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Jury for 2018 American Architecture Awards
Jury for 2018 American Architecture Awards
The Nation’s Highest Public Award for New Architecture by the Most Prominent Architecture Firms in the United States Are Honored at a Gala Reception/Dinner at the Alvar Aalto-designed Edgar Kaufmann Conference Room at The Institute of International Education in New York this June 20

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS (JUNE 11, 2018) — Over 100 shortlisted buildings have won the prestigious 2018 American Architecture Awards® for the best new buildings designed and constructed by American architects in the U.S. and abroad and by international architects for buildings designed and built in the United States. 

The Jurors of the Award


Carlos Zapata, Principal | CARLOS ZAPATA STUDIO 

In his career, Carlos Zapata has amassed an extremely varied portfolio of award winning projects. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute and his Masters of Architecture from Columbia University, he began his architecture career in New York City. Prior to opening his own office, Carlos Zapata Design Studio in 1991 in Miami Beach, he served most notably as Design Director and Vice President of Ellerbe Becket’s New York office., where he and his design team were the recipients of 11 New York Chapter AIA Awards and one National AIA Design Award. Upon opening his own office, his first completed project, a corporate interiors for an international investment company, won a National AIA Award.

During his career, Carlos has designed skyscrapers including the 68-story Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, which among other awards, was named one of the 20 most iconic skyscrapers in the world by CNN; multi-purpose arenas: the award winning 62,000 seat Chicago Bears Stadium; airport concourses: Concourse J at Miami International Airport, the recipient of the 2008 National AIA Merit Award, ultra luxury residential towers, including the upcoming Turnberry Ocean Club in Miami and the recently completed Sculptura Ardmore in Singapore; hotels: Standard East in New York City and the award winning JW Marriott in Hanoi, and mixed use projects around the world.

Most recently, CZS has begun construction on the High Tech Tower, in Luanda, Angola, a 700,000 square foot mixed use, two tower complex, and celebrated the opening of the 350,000 square foot expansion to and renovation of Aventura Mall in Miami, one of the most successful retail malls in the United States.

Carlos was selected by AD 100 as one of the 100 most important designers and architects by Architectural Digest in 2004; "30 Under 30", a special feature and traveling exhibit,; and 40 Under 40, by Interior Design Magazine. His projedts have been selected for two recent Biennales -- Bitexco Financial Tower and the JW Marriott in Hanoi, were selected for includion in Biennale XIV in Venice, Italy, and the Chicago Bears Stadium, which won an International Works Award at the Biennale XII, Buenos Aires.

He has held teaching positions throughout his career, most recently at Northeastern University in Boston. He previously taught design classes at New York Institute of Technology, Parsons School of Design, University of Miami, and the University of Florida at Tallahassee, Miami Studio.


Claire Weisz, Principal | WXY 

Claire Weisz is a founding partner of WXY, a New York firm globally recognized for its community-centered approach to architecture, urban design and planning. Its most recent projects include the resilient and welcoming Rockaway Boardwalks Reconstruction, commissioned in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy; and the Spring Street Salt Shed and Manhattan Districts 1/2/5 Garage (in collaboration with Dattner Architects), a project that proves even the most utilitarian buildings ­– in this case, sanitation facilities – can be designed to evoke awe and civic pride. The firm has also played a vital role in design thinking around urban innovations: combining public space, new industrial workplaces with mixed-use districts for and with communities.

WXY was named AIA New York Firm of the Year in 2016, and received both the League Prize and Emerging Voices from the Architecture League. Weisz was a co-founder and co-executive director of The Design Trust for Public Space, New York’s premier urban design think tank, which won a National Design Award in 2017. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects; is on the World Monuments Fund Modern Century Advisory Council, and has served on design juries both nationally and internationally including the 2018 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize and the Azure Design Awards. She lectures and teaches widely, most recently as the 2017 Portman Visiting Critic at the Georgia Tech School of Architecture. Claire was named one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2017, and she was awarded the Medal of Honor from AIANY for 2018.


Soo K. Chan, Principal | SCDA ARCHITECTS PTE LTD. 

Soo Chan is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a design studio seamlessly integrating architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and product design to create holistic spatial experiences. SCDA has offices in Singapore, Shanghai and New York. The firm has designed in over 70 locations across Asia, Africa, Europe, Oceania and North America.

Soo is the recipient of three Royal Institute of British Architects International prizes, the President’s Design Award, the SIA-Getz Prize for Emerging Architecture, and nine Chicago Athenaeum awards. SCDA and its projects have been published in international journals and periodicals, and were presented at the Venice Biennale.

Soo Chan obtained his Master of Architecture degree at Yale and his Bachelor’s degree from Washington University. In addition to his design practice, he is a Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore and has taught and lectured at several international architecture schools, including National University of Singapore as the Professor in Practice and Syracuse University in the USA as a visiting professor. He has lectured at Tamsui University, Taiwan; University of Paris, France; Notre Dame University; and Nanjing University, China.


