Brendan Cormier is the lead curator of 20th and 21st century design for the Shekou Partnership at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he is working to establish a new V&A Gallery in Shenzhen, China. Prior to this he was managing editor of Volume magazine, an Amsterdam-based quarterly on architecture and urbanism. In 2014, he curated ‘Tortona Stories’ as a part of the Monditalia exhibit at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Alexis Georgacopoulos is Director of ECAL- Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (University of Art and Design Lausanne). Founded in 1821, ECAL regularly features among the world’s top 10 universities of art and design.
Mr. Georgacopoulos received his Bachelor’s degree in Product Design from ECAL in 1999. In 2000, he became the youngest Department Head in Switzerland when he took on the leadership of ECAL’s Industrial Design department. For Mr. Georgacopoulos, knowledge in art and design is achieved through close links between education and practice. In light of this philosophy, he promoted innovation, creativity and quality education in art and design while continuing his own professional career. He was Head of ECAL’s Bachelor’s program in Industrial Design from 2000 to 2008, and Head of the department’s then-new Master’s program from 2009 to 2012. In these roles, he initiated departmental participation in a number of important international fairs and exhibitions, helping the department earn high acclaim internationally.
He officially took on the Directorship of ECAL in July 2011. As Director, he initiated amongst other the “ECAL Photography” book and exhibition as well as the award winning “Delirious Home” project presented during the Milan Furniture Fair in April 2014 and amongst other recognitions, Wallpaper* magazine named him among the “100 design world’s most powerful players”.
Deyan Sudjic is Director of the Design Museum in London. His career has spanned journalism, teaching and writing. Deyan was director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture 1999 and in 2002 he was Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale. He was Editor of Domus Magazine from 2000 to 2004, and was Founding Editor of Blueprint Magazine from 1983 to 1996.
Deyan has published many books on design and architecture, including The Edifice Complex (Penguin, 2006), The Language of Things (Penguin, 2008), Norman Foster: A Life in Architecture (Orion, 2010) and Shiro Kuramata (Phaidon, 2013). His most recent book, B is for Bauhaus, was published by Penguin in March 2014.
Deyan was made an OBE in 2000.
Jaspar Jansen (Amsterdam, 1970) founded i29 together with Jeroen Dellensen in 2003, in close collaboration they head the work of the office.
Since the founding the office produced a wide variety of award winning projects. Ranging from residential, commercial, retail, education and exhibition.
Many of these projects are (inter) nationally published and respected for its clarity and originality.