Meet the 2014 jury
The jury of 120 HOURS is composed of highly respected, reputed and experienced architects and architecture critics together with a student representative to keep the masters on their toes.
Ellen Van Loon is an architect at the forefront of her field. Alongside six partners, including Rem Koolhaas and Reinier de Graaf, her work at the Dutch architecture practice, OMA, has encompassed some of the most iconic modern buildings in the world, including the award-winning Casa da Musica in Portugal.
Two of her projects, The Rothschild Bank headquarters and Maggie’s Centre near Glasgow, were recently nominated for the RIBA Stirling Prize. She was also the project leader of the Dutch Embassy in Berlin, winner of the European Union Mies van der Rohe award in 2005. She joined OMA from Foster and Partners in 1998 to lead the design for the headquarters of Universal Studios in Los Angeles. Her specific expertise lie in the balance of business acumen and an in-depth understanding of all technical and operational aspects.
Her position as one of the world's most influential architects and her incredible experience within the field makes Ellen the perfect leader of the jury.
Nanne de Ru is the co-owner and partner of Powerhouse Company, an architecture and design firm founded in 2005 with fellow Berlage graduate Charles Bessard. Nanne is also the Director of the prestigious Berlage, an entity of Delft University of Technology that builds on the tradition and reputation of the former Berlage Institute.
Powerhouse Company, based simultaneously in Rotterdam and Copenhagen, has undertaken international commissions ranging from furniture design to architecture, and planning to research. The firm’s work has been exhibited amongst others at the Cooper Hewitt museum and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the MAXXI in Rome and the Netherlands Architecture Institute in Rotterdam. Nanne de Ru was awarded the Rotterdam Maaskant prize for young architects in 2011. The office received the Dutch Design Award 2008, and the AM/NAi prize 2008 for the best building by architects under 40.
De Ru has taught and lectured at schools across Europe, such as the Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Oslo school of Architecture and at the TU Delft.
Nanne's close relationship to architectural education and his attention to a diversity of scale makes him a natural choice for this year's jury.
Architect and Urban Designer
Founding Partner of Urban Think Tank, Chair for Architecture and Urban Design, ETH Zurich
The multitalented Alfredo Brillembourg was born in New York in 1961. He received his Bachelor of Art and Architecture in 1984 and his Master of Science in Architectural Design in 1986 from Columbia University. In 1992, he received a second architecture degree from the Central University of Venezuela and began his independent practice in architecture.
In 1993 Alfredo and Hubert Klumpner founded Urban Think Tank (U-TT) in Caracas, Venezuela, as a platform from which to “study the dynamic conditions acting on modern cities.” The Urban Think Tank is a multi-disciplinary design practice dedicated to high-level research and design on a variety of subjects, concerned with contemporary architecture and urbanism. The philosophy of the U-TT is to deliver innovative yet practical solutions through the combined skills of architects, civil engineers, environmental planners, landscape architects, and communication specialists.
Their eye-opening installation at the Venice Biennale of Architecture stunningly documented Torre David, the informal vertical slum in an abandoned 45-story office tower in Venezuela, winning them a Gold Lion award in the process
Their series of “Vertical Gyms” provide safe recreational spaces that bustle with activity day and night, and have contributed to reducing crime rates in low-income neighborhoods in Caracas, Venezuela.
Starting in 2007, Brillembourg has been a guest professor at the Graduate School of Architecture and Planning, Columbia University, where he co-founded the Sustainable Living Urban Model Laboratory (S.L.U.M. Lab) with Hubert Klumpner. Since May 2010, Brillembourg has held the chair for Architecture and Urban Design at the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, Switzerland.
His alternative approach to sustainability and his awareness and concern for the challenges in urbanism of the 21st century, makes Alfredo a perfect pick for the 2014 jury.
The fabulous Eva Franch is the director of The Storefront for Art and Architecture, a nonprofit exhibition and events space in New York City committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design. She is also the founder of OOAA (office of architectural affairs).
Prior to joining Storefront in 2010, Franch was an artist in residence at Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart, and directed the Masters Thesis studio at Rice University while practicing and building in Catalonia. She studied at TU Delft and earned an M. Arch from ETSAB-UPC, and an M. Arch. II from Princeton University.
She has lectured internationally on art, architecture and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life.
At Storefront, her most recent projects include the launch of a new publication series in partnership with Lars Müller, exhibitions such as No Shame: Storefront for Sale and POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions, the launch of the Storefront International Series and projects such as WorldWide Storefront, commissioning major design projects such as the Speechbuster, and developing projects like the Competition of Competitions. Most recently, Storefront has been commissioned by the State Department to represent the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. Franch is a co-curator and will work jointly with a curatorial and design team to present the project OfficeUS.
We are proud to announce that this Catalonia-born academic, firebrand, and force of nature will be one of the jurors for 2014. Eva's critical eye, her curatorial abilities and her amazing energy will be absolutely indispensable to the jury.
Please meet the student member of the jury; the incredible Martin Brandsdal.
Martin Brandsdal have pursued architectural studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, where he is presently completing his masters.
In 2013, Martin co-founded Hesselbrand Ltd., a company based in London, currently working on projects in the UK, Denmark, Norway and Russia. Prior to establishing Hesselbrand, Martin worked for Space Group Architects in Norway and Herzog & de Meuron in Switzerland.
Martin has built an impressive portfolio through his architectural studies and internships, and we are confident that his contribution to this year's jury will be essential.
In 120 HOURS 2014 we are proud to announce that we have partnered with the Øya festival. This partner will supplement the jury with two members: Julie Forchhammer and Knut Frøysnes.
Julie is the Environmental Manager of the Øya Festival and deserves a lot of the credit for Øya's position as a frontrunner for environmental focus on festivals and other big events. Julie also has 5 years of experience from working in the Rainforest Foundation Norway, she has her own vinyl label and years of experience as manager of Norwegian rock bands.
Knut is, as well as being a great musician, the Arena Manager of the Øya Festival and has been responsible for the incredible success of the Øya Festival in the Oslo Medieval Park. The festival is well known for its great area organization and infrastructure. Now that the festival moves to a brand new location, the arena manager is facing a lot of challenges. You, as a contestant of 120 HOURS 2014 will help him make the festival in 2014 at least as awesome as in previous years!
The Øya jury members will assist the jury and contribute with their great knowledge of the festival philosophy and festival area.