Thursday 31 Jan 2008

Expectation builds up as jury meets in London

The competition for this year's House of the Year Award has been fierce. The hard task of selecting a long-list of twenty-five projects has finally been completed. The jury, listed below met yesterday 6th February to choose a short list of six and then a winner.

The six short listed projects will be announced on Friday 8th February. Following that the winner will be announced on News Review, Friday 15th February. The judging event will be held at RIBA.

This year's event follows on from the massive success of last year's inaugural "House of the Year 2006" award which was embraced by international, national and regional news media as well as specialist design magazines including Blueprint.

View the twenty-five long-listed projects.

This year's judges are:

Richard Coleman
Richard qualified as an architect in 1979 at Canterbury School of Art and then worked on telecommunications buildings, crown courts and defence accommodation within a government department. For 13 years Richard was appointed deputy secretary of the Royal Fine Art Commission (the precursor to CABE). He retired from the RFAC in 1996 and setup the Richard Coleman Consultancy, now Richard Coleman Citydesigner. His work at the RFAC gave him in-depth insights into high quality design, and making changed to the historic environment and established skylines to accommodate development in an evolutionary way. He believes strongly that high quality authentic design of any era can make a major contribution to the health of individuals, societies and nations.

Julian Honer
Julian is Editorial Director at Merrell Publishers, based in London and New York. He has been instrumental in establishing Merrell’s list of architecture titles, which includes the annual guides to the RIBA Awards, monographs on individual architectural practices, books devoted to contemporary architecture in individual cities and countries around the world, and studies of individual buildings and building types. In 2005 Julian was a judge for the RIBA Awards. Outside work, Julian takes every opportunity to pursue his combined passions of architecture and photography.

Pierre d’Avoine
Pierre was born in Bombay, moved to London when he was 11 and studied architecture at the Birmingham School of Architecture in the 1970s. He set up Pierre d’Avoine Architects in London in 1979 and has architects office based in London and practices internationally with work in Japan, India, Italy, Ghana, the West Indies and in Tehran. The work of the practice includes housing, offices, mixed-use developments, urban design, interior design and public art projects, and has been widely published and exhibited. Pierre is currently a visiting professor at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff, and also teaches at the Architectural Association.

Yuli Toh
Yuli Toh is the co-founder, with Takero Shimazaki, of Toh Shimazaki Architecture in 1997, after working at international practice the Richard Rogers Partnership. As central London based architects, they have achieved a reputation for beautiful spatial solutions in their built works that imprint on urban and rural locations. In 2007, they were shortlisted for both the WAN Best House in the World award and a BD Architect of the year award. They have been invited to show at the Talking Cities exhibition in Essen, Germany; worked on Anthony Gormley's Event Horizon exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, and completed the London Rowing Club redevelopment. They are currently designing student housing in North London and on site at St James' Hospital, Leeds, and the Centre for Sight, a national centre of excellence for eye surgery.

Christina Seilern
Christina Seilern set up Studio Seilern Architects at in December 2005 after having practised as an architect in the United States and in the UK. She has had over ten years of professional experience on projects varying from commercial high-rises, residential, laboratories, performing arts spaces and museums with a variety of high profile clients.
After having worked at Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York, she moved to London in 2000 to set up the office of Rafael Viñoly Architects London through which the practice’s European projects could be run. Under her leadership, the office grew to 40 staff in 5 years and was responsible for a construction value in excess of £600 million.

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