Alejandro Zaera Polo


is an architect and, after teaching at universities such as Columbia, Princeton and the AA, London, has been Dean of the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam since 2002. In 1992, the Spaniard founded the architecture studio Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in London with Farshid Moussavi, which was awarded the Special Prize at the Venice Biennial in 2004. FOA’s best-known projects include the Ferry Terminal in Yokohama, the theater in Torrevieja, the Spanish Pavilon for Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan and the BBC’s Music Theatre, London.

Layla Dawson


is an architect and has been working as a project manager and university lecturer in England, Middle East and Hong Kong. Since 1989 she lives in Hamburg, Germany, as novelist, architecture and contemporary literature critic. Recent books: »China’s New Dawn, An Architectural Transformation«, and as Layla Shah the novel »brit and brown«. At short notice she stood in as a member of the jury for Francine Houben.

Manfred Grohmann


is a civil engineer and currently guest professor at the ESA – École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris. Together with Klaus Bollinger, he founded the engineering studio Bollinger + Grohmann in 1983, which today has branch offices in Frankfurt, Vienna and Paris. Bollinger + Grohmann received First Prize of the Architecture + Technology Award for their plans for Kunsthaus Graz (architects: Peter Cook, Colin Fournier) and for the ZOB Herne roof they received the Preis des Deutschen Stahlbaus (German Steel Construction Award) in 2006. A further project the company worked on was »BMW Welt« in Munich 2007 (architects: Coop Himmelb(l)au), the giant car delivery center and recreation complex completed in 2007.

Suzanne Stephens


a deputy editor of Architectural Record, has been a writer, editor, and critic in the field of architecture for such publications as Progressive Architecture, Vanity Fair, and the New York Times. She has a Master’s and Ph.D. in architectural history from Cornell University and has taught in the architecture program of Barnard and Columbia colleges since 1982. She is the lead author of Imagining Ground Zero: Official and Unofficial Proposals for the World Trade Center Site, and currently the architecture consultant to a film series Monuments of American Architecture in the 21st Century.

Prof. Felix Semmelroth


has been Municipal Cultural and Academic Affairs Officer of the City of Frankfurt am Main since 2006. In 1989, he started working at the Frankfurt Office of Cultural Affairs as Head of Literature and Fundamental Issues. Subsequently, he was Section Head and Office Manager of the Lord Mayor of the City. In 1997, he was named Honorary Professor of English Literature, Theory of Literature and Cultural Practice by the Technische Universität Darmstadt. In addition, he works as a ghostwriter.

Peter Cachola Schmal


is an architect and has been working at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt since 2000. He has curated exhibitions attracting wide notice like »digital real«, the first show on digitally planned and realized »Blobmeister« (Blob Master) buildings, and »Licht und Schatten in der Architektur« (»Light and Shadow in Architecture«); further exhibitions on the work of UNStudio and Schlaich Bergermann & Partner, and documentation of competitions for projects such as the new ECB building and Frankfurt Terminal 3. He works as an architecture critic and publicist and has been the Director of the DAM since 2006.

Franz Lucien Mörsdorf


was the Managing Director of Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH, Deka Immobilien Gmbh, and WestInvest Gesellschaft für Investmentfonds mbH from 2007 to 2009. He has German and French citizenship and graduated in 1990 in economic engineering, with additional qualifications in IT, mathematics, and chemistry. His career has included the position of portfolio manager for RODAMCO, a Netherlands real estate fund, and spokesman for the real estate consultant CB Richard Ellis GmbH in Frankfurt and ASSET Immobilienbeteilungen GmbH in Saarbrücken. Before moving to Deka he was Managing Director of aurelis Management GmbH.

Klaus Bollinger


is a structural engineer and has been Professor of Load-bearing Construction at the Architecture Institute of the Universität für angewandte Kunst (University of Applied Arts) in Vienna since 1994. In 1983, he founded the engineering studio Bollinger + Grohmann with Manfred Grohmann.

Patricia Tratnik


is an expert of the Cultural Department of the City of Frankfurt and stood in part time as a member of the jury for Felix Semmelroth.