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Rudy Ricciotti  was born in Kouba ( Algeria), of Italian origin on August 22, 1952 and he moved to France at the age of three. Rudy Ricciotti spent part of his youth in Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône. He studied engineering in Switzerland in 1975 and he graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Marseille in 1980.

Rudy Ricciotti represents a generation of architects that combine creative energy and true building culture. Author of large buildings in France, including the National Choreographic Centre of Aix-en-Provence, also gained international renown as the Gate of Peace in Seoul or Nikolaisaal of Potsdam in Germany, the Festival Palace in Venice, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Liège Philharmonic or Gstaad for a Festival created by Yehudi Menuhin.

In 2005, he won the competition for the construction of the library of Rouen. On November 7, 2007, He won the competition organized by the City of Paris for the construction of the new stage of John Bouin2. He was also appointed in 2002 to a flagship project of the second city of France: le Musée des civilisations de l'Europe et de la Méditerranée (MUCEM) in Marseille, as part of the European Capital of Culture 2013 of the city of Marseille.

He is President Al Dante editions since 2007. Al Dante publishes books (poetry, experimental prose and poetry, theoretical essays, catalogs and artist publications, anthologies, magazines), and CD (sound poetry, music), DVDs, newspapers, participates and organizes events (lectures, presentations , symposia, exhibitions ...). He is a member of the editorial board of the magazine L'Architecture d'aujourd'hui.

Rudy Ricciotti is a recipient of: Grand Prix National d’Architecture, Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, Commandeur de l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres and Officier de l’Ordre National du Mérite.


Anne Holtrop (b. 1977, Netherlands) lives and works in Amsterdam and graduated with distinction from the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture in 2005. He started his own architectural practice in 2009. Currently, the studios are based in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Muharraq, Bahrain. In 2015, the first two major buildings designed by the Studio, Museum Fort Vechten and the National Pavilion of the Kingdom of Bahrain, were completed.

For his work he received several grants from the Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2016, he was awarded the Iakov Chernikhov International Prize, in 2008 he was awarded the Charlotte Köhler Prize for Architecture by the Prince Bernhard Cultural Foundation. Besides his work as an architect, he is an editor of the independent architectural journal OASE, visiting lecturer and external critic at various art and architecture academies and founder of INSIDE.

The Studio is currently working on new stores worldwide for Maison Margiela with the first one due to open on Bruton Street, London this year; an exhibition pavilion for CERN in France, and several UNESCO-listed heritage buildings in Bahrain: Murad Boutique Hotel, Siyadi Pearl Museum and the Qaysariya Suq.


SET architects Lorenzo Catena. Onorato di Manno. Andrea Tanci

SET architects. is a young architecture, urbanism and design practice based in Rome, led by Lorenzo Catena, Onorato di Manno and Andrea Tanci. The design procedure is always supported by in-depth theoretical research based on the investigation of the essence of architecture and the elements that compose it. SET envisions an architecture that is able to communicate directly with those who live it. This is achieved by using elementary geometric shapes and paying attention to environmental sustainability through the experimental use of materials and technologies.

The studio believes in non-generic architecture capable of emerging as a cultural factor in the local context and preserving the uniqueness of places. Simplicity and clarity are key themes of the entire creative process, from the abstract idea to the design solution. SET has won many awards including: “Dedalo Minosse - Laboratorio Morseletto 2017”, “Lazio Creativo 2017”, “NIB New Italian Blood 2016 top 10 Architecture”. The work of the office and its partners has been featured in several venues and events (Spazio FMG - Milan, MAXXI - Rome, Wuho Gallery - Los Angeles) as well as in international publications.

Robert Konieczny. KWK Promes

Robert Konieczny. An architect, graduate of Architecture at Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. In 1996 he received the certificate of New Jersey Institute of Technology. A leader and a founder of KWK Promes architecture studio established in 1999. In 2012 he became an independent expert for the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. Konieczny was a nominate of the European Award of Mies van der Rohe Foundation eight times. Moreover he is a holder of the prestigious award for the House of the Year 2006, winning with the Aatrial House as the best housing project in a competition organized by World Architecture News.

