Juries 2010

Solar Decathlon Europe agradece el entusiasmo con el que los primeros jurados de la competición, en 2010, se implicaron en su desarrollo


Glenn Murcutt | Architecture Juror 2010

Glenn Murcutt is an Australian architect who was born in London in 1936. He studied Architecture at the University of New South Wales between 1956 and 1961. He is the founding president of the Australian Architecture Association and was awarded the Alvar Aalto Medal in 1992, the Pritzker Prize in 2002 and the AIA Gold Medal in 2009. He is the author of an oeuvre whose singularity lies on its faithfulness to both modern legacy and Australian tradition. All of his works, mainly country houses, are located in Australia. Murcutt adheres to the Australian Aboriginal notion of “touching the earth lightly”.

Louisa Hutton | Architecture Juror 2010

Louisa Hutton is an architect born in Norwich, England, in 1957. Between 1984 and 1988 she worked at Allison and Peter Smithson’s office in London and in 1989 she founded Sauerbruch Hutton Architects together with Matthias Sauerbruch. Hutton has been a commissioner for CABE, the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment in the United Kingdom. The studio has received the Fritz Schumacher Architecture Prize and the Erich Schelling Architecture Prize, and has been awarded many times by the RIBA and the AIA. The Federal Environmental Agency in Dessau and the Brandhorst Museum in Munich, both in Germany, are two of the office’s most recently completed works.

Francisco Mangado | Architecture Juror 2010

Francisco Mangado was born in Navarra in 1957. He received a degree in Architecture from Universidad de Navarra and has been working as a professor at that University since 1982. He was Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University and is currently professor of the Master’s in Architectural Design program at the Universidad de Navarra. In June 2008 he established the Fundación Arquitectura y Sociedad. He is the architect of the Spanish Pavilion at Expo Zaragoza 2008, designed according to bioclimatic criteria, and of the headquarters of Gamesa Eólica in Pamplona, one of the main renewable energy companies of Spain.


Chris Twinn | Engineering Juror 2010

Chris Twinn is Director at Ove, Arup & Partners and co-founder of Arup’s sustainability group in building engineering. With a background in architectural engineering, his professional qualifications were in building services, before moving into multi-discipline design, building physics and sustainability. He has spent some 30 years in the industry concentrating on the design and delivery of environmentally aware and sustainability related projects. Among the many projects he has been involved in are: Kingspan Lighthouse, Barratt Greenhouse, Hanham Hall Carbon Challenge, Dongtan EcoCity, BedZED, Gallions Park, Ashford ZED, Zero carbon Thames Gateway, Portcullis House, Kings Cross Central, and Stratford City, many of which are designed as zero carbon developments. His current major project is the Barangaroo carbon neutral major mixed use development in Sydney. Chris is a member of CABE’s design review panel, the RIBA sustainable futures committee, BRE Global Sustainability Board, and numerous other professional committees. He is a regular advisor to UK Central and Local Government and similarly is in increasing demand from around the world.

Dejan Mumovic | Engineering Juror 2010

Dr. Dejan Mumovic is a Lecturer in Environmental Design and Engineering at The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, University College London (UCL), and a member of the ‘Complex Built Environment Systems’ research group which has been acknowledged as ‘world-leading’ by the EPSRC via the award of Platform Funding. Since his arrival at UCL in 2003 he has started collaborating with medical and social scientists and integrating health related issues in contrast to his previously purely engineering based research. This has resulted in more than 70 peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, conference papers and Government reports. Working on a concept of ‘building pathophysiology’, he has promoted a new direction in building research in an innovative comprehensive multidisciplinary book: ‘A Handbook of Sustainable Building Design and Engineering – An Integrated Approach to Energy, Health and Operational Performance’ which he co-edited and authored.

Rafael Úrculo | Engineering Juror 2010

Rafael Úrculo received a degree on Industrial Engineering from Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales of Madrid. He is a founding partner of R. Úrculo Ingenieros Consultores S.A., a company dedicated to the delivery of national and international projects for the systems of hospitals, museums, universities, offices and auditoriums. He was a Fulbright scholar in 1972 and obtained a Master of Science from the University of Connecticut in 1973. Since 1976 he has been an associate professor of Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura of Madrid and is a professor of the Master’s Degree in Restoration of that university. He has also participated as a lecturer in numerous international conferences about energy and lighting. He is a member of ATECYR, ASHRAE (USA) and CIBSE (UK).


