The Jury members of ADA Awards include stellar names from the field of architecture, design and art from countries such as UK, Turkey, Italy, Singapore, France, Beirut and Iran with an equally strong lineup from the national fraternity.
Davide Tommaso Ferrando is an architecture critic and researcher from Italy. He has a Master’s degree in Advanced Architectural Design, and a Doctorate in Architecture and Building Design. His interests lie in studying the points of convergence for architecture, city and media. Currently, he is Post-Doc University Assistant in the Department of Architectural Theory and History at the University of Innsbruck. Tommasso in 2018, is also the curator at Venice Biennale of Architecture; the “Unfolding Pavilion: Little Italy” exhibition and symposium which he co-curates with Daniel Tudor Munteanu and Sara Favargiotti. He is the editor of several publications and his work is published in accredited international journals and magazines. In 2018 he published his first monographic book: The City in the Image. He is the director of 011+ and vide-director of Viceversa.
Mehreen Rizvi Khursheed is a Lahore born Pakistani educated in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and England. She has been working as a consultant with Frieze Art Fair in London and New York. Currently, she is an art advisor to several international collectors. Mehreen is also a trustee of the Lahore Biennale Foundation UK, member of the Steering Committee of the Aga Khan Museum patrons in London, and founding member of the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) at Tate Modern, UK. Mehreen has played a pivotal role in developing the Pakistani art market. Under her guidance, Bonhams has become a leader in Pakistani art, and still holds records for most of the major artists. She arranged the first ever auction of Middle Eastern art in the USA in May 2010.
Zahra Taraneh Yalda has been working in Iran for over 35 years, in the field of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and Design. Her claim to fame is the City Master plan for the cities of Mashad (1985-6), Susa (1983), Yazd, Kerman, Tabas, and many other Iranian cities, and finally The Master Strategic Plan for Tehran, from 2004 to 2012. Taraneh in the recent years is known for her Social activism and consultancy for the City of Tehran, as the head of an influent social virtual group that comprises of Artists, Architects and planners, other specialists and academia. She champions the cause “We are trying to convince the City of Tehran to change its attitudes towards a better life style for all social groups living in Greater Tehran”. Taraneh is loved by the media; locally and internationally. She is a prolific writer herself and has been published in various architectural magazines and dailies. She has also translated the book “The Invisible Cities” by Calvino in Persian language.
Marjorie Husain is an integral part of the Pakistani art scene on several levels: artist, art critic, curator, writer and documenter, lecturer, a close friend of the art community, and a dedicated patron of Pakistani art. Besides writing art reviews, Marjorie is also passionate about cataloguing and archiving art and artists in Pakistan. Her art books are mostly documentations of the artists’ art work and life and times. She has written on numerous important names of the art scene of Pakistan. Her book Artviews: Encounters With Artists in Pakistan is a compilation of her published articles on more than forty Pakistani artists.
Herve Matine joins from Paris. He is the founder of HM Studio; a Graphic Design Agency in 1993, then became co-founder and general manager of Genie Interactif Communication Agency from 1996 to 2006.
In 2000, Hervé Matine initiated Mediavillage, the first co-working space, offering freelancers, communication and web agencies a high tech, plug and play open space office of 1600m2 in heart of Paris. From 2002 to 2008 he curated several exhibitions and hosted 2002 Greenpeace auction against global warming.
President of 4 Tomorrow Association, he is the founder of Poster for Tomorrow, an international project whose goal is to encourage people, both in and outside the design community, to make posters to stimulate debate on issues that affect us all. For 10 years, several editions of poster for tomorrow were under patronage of Council of Europe and French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and is endorsed by charities such as Amnesty, Reporters Without Borders, FIDH, and collaborated with different department of United Nations.
Joumana Ibrahim joins the ADA Awards jury coterie from Lebanon, she worked as an art director at Leo Burnett Beirut, serving a vast array of leading Lebanese and international brands, and winning a number of regional and international awards. These awards made her realize the importance of constantly challenging herself creatively & the value of giving back by helping young aspiring designers hone their talent.
Joumana is currently an adjunct faculty at the Lebanese American University, a member of the MENA Design Research Center, and a freelance graphic and information designer and art director for local and international brands.
