2023 Judges

Lu Wenyu, co-founder of Amatuer Architecture Studio, China

Lu Wenyu as an architect co-founded Amateur Architecture Studio with Wang Shu, and together they founded the architecture department at China Academy of Art in 2003. Lu was a visiting Professor at Harvard GSD and MIT.

Lu, working together with Wang Shu as partner, has completed numerous projects, including but not limited to Ningbo Historic Museum, Xiangshan Campus of China Academy of Art, Preservation and Renovation of Southern Song Imperial Street, Fuyang Cultural Complex, Renovation of Wencun Village, and Lin An Historic Museum.

She was awarded Schelling Architecture Prize in Germany, and an Honorary Award from the Venice Biennale in 2010. and listed among the RIBA’s 2015 Fellowships. She was the recipient 2019 Gold Medal of Tau Sigma Delta. Lu is the juror of UNESCO Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation.

Mohamadreza Ghodousi, founder of ZAV Architects, Iran

Mohamadreza Ghodousi (born in 16 September 1976) is an Iranian architect and the founder of ZAV Architects in 2006. He was well-known in Iran with Barbad Fruit House (2008, also featured in the New York Times at the time) and Pedari Hotel (2011) as a young architect with peculiar projects, and as a contributor to the Iranian architectural magazine Memar. In the following years, he became prominent in the alternative architectural scene of Iran after completing Habitat for Orphan Girls (2014), Farsh Film Studio (2017) and Rong Cultural Center (2017). In these years ZAV did various projects all over Iran, focusing on creating shifts in its architecture by exploring social and economic resources in small communities and subculture circles. Having previously won several international awards, ZAV became more internationally acclaimed with Majara Residence in 2020 and is on the path of operating globally. Mohamadreza Ghodousi has also been always involved in pedagogical activities besides his practices during these years.

Sandro Valentino, founding partner of Valentino Architects, Malta

Sandro is a Maltese architect and founding partner at Valentino Architects, a design-led architecture studio based in Valletta, Malta.

Following his graduation in architecture from the University of Malta in 2008, he worked with Chris Briffa Architects on a range of conversion and adaptive re-use projects. He then co-founded Valentino Architects in 2015 and has since led some of the studio’s most prominent projects, including the Ħal-Caprat Care Village, an urban community residence for elderly citizens living with dementia and disability. The project was named winner of the Community and Civic category at the Architectural Review Future Project Awards in 2022, as well as being Highly Commended across all of the Future Project awards’ categories. Ħal-Caprat was also a finalist in the World Architecture Festival WAFX Awards category, joining a selection of global projects identified by judges as representing the world’s most forward-looking architectural concepts.

Sandro is a lecturer at the University of Malta, leading the ‘Understanding Interior Space’ module, which forms part of the first year M. Arch course. In collaboration with the module’s students, he has led the design for an adaptive re-use proposal for a 17th century watchtower on Malta’s northeastern shore.

Sandro has contributed to the subject of heritage design through writing, focusing on themes of ownership, access, and inclusiveness in the conversion of historic buildings.