2016 Design Awards Jurors Announced

The Texas Society of Architects is proud to announce the jurors for our 2016 Design Awards competition. We look forward to their presence in Austin on May 5–6, when they convene to decide our winners. As a reminder, Design Award entries can be submitted here and will be accepted until March 31.

The work of Thomas Hacker, FAIA, has largely dealt with public institutions: libraries, schools, museums, theaters, and places of public assembly. To them he has brought both artistic skill and a keen sensitivity to the nature of public use. His buildings have an understated dignity based on the beauty of material and carefully crafted construction.

Hacker’s projects have been exhibited internationally, including at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C., the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, and the Prague Quadrennial ’07. His work has won awards at the regional, national, and international levels, including 50 AIA awards. The Mercy Corps Global Headquarters, designed by Hacker, was selected as a 2012 AIA Committee on the Environment Top Ten Project. He has been published in Architecture, Architect, Architectural Record, Greensource, World Architecture, and in five languages in publications worldwide.

He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, where his work has been praised for “rigorously organizing and intertwining art and craft to create a body of work that is understated yet exceptional.”

Mr. Hacker’s projects include: Mercy Corps Global Headquarters in Portland; the MESOM Laboratory for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography for UC San Diego; Cyan/PDX (Condominium) in Portland; the Alaska State Museum, Library, and Archives in Juneau; the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center in Santa Cruz; the Lewis Integrative Science Building at the University of Oregon in Eugene; and the New Theatre for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon.

Mauricio Rocha was born in Mexico City in 1965 and graduated with honors from the Faculty of Architecture at UNAM. Over the last 20 years of practice, he has developed numerous public and private multi-scale projects, alternating his work with the delivery of interventions of ephemeral architecture in art exhibitions as well as museography. He has been honored with first prize and gold medals at the Mexican Architecture Biennale, the Bienal Panamericana de Arquitectura de Quito, and La Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura y Urbanismo. He was also part of the 30 finalist architects in the BSI Swiss Architectural Award, among other national and international recognitions. Rocha’s work has been exhibited in Mexico, New York, China, Brazil, Venice, and Turin.

Recently, Rocha has been a fellow and jury member for the FONCA Arts Commission, as well as several other institutions, competitions, and Biennials. Since 2011, he has been an academician of the National Academy of Architecture. He has taught at several universities in Mexico City and lectured in various parts of Mexico, South America, the United States, and Europe. Some of his projects are part of the collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. His work has been published in different parts of the world, in magazines and books such as Domus, 10×10 Phaidon, Arquine, and Scale, and in 2011, he published his book Architecture Workshop Mauricio Rocha.

Dan Wheeler, FAIA, is a founding principal of Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago and is a professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Wheeler works and practices to educate his colleagues, clients, and students of what architecture can bring to elevate experience, and the responsibilities that come with this ever-optimistic endeavor.

Wheeler received his education at the Rhode Island School of Design, including two years study in Rome. Prior to establishing his own practice, he was an associate and studio head at Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago (1981-87). Dan is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Traveling Fellowship in 1980, the CCAIA Young Architect Award (1985), AIA Fellowship (for Design, 1998) and the Chicago Tribune’s “Chicagoan of the Year” in Architecture (2008). He has served as interim director for both the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the UIC School of Architecture, and has been a consulting architect/educator to the Rural Studio since 2002. He lectures regularly and frequently sits on professional and academic juries.

His prolific work and influence within the firm spans the gamut of project type: public institutions, nonprofit organizations, and private commissions. He draws to see, to test, to explain, and to build well places of authenticity.

Clive Wilkinson, FAIA, is an architect and strategist working at the intersection of urban design, architecture, and interior design. His Los Angeles-based practice’s large-scale design projects for Google, Nokia, JWT, FIDM, Disney, and Macquarie Bank have established new paradigms for building creative and educational communities. While innovative in its architecture, his design process is primarily focused on the social agenda of buildings, and how people connect with each other.

Mr. Wilkinson was born in South Africa and educated in the United Kingdom. His practice, Clive Wilkinson Architects, was established in 1991 and is an acknowledged global leader in workplace design, with over 100 design awards to its credit. Clive was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2005.

He was nominated a Master of Design by Fast Company magazine in 2006 and a Pioneer of Design by IIDA in 2011. From being finalists in the National Design Awards in 2010 and 2011, his firm won the 2012 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum National Design Award for Excellence in Interior Design. He has served as a keynote speaker at global media, advertising, and design conferences, and has contributed to radio and television shows on architecture and design affairs.

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