Competition Jury




Richard England was born in Malta and graduated in Architecture at the University of Malta continuing his studies in Italy at the Milan Polytechnic and also worked as a student - architect in the studio of the Italian architect-designer Gio Ponti. He is also a sculptor, photographer, poet, artist and the author of several books. His architectural works have been published in leading international journals. A monograph Connections (Lund Humphries London) was published in 1984 by the then architecture correspondent of The Times Charles Knevitt. Knevitt also authored a book on the Manikata Church ‘The Making of a Church’ (1980/1986). This was followed by two publications by Chris Abel, Richard England: 25 Years of Architecture (Mid-Med Bank Malta, 1987) and Manikata Church (Academy Editions London, 1995). Richard England, The Spirit of Place (L'ARCA Edizioni) was published in Italy in 1998 and the extensive monograph Richard England by Edwin Heathcote (Wiley-Academy London) in 2002, which provides the most extensive coverage of his architectural works. A collection of photographs by Timmy Gambin, Between Shadow and Stone (A visual exploration of Richard England’s architecture) was published by Midsea Books, Malta in 2010. As a poet, he is the author of Eye to I (Said International - Malta, 1994), Sanctuaries, Clavichords and Tapestries (LIBRiA, Italy, 2006/2009/2012) and Orpheus – His Song and His Music with a foreword by Daniel Libeskind (Kite 2016). In 2016 a collection of his sacred architectural spaces entitled ‘Sanctuaries of the Soul’ was also published by Kite with texts by Chris Abel, Edwin Heathcote, Daniel Libeskind and Juhani Pallasmaa. He is also the author of a number of books on Maltese contemporary artists. Richard England is a Visiting Professor at the University of Malta, having acted as Dean of the Faculty of Architecture between 1987 and 1989. He is also the recipient of a number of Honoris Causa doctorates from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of New York, U.S.A., the University of Sofia in Bulgaria and the Spiru Haret University in Romania. In 1995, he received an Honoris Causa Professorship by the University of the Republic of Georgia. He is also an Hon. Visiting Fellow at the University of Bath, in England and a Professor, Academician and Vice President at the International Academy of Architecture. In 1993 the Government of Malta appointed him Officer of The Order of Merit and in 1999 he was appointed an Hon Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Richard England has lectured and exhibited his work in North and South America, the U.K., Europe, the Middle and Far East and ex-U.S.S.R. During the decade of the 70’s he worked in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, while in the early 80’s he was appointed, together with Robert Venturi, Arup Associates, Arthur Erickson, Sheppard Robson, Riccardo Bofill and others, as architectural consultant to the Mayorality of Baghdad, Iraq to work on the rehabilitation of the city. His buildings and designs have earned him numerous awards, including ten International Academy of Architecture Awards and two Commonwealth Association of Architects Regional awards. Others include the Gold Medal of the City of Toulouse in 1985, the International Committee of Architectural Critics Silver Medal in 1987, the 1988 Georgia, U.S.S.R. Biennale Laureate Prize and an IFRAA - AIA Award for Religious Architecture in 1991. In 1996 he was the winner of the International Prize at the III Architectural Biennale of Costa Rica and in 2000 he was the recipient of the Gold Medal of the Belgrade Architectural Triennale. In 2002 he was invited by the National Council of Culture and Art in Mexico to deliver the key address at the Luis Barragan Memorial Symposium. He was also awarded the Grand Prix of the International Academy of Architecture in 2006 and 2015 and the 2012 International Academy of Architecture Annual Award. In 2016 he was one of the winners of the European Architectural Awards. He was also the winner of the Galizia Lifetime Award by the Malta Chamber of Architects in 2017 and the 2019 Commonwealth Association of Architects Robert Matthew Award. Richard England has lectured and worked in the following countries: USA, UK, Ex-Yugoslavia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Italy, Argentina, Poland, Bulgaria, Russia, Kazakhstan and his native Malta. Among his best known works in Malta are the Church of St Joseph at Manikata, the Central Bank of Malta Annexe, the Millennium Chapel, the St. James Cavalier Centre for Creativity and the Dar il-Hanin Samaritan Complex.




Helsinki, Finland


Juhani Uolevi Pallasmaa (born 14 September 1936 in Hämeenlinna, Finland) is a Finnish architect and former professor of architecture and dean at the Helsinki University of Technology. Among the many academic and civic positions he has held are those of Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture 1978-1983, and Rector of the Institute of Industrial Arts, Helsinki. He established his own architect’s office – Arkkitehtitoimisto Juhani Pallasmaa KY – in 1983 in Helsinki. He has been visiting professor in several universities, mostly in the USA, and conducted studios around the world. He was scholar in residence at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, at the American Academy in Rome and the Droga Visiting Scholar in Sydney. He has also lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Africa and Asia.

