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Meet the AJ World Architecture Festival bloggers

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Introducing the bloggers contributing their insight, photos and gossip from the World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Berlin, exclusively for the AJ. Read the AJ WAF blog here 


Michál Cohen

Co-founder of Walters & Cohen, London

Michál is on a mission to be a fair and fabulous judge at WAF. Though she be but little, she is fiercely passionate about good architecture. Twitter @waltersandcohen • Instagram @waltersandcohen


John McElgunn

Architect and partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, London

John is looking forward to doing some judging and celebrating the best the industry has to offer. Hopefully there will be some time to practice his rather rusty German: ‘Gesundheit und Prost’. Twitter @JohnMcElgunn


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Tal Ben-Amar

Founding partner at Pilbrow & Partners

Tal is excited to be presenting three projects this year, but most of all he is looking forward to meeting inspiring people in the industry from all over the world. Twitter @PilbrowandP 


Kim Cook

Director of art & civic engagement, Burning Man Project, San Francisco

Kim has a rose-tinted yet analytical lens on all things culture and community, with lofty dreams and grounded capabilities – she knows how to make magic happen. Twitter @burningman • Instagram @burningman


Tamsyn Curley

Founding director of recruitment company Place Careers

Tamsyn is excited to experience her first WAF in Berlin, as the festival celebrates its 10th birthday. She’ll be found making the most of a busy few days listening, learning, and eating Wiener Schnitzel. Twitter @Tamsyn_Curley


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Sasa Radulovic

Architect, 5468796 architecture, Winnipeg

Architect and architectural junkie from the margins of the world. Taking the profession too seriously, looking for blogging to provide a relief? Twitter @546archInstagram @546arch


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Laura Mark

Architecture Projects Manager, the Royal Academy, London

A first timer and a judge at this year’s festival, Laura is hoping to see some inspiring buildings from around the world, meet upcoming international architects, and hit the dance floor at WAF’s anniversary party. Twitter @mark_itecture • Instagram @mark_itecture



Bob Sheil

Director of The Bartlett School of Architecture 

This will be my third WAF and second in Berlin. This time I’m a judge on the Super Jury to select Future Project of the Year so I can’t talk about that, or perhaps I might. It’s a festival, aught to be full of surprises. Twitter @bobsheil • Instagram @bobsheil


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John Marx

Chief artistic officer, Form4 Architecture, San Francisco

John is a devoted ‘Waffer’ since Singapore days and leaping into WAF’s 10th-year whirlwind, balancing Judging (Color), Speaking (Social Ritual) and presenting two projects for awards, with trying to find a good, dark chocolate in Berlin. Twitter @Form4Arch • Instagram @form4_architecture


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Christina Seilern

Principal of Studio Seilern Architects

 Half-Austrian, half-German and brought up in Switzerland, Christina relishes the chance to immerse herself in the projects at WAF, while enjoying Berlin, one of her favourite cities.  She might sneak off to the Pierre Boulez Saal, which recently opened, and is an inspiration for intimate performance art. Twitter @StudioSeilern • Instagram @studioseilern


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Úna Breathnach Hifearnáin

Architect, Purcell, Bristol

WAF first-timer/RIBA Rising Star Úna goes supersonic for Purcell at WAF. Twitter @unabhe • Instagram @unabhe


Mike Stiff

Founder of Stiff+Trevillion, London

Off to WAF blogging, judging and being judged. Twitter @StiffTrevillion


Brian Eckersley

Co-founder of structural and facade engineers Eckersley O’Callaghan

Despite being a borderline persona non grata at WAF, Brian will be looking forward to a veritable feast of his favourite social scenario – a room full of architects. Twitter @EOCengineers


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Andrew Whalley

Deputy chairman, Grimshaw

Andrew is taking an architectural pilgrimage across the Atlantic to WAF to discuss, debate and digest all the festival has to offer. Twitter @andrewdwhalley


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Rebecca Granger and Donna Macfadyen

Makower Architects, London

Donna and Rebecca invite you to join them on their waft through WAF – sampling the best critique, conversation and canapés that Berlin has to offer. Twitter @MakowerArch


The World Architecture Festival blog is sponsored by Place Careers



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