Douglas Bothner, Principal | ZIGER / SNEAD ARCHITECTS 

Doug has helped lead Ziger/Snead for 18 years, becoming Partner in 2015. His work has been an integral part of the firm’s growth in the residential, educational, cultural and institutional markets. Significant clients include the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation, Washington International School, New Spires Arts, Maryland 9/11 Commission, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, Gilman School. His residential work has received multiple design awards and appeared in Dwell Magazine and Wallpaper, among others.
Doug received his master of architecture degree from Yale University School of Architecture and his bachelor of art from Wesleyan University where he graduated cum laude. He is currently serving on the board of the Contemporary Museum, and has been adjunct faculty at the Maryland Institute of College of Art, and a visiting critic at the University of Maryland, the Catholic University of America, and Morgan State University. Doug is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the American Institute of Architects.


David Leven, Partner | LEVENBETTS

David Leven is a principal at LEVENBETTS. David received a Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and a Master of Architecture from Yale University. He also studied at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York. Currently David is a full-time Professor at Parsons the New School for Design. From 2008 – 2011, David was the Director of the Graduate Architecture Program at Parsons. David was recently elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. LEVENBETTS is an award winning New York City based architecture practice focused on civic buildings, academic learning environments, cultural projects and houses. LEVENBETTS has received both national and international recognition including ten AIA New York Chapter Awards, two AIA NY State Awards, two Chicago Athenaeum Awards, seven Society of Registered Architects Awards, Emerging Voices 2009 and Architectural Record Design Vanguard 2003. A monograph of the first ten years of the practice was published in 2009 by Princeton Architectural Press. LEVENBETTS is currently working on a book of their houses.


Marc Gee, Principal | GLUCK+ 

Marc Gee is a principal at GLUCK+, an architecture, construction and development firm in New York City. The practice is committed to crafting bold and conceptually unique architecture, with most work constructed by the firm’s unique Architect Led Design Build (ALDB) approach. Consistently recognized through national and international design awards and publications, GLUCK+ has been featured in Architectural Record’s “The New Master Builders,” by The Architect’s Newspaper with “Inside Architecture’s One-Stop Shop” and named by Fast Company in 2014 as one of “The World’s Top 10 Innovative Companies in Architecture,” ‘for taking control of the entire building process.’

Marc has been involved in projects as architect and on-site construction manager including the recent award-winning Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning, a $26 million public/private initiative in Crotona Park, Bronx, which The New York Times architecture critic, Michael Kimmelman hailed in April 2017 as "one of the city's best new works of public architecture;" The Stack, New York’s first prefabricated steel and concrete modular residential building development, which received a 2015 American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum and a 2015 AIANY/BSA Housing Honor Award; and currently, 150 Rivington, a luxury condominium development in the Lower East Side.  He was also on-site construction supervisor for The East Harlem School, which won an AIA Architecture Honor Award in 2010, and received a Citation of Excellence from BusinessWeek/Architectural Record’s ‘Good Design is Good Business’ Award in 2009.


Andrea Lamberti, Partner | RAFAEL VIÑOLY ARCHITECTS 

During her 20-year career with Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti has led both master plan and building projects for academic, research, cultural, commercial and civic clients.  Her recent projects include the master plan for New York University Abu Dhabi, and the design and construction of the LEED Platinum Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  Ms. Lamberti also oversees strategic planning and development for the firm, worldwide.

Ms. Lamberti’s role in supporting the firm’s strategic initiatives encompasses research and training program development, publication initiatives, and business development strategy as well as competition and proposal efforts. For her work in this arena she has traveled to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and throughout the United States, establishing partnerships and cultivating opportunities for the firm’s engagement.

Prior to joining Rafael Viñoly Architects, Andrea Lamberti worked for two years as an architectural designer on residential and cultural projects at Norihiko Dan and Associates in Tokyo, Japan, where she conducted business in Japanese on a daily basis. She attended Harvard University where she received a Master of Architecture degree, and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology for her undergraduate studies. She has served as guest critic and lectured widely at numerous conferences and universities, including her alma mater, and was honored in 2008 by Building Design+Construction’s 40 under 40 recognition. 


David Lewis, Principal | LTL ARCHITECTS 

David J. Lewis is founding principal of LTL Architects (Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis), a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 with twin brother Paul Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, located in New York City. LTL Architects realizes inventive solutions that turn the very constraints of each project into the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget and materials. The principals are co-authors of the only book on the architectural section, Manual of Section (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), monographs, Intensities (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013), Opportunistic Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press, 2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (Princeton Architectural Press, 1998). The work of LTL Architects is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Carnegie Museum of Art. David J. Lewis holds academic positions as Full Professor at Parsons School of Design and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the University of Limerick, Ireland. David is a member of the Advisory Council of the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University.   He received his Master of Architecture from Princeton University, a Master of Arts in the History of Architecture and Urbanism from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.


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