In 2007 the KWK Promes office was listed among 44 best young architects of the world published by 'Scalae'. Same year the 'Wallpaper' magazine issued Konieczny's practice as one of the 101 most exciting architecture studios in the world. Year 2008 brought him another prize of The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum 'European 40 under 40'.


John Pawson was born in 1949 in Halifax, Yorkshire. After a period in the family textile business he left for Japan, spending several years teaching English at the business university of Nagoya. Towards the end of his time there he moved to Tokyo, where he visited the studio of Japanese architect and designer Shiro Kuramata. Following his return to England, he enrolled at the Architecture Association in London, leaving to establish his own practice in 1981.

From the outset the work focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms - themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts.

Early commissions included homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi, contemporary art dealer Hester van Royen and collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi, together with art galleries in London, Dublin and New York. Subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from Calvin Klein's flagship store in Manhattan and airport lounges for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong to the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia.

In May 2006, two decades of visits to the twelfth century Cistercian monastery of Le Thoronet culminated in an exhibition, 'John Pawson: Leçons du Thoronet', the first such intervention ever to be held within the precincts of the abbey. Two weeks after the exhibition opening in Provence,  celebrations in London marked the completion of the Sackler Crossing - a walkway over the lake at Kew's Royal Botanic Gardens. The same year also marked the practice's first stage design, with a set for a new ballet choreographed by Wayne McGregor for the Royal Ballet which premiered at London's Royal Opera House in November 2006.

Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat

Studio Architektoniczne Kwadrat. The roots of studio reach 1986, when it has emerged, within the confines of project group of Department of Architecture of Gdansk Institute of Technology, project of housing estate „ Dąbrowa” in Gdynia. On wave of structural conversions and economic expressions, leaders of the group Jerzy Kaczorowski, Jacek Droszcz and Adam Drohomirecki set up one of the first private Architecture studios in 1989 known as ''Kwadrat''. Position of studio has been established after winning several awards in architecture and urban competitions.

Studio has project activity in sphere of residential architecture as well as public utilities. Potential of the office has been based on many years experiences of the designers and creativeness and group of young architects and students of architecture. Studio has author character, but each architect may develop his individuality and creative passion here. Since 1995 Studio has its own building in Gdynia-Kolibki in renewed antique – water mill and is led by an architect Jacek Droszcz and Bazyli Domsta. Studio Kwadrat participated in numerous architectural competitions winning more than 40 awards and honors.

Team.- Jacek Droszcz, Bazyli Domsta and Violetta Droszcz, Jerzy Gabiec (konstrukcja), Ewa Sikora, Katarzyna Langer, Joanna Liszka, Tomasz Rochna, Łukasz Karnowski, Daria Przewłócka, Helena Dusza, Paweł Sikora, Michał Wiater, Krzysztof Droszcz, Magdalena Droszcz, Piotr Dowgiałło, Kamil Domachowski, Maciej Busch, Justyna Kanka, Adam Kościecha

Collaboration.- Szczepan Baum(+),Adam Drochomirecki, Andrzej Kohnke, Zbigniew Kowalewski, Jerzy Kaczorowski, Andrzej Kwieciński, Piotr Lorens, Andrzej Rożeński, Marek Tryzybowicz, Michał Żołnierkiewicz(+).

Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind, American architect of Polish-Jewish descent (Lodz, 1946). Son of Holocaust survivors, Libeskind emigrated with his family to America in 1964. He achieved renown as an architect with his designs for the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the master plan for the reconstruction of the site of the World Trade Center in New York. In May 2013 Libeskind was also appointed architect of a Holocaust memorial in Columbus, the capital of the American state of Ohio.

Libeskind’s studio has designed various museums and other cultural and public buildings all over the world. Libeskind himself has also held many academic positions, and he was the first holder of the Frank O. Gehry Chair at the University of Toronto. Among the numerous awards he has received is the Hiroshima Art Prize (2001) for artists who propagate international peace and understanding through their work. It was the first time the prize was awarded to an architect.

In 2011 Libeskind delivered the eighth Auschwitz Never Again Lecture in Amsterdam, and on that occasion he also received the Annetje Fels-Kupferschmidt Award, presented annually to an individual or organization for the exceptional way it has realized the goals of the Dutch Auschwitz Committee.

Thomas W. Ryan. Thomas W. Ryan Architecture

Thomas W. Ryan. Founder and Principal of TWRA. Prior to founding TWRA, Thomas Ryan was a Designer at Richard Meier & Partners, and an Associate at Christoff Finio Architecture in New York. While there, he led award-winning projects for institutions such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Socrates Sculpture Center, The Brooklyn Historical Society and The Philadelphia Art Museum in addition to completing a number of private residential commissions.

A registered Architect in New York State, Ryan studied at the Architectural Association in London and received his Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts and Master of Architecture from the College of Design at North Carolina State University. There, he was co-editor of The Student Publication and was awarded the Faculty Design Prize and Henry Kamphoefner Fellowship for highest graduate achievement.

Ryan is a recipient of the Deborah Norden Prize from The Architectural League of New York, and a Design Research Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and has been an invited juror at the University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, N.C. State University, The Architectural League of New York, and Yale University.


David Adjaye was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1966. The son of a Ghanaian diplomat who has lived in Tanzania, Egypt, Yemen, and Lebanon before moving to Britain at the age of nine, he led a privileged life and was privately educated. He earned his BA at London South Bank University, before graduating with an MA in 1993 from the Royal College of Art. In 1993, the same year of graduation, Adjaye won the RIBA Bronze Medal, a prize offered for RIBA Part 1 projects, normally won by students who have only completed a bachelor's degree.

Previously a unit tutor at the Architectural Association, he was also a lecturer at the Royal College of Art. After very short terms of work with the architectural studios of David Chipperfield (London) and Eduardo Souto de Moura (Porto), Adjaye established a practice with William Russell in 1994 called Adjaye & Russell, based in North London. This office was disbanded in 2000 and Adjaye established his own eponymous studio at this point.

Recent works include the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, and the Skolkovo Moscow School of Management completed in 2010. On April 15, 2009, he was selected in a competition to design the $500 million National Museum of African American History and Culture, part of the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., planned to open in 2015. His design features a crown motif from Yoruba sculpture.

Alongside his international commissions, Adjayes work spans exhibitions, private homes, and artist collaborations. He built homes for the designer Alexander McQueen, artist Jake Chapman, photographer Juergen Teller, actor Ewan McGregor, and artists Tim Noble and Sue Webster. For artist Chris Ofili, he designed a new studio and a beach house in Port of Spain. He worked with Ofili to create an environment for the Upper Room, which was later acquired by Tate Britain and caused a nationwide media debate. He also collaborated with artist Olafur Eliasson to create a light installation, Your black horizon, at the 2005 Venice Biennale. He has also worked on the art project Sankalpa with director Shekhar Kapur. Adjaye coauthored two seasons of BBC's Dreamspaces television series and hosts a BBC radio program. In June 2005, he presented the documentary, Building Africa: Architecture of a Continent. In 2008, he participated in Manifesta 7.

In February 2009, the cancellation or postponement of four projects in Europe and Asia forced the firm to enter into a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), a deal to stave off insolvency proceedings which prevents financial collapse by rescheduling debts – estimated at about £1m – to creditors.

Adjaye currently holds a Visiting Professor post at Princeton University School of Architecture. He was the first Louis Kahn visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, and was the Kenzo Tange Professor in Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. In addition, he is a RIBA Chartered Member, an AIA Honorary Fellow, a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council. He also serves as member of the Advisory Boards of the Barcelona Institute of Architecture and the London School of Economics Cities programme.

The studio's first solo exhibition: "David Adjaye: Making Public Buildings" was shown at the Whitechapel Gallery in London in January 2006, with Thames and Hudson publishing the catalogue of the same name. This followed their 2005 publication of Adjaye's first book entitled "David Adjaye Houses".





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