PRESIDENT'S MEDALS JUDGES Every year a panel of judges is nominated by the RIBA to select the best design projects for the President's Medals and for the Serjeant awards, which are given to the best visual representation. Past judges include Sir Denys Lasdun, Ian Ritchie, Sir Michael Hopkins, Eva Jiricna, Odile Decq, Daniel Libeskind, Bob Allies, Ian Davidson and Bruce Mclean.
Simon Allford was born in 1961 and educated at the University of Sheffield and The Bartlett, University College London. In 1989 he cofounded Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, which has since won numerous awards. He runs a unit at the Bartlett with Paul Monaghan and is an examiner, lecturer and guest critic at various schools in the UK and abroad. Allford is an advisor to the RIBA (President's Medals for Architectural Education) and is involved with the works at Portland Place. He has judged numerous competitions and plays an advisory role to the Construction Industry Council, the Steel Construction Institute, Building Centre Trust and M4i.
Born in 1934, Cedric Price is one of the most important architectural thinkers of the past 40 years. He founded Cedric Price Architects in 1960. Built works include the Aviary at London Zoo - designed with Lord Snowdon and engineer Frank Newby, but his unbuilt works have proved just as significant - the Fun Palace was the model for Richard Rogers' and Renzo Piano's Pompidou Centre. Price is famous for working out, in detail, how to demolish, recycle or alter his buildings once they become redundant, and for his willingness to persuade clients that a new computer would be more useful than a new building.
Born in Iran in 1965, Farshid Moussavi completed a diploma at The Bartlett, University College London, and a masters at Harvard Graduate School.She worked at Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Italy and Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam before setting up Foreign Office Architects with Alejandro Zaera-Polo in1993. She ran a diplima unit at the Architectural Association from 1993 until 2000. She has been a visiting critic at Princeton University, Columbia University, the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam and the SintLucas Institute in Gent, Belgium.
Glenn Howells was born in 1961 and educated at Plymouth School of Architecture. He established Glen Howells Architects in 1990, which has gone on to win several awards. Key projects include: The Dream Factory, Warwick;
Armagh Arts Centre; a residential tower in Brindleyplace, Birmingham; a Visual Arts and Media Centre in Redhill, Surrey; Bromsgrove Arts Centre; Doncaster New Performance Venue;
and the Custard Factory, Birmingham.
Howells is a Civic Trust Awards assessor, has been an external examiner for Queen's University, Belfast, and is a visiting lecturer to the University of Central England and Plymouth School of Architecture.
MargrÚt Har. ard¾ttir is a partner of Studio Granda, based in ReykjavÝk, Iceland. She trained at Edinburgh University and later graduated from the Architectural Association in London.
The practice is involved in a wide range of public and private projects - including buildings, interiors, infrastructure, landscape, furniture and collaborations with artists. Notable works include: the ReykjavÝk City Hall (1992); 'Aktion Poliphile' residence in Wiesbaden (1992);
Supreme Court of Iceland (1996) and the ReykjavÝk Art Museum (2000).
SOM JUDGES The Skidmore Owings & Merrill Foundation, represented by the three judges below, awards a travelling fellowship to outstanding students at Part 1 and Part 2 level.
Educated at Cambridge and the Architectural Association, David Morley spent 11 years at Norman Foster's office, where he became a director. Key projects included the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank, the Renault Centre and the CarrÚ d'Art in Nimes. He founded David Morley Architects in 1987, and has since won many awards. Projects include: the Lord's Indoor School; ECB headquarters; the English Institute of Sport at Bath University; Hospital of St John and St Elizabeth; and Maplethorpe Building in Oxford.
He has been RIBA Awards chairman in Wales, Northern Ireland and the Eastern Region, chairman of the Aluminium Imagination Awards and RIBA adviser to the London Institute.
Larry Oltmanns is the director in charge of design in the London office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, which he joined in 1974. He has led several international design projects in Europe, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and south-east Asia, including major public assembly buildings and mixed-use schemes. Other projects include: a £700 million mixed-use project in South Korea; a complex for thoroughbred horse racing in Illinois, US; a headquarters complex for Aramco in Saudi Arabia; and a convention and exhibition centre in Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour.
Michel Mossessian joined SOM in 1987, becoming Associate Director in 2001. Key projects include the developments at Broadgate and Ludgate in the City of London. In 1992 he co-founded a network of architects, engineers and computer experts, specialising in using computer systems and communication technology to produce ecologically-sound design. He has lectured throughout the world, and has taught at Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Illinois and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently working on a 40-storey tower in the Polish capital, Warsaw, and a 140,000m 2mixed-used development in Lisbon.