Jörg Schlaich


trained as an architect and civil engineer, as a research fellow and assistant professor lectured in statics and reinforced concrete at the Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland, Ohio, and was awarded a doctorate from Stuttgart University, where as professor and director he headed the Institut für Konstruktion und Entwurf II from 1974 to 2000. With Rudolf Bergermann he founded in 1980 Schlaich, Bergermann and Partner, Stuttgart. Nowadays the engineering firm has international operations and offices in Berlin and New York, and has received numerous prizes for its light, wide span constructions. The firm’s specialist fields include high-rises and other tall buildings such as viewing towers and up-wind power stations.

Dominique Perrault


is regarded as one of France’s star architects. He rose to international fame through the building of the ESIEE institute of higher education (École supérieure d’ingénieurs en électronique et électrotechnique) in Marne-la-Vallée near Paris, and the French National Library in Paris and gave lectures at Universities in Barcelona, Brussels, Chicago and Zurich. High-rises also form part of his repertoire: the Vienna DC Towers 1 + 2 on Donauinsel in Vienna are currently undergoing construction. From 1998 to 2000 he was president of the French Institute of Architects. The awards he has received include: The German Architecture Prize, the Mies von der Rohe Award for European Architecture and the French Great National Prize for Architecture.

Hans-Bernhard Nordhoff


headed the Cultural Bureau of the City of Frankfurt/Main from 1998 to 2006 and was involved with the Highrise Award from the outset. Having worked as a scientist at the Institut für Biochemie und Mikrobiologie and the Institut für Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft at Erlangen-Nürnberg University, he became Cultural Advisor to the City of Kassel; from 1993 to 1998 he was Head of Municipal Cultural Bureau in Aachen. He is a founder member of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft Deutschlands and the Städtenetzwerk kulturelle und soziale Infrastruktur NRW. In addition to authoring various publications about biotechnology, gene technology and cultural politics, he has also written and edited poetry books and anthologies.

Willi Alda


was Manager Director of Despa Deutsche Sparkassen Immobilien-Anlage Gesellschaft mbH, Frankfurt/Main, and Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH from 1992 through 2004. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering, was Managing Director of Weidleplan Consulting, and principal head of the Central Construction section at Porsche. Since 1995 he has taught real estate project development at the University of Stuttgart and, since 2002 has been an honorary professor at the Institut für Baubetriebslehre there. In 2003 he became president of the Bundesverband der deutschen Immobilienwirtschaft e.V. and a fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS).

Ingeborg Flagge


was Director of Deutsches Architektur Museum (DAM) in Frankfurt/ Main from 2000 to 2005 and founded the International Highrise Award; at short notice she stood in as a member of the jury for Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, who had been taken ill. She holds a Ph.D. from Cologne University and from 1974 until 1998 was editor-in-chief of the Bund Deutscher Architekten (BDA) magazine »Der Architekt«, and from 1978 until 1983 General Secretary of the BDA. From 1995 to 2000, she was Professor of Architectural History at the HTWK in Leipzig; since 1984 she has worked as a freelance architecture critic and publisher, has published articles in specialist publications and monographs about buildings and architecture. She was awarded the Critics Prize by the Bundesarchitektenkammer and the Semi-Sphere by the Deutsches Nationalkomitee für Denkmalschutz.