Expert Profiles

The Architectural Photography Awards 2019 – Judging Panel

Our panel of experts

Katy Harris
Senior Partner Head of Communications, Foster + Partners

Katy leads Foster + Partners’ Communications team, overseeing all aspects of the practice’s communications activity including PR and exhibitions, marketing, graphics, image archive, book and journal libraries and research. After gaining a degree in Communication Design in 1981 she joined the practice in the same year heading the communications team from 1983 when it started to enjoy global recognition. She was made partner in 2004, and senior partner in 2017.

Mike Taylor
Principal, Hopkins Architects

Mike is a Principal at Hopkins Architects. He completed his architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture where he won the Royal Scottish Academy John Kinross Scholarship and the RIAS Sir Robert Lorimer Scholarship. He joined Hopkins in 1992 and, since then, has taken a creative lead in many challenging and innovative projects which include the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome, Kroon Hall at Yale University and the carbon neutral Living Planet Centre for WWF in Woking.

Mike is currently working on the Peninsula Hotel and several mixed-use projects in London as well as the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s new indoor courts at Wimbledon. He has lectured and tutored regularly at UK schools of architecture and has taught a postgraduate design course at Yale University.

Pawel Paniczko
Photographer and overall and Portfolio category winner of The Architectural Photography Awards 2018

Pawel is a Polish born award-winning architectural photographer based in Manchester, UK, specialising in contemporary architecture - both exteriors and interiors. Prior to the start of his career as an architectural photographer, he studied Architecture and Urban Planning at Bialystok University of Technology in Poland.

From the earliest stages of his career, his photographs have been shortlisted and awarded in international photography competitions such as the Prix de la Photographie Paris, International Photography Awards, 2014 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Awards, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards and The Architectural Photography Awards 2018.

Richard Bryant
Hon. FRIBA, Architectural Photographer

The 1980s marked a key change in the visibility of the architect to the general public. Richard Bryant was the one photographer present to interpret the work of rising stars of architecture and to disseminate his pictures globally. Working around the world with architects such as Tadao Ando, Foster + Partners, Frank Gehry, von Gerkan Marg, Zaha Hadid, Richard Meier, Stirling & Wilford and Richard Rogers. Richard was the first photographer of architecture to be awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In recent years Richard's clients have included Pentagram and extended to international brands including Armani, Bulgari and Gucci.

Ellie Stathaki
* Architecture Editor at Wallpaper magazine*

Ellie Stathaki is Architecture Editor at Wallpaper magazine. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. After a brief time in architecture practice, she focused on architecture journalism. She has contributed to Blueprint, the Financial Times, The Guardian, as well as the books 1,000 Buildings You Must See Before You Die (Quatro, 2007) and the World Atlas of Contemporary Architecture (Phaidon, 2007). She is the co-author of the New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism (Laurence King, 2010), Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes (Birkhauser, 2012) and The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018). She has also authored or contributed to a number of Wallpaper City Guides, and occasionally she curates exhibitions.

Ben van Berkel
Professor AA Dipl. (Hons), (F)RIBA, Hon. FAIA; Founder / Principal Architect UNStudio; Founder UNSense

Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London, receiving the AA Diploma with Honours in 1987.

In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up an architectural practice in Amsterdam, extending their theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. UNStudio presents itself as a network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure. Current projects include the design for Doha's Integrated Metro Network in Qatar, ‘Four’ a large-scale mixed-use