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2008-2010 Cycle : Grand jury

Souleymane Bachir Diagne

Souleymane Bachir Diagne is professor in the Department of French and Romance Philology and the Department of Philosophy at Columbia University in New York. An alumnus of the Ecole Normale Supérieure (rue d’Ulm), Professor Diagne holds a PhD in Philosophy from Sorbonne University.

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Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj

Omar Abdulaziz Hallaj is a Syrian architect and Chief Executive Officer of The Syria Trust for Development, a non-governmental organisation active in the fields of rural development, education, culture and heritage.

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Salah M. Hassan

Salah M. Hassan is Goldwin Smith Professor and Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center, and professor of African and African diaspora art history and visual culture in the History of Art and Visual Studies department at Cornell University. He is also the director of the university’s Institute for Comparative Modernities and served as chair of History of Art between 2000 and 2005. Prior to joining Cornell, Professor Hassan taught at the State University of New York at Buffalo, the University of Pennsylvania and the College of Fine and Applied Art in Khartoum.

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Faryar Javaherian

Faryar Javaherian is an Iranian architect and curator, born in Mashhad, Khorassan, raised in France, and educated in the United States. She studied at the University of Texas at Austin, MIT and Harvard and is the founder of Gamma Consultants, recognised as the leading office in museum and Persian garden design in Iran. Her buildings have been widely published in Iranian architectural magazines and her work is established as having a recognisable Iranian-Modern style.

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Anish Kapoor

Anish Kapoor was born in Bombay and has lived in London since the early 1970s when he moved there to study at the Hornsey College of Art and the Chelsea School of Art Design. Mr. Kapoor is one of the most influential sculptors of his generation and has exhibited extensively in London and all over the world.

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Jean Nouvel

Jean Nouvel is a French architect and planner. He trained at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and has headed his own architectural practice since 1970. His current firm, Ateliers Jean Nouvel, is one of the largest architectural practices in France, active in the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape design as well as industrial design and interior design.

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Alice Rawsthorn

Alice Rawsthorn is the design critic of the International Herald Tribune, writing a weekly column published every Monday. She also writes the "Object Lesson" column for the New York Times Magazine. Ms. Rawsthorn’s columns are syndicated to newspapers and magazines all over the world. A prominent broadcaster, Ms. Rawsthorn often speaks on design and creativity at international events, including the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos.

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Basem Al Shihabi

Basem Al Shihabi is the managing partner of Omrania & Associates and one of its founders. Mr. Al Shihabi received his architectural education at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo, graduating in 1967, and completed his postgraduate studies in Landscape Planning at the University of Edinburgh in 1970. Returning to Saudi Arabia, Mr. Al Shihabi joined the firm of Doxiadis Associates where he worked on regional plans for five central region towns in Saudi Arabia, and a kingdom-wide schooling programme for the Ministry of Education.

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Yu Kongjian

Yu Kongjian is founder and dean of the College of Architecture and Landscape and the Changjiang Chair Professor of Design, at Peking University. He received a Doctor of Design from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1995, and taught there from 2009 to 2014. Professor Yu is the founder, president and principal designer of Turenscape, an internationally recognized firm of landscape architecture and urbanism practices worldwide.

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