Top left to bottom right: Rasem Badran, Dia Azzawi, Fernando Olba, Mandy Franz, Nahed Jawad, Philip Michael Wolfson, Stephen Austin, Claudia Linders, Ahmed Al-Mallak
Top left to bottom right: Rasem Badran, Dia Azzawi, Fernando Olba, Mandy Franz, Nahed Jawad, Philip Michael Wolfson, Stephen Austin, Claudia Linders, Ahmed Al-Mallak

Jury announced for Tamayouz's architecture competition for museum in Sharjah

Tamayouz Excellence Award has announced the jury panel for its Rifat Chadirji Prize, which was launched in partnership with the UAE's Barjeel Art Foundation for its 2019 cycle.

The thematic annual award calls on participants to submit proposals for an art museum in Sharjah's newly developed Al Tarfa neighbourhood. Intended to showcase Barjeel's extensive collection of modern and contemporary artwork from across the Arab world, the museum could serve as an architectural and cultural landmark that contextualises Sharjah's history and cultural identity in a contemporary manner.

The jury for the 2019 cycle of the Rifat Chadirji Prize, which is named after the prolific Iraqi architect, includes Stephen Austin, head of School of Energy, Construction and Environment at Coventry University (the academic partner of Tamayouz); award-winning architect Rasem Badran, founder of Dar Al-Omran; celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi; Claudia Linders, architect and dean of architecture and urbanism at Fontys Academy; Fernando Olba, principal of Fernando Olba Arquitectura + Urbanismo; Mandy Franz, senior associate at MICA Architects; Nahed Jawad, academic and principal at Nahed Jawad Design; Philip Michael Wolfson, founder of Wolfson Design; and Ahmed Al-Mallak, academic at Coventry University and founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award. 

The deadline for submissions for the Rifat Chadirji Prize is 1 September 2019, and they can be made online via the award's website here

A brief bio on each of the judges below:

Stephen Austin
Head of School of Energy, Construction and Environment, Coventry University

Stephen Austin completed his BA (Hons) in architecture at Portsmouth University in 1993, before studying for his PGCE at Keele University and gaining his master's degree in management for construction at Coventry University in the UK. Austin started teaching at Moulton College in 2001, ultimately being promoted to subject manager, before joining Coventry University in 2006. He is currently head of Coventry University's School for Energy, Construction and Environment.

Rasem Badran
Founder, Dar Al-Omran

An award-winning Palestinian-Jordanian architect Rasem Badran, founder of regional architecture practice Dar Al-Omran, has been a member of Tamayouz's jury since 2016. He has long been considered a pioneer of modern Islamic architecture, and he received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1995 for his project the Great Mosque of Riyadh. Badran has built an extensive portfolio of more than 400 reputable projects across the Middle East that span the religious, cultural, educational and hospitality sectors, as well as residential, commercial and healthcare. Under his leadership, Dar Al-Omran has grown across the Middle East since its establishment, with its three main branches in Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Dia Azzawi

Internationally celebrated Iraqi artist Dia Azzawi started his career in 1964, after graduating from the Institute of Fine Arts in Baghdad and completing a degree in archaeology from Baghdad University in 1962. His art is exhibited all over the world, including at the Museums of Modern Art in Baghdad, Damascus and Tunis; Jeddah International Airport; British Museum, Tate, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Institut du Monde Arabe, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, and Colas Foundation in Paris; Gulbenkian Collection, Barcelona; and Library of Congress and the World Bank. Azzawi designed the Rifat Chadirji Prize statuette, a sculpture inspired by the architect's work, and produced 25 sculptures as a gift to Tamayouz in appreciation of Chadirji's cultural role in the Arab world.

Claudia Linders
Dean of Architecture & Urbanism, Fontys Academy, and founder, Atelier Claudia Linders

Dutch architect Claudia Linders is the dean of architecture and urbanism at Fontys Academy in Tilbug, the Netherlands. In 2001, she founded Atelier Claudia Linders, a studio that offers interdisciplinary research and design services. She has curated a number of international trans-disciplinary exhibitions and programmes, and coordinated the interdisciplinary design studies of Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. 

Fernando Olba
Principal, Fernando Olba Arquitectura + Urbanismo

Fernando Olba is an award-winning architect and principal of his namesake architecture and planning practice that's based in Valencia, Spain. He studied at the Polytechnic University and received his master's in architecture from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. His international experience greatly informs his vision and approach to practice, and he has received a number of national and international prizes. 

Mandy Franz
Conservation architect and senior associate, MICA Architects

London-based, RIBA-chartered conservation architect Mandy Franz is a senior associate at MICA Architects. She works on a range of educational and residential projects, designing and delivering award-winning designs. Franz is also a visiting critic at Bath University and founder of MICA's mentoring programme. A supporter of inclusion and diversity, Franz was a finalist in 2018 for an award for women in architecture. 

Nahed Jawad
Principal, Nahed Jawad Design and academic, Central Saint Martins

Nahed Jawad moved to London from Damascus in 2006 when she joined Zaha Hadid Architects. The following five years saw her work closely with Zaha Hadid and Patrick Schumacher, under whose tutelage she completed her masters in architecture and urbanism at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2010. In 2019, she completed her PhD in architectural design from the Bartlett School of Architecture. In addition to teaching at Central Saint Martins, she also heads her namesake studio, Nahed Jawad Design.

Philip Michael Wolfson
Founder, Wolfson Design

After studying architecture at Cornell University in Ithica, New York, American designer and architect Philip Michael Wolfson attended the Architectural Association School of Architecture, where he was discovered by Zaha Hadid. After completing his studies, he spent 10 years as head of design with Hadid and in 1991, he established his own studio. He has worked throughout Europe and the US on residential interiors and functional art pieces, which have been shown at leading international art and design exhibitions, galleries and public venues all over the world including Contrasts, Shanghai; Franziska Kessler, Zurich; Sebastian + Barquet, New York; as well as art fairs such as Art Basel, Design Miami and Salone Internazionale del Mobile. His work is also available through auction houses Christie's and Phillips de Pury in London and New York.

Ahmed Al-Mallak
Academic at Coventry University and founding director of Tamayouz Excellence Award

An award-winning architect and academic, Ahmed Al-Mallak lectures at the School of Energy Construction and Environment at Coventry University in the UK. After establishing Tamayouz Excellence Award in 2012, the founding director has grown the programme to include seven awards that recognise excellence in architecture across the Near East and North Africa. In 2013, Al-Mallak received the Cecil Angel Cup from Coventry University for launching the Women in Architecture and Construction Award, which originally recognised the achievements of Iraqi women but has since been expanded to the whole region.