Savita Apte is an art historian whose forte is Modern and Contemporary art from South Asia. A Museums and Institutions Consultant, she is a founder director of Art Dubai, Associate of Serpentine Gallery for Indian Highway, and sits on the advisory boards of the Asia Art Archive, AlSerkal Avenue, Sovereign Art Fund and Para Site. Apte formulated The Abraaj Group Art Prize in 2009, which helped focus international attention on art production, curation and art writing from the MENASA region. Until 2016 she served as the Chair of the Prize overseeing the commissions whilst also expanding and documenting the corporate collection. She co- founded Asal Partners and Platform Projects, each of which advanced research based art and its audiences. Apte began her career at Sotheby’s and has been instrumental in setting up the Sotheby’s Prize for contemporary Indian art.
Salima Hashmi is an artist, curator and contemporary art historian from Pakistan. Professor Hashmi was the founding Dean of the Mariam Dawood School of Visual Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University, Lahore. She was Professor of Fine Art at National College of Arts [NCA] Lahore and was also Principal of the College. She curated the critically acclaimed exhibition titled ‘This Night-Bitten Dawn’ hosted by Gujral Foundation and the Devi Art Foundation in Delhi, which opened on the occasion of the Delhi Art Fair, 2016. She has recently curated a group show of Indian and Pakistani artists ‘Pale Sentinels’ at Aicon Gallery, New York. Government of Pakistan awarded her the President's Medal for Pride of Performance for Art Education in 1999. The Australian Council of Art and Design Schools (ACUADS) nominated her as Inaugural International Fellow, for distinguished service to art and design education in 2011. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by Bath Spa University in 2016. She was awarded with title of Professor Emeritus from BOG Beaconhouse National University on the occasion of 12th convocation in 2017.
Khurram Kasim started collecting contemporary Pakistani art in 1997. Over the past two decades he has established one of the most significant private contemporary art collections in Pakistan. In 2010, Khurram was invited by Christies and Green Cardamom to speak about collecting Contemporary art in Pakistan. In 2011, Khurram played a important role in the Rising Tide exhibition at Mohatta Palace Museum in Karachi, which focused on new directions in art in the country between 1990 to 2010. A significant portion of works from his collection was loaned to the Mohatta Palace Museum for this exhibition. In 2016, Khurram Kasim was invited by the Indian Art Fair to represent Pakistan at their Speakers Forum highlighting the New Generation of South Asian Collectors. In 2017, he established the Khurram Kasim Art Foundation. KKAF's maiden initiative was sponsoring an artist from Pakistan to be selected for the 2018 International Summer Residency Program at Delfina Foundation in the United Kingdom. He served as a jury member of the inaugural KB17 Karachi Biennale juried prize and currently serves on the board of the advisory committee of VASL artists' association.
Umar Hameed is a designer and educationist with Masters in Design Innovation and Media Studies. Along with his teaching and industrial experience he has engaged in numerous community engagement and empowerment projects emphasizing the role of Design as a specialized discipline where the overarching theme has been to address the importance of unlearning in order to learn as a two-way effort to shape knowledge and foster a critical understanding of our cultural milieu.
Some of his projects include IN Design Curricula where he conducted workshops and produced artworks with school children as part of Totally Thames Festival 2013, 2014 in their annual exhibition titled ‘Rivers of The World’. He is a Researcher and Art Director for The History Project ‘s publication ‘Partitioned Histories: The Other Side of Your Story’ in 2016. He was also the Team Leader in BNU, Lahore Biennale Foundation, Danish Cultural Organization CKU’s collaborative project ‘Stories We Tell’ for working with the Mirasi community of Lahore.
Umar has participated in Fabrica’s Imago Mundi 2017 and has been a co-principal Investigator for HEC’s Thematic Research Grant 2017, ‘Furthering the Foundation Model in Art and Design Higher Education in Pakistan’. He was also the main organizer, researcher and conductor of ‘Design Thinking’ workshop for Summer School in Social Innovation Academy, Uganda, 2017.
Umar is currently the Head of Department of Foundation Year Studies in Pakistan Institute of Fashion and Design, Lahore.
