau Cepezed, Delft, The Netherlands

NORWAY

• Petter Knudsen, Industrial Designer, Petter Knudsen Design, Bergen, Norway
• Leif Steven Verdu-Isachsen, Industrial Designer, KODE Design AS., Oslo, Norway

POLAND

• Beata Goczol, Architect, Goczolowie Architekti Studio, Zabrze, Poland
• Barbara Grabczewska, Ovo Grabczewscy Architekci, Katowice, Poland
• Oskar Grabczewski, Ovo Grabczewscy Architekci, Katowice, Poland
• Marcin Kościuch, Architect, Ultra Architects SC., Poznań, Poland
• Tomasz Osięgłowski, Architect, Ultra Architects SC., Poznań, Poland
• Anna Siedlecka, Industrial Design, Studio Puff-Buff Design SC., Warsaw, Poland

PORTUGAL

• Camilo Rebelo, Architect, Camilo Rebelo Arquitecto Uniperssoal Lta., Porto, Portugal

SERBIA

• Branko Lukic, Industrial Designer, NONOBJECT, Palo Alto, California, USA

SLOVENIA

• Aljosa Dekleva, Architect, Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, Ljubljana, Slovania
• Tina Gregoric, Architect, Dekleva Gregoric Arhitekti, Ljubljana, Slovania

SPAIN

• Raul del Valle González, Architect, Maquinas Para Vivir, SL., Madrid, Spain
• Luis Suárez Mansilla, Architect, Suárez Santas Arquitectos, Bilboa, Spain
• Pablo Oriol, Architect, FRPO-Rodriguez y Oriol Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain
• Fernando Rodriguez, Architect, FRPO-Rodriguez y Oriol Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain
• Asier Santas Torres, Architect, Suárez Santas Arquitectos, Bilboa, Spain

SWITZERLAND

• Simon Hartmann, Architect, HHF Architects GmbH., Basel, Switzerland
• Tilo Herlach, Architect, HHF Architects GmbH., Basel, Switzerland
• Pascal Müller, Architect, Müller Sigrist Architects, Zurich, Switzerland
• Tanya Ruegg, Architect, Camenzind Evolution Architects, Zurich, Switzerland
• Peter Sigrist, Architect, Müller Sigrist Architects, Zurich, Switzerland
• Claude Zelleweger, Industrial Designer, One & Company, San Francisco, California, USA

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