Pallasmaa has published 60 books and over 800 essays. Among Pallasmaa’s books on architectural theory is The Eyes of the Skin – Architecture and the Senses, a book that has become a classic of architectural theory and is required reading on courses in schools of architecture around the world. Pallasmaa is an honorary member of the Finnish Association of Architects, the American Institute of Architects and International Fellow of the RIBA. He is Honorary Doctor of five universities He has been member of juries in numerous competitions around the world, and he was jury member for the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2008-2014.




Carefree, Arizona, USA


American architect and adjunct faculty at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. He has been a guest speaker at professional forums in many countries all over the world.Author of numerous publications in architectural journals. Awarded Prize of Merit for the Development of International Cooperation of IAA (1994). Spencer is a Consulting Architect with experience in planning & programming, design, project management and departmental management with an emphasis on planning & programming, design, client and consultant interface for educational, civic & cultural, corporate, hospitality & recreational, advanced technology facilities, and residential design. Member of American Institute of Architects, International Academy of Architecture (Academician of IAA since 2000), Russian Academy of Architecture & Construction Sciences, Honorary Member Faculty Senate Ion Mincu University of Architecture & Urbanism; Honorary Professor Rostov Institute of Architecture & Art; Honorary Professor Belgorod State Technical University; Honorary Professor Technical University of (Republic of) Georgia; Honorary Professor Politechnika Gdansk.


Rome, Italy


Born in Milan in 1936 where he studied architecture.

In 1969 he joined Gio Ponti’s cabinet and was immediately involved in co-ordinating the Expo Italia 61 in Turin. During the same year Gio Ponti asked him to join the editorial staff of the Domus magazine (Editoriale Domus). He then became editor in chief of Domus magazine until June 1979. In 1964 he became member of ADI, the industrial association for industrial design and he started his first own activity together with Enzo Hybsch.

In 1968 , once separated from Enzo Hybsh, he set up the current Studio D.A. together with Emanuele Ponzio first and in 1995 with his son Matteo. In 1981 he became editor of La Mia Casa magazine (Peruzzo Editore) since June 1985. In February 1986 he founded L’Arca Edizioni Spa and became the editor of l’Arca, the international magazine of architecture, design and visual communication. He then became editor of L’Arca International, of “Ecoenea” and of the magazine “Il Politecnico”. In 1996 he became editor of the ecclesiastical magazine Ecclesia for the Vicariates of Rome. In 1985 he was charged of the interior design for the European Community pavilion at the Expo in Tsukuba

In 1986, 1988 and 1992 he made the projects for the interior design of the Italian pavilions at the Expos of Vancouver, Brisbane and Seville

During 1999 he held a cycle of lessons at Brera in Milan on “Light in architecture”Since 2004 up to 2014 he is professor in charge at the Faculty of Architecture “Valle Giulia” in Rome: interior design. Since 2008 he is member of the OCCAM executive committee (ONU). Teacher at the master of interior design at the Faculty of Architecture Valle Giulia in Rome In 2018 together with Edmond Pastor he founded the MDO Montecarlo Prize 2019. A few works of his are being exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


Košice, Slovakia


Graduated in 1975 at Slovak Technical University Bratislava – Department of Architecture - Prof. Tibor Alexy atelier. From 1975 till 1991 has been working in Športprojekta – Košice branch – Architecture Office specialised for the Sport facilities and all variety of non habitat facilities such as office buildings, shopping centres etc. From 1979 till 1982 working as an expert for Urban planning and Architecture in Algeria – in Setif and M´Sila cities. One year teaching at the college for Civil Engineers in Setif, and deputy of chief experts group in Setif and M´Sila.

In 1990 - 6 months individual practice at Tom Brown Architects in Toronto – Canada.

1990+ / partner and cofounder Drahovský & Pásztor Architects – Košice together with Peter Pásztor. 1992+ / Authorised architect of Slovak Chamber of Architects. 2007 till 2011 Chief city Architect of Košice – Slovakia. 1993-1998 / Technical University of Košice - Department of Design and 1998+ at Department of Architecture. 2018 + / diploma Jury member – INSA Strasbourg . 2003+ /professor at International Academy of Architecture – Sofia and 2015+ /Academician Author and co-author of several buildings in Košice and the region of Košice, awarded with Jurkovič Prize and nominated for Ce-Za-Ar prize. Silver medal INTERARCH Sofia 2015. 2011-2013 Vice-president of Slovak Chamber of Architects. Representative of Slovakia in International Architecture Institutions – UIA Vice-president 2005 – 2008 and ACE Executive Board member 2013-2014.