Julien De Smedt is one of the most creative and innovative personalities in contemporary architecture. His academic track record is first class. He graduated from the world renown Bartlett in London, via SCI-Arc in Los Angeles and worked for Rem Koolhaas' OMA in his early years.
In 2001 he started the office PLOT with Bjarke Ingels, with immediate success and recognition. After five years of rewarding collaboration, Julien established his own multidisciplinary office, JDS Architects. Through the success in numerous projects, including the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo and the Iceberg Project in Århus, they now have offices in Belgium, Brazil and China, as well as their HQ in Copenhagen.
Julien De Smedt's professional engagement to the exploration of contemporary architecture makes him an indisputable choice as Head of Jury of this year's 120 HOURS.
The New York based architect, artist and theorist, Jorge Otero-Pailos is specialized in experimental forms of preservation, which makes him a very important key in this year's jury.
Otero-Pailos graduated from Cornell University in 1995 and has a Ph.D from M.I.T. in 2002. He is tenured Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture. Currently he is also a guest teacher at the Oslo School of Architecture. In 2009, Otero-Pailos' artwork «The Ethics of Dust» was featured at the 53rd Venice Art Biennale. Both this work, and other works rethinks preservation as a powerful countercultural practice that creates alternative futures for our world heritage.
Jorge Otero-Pailos is also the founder and editor of the journal Future Anterior. His publications include «Architecture's Historical Turn» from 2010 and «Preservation is Overtaking Us» from 2014. In the latter he translates Koolhaas' lectures into a retroactive manifesto, based on OMA's preservation strategies.
With his acute insight and range of articles, publications, artworks and projects on the topic of experimental preservation, Jorge Otero-Pailos will play an essential part in this year's jury!
Pernilla Ohrstedt is a young rising star with a large design output. She works with the disciplines of experimental art, installation, architecture and curatorial practice. She graduated from art and design studies at Central Saint Martins before she did her Masters in Architecture at Bartlett in London.
She has worked for Storefront for Art and Architecture in New york and curated the Canadian Pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale. Pernilla and her partner Asif Khan built an interactive music installation at London’s Olympic Park in 2012 that fused design, music, sport and architecture. They also created the Future Memory Pavilion, commissioned by the Preservation of Monuments Board in Singapore, that considered land and climate issues inherent to history and future.
Pernilla is known for applying a sensibility and an experimental approach to materials and fabrication across the fields of art and architecture. Her creative energy and will to explore make her a valuable member to this year's jury.
Maria Fedorchenko is currently a Unit Master at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and has been involved in History and Theory Studies, Housing & Urbanism, and Visiting School programs at the AA since 2008. Maria previously taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA and California College of the Arts.
Maria gained her MA from UCLA, M. Arch. from Princeton University and Diploma in Urban Design from the Moscow Architecture Institute. She has practised architecture in the US, Greece and Russia, including Michael Graves & Associates. Maria runs an urban consultancy and co-directs Fedorchenko Studio. She has recently founded Plakat - a collaborative research platform for architectural provocations. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including Architectural Theory Review and Journal of the Constructed Environment.
Maria’s research focuses on diagrammatic infrastructures, linked to urban diagnostics, design systems and the relationship between form and program. Her AA unit and the Visiting School workshops on cultural processors directly addressed the issues of re-programming and transformation of the historical centers of Russian cities.
With her long-term experience in architectural education and theoretical insights we believe her contribution to 120 HOURS will play a critical role in the evaluation of this year's entries.
Jesper Victor Henriksson is a dedicated student at the Architectural Association in London, where he is currently completing his Diploma.
He is also a co-founder of Hesselbrand, an architectural practice based in London, with projects in the UK and Scandinavia. Jesper has strong ties to academia and research, and in his work he explores new ways of translating conceptual thinking into material reality. He maintains a solid belief that architectural form plays a fundamental role in prescribing new ways of living.
With a clear understanding of conceptual thinking and a precise and critical point of view, we believe Jesper will be the perfect student representative for this year's jury.