Meet the judges: Christos Passas

Each week we’ll interview one of the members of our high-profile judging panel for the World Architecture News (WAN) Awards 2023, which includes over 50 of the biggest and best names in the industry.

by Staff writer 16 November 2023

During our interview series the judges will tell us what they are looking out for in a winning entry and why they think you should enter the WAN awards.

Architect, designer and urban planner Christos Passas has more than 25 years’ experience in producing iconic international projects. He’s a long-term collaborator of Zaha Hadid and co-author of the practice’s seminal projects including the Stirling Prize nominee Phaeno Science Center and the Opus in Dubai.

Why should people enter the WAN awards?

It is important for architects and designers to showcase their work, and to communicate the current state of thinking in the discipline. It’s also very important for the public to see the current state of affairs and see the efforts that professionals are making to create practical and innovative sustainability solutions.

What are the benefits in your view?

It’s a form of communication, and in that sense, it’s about the exchange of ideas and the progress within the profession.

What attracted you to becoming a judge for the WAN awards?

I wanted to participate and to contribute to this process. Engaging with other practising professionals helps us all to formulate ideas to qualify the projects and through dialogue to move the thinking forward.

What sort of scheme would you most like to see among the entries?

Clever, daring, out of the box projects that are courageous enough to challenge the status quo. I’m a firm believer in experimentation and in changing perceptions through good, well-considered creative work.

Tell us about some recent projects you're most proud of:

I can confidently say that I’m proud of every project I’ve worked on. That is because each one of them has offered new learning, a new beginning, a new experience and altogether formed who I am today. In particular, I’m very pleased with our project for Eleftheria Square in Cyprus, the Sberbank Technopark HQ in Skolkovo and some of our most recent masterplans in the Middle East. 

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