Willi Ernst | Solar Systems Juror 2010

He was born in Salzkotten, Germany, in 1954. In the mid eighties, Ernst was coordinator of 5 European twin cities in Estelí, Nicaragua. In 1985, he co-founded “Biohaus Paderborn“, a German pioneer company working on solar and ecological technologies. During 10 years, he was in charge of the design and construction of solar thermal plants, later on of photovoltaic systems. In 1999, he became the managing director and main share holder of the PV wholesaler “Biohaus PV Handels GmbH”. In 2006 the company merged with Centrosolar Group AG. Since September 2007 Ernst is advisor for new technologies and innovations of Centrosolar Group AG in Paderborn, Germany.

Marcos Calvo | Solar Systems Juror 2010

He was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1973. He received a B.S. degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid in 1999. After a first stage working in the private sector as a Telecommunication Network Project Manager, in 2002 he started a PhD at the Instituto de Energía Solar (Solar Energy Institute), where he was the responsible for the PV installations of the ‘Magic Box’ team, which, in 2005, paved the way for European participations in Solar Decathlon. Since 2007, he has been working in the private sector as a Renewable Energy Engineer in PV and solar thermal installations projects.

Christian Bongartz | Solar Systems Juror 2010

Christian Bongartz is a 43 year old German industrial engineer. Yet during his studies he focused his career on Renewable Energies, especially solar thermal applications. He has detailed experience in computer simulations of low consumption buildings, the engineering of products and installations, as well as mounting, commissioning and optimization of the operation of installed systems.
For Christian Bongartz, Solar Architecture was always of mayor interest, on the one hand because of respecting environmental protection, on the other hand because of his personal interest in Renewable Energies in building applications.


Jane Kolleeny | Communication and Social Awareness Juror 2010

Jane is a former marketing director for architecture firms. Originally from Colorado, she began her editorial career at Shambhala Publications in the early eighties, and then worked as managing editor of the Shambhala Sun until the late eighties. After moving to New York she switched to a career in architecture marketing, which she continued for about 12 years. She joined Architectural Record, a magazine dedicated to architecture and interior design published by McGraw-Hill Construction in New York City, in May 2000, where she serves as a senior editor. She also works as Managing Editor of GreenSource: The Magazine of Sustainable Design, sister publication to Architectural Record, which was founded in 2006. Both award-winning publications serve distinct audiences in the professional design field—Architectural Record showcases high-quality architecture throughout the world; GreenSource focuses on sustainable buildings and is distributed to the members of the U.S. Green Building Council as well as independent subscribers.

Javier Gregori | Communication and Social Awareness Juror 2010

Gregori graduated from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid 22 years ago with a degree in Journalism and is responsible for all environmental information in the Informative Services Section of CADENA SER, the most popular Spanish radio station. From 1993 until 2007, he managed and presented “LA HORA VERDE” (“THE GREEN HOUR”), the first Environmental Program on Spanish radio. He is also currently in charge of the Environmental and Science Segment of “Hoy por Hoy,” the most tuned in program on Spanish radio, aired every Tuesday. Javier has also been a scientific journalism professor in the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and has given lectures at universities and other research centers, such as the CSIC (Superior Council for Scientific Research) and the National Museum of Science and Technology. He has published reports and interviews in newspapers like EL PAIS and EL MUNDO, and has managed the science and environmental section of the magazine CAMBIO 16. Gregori has authored nonfiction books (such as “Astronautas: Exploradores del Espacio”) and also fiction works that have been published by the prestigious editorial, Siruela, among others. He has travelled and been a live correspondent to places like the South Pole, Greenland, the Amazon Rainforest, and the island of Sumatra to bring light to serious environmental problems. In 2003 Javier was awarded the National Award for Environmental Journalism.

Miguel Ángel Valladares | Communication and Social Awareness Juror 2010

Miguel Ángel Valladares, who obtained a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences from UCM, joined that year WWF/Adena, coordinated several conservation programmes and WWF communications with the media. Since 1998 he has been the Director of Communications of the company and he is currently in charge of the development and coordination of WWF Spain communications strategies and their campaigns on conservation and policies, mobilization and awareness-raising and company promotion. Throughout his professional life, he has published hundreds of articles and science publications about the environment, he has translated several books on that subject, he has been interviewed many times by national and international media, he has worked as a lecturer and a communications teacher and has been a usual contributor in radio and TV programmes and environmental documentaries production companies.


