Danish architectural firm 3XN offers more than three decades of experience in designing and building innovative and human-focused architecture. Since its founding in 1986, the firm has become known for creating buildings of substance supported by a strong theoretical foundation. The abiding philosophy that architecture shapes behaviour guides all 3XN’s work, from award-winning corporate headquarters and residential buildings to cultural destinations and mixed-use urban districts. Notable past projects include the International Olympic Committee’s headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland); the cube (Berlin) and the new Sydney Fish Market (Australia).
Besides her academic involvement in Genoa and at numerous international schools, Carmen Andriani is author of projects published and exhibited in editions of the Venice Biennale and Milan Triennale, and she has won over time prizes and awards. She founded and directed the series Forme del Cemento (2005/2016). She promoted and curated the multimedia conference Ricordo al futuro (Biennale di Venezia/MiBAC, 2008), around a renewed notion of heritage. In 2013, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the international Icastica event. In 2014, she founded the permanent laboratory Coastal Design Lab (dAD /UniGe) about the abandoned industrial heritage at the interface between the city and the port. She is a member of numerous scientific committees. In 2020, she founded and directed the series Image and Form on the relationship between art, architecture and public space.
Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia (AF517), formerly 5+1AA, was founded by Alfonso Femia and fellow travelers. Since 1995, they have explored the world and human relationships through architecture, dialogue and matter. Listening and searching are posited on the idea that the project is a medium for communication, prompting the creation of spaces and architecture that are part of “chronotopic” cities. The practice focuses on urban regeneration and major new-build projects in key Italian and Mediterranean cities. Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia (AF517) stays in touch with the construction world through constant collaboration with a range of companies in various sectors but also with the craft sector, confirming the importance of close exchange between all project players.
Behnisch Architekten was founded in 1989 and works out of four offices – Stuttgart, Munich, Boston and Los Angeles. The firm enjoys a global reputation for high-quality architecture that integrates environmental responsibility, creativity, and public purpose. From the beginning, Behnisch has prioritized the social dimension of architecture and the quality of the urban environment. In over 30 years, the firm has created a diverse portfolio of projects mainly in Europe and North America that demonstrate new ways for occupants to inhabit their surroundings.
Alison Brooks, B.E.S. B.Arch RIBA FRSA RDI, is one of the UK’s leading architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1988 and founded Alison Brooks Architects in 1996. Her design philosophy fuses history, community and locality to produce architecture with clear civic purpose, encompassing urban design, housing, higher education and the arts. A Visiting Professor at ETSAM (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid), she lectures internationally.
Winka Dubbeldam is founder of Archi-Tectonics. She serves as Miller Professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at the Stuart Weitzman School of Design at University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Winka has also previously taught at Columbia University, Harvard University and Cornell University. The work of Winka and Archi-Tectonics has been featured in countless publications including a number of monographs; a new book Strange objects, New solids, Massive things is coming out Fall 2021 with Actar Spain. Archi-Tectonics also recently won the Asian Games 2022 competition, with a 116-acre sports park, two stadiums and five auxiliary buildings, which are nearing completion in Hangzhou, China.
We believe in the power of intelligence, intuition, and interconnection to design a better world. We build places that resonate and endure, design with deep respect for our Planet’s resources, celebrate our clients’ unique cultures, and embrace diversity and promote social responsibility. Founded in 1978 and led by 14 Partners, the firm’s work ranges from the scale of individual buildings and interiors, office towers, multi-family residences, cultural facilities, workplace, K-12 and higher education institutions as well as the city as a whole, addressing infrastructure and transportation.
Josep Juanpere and Antonio Puig founded the GCA Architects practice in 1986. Jesús Hernando, Josep Riu, Jordi Castañé, Francisco de Paz, Andrea Navarro and Juan Riveiro subsequently joined as partners. The company boasts a multidisciplinary team of more than 90 professionals specialized in architecture and interior design, from architects to building engineers, interior designers, consultants, project managers, and communications specialists. Covering every stage of the design process, this multi-talented group leverages the senior partners’ experience and the freshness and innovation of its younger generation employees.
Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice became a partnership in 2007 and operates worldwide with offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Dubai, Melbourne, and Sydney, employing over 500 collaborators. The company’s work is characterized by strong conceptual legibility, innovation, and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring, and sustainable design. The practice is dedicated to the deepest level of involvement in the design of its buildings to deliver projects that meet the highest possible standards of excellence.
Andrew Whalley, Grimshaw partner and Chairman has worked in the practice since 1986. He has been involved with academia throughout his career at the Royal College of Art Industrial Design Department, The Bartlett, UCL and the Architectural Association. But also at the Washington University and Politecnico di Milano. Andrew succeeded Sir Nicholas Grimshaw as Chairman in June 2019.
Philip Jodidio was born in 1954 in New Jersey. He studied Economics and Art History at Harvard University. He was Editor in Chief of the leading French art monthly Connaissance des Arts (1980-2002) and is the author of more than 100 books on contemporary art and architecture for Taschen, Rizzoli International, Thames & Hudson, Prestel and other publishers. He is the editor of the books published by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture about their renovation work in historic cities in the Muslim world such as Kabul, Cairo and Lahore. His latest publications include a book about the National Museum of Qatar, designed by Jean Nouvel (Thames & Hudson), and monographs on Kengo Kuma and Norman Foster (Taschen).
