1. International Jury

        1. Wiel Arets

          Architect and founder of Wiel Arets Architects in Maastricht and Amsterdam (NL)

          Wiel Arets (b.1955) is a Dutch architect. He graduated in 1983 from the Technical University Eindhoven and in the same year set up a studio Wiel Artes Architects in Heerlen, the Netherlands.  The office moved to Maastricht in 1997 and in the following years two more office opened: in Amsterdam in 2004 and in Zurich in 2008. Artes is know for his simple and abstract designs and a preference for black and white.

        2. Rolf Fehlbaum

          Chairman of Vitra, Birsfelden (CH)

          Rolf Fehlbaum (b. 1941) is the Chairman of Vitra, a furniture company dedicated to developing healthy, intelligent, inspiring and durable solutions for the office, the home and for public spaces.

          Vitra’s products and concepts are developed in Switzerland by applying a diligent design process that brings together the company’s engineering excellence with the creative genius of leading international designers. It is our goal to create products with a high functional and aesthetic life expectancy.

          The Vitra Campus architecture, the Vitra Design Museum, workshops, publications, collections and archives are all integral elements of the Vitra Project. They give Vitra the opportunity to gain perspective and depth in all of its creative activities.

        3. Andrej Kupetz

          General Manager Rat für Form- gebung/German Design Council, Frankfurt (DE) and director of Zollverein School, Essen (DE)

          Andrej Kupetz (b. 1968) has been General Manager of the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council in Frankfurt/ Main since 1999. 

          He studied industrial design, philosophy and product marketing in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1997, after various positions in design management and university liaison, Andrej Kupetz joined German Railways (Deutschen Bahn AG) where he was responsible for brand management in the DB Group and for the implementation of various corporate-design processes. Kupetz is member of the advisory board of the Design Management Institute Bosten.

        1. Renny Ramakers

          Founding director of Droog Design, Amsterdam (NL)

          Ramakers is trained as an art historian. During her studies she was more interested in a break than in continuity. After finishing her studies she decided to specialize in design and to make history herself by creating projects which can stretch the borders of design thinking.
          Co-founder and director of Droog, Renny Ramakers curates design exhibitions, is a judging panellist on various design boards and leads lectures and workshops worldwide. She has advised on governmental advisory boards, amongst others as a member of the Dutch Council of Culture (1995–2001). As a critic, she has contributed to international magazines, books and catalogues, and has also authored several books. She is member of the board of THNK, Amsterdam school for creative leadership.
        2. Claus Sendlinger

          CEO and president of Design Hotels AG, Berlin (DE)

          Born in Augsburg, Germany in 1963, Sendlinger began his career in event planning and PR for hotels and clubs. In 1987 he founded CO-ORDINATES GmbH, an incentives and events agency. This formed the basis for the foundation of lebensart global networks AG as a marketing and technology provider for the hospitality industry based in Germany.

          Claus Sendlinger is CEO & President of Design Hotels AG, a publicly-traded hospitality services company representing a network of over 170 independently-owned hotels in 40 countries around the world. 

          In 2002, Condé Nast Traveler named Sendlinger in their Top 50 list of world tourism experts, in the category of most creative and innovative international tourism entrepreneurs.


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