Iftikhar Azam is a prolific designer based in Pakistan. He has a master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and his career spans over three decades in United States and Pakistan. He has worked with some of the most renowned firms in the world, such as Ellerbe Becket and Lohan Associates (Formerly the Offices of Mies van der Rohe). During this period, he was involved in the design of numerous commercial and institutional buildings across USA.
Iftikhar has been serving as the principal Architect and CEO of h3 Architects since its inception in 2007. The firm has a diverse portfolio, including commercial, industrial, corporate and interior work. Prior to establishing h3, Iftikhar also served as the Design Partner of Ahed+Azam Partnership for over a decade.
Iftikhar’s academic interests include reconciling the challenges of the modern city with the residual of spiritual dust from the glorified past of the history books.
Iftikhar is the winner of two recent national architectural competitions and three second place awards. He has also been a jury member on several national design competitions for PCATP (Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners) and IAP (Institute of Architects, Pakistan). He is a visiting critic at numerous academic institutions and an adjunct faculty for Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture. He is a frequent speaker, presenter and moderator on national forums. His works have been published both nationally and internationally.
Prof. Sajida Haider Vandal, the Vice Chancellor designate of the forthcoming Institute of Culture and Art, and the former Principal of the National College of Arts, Lahore is an Architect, Educationist, a Rights Activist and the CEO of THAAP, a SECP registered Section 42 Company. She is an alumnus of the University of New South Wales, Australia (Masters of the Built Environment 1984) and the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. (B.Arch 1970).
As principal associate of PV & Associates, Prof. Vandal’s architectural works include the Mira Phailbus Center at Kinnaird College, Lahore, the Comsats Institute of Information Technology Campus at Lahore, Sacred Heart School Senior’s Academic Block, Lahore, Punjab College Jhang and others. She has been involved in many heritage conservation projects including the Management Plans and Conservation of Structures in the World Heritage Site at Lahore (Lahore Fort & Shalimar Gardens) She has also been consultant to the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNESCO, and the Norwegian government on several of their initiatives and programs in Pakistan and the region. The firm was recognized through the Commonwealth Association of Architects Robert Matthew Award 2016, jointly awarded to M/S Pervaiz Vandal & Associates & M/S Grimshaw Architects UK.
Sajida Vandal is responsible for the Culture and Development Program of THAAP, where her work focuses on Safeguarding the Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Pakistani communities. She is designated as an ICH expert by UNESCO and works in capacity building initiatives of the organization in the Asia-Pacific region. She also has numerous publications to her credit including the seminal book ‘The Raj, Lahore, and Bhai Ram Singh’ and ‘Cultural Expressions of South Punjab’.
Dr. Asma Ibrahim is a senior archaeologist and museum professional of Pakistan. She is into the field of Archaeology and Museums for more than three decades. She established the first Monetary Museum of the Central Bank of Pakistan, presently serving as its Director. Her recent projects include conservation of Varun Dev temple, under the grant of US Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation for her NGO, the SEAS Pakistan. She is teaching photography to visually impaired and producing Braille books for currency teaching.
As an Archaeologist she has been actively involved in exploration and excavations in Sindh and Balochistan for more than three decades. Since 2011 she has been excavating at the site of Banbhore and doing scientific analysis of glass discovered there She has numerous publications to her credit and more importantly an author of textbooks for Class IV and V. Dr. Ibrahim’s groundbreaking work on a Persian mummy has been documented by BBC, Discovery, ZDF, and HBO television channels.
She is serving on several consultative committees for the Government of Sindh, Board of Governors of different educational institutions, Founder Member of Sindh Exploration & Adventure Society, Centre for Archaeological & Environmental Research, and Terracotta, a project under Zohra Ibrahim Foundation. She is also a Board Member of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) since 2017, and Museum Consultant for number of museums and a Trustee of Karachi Art Biennale 2017.
Senator (R) Javed Jabbar has diverse experience in writing, film-making, public affairs, voluntary work in grass-roots development and welfare organizations and international affairs.