John McAslan + Partners’ work has been widely published and has received over 200 awards, including 29 RIBA National and International awards, 3 European Union prizes for cultural heritage, and an Urban Land Institute (USA) Global Award for Excellence. The practice was named World Architect of the Year in 2009. John is active in all of the practice’s portfolio across the studios in London, Edinburgh and Sydney. He is committed to interdisciplinary design collaboration and education and social issues – a hallmark of the practice.
Valerio Paolo Mosco, architect and critic, has written several books among which: Giuseppe Terragni: la guerra, la fine (2020); Architettura italiana. Dal postmoderno ad oggi (2017); L'ultima cattedrale (2016); Naked Architecture (2012); Cinquant'anni di ingegneria italiana (2010), Steven Holl (2010), Architettura a zero volume (with Aldo Aymonino, 2016). He teaches at IUAV in Venice and at Cornell University. He has taught at I.I.T. in Chicago, at Pamplona University and at Politecnico di Milano. He is director of the online magazine Viceversa.
Boris Podrecca is a Viennese architect who was raised in Trieste. He speaks several languages and is considered as one of the main interpreters of Mitteleuropean architecture. He is Visiting Professor in Lausanne, Paris, Venice, Philadelphia, London and Harvard-Cambridge, Boston, Vienna. Since 1988, he is Full Professor and Director of the Institute of Architectural Design and Theory of Space at the University of Stuttgart. He works as an architect in eight European countries and in China. He lives and works in Vienna and Venice.
Raymund Ryan is an architectural curator and critic. Originally from Ireland, he looks at the city as both insider and outsider, bringing the international design scene into dialogue with the Pittsburgh region.
Maurizio Sabini received his professional degree and PhD in architecture from the Istituto Universitario di Architettura of Venice, as well as a post-professional master of architecture degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. With an extensive professional and academic career, he is currently a Full Professor at the Hammons School of Architecture of Dury University, and the Editor-in-Chief of THE PLAN Journal.
Yehuda Emmanuel Safran is an internationally renowned critic of art and architecture. He has taught at the Architectural Association, Goldsmith’s College of Art, the Royal College of Art, the Jan van Eyck Academie, Harvard University Graduate School Of Design, and the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation of the Columbia University. His essays are published in numerous international sector magazines and journals. I have a weakness for a touch of Red, his most recent book, comprises a selection of all his texts published on artists and architects in Portugal.
Benedetta Tagliabue studied architecture at the Istituto di Architettura di Venezia (IUAV) and currently acts as director of the international architecture firm Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, founded in collaboration with Enric Miralles in Barcelona in 1994 and, since 2010, in Shanghai. Her studio works in the fields of architecture, design of public spaces, rehabilitation, interior and industrial design.
Martha Thorne is Dean of IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid and Segovia, Spain. From 2005 to 2021, she served as Executive Director of the Pritzker Architecture Prize. Her interests reside in the future of cities and the transformation of architecture and design education for the major challenges of the 21st Century. She is author of books related to architecture of the 20th Century and articles for architectural journals and encyclopedias. She has served on juries and often participates in symposia. Thorne holds a Bachelor in Urban Studies, a Master of City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania, and she undertook additional studies at the London School of Economics.
In 1997, having graduated from the University of Parma in hydraulic engineering, she joined Impresa Pizzarotti, holding various roles before moving to Engeco SAM in the Principality of Monaco. Over 12 years in Monaco, she has been involved in numerous projects, in an array of roles. She is currently heading up FPMC, a Monaco-based company that focuses on marketing luxury real estate developments. She is also responsible for a real estate development team that operates abroad, notably in France and the United States.
Michael Webb Hon. AIA/LA has authored 25 books on architecture and design, most recently Architects' Houses, Building Community: New Apartment Architecture, and a memoir, Moving Around: A Lifetime of Wandering, while editing and contributing essays to a score of monographs. He is also a regular contributor to leading journals in the United States, Asia and Europe. Growing up in London, he was an editor at The Times and Country Life, before moving to the U.S., where he directed film programs for the American Film Institute through the 1970s and curated a Smithsonian exhibition on the history of the American cinema.
Li Xiangning, deputy dean and professor of history, theory and criticism at Tongji University College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Li Xiangning has lectured widely on contemporary Chinese architecture and urbanism and published on these topics in international architecture journals. He has been a visiting scholar at MIT, a fellow at MAK Center of Art and Architecture in Los Angeles, and a visiting professor at TU Darmstadt; and he has curated the Chengdu and Shenzhen Biennale exhibitions, among various distinctions.
After graduating in Economy from the University of Bologna, she specialized in International Relationships at John Hopkins University. Driven by a great passion for architecture, she established the magazine THE PLAN, now holding the position of Editor in Chief. She is married to Nicola Leonardi, co-founder of THE PLAN, and together they have two children.