Ellen van Loon
The jury leader
Ellen van Loon joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1998 and became Partner of OMA in 2002. She is currently leading a variety of projects, among them the new Rothschild Headquarters in London and the ‘De Rotterdam’ mix-use Building in Rotterdam. Furthermore, she has overseen the construction of the Casa da Musica, a concert hall in Porto (completed in 2005) and the Dutch Embassy in Berlin (completed 2003) and was a Project Manager for the development of the Universal Headquarters Building in Los Angeles.
Mari Lending is a post doctoral fellow at the Institute of Form, Theory and History, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. She holds a M. Litt (Mag. art) in Comparative Literature on Marcel Proust (the University of Oslo 1997), and defended her Ph.D. dissertation Omkring 1900. Utkast til en norsk arkitekturhistorisk topikk at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in 2005. She has been a visiting scholar at the GSD, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. and at Columbia University, NY. Lending is currently working on the research project Modernism on Display, studying architectural exhibitions and exhibition installation within a broader historical and museological scope, emphasizing matters of architectural representation and decontextualization. Her research interests lie within the field of the historiography, aesthetics and theory of modern architecture. She is an architectural critic, and has published widely on literature and architecture, edited book series on cultural critique and modernist prose, as well as an editor of various journals. She sits on the editorial board of Arkitektur N. Lending’s latest book Omkring 1900. Kontinuiteter i norsk arkitekturtenkning (2007) is a critical rethinking of the concepts of historicism and modernism in 19th and 20th century Norwegian architectural discourse.
Regine Debatty is editor of the blog we-make-money-not-art.com (WMMNA). The blog is a series of reports on art exhibitions, architecture events, conferences on digital culture, and design festivals taking place all over the world. The blog also features interviews with creative people, book reviews and visits to art and design schools. WMMNA won a Webby Award in both 2006 and 2007 for best personal/cultural blog and a Media Guardian Innovation Award in 2008 as Best Independent Blog. In addition to writing about the intersection between art, design, and technology, Régine Debatty also curates art shows, organizes discussion panels, and lectures internationally about the ways that artists, hackers, and interaction designers continue to(mis)use technology.
Johanna Irander is landscape architect and founding partner of Studio Irander. Studio Irander was established in The Hague in The Netherlands in 2007. The office relocated to Stockholm, Sweden, in the end of 2008. The office is practising landscape architecture / urbanism through a contextual approach based on research, and work in collaborations with architectural disciplines.
Jonas Norsted, architect MNAL, is founding partner of the Norwegian architect firm Atelier Oslo. The practice has been winning several competition, latest the 1.prize for the new City Library of Oslo, and been awarded a prize for the new young designers of Norway. Besides working as an architect, Norsted also teaches at the Oslo School of Architecture in master and diploma courses and writes for the Norwegian architectural review Arkitektur N. Norsted was exhibited in the National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design: “20 Norwegian architects under 40 years” in 2004.
Christer Larsson is director of city planning in Malmø, Sweden. He has a solid background in the areas of architecture and urban development. He has over 2 years experience in the private construction and architecture business, and has since 1998 been working in the Office of City Planning in Malmö. Larsson is also chairman of the Nordic City Network.
Gisle Løkken is architect MNAL, founding partner and manager of 70N arkitektur in Tromsø, where he continuously develops a reflective, critical and committed approach to architecture and planning. Løkken teaches at the Bergen School of Architecture and at NTNU, Trondheim. He is regularly employed as a lecturer and guest critic at architecture schools and architectural associations, as jury member in competitions and prize committees, nationally and internationally. His work has been widely exhibited, published and awarded. Løkken was a member of the board of the Scientific Committee Europan 8, 2004-2007, and chairman of the board of the Architects Association of Northern Norway, 2005-2008. Since 2009 he has been vice president of the Association of Architects in Norway, NAL.
Jomar Langeland is director of city planning in Drammen, Norway. Drammen has in recent years undergone a comprehensive urban development, a process which has received international attention and was honored with a prize for Europe’s best urban planning in 2008 by the organization the European Council of Spatial Planners.
Andreas Quednau is architect and founding partner in SMAQ. Quednau was born in Berlin, Germany in 1967. He received his degree in architecture in 1996 from the Technische Universität in Berlin and his Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design in 1997 from Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation in New York. He has collaborated with Sabine Muller since 1998 and in 2001 they established SMAQ in Rotterdam. He has taught at Technische Universiteit Delft, Universidad de las Americas Puebla (Mexico), Technische Universität Darmstadt and Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe. He has been guest critic at University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Pennsylvania School of Design, Parson School of Design and Pratt Institute in New York. Currently he is professor for architecture and urbanism at the Stuttgart State Academy for Fine Arts.
Anders Lonka (Substitute for Jomar Langeland in the last jury session) is a founder and partner of ADEPT architects based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Anders has studied and worked as an architect in Aarhus, Rotterdam, Berlin and New York. Besides developing the work of ADEPT, he is the head of 3rd year – sustainable urban design at the Copenhagen Academy of Fine Arts, department 10.