I don't think anyone is suggesting any kind of discrimination. Young professionals often feel too inexperienced to be able to contribute to panels such as this and wouldn't apply. This is a call to have all voices heard, rather than just those from the more experienced end of the spectrum.
I'm not sure that, in this instance, the style precluded substance in the detailing; they are not mutually exclusive and a perfectly functional building to the same visual design could, it appears, have been readily achieved.
Comment on: Reader offer: April 2013
the link still hasn't been updated 3 weeks later!