He has served as an elected Member of the Senate of Pakistan as well as in the Senate Forum for Policy Research. He has been Minister in three Federal Cabinets and headed the Ministries of Information and Broadcasting, Science and Technology, Petroleum and Natural Resources, and has also worked as Adviser on National Affairs to the Chief Executive of Pakistan. One of several policy reforms he introduced as Minister was to draft the law to introduce independent, private TV and radio channels and to enable Freedom of Information.
During his 25-year association with the advertising sector, he created some of the most innovative, trend-setting campaigns, mentored hundreds of young advertising and marketing practitioners and contributed to the formation of new institutions in Asia and in Pakistan. He was Chairman of the Jury for the first PAS Awards and the Pakistan Advertisers' Society presented him with its first Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The Human Rights Society of Pakistan, Lahore has presented him with a Gold Medal for outstanding public service.
Film commercials, documentaries and cinema films written, directed and/or produced by him have won several global, regional and national awards for excellence.
His fifteenth book, " Pathways --selected writings " won the UBL Literature Prize 2017 for the Best English non-fiction Book at the9th Karachi Literature Festival in 2018.
Since August 2017, he presents the weekly radio programme on history and current affairs in Urdu every Friday at 8 pm on the FM 105 network titled : " Friday evening with Javed Jabbar ".
Emre Arolat is the design partner of EAA-Emre Arolat Architecture, founded with Gonca Paşolar in 2004, as the continuation of his architectural practice that began in 1987 when he started as an associate designer at his parents’ studio, Arolat Architects. Since then, he has completed a substantial body of work and EAA is an internationally recognised practice with offices in New York, London and Istanbul, engaged in a wide range of projects, from urban master plans and airports, to residential and cultural buildings, and workplaces.
Emre Arolat teaches and lectures widely within Turkey and internationally. In 2017, he was Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. He has lectured at La Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris (2017), at the Pratt Institute in New York (2014), and taught a studio at The Berlage Institute in Delft (2014). Arolat was the co-curator, in collaboration with the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), of the first Istanbul Design Biennale in 2012. He was awarded a professorship by the International Academy of Architecture, Sofia, in 2015.
EAA received international acclaim with the Minicity Theme Park (2004), which was selected by the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture. Many international awards have followed, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2010 for the Ipekyol Textile Factory in Edirne. Arolat served on the Aga Khan Award for Architecture Master Jury in 2016 and has been appointed to the Steering Committee for the 14th Award Cycle (2017-2019).
EAA's work has been published by Rizzoli NY in the monograph Emre Arolat Architects: Context and Plurality (2013), edited by Philip Jodidio and Suha Özkan. Their projects have been exhibited at renowned institutions including the Design Museum, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London, at the International Architecture Biennale in Venice in 2012 and 2016.
Gonca Paşolar has been working with Emre Arolat Architecture as founding partner and senior architect since April 2004. She received her B.Arch degree in 1996 and M.Arch degree in 1999 from Middle East Technical University. She worked in Ankara between 1997-1998 and in Istanbul between 2000-2001 at two different offices. She then started working at Arolat Architects in 2002 before starting their own practice with Emre Arolat.
She has participated in various national and international conferences, seminars and juries; some of them are: 2014, Jury Member at Lapseki Municipality Office Building Design Competition in Çanakkale, 2012 Symposium of ACO in Rendsburg Germany, 2012 9 Eylül University Faculty of Architecture Jury Member at Graduation Project in Izmir, 2009 Boğaziçi University, “Project Management” Seminar in Istanbul.
Gonca received Europe 40 Under 40 Awards, given to the best young architects of Europe under the age of 40 in 2010 and was one of the 5 shortlisted candidates who was nominated for AJ’s Women Architects of the Year in 2015.
Gonca has led many projects, listed below, in EAA as the project responsible and team leader. Since 2014, as the Chief Operating Officer of EAA, in charge of the three offices in New York, London and Istanbul. She is responsible for the General Coordination, Process Management and QA/QC processes of all projects as well as the management and delivery procedures in accordance with the agreements. Proposal and Contract Management is another responsibility she handles together with all administrative affairs in EAA.
The practice opened their London Office in 2014 and New York Office in 2017. With Emre Arolat, she performed as Norman R. Foster Visiting Professor at Yale School of Architecture.