: Master Jury
Ghada Amer is an Egyptian artist who lives and works in New York City. She was trained at the École des Beaux-Arts in Nice, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques in Paris. Ms. Amer’s works include embroidered canvases, textile installations, and sculptures, and frequently incorporate imagery and texts - reflecting on childhood, dreams, daily life, beauty, popular culture, and sexuality - sewn directly onto the surface.
Hanif Kara is a practicing structural engineer and Professor in Practice of Architectural Technology at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His particular “design-led” approach and interest in innovative form, sustainable construction and complex analysis methods have allowed him to work on pioneering projects, and under his leadership the practice has won over 250 design awards including the RIBA Stirling Prize for the Peckham Library, London, in 2000, and for the Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge, in 2012, as well as the RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo in 2010.
Rahul Mehrotra is a practising architect and educator. He works in Mumbai and teaches at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, where he is Professor of Urban Design and Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design. His built works include the LMW Corporate Office in Coimbatore, the Hewlett Packard Campus in Bangalore, a Rural Campus for the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Tulzapur, an extension to the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai and the restoration of the Chowmahalla Palace in Hyderabad.
Farshid Moussavi is an architect and educator, and principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). She studied at University College London and the Harvard Graduate School of Design before co-founding Foreign Office Architects (FOA) in London. FMA is working on a range of international projects including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland, USA; a residential complex in the La Défense financial district in Paris, France; and the Quran Museum in Tehran.
Modjtaba Sadria, an Iranian-born philosopher, is Professor at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations-AKU, London. Professor Sadria holds doctorate degrees in philosophy from the University of Paris and in international relations from the University of Quebec at Montreal, and master's degrees in literature, in history, and in philosophy from the University of Paris. Professor Sadria is a specialist in cross-cultural relations and East Asian studies, and was Professor of Cross-Cultural Relations and East Asian Studies at Chuo University, Tokyo.
Reinhard Schulze is a German linguist and historian, professor of Islamic Studies at the University of Berne, Switzerland, and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. He studied Islam, Latin languages, Arabic, and linguistics at the University of Bonn, and went on to teach at the Universities of Bochum, Bonn, and Bamburg before joining the University of Berne in 1995. Professor Schulze is interested in both the historical development and spread of Islam, and in its contemporary understanding and practice.
Elias Torres Tur is a Spanish architect and partner in the firm Martínez Lapeña-Torres Arquitectos, S.L. Trained in architecture at the Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), Mr. Torres opened his private office with José Antonio Martínez Lapeña in Barcelona during 1968.
Billie Tsien is an American architect and artist trained in fine arts at Yale University (BFA, 1971) and in architecture at the University of California at Los Angeles (M.Arch, 1977). She has worked with Tod Williams since 1977 and they have been in partnership since 1986. She has taught at the Parsons School of Design, Yale University, Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and the University of Texas at Austin.
Jafar Tukan is a Jordanian architect trained at the American University of Beirut. He worked for the Jordanian Ministry of Public Works as a design architect, and then joined the firm Dar Al-Handasah Consulting Engineers at their headquarter offices in Beirut. In 1968, he established a private practice in Beirut, and in 1973, formed the partnership Rais and Tukan Architects, which was later changed to Jafar Tukan and Partners Architects and Engineers and relocated to Amman.