Meet the 2016 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.

Christian Kerez

Head of Jury, Architect and Teacher
Professor at ETH Zurich, Head of Christian Kerez Zürich Ag
Christian Kerez was born in 1962 in Maracaibo, Venezuela and obtained his degree in architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich. After extensive published work in the field of architectural photography, he opened his own architectural office in Zürich in 1993.

He has been appointed as a visiting professor in design and architecture at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich since 2001, as assistant professor since 2003 and as full professor for design and architecture since 2009. In 2012-13 he held the Kenzo Tange Chair at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.

He is currently working on different programs in various scales in France, the Czech Republic, Brazil and China, as well as on the Swiss Pavilion for the coming Venice Biennale, 2016.

Maria Shéhérazade Giudici

Architect and Teacher
Founding Partner of Black Square, Teacher at the Architectural Association
Maria Shéhérazade Giudici is an architect based in London where she runs publishing platform Black Square and heads the Architectural Association's Diploma Unit 14 with Pier Vittorio Aureli.

Between 2005 and 2011 Maria collaborated with offices BAU Bucharest, Donis, and Dogma, specializing in large-scale urban developments and mass housing projects. In the last five years, Maria has also been teaching at the Berlage Institute, BIArch Barcelona, and the Royal College of Art in London.

Maria is active as writer and editor and founded Black Square after earning her PhD from Delft University in 2014. Her thesis The Street as a Project: The Space of the City and the Construction of the Modern Subject is a critique of the contemporary idea of public space and an attempt to rethink the 'void between the buildings' as the object of political and architectural intentions.

More recently, Maria's research on the construction of modern subjectivity has shifted focus from the urban scale to the relationship between housing types and the politics of reproductive labour.

Beate Hølmebakk

Architect and Teacher
Founding Partner of Manthey Kula AS, Professor at The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Beate Hølmebakk (1963) is an architect and professor at the Institute for form, theory and history where she is responsible for the Form unit.

Hølmebakk has her education from the Oslo School of Architecture and The Cooper Union, New York. She has been artistic professor at the Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden (2003-05), visiting professor at Cornell University, New York (2011) and Universidad de Navarra, Spain (2014). Beate Hølmebakk is partner in the architecture firm Manthey Kula AS.

Neven Mikac Fuchs

Architect and Teacher
Professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design

Neven Mikac Fuchs is a full time assistant professor at the Institute of Architecture, Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He is a graduate from The Faculty of Architecture University of Zagreb.

He has worked at Aalto’s office in Helsinki 1977 - 1978 and was a teaching assistant to Prof. Sverre Fehn from 1983 – 1994 at The Oslo School of Architecture.

Last ten years Neven Mikac Fuchs is leading a master studio in architecture ‘Space & Technique’ inviting and co-teaching with several prominent architects, among them Ryue Nishizawa, Christ & Gantenbein, Aires Mateus, Anne Lacaton, Ai Weiwei, Kumiko Inui, Sergison Bates, Raphael Zuber and Go Hasegawa. The current guest professor visiting his studio is Tony Fretton.

Marina Montresor

Student Representative
Bachelor student, Accademia di Architettura a Mendrisio

Marina Montresor is currently studying at the Accademia di Architettura of Mendrisio, in Switzerland, where she has pursued her Bachelor degree studying with Bijoy Jain (Studio Mumbai), and is now attending the first year of Master with the Professor Valerio Olgiati.

She has worked for a year in the office of Christian Kerez, in Zurich and afterwards she started a collaboration with the internationally known magazine DOMUS. She is the head of ‘OSA’, the students’ association of the Accademia, which organises series of lectures and debates with personalities belonging to different fields, always trying to extend the focus not solely to architecture but to other related disciplines.

At the moment she is working on a book of interviews made with architects, photographers and artists belonging to the contemporary international scene. In her work and with her interests she tries to translate conceptual ideas into architecture, with particular regard to photography and video making as mediums of representation.