CHAIRMAN / JESÚS APARICIO
Doctor of Architecture and Professor of Architectural Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM).
Holding a degree in Architecture from the Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM), a Master of Architecture from Columbia University in New York, and a Doctorate in Architecture, Jesús approaches architecture from three different fronts: research, teaching and professional practice. As a researcher, he has obtained funding from the Academy of Spain in Rome, as well as grants from Fulbright/MEC and Bankia. He is full professor of Architectural Projects at the ETSAM and guest lecturer and speaker at numerous architecture schools and institutions across Europe and the Americas
The buildings designed by Jesús have received numerous accolades, including the ar+d Prize, the Architecture and Town Planning Prize from Madrid City Council, the HYSPALIT Brick Architecture Award and the Saloni Award. In 2000, he represented Spain at the Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2005, he was selected to take part in the Spanish Architecture Biennale. In 2008, he was nominated for the Klippan Award as well as for the Swiss Architectural Award, and in 2012 he won the 39th edition of the IIDA Awards. More recently in 2016, he was runner-up at the XIII edition of the Spanish Architecture and Town Planning Biennial.
He is also curator of the exhibitions “Young Architects of Spain” and “Domusae, Spaces for Culture”, director of the Ceramic Tile Studies Department in Madrid and editor of the Ceramic Essays Collection. Both his theoretical research and his architecture projects have received international acclaim and his publications include the likes of:“El Muro”, “El Hogar del Jubilado”, “Terragni, la densidad en el espacio”, “El Danteum”, “Construir con la razón y los sentidos” and “Jesús Aparicio AA40”.
SECRETARY / JESÚS DONAIRE
Doctor of Architecture and Associate Lecturer in Architectural Projects at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid (ETSAM).
Jesús holds a degree in Architecture from the ETSAM and won the award for project excellence as part of the Master Degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia GSAPP in New York before earning his Doctorate in Architecture. As a researcher, he has earned funding from the Academy of Spain in Rome and the Fulbright Commission, as well as the William Kinne Fellows Traveling Prize and grants from the Social Council of Madrid Polytechnic University. He has lectured as Assistant Professor at the Architecture Department of Barnard College at Columbia University and he is currently an Associate Professor of Projects at the ETSAM and at Nebrija University in Madrid. He is also visiting professor at the Polytechnic University of Milan and at Suffolk University in Boston and is a regular conference speaker, project panellist and lecturer at international workshops on architecture and director of architecture seminars at various European and American institutions.
Jesús is Deputy Curator of the “Young Architects of Spain” exhibition and curator of the “Domusae, Spaces for Culture” exhibition. His work has earned him the Architizer A+ Award in New York, the Excellence Award of the International Interior Design Association in the United States, as well as an award from the Association of Architects in Madrid. He has also been short-listed for the Archia and Enor awards. His work, research articles and interviews have been published internationally and he is the editor of various catalogues on architecture.
XAVEER DE GEYTER / BELGIUM
Architect. Founding partner of XDGA. Guest professor at ETH Zürich. Winner of the BigMat’13 International Architecture Grand Prize
Xaveer De Geyter is the director of XDGA, an internationally oriented Brussels based office practising architecture, urbanism and landscape design on different scales and levels. XDGA has participated to a large number of international competitions allowing the office to build up an extensive portfolio that shows its critical approach to architecture.
XDGA internationally rewarded projects include, amongst others, the five housing towers in Breda (Mies Van de Rohe nomination), the Îlot Saint Maurice urban plan in Lille (Prix de l’urbanisme de France), the Kitchen tower in Brussels (BIGMAT AWARD, Grand International Prize 2013 and the Belgian Award for Architecture 2013 in the category public building). This year, Xaveer De Geyter was awarded the Flemish biennial Cultural Award for Architecture 2015.
Ongoing XDGA projects include the refurbishment of the subway station and public square Place Rogier in Brussels, the new headquarters for the province of Antwerp, a care centre for the elderly in Antwerp, the regeneration of the MacDonald warehouse in Paris, and the master plan Paris-Saclay.
More info: www.xdga.be
HENRIETA MORAVČÍKOVÁ / CZECH REPUBLIC + SLOVAKIA
Architect, architectural historian and editor.
Henrieta is head of the Department of Architecture at the Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences, and also full professor of architectural history at the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Her field of interest is 20th and 21st century architecture, focusing on the Modern Movement and architectural heritage.
She was previously editor in chief of the magazine Arch, the only Slovak critical monthly publication on architecture (1997 – 2009), and she is currently editor in chief of Architektúra Urbanizmus, a journal of architectural and town planning theory. She has published several monographs, hundreds of studies and critiques on twentieth century architecture and prepared numerous architecture exhibitions. She is co-author of the essential monograph on Slovak architecture “20th Century Architecture in Slovakia” (2002) and edited the first synoptic monograph on Slovak architecture titled “Architecture in Slovakia: concise history” (2005). Her last book, titled “Friedrich Weinwurm, Architect” (2014) was awarded the International DAM Architectural Book Award for the best architectural books of 2015.
MARC BARANI / FRANCE
Architect and founding partner of MARC BARANI ARCHITECTES. Grand Prix de l’Architecture 2013.
After studying architecture and scenography, Marc expanded his training by pursuing anthropology, which took him to Nepal for a year.
The Atelier Barani architecture studio focuses on projects involving public buildings and urban infrastructures.
The studio has adopted a multidisciplinary approach from the very outset and frequently features architects, scenographers, designers and landscape designers, depending on the type of project in question.
Marc taught architecture for 15 years.
In 2013, he won the “Grand Prix National de l’Architecture” (French National Price of Architecture).
Since 2015, he has been heavily involved with the Ministry of Culture and Communication in helping to shape and devise the New National Strategy for Architecture.
FRANCESCO ISIDORI / ITALY
Architect and founding partner of Labics
Francesco Isidori (1971) graduated from Sapienza University in Rome in 1999 and in 2006 he received a PhD in Architectural Composition and Architectural Theory from the same university. He is regularly invited to give lectures and to hold design workshops at several international universities. He has been visiting critic at Cornell University in Rome and Ithaca, New York (2003, 2008, 2011 and 2014).
In 2003 he founded Labics alongside Maria Claudia Clemente. Labics is an architecture and urban planning firm that combines the theoretical approach with applied research. Labics has won several competitions, including the CDU in Milano (2003) the MAST in Bologna (2006) and "Città del Sole" in Rome (2007).
Labics has been invited to take part in several international exhibitions, including the 11th, 12th and 14th Venice Architecture Biennale and the recent “Make City” festival in Berlin (2015).
PAULO DAVID / PORTUGAL + SPAIN
Architect, AICA Prize 2007 and Alvar Aalto Medal 2012
Degree in Architecture in 1989 from the Architecture School of the Technical University of Lisbon.
AICA Prize | Career Prize from the International Art Critics Association | Ministry of Culture, 2007
Alvar Aalto Medal | Winner | Helsinki, Finland, 2012
Guest lecturer at several universities, with highlights including the architecture workshop delivered at École d’Architecture de Nancy in 2010; the II Master Internazionale di Livello in Waterscape at Università di Sassari in Alghero in 2014; the Máster Universitario en Arquitectura, 2013-2015, at Universidad Nebrija in Madrid; the Arquitectura Santiago workshop at Escuela de Arquitectura of Universidad Católica in Santiago (Chile) in 2015; plus his contributions at Scuola di Architettura Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Construzioni attached to Politecnico di Milano (Milan) in 2016.
His work has been published and featured in several national and international exhibitions, including the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale held in 2016.