Senta Morioka | Industrialization and Market Viability Juror 2010

Having worked more than three decades for Toyota, he gained and provided a wide range of business expertise of Toyota in Production Management. Since 1996, he has been leading Toyota Housing Division, where they design, build and deliver prefab houses into the market. They assemble most of the house products in thoroughly quality controlled plants, similar as vehicle plants, enabling to deliver high quality, durability, health and more security conscious houses by having the advantages to make best use of all Toyota Group technologies. He is now president of Toyota Housing Inc., “To live well in Japan” is a corporate philosophy and “Sincerely for You – life together” is a corporate vision.

Luis Basagoiti | Industrialization and Market Viability Juror 2010

Luis Basagoiti, who was born in 1959, received a Ph.D. in Architecture from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, in the specialty of structures and prefabricated light industrial building. He has an MBA in International Business Management from Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and an MBA in Real Estate and Construction Management from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 1980s he worked as a researcher for UPM and as a lecturer of the ETSAM Construction Department. Since 1988 he has been working as a lecturer for Fundación UPM. He has also been a lecturer in many South American universities, as well as a juror in many architecture competitions. He works as a lecturer at the business school IE. In BBVA Group he had two jobs: from 1994 to 2000 he was the chairman of IBERDROLA INMOBILIARIA and the chairman of its real estate’s subsidiaries; and from 2000 to 2002 he was the General Director of METROVACESA. From 2002 to 2005 he was the Managing Director of REYAL. From 1987 to 1994 he was the Managing Director of MAPFRE INMUEBLES, where he has been working since 2005 as Chief Executive Officer.

Garry Palmer | Industrialization and Market Viability Juror 2010

Garry gained his Master of Engineering degree in Architectural Engineering in 1990 and subsequently his PhD in Natural Ventilation of Buildings in 1993. Since then, he has worked in Academia and primarily in design consultancy on over 200 projects worldwide. He established AECOM Advanced Design Group based in Europe which now works on projects in the US, China, Middle East and in several EU countries. His team’s portfolio includes sustainable Masterplanning, renewable energy, sustainable building design and compliance of sustainable buildings to various national codes. Garry’s particular interest in Solar Decathlon revolves around architecture, performance, flexibility and materials together influencing the viability of specifying innovative residential architecture to city-scale Masterplanning in several different geographies.


Fiona Cousins | Sustainability Juror 2010

Fiona Cousins is a Principal in the New York office of Arup. Arup is a global multi-disciplinary design, engineering and consulting firm, with 10,000 employees. Fiona is the leader of the New York sustainability team, and one of the leaders of the building engineering team. She has extensive experience in both sustainability consulting and mechanical engineering and is a frequent presenter on low carbon solutions. Her interest in low-energy design has developed throughout her career. Her projects include the California College of Arts and Crafts, Fulton Street Transit Center, Princeton University Chemistry Laboratory, Yale Kroon and a sustainability Action Plan for the New York Power Authority. She is a past chair of the US Green Building Council’s New York Chapter and has been a juror for several design competitions.

Chrisna du Plessis | Sustainability Juror 2010

Chrisna du Plessis is Principal Researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Pretoria, South Africa. While she is an expert on the development and evaluation of policy and research strategy for sustainable human settlement, building and construction within developing countries, she is currently concentrating on urban sustainability science at both theoretical and technological levels. She studied architecture at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, obtained a PhD in Urban Sustainability Science from the University of Salford, UK, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in Technology from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden. Chrisna du Plessis served on an expert advisory group on sustainable construction of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), for which she also prepared the Agenda 21 for Sustainable Construction in Developing Countries, and represented South Africa in the Earth Charter drafting and consultation process. She was a member of the UNEP Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative think tank, and is currently a member of the Tellus Institute’s Global Transition Initiative and the International Initiative for Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE).

Felipe Pich-Aguilera | Sustainability Juror 2010

Felipe Pich-Aguilera obtained a degree in 1984 from Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de la UPC (School of Architecture of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia) and a PhD from Ramón Llull University. In 1986 he established his own office which stands out for giving a new environmental sensitivity to Architecture. He is a founding member of ASFE (Asociación de Arquitectos sin Fronteras) of the ESARQ/UIC (School of Architecture of the International University of Catalonia), and of the Agrupación Arquitectura y Sostenibilidad del Colegio de Arquitectos de Cataluña (Group for Architecture and Sustainability of the College of Architects of Catalonia). He is currently the president of GBC Spain, Green Building Council; a Council which has developed the Environmental Certificate ‘GBC España-VERDE’ for buildings.

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