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Dezeen Awards 2023 judges

Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi and Gregg Pasquarelli named Dezeen Awards 2023 judges

Architects Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi and Gregg Pasquarelli, climate pioneer Naveed Chaudhry, curator Samta Nadeem and photographer Taran Wilkhu have been announced as Dezeen Awards 2023 judges.

Dezeen Awards 2023, in partnership with Bentley Motors, is open for entries. There are just over two weeks to submit your project before the entry deadline on 1 June at midnight London time.

Now in its sixth year, the programme has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere, with winners selected by a prestigious panel of international judges.

Read on to learn more about the new names that have joined this year's judging panel:

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi
Architects Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi are the co-founders of US studio Weiss/Manfredi

Weiss and Manfredi are co-founders of New York architecture firm Weiss/Manfredi.

Weiss is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Cornell University and Harvard University, as well as being a Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University where she received her master of architecture. She won the Architectural Record's Women in Architecture Design Leader Award.

Manfredi is an Expert in Residence, working at the intersection of urban and environmental issues, and was also a Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale. He has taught at US universities including Princeton and Cornell where he received his master of architecture.

Projects by the duo include the Baker Museum in Naples, Florida and an elliptical glass pavilion for students at Yale University. Their practice has received the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian National Design Award, New York's American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medal, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.

Gregg Pasquarelli
Gregg Pasquarelli is one of five principals at New York-based SHoP Architects

Pasquarelli is the founding principal of US studio SHoP Architects.

He has led many of the firm's projects, including the ecological park East River Waterfront Esplanade in New York, the world's skinniest skyscraper 111 West 57th Street and the Brooklyn Tower, which has become the borough's tallest building.

Pasquarelli has been a professor of architecture at US institutes Yale University, University of Virginia and Columbia University, where he received his master's of architecture in 1994. He is a fellow of the AIA and a lifetime honoree academician at the National Academy of Design in New York.

SHoP Architects' work has won several accolades, among them the Smithsonian's National Design Award for Architecture and the Chicago Atheneum's Firm of the Year Award. It is also part of the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Samta Nadeem
Samta Nadeem is a design curator, creative director and lighting designer

Nadeem leads curatorial programming and content curation at STIR, a media house and curatorial agency operating in the domains of architecture, design and art.

She holds an MA in curating contemporary design from the Design Museum London and Kingston University partnership programme. Her current curatorial research looks at expanding the potential of public programming within public institutions of contemporary culture.

Nadeem has spoken on multiple public platforms about lighting as a critical design tool and guest-lectured across design schools in India. She has recently served in an interim curatorial role at the Design Museum London, developing public programmes with the learning department for exhibitions such as Ai Weiwei: Making Sense, The Offbeat Sari and more.

Nadeem regularly chairs panel discussions, talks and interviews and is passionate about engaging with issues of social and environmental justice through design and discourse.

Naveed Chaudhry
Naveed Chaudhry is an advisor, mentor and trustee at tech and climate-focused initiatives

Chaudhry is a co-founder and head of The Greenhouse at Undaunted, the former Centre for Climate Change Innovation.

The initiative by the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and the Environment at the university Imperial College in London conducts research, training and innovation towards effective action on climate change and the environment.

Chaudhry holds a degree in geography from the University of Oxford and spent the first decade of his career in investment banking at American global financial services Lehman Brothers and Nomura.

He has supported over 110 climate-focused start-ups over the last four years. Chaudry is also an advisor, mentor and trustee at various tech and climate-focused initiatives, and has prior experience in venture capital, a form of private equity financing, and growth equity, a type of private investment.

Taran Wilkhu
Taran Wilkhu is a London-based architecture photographer

Wilkhu is a British-Indian lifestyle photographer specialising in interiors, architecture and portraits.

His work explores the interaction between people and space in the built environment. He has exhibited globally and his work has been featured in publications including Architectural Digest, Vogue Living, Elle Decoration and Architect's Journal.

London-based Wilkhu has launched three books: Walters Way and Segal Close, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture and The Sustainable City. Recently he was also appointed to document the UK curatorial team of architects and curators at the 2023 Venice Architecture Biennale as well as the global exhibitions showcasing at this year's London Design Biennale.

Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.