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We are happy to announce the members of this year's awards jury

Werner Aisslinger

The designer Werner Aisslinger, born in 1964, enjoyed international breakthrough with his visionary furniture creations. Since then, Aisslinger has received attention for his incredibly lively, unorthodox concepts for hotel interiors. In his chosen home city of Berlin, he transformed the ‘Michelberger’ and the ‘25h Hotel bikini berlin’ into one-of-a-kind hotels.

Studio Aisslinger, DE-Berlin

Sebastian Herkner

In the course of his product design studies at the Offenbach University of Art and Design, Sebastian Herkner completed an internship with the renowned designer Stella McCartney in London, whereby he gained experience of dealing with materials, colours, structures and textures. He has been able to put these skills to use in his eponymous studio since 2006, designing extraordinary products for manufacturers such as Moroso and Rosenthal.

Sebastian Herkner - studio -, DE-Offenbach am Main

Jan Kleihues

Since the studio was founded in 1996, Jan Kleihues and his partners have developed concepts that deal with the existing building substance and the urban context of the buildings in a respectful way. The architects place particular importance on the sustainability of resources. When carrying out projects, the choice of materials, details and quality handiwork therefore play an important role in each design process.

Kleihues + Kleihues, DE-Berlin

Andreas Zimmer

Following his training, Andreas Zimmer studied business management in Munich. After several trips abroad, during which he worked for Schumacher (New York) and Pierre Frey (Paris), among other firms, and successfully completed his studies at the Swiss Textile College, he began work as an assistant to management at Schäfer Shop, a supplier of fittings for offices, warehouses and commercial enterprises. In 1983, Andreas Zimmer moved to the textile manufacturer Zimmer + Rohde GmbH, where he succeeded his father in the management of the company in 1985.
The family-run company now employs more than 200 people worldwide. In addition to its headquarters in Germany, the company also has subsidiaries in New York, Paris, Milan, London, Dubai and Hong Kong. Furthermore, the company group includes internationally renowned textile manufacturers such as Ardecora, Etamine, Hodsoll, McKenzie, Travers and Warner Fabrics.

Zimmer + Rohde GmbH, DE-Oberursel

Jasmin Grego

Jasmin Grego founded this young studio together with her partner Stephanie Kühnle in 2008. The architects focus on the reuse and conversion of existing, often historical buildings. The unique spaces that they design embody the distinctive identity of the projects in a style that is readily recognisable.

Jasmin Grego Stephanie Kühnle

Architektur GmbH, CH-Zürich

Peter Ippolito

Peter Ippolito and Gunter Fleitz founded their multidisciplinary studio in Stuttgart in 2002. Their studio made a name for itself internationally with remarkable interior design, communication and product design projects. The designers see themselves as ‘identity architects’, transforming the different identities of their clients into highly individual designs.

Ippolito Fleitz Group GmbH, DE-Stuttgart

Petra Stephan

Petra Stephan completed a traineeship at a daily newspaper after finishing her A-levels and subsequently studied architecture and city planning at the University of Stuttgart. During her studies she was already writing for different magazines on the topics of construction and living. After working in studios in Stuttgart and Seville, she worked as a freelance architect before taking on the role of Head of Department of the architecture trade magazine AIT in 2000. Since 2013 she has been Editor-in-Chief at AIT.

AIT, DE-Leinfelden-Echterdingen

The nominating jury

Susanne Brandherm

Susanne Brandherm studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Detmold. Together with Sabine Krumrey, in 1999 she founded ‘brandherm + krumrey interior architecture’ in Cologne and Hamburg, which has since become an internationally active studio. She has taken a holistic approach to planning and developing new projects ever since. Thanks to her conceptual thinking and keen sense of authenticity, Brandherm’s designs are shaped by timelessness and precision.

brandherm + krumrey, DE-Hamburg/Köln

Christine Pille

Christine Pille studied interior design at the University of Applied Sciences Lippe/Detmold. After holding several positions in Berlin, she has been heading up the CUBIK³ Innenarchitekten studio in Hamburg since 2010, together with Rainer Götting, Jochen Hagen and Jens Schneider. Her design work focuses on the delicate treatment of a location and its existing structures, as well as a balanced coexistence of space, material and light, keeping in mind its future use and functionality. The studio specialises in projects in the following sectors: hotels, yachts and cruise ships, gastronomy, offices, shopfitting and the health care field.

Cubik³ GbR, DE-Hamburg 

Daniela Walten

In 2004, the architect Daniela Walten founded the Vienna-based architecture studio BWM Architekten und Partner with Erich Bernard and Johann Moser. In 2013, it was renamed bwm retail GmbH. The studio focuses on conception, planning and building in urban environments, as well as architecture for international companies and shops, exhibitions and museum projects. BWM architects and planners integrate both large and small projects into urban contexts in daring and fresh ways.

BWM Architekten und Partner ZT GmbH, AT-Vienna

Markus Nonn

After studying architecture in Aachen and Delft as well as positions at Jump-Studios, Zaha Hadid Architects and West 8 in London and Rotterdam Markus Nonn was led to the multidisciplinary Design- and Innovation Studio Eight Inc., London. Being an all-rounder in architecture, interior design and design he now develops brand architectures following a highly conceptual and creative base.

Eight Inc, UK-London

Axel Schoenert

Axel Schoenert founded the franco-german agency Axel Schoenert architectes in 1999 in Paris and developed its activities in architecture, interior and furniture design. With its strongly multi-cultural team, promoting an eclectic vision of its work and focussing on project diversity have always remained priorities. Working in France and worldwide on offices, hotels, restaurants, spas, housing, public and cultural buildings, the agency has developed an expertise in new built construction as well as complex refurbishment. (Quelle: Axel Schoenert)

Axel Schoenert architectes, FR-Paris

Armin Pedevilla

Armin and Alexander Pedevilla founded pedevilla architects in 2005 in Bruneck after studying architecture followed by several cooperation in different offices in Austria. Their fascination of solidity and sensuality that the brothers incorporate into their buildings can be traced back to their origin, the mountain scenery of the Alps. Just as nature offers the purest forms and proportions pedevilla architects try to get their buildings rid of abundance. To expose the simple and to present the precious.

pedevilla architects, IT-Bruneck

Yasmine Mahmoudieh

After studying art history, architecture and interior design in Europe and the USA, Yasmine Mahmoudieh completed countless projects. Alongside hotels, her long list of projects includes shopping centres, office buildings, exhibition spaces, restaurants and multi-purpose buildings for private investors as well as firms from all over the world. She gives special attention to the connection between space and those using it, as well as to human desires and needs.


Ushi Tamborriello

The designer and interior designer Ushi Tamborriello has worked in Wiesbaden and Munich. In 2004 she founded the studio ushitamborriello, which is active internationally. Its emphasis is on designing innovative bathrooms and wellness resorts, hotels and restaurants, sophisticated interior design for aeroplanes, backdrops for movies and television films as well as exhibition architecture. In staging new spaces, Ushi Tamborriello places particular importance on respectfully linking ‘invented’ and ‘found’ components. She creates new spaces, places and identities.

ushitamborriello Innenarchitektur_Szenenbild, CH-Rieden bei Baden 

Jordan Mozer

The artist and architect Jordan Mozer, who has degrees in industrial design and architecture, founded the Jordan Mozer & Associates Ltd in Chicago in 1984. Since then the business has gained its reputation for particularly imaginative projects in both North America and Europe. Sculptures, hotels, shops and restaurants as well as interior design projects are developed with unique and distinctive character. Each project and all their individual designs are created completely from scratch and combine sustainability, environmental respect and social concern. 

Jordan Mozer and Associates, US-Chicago

David Vernet

David Vernet is an architect and associate at bandapar architecture. He developed knowledge in various offices in France, the Netherlands and Slovenia, and also taught at the Delft Technical University. Investigating leisure architecture, namely shops and hotels, he wrote and published "Boutiques and Other Retail Spaces: The Architecture of Seduction" in 2007 (Routledge, London).
David Vernet is currently in charge of the Bandapar architecture office in Bordeaux.(Quelle: David Vernet)

bandapar architecture, FR-Bordeaux

Davide Macullo

After 20 years of cooperation with Mario Botta, Davide Macullo founded his own offices in Lugano in 2000. With his office he follows two working methods based on an open minded and cultural interchange of architects and actors of various fields. Numerous projects indicate the success of this dialogue and reflect the perfect integration of his projects embedded in their context.

Davide Macullo Architects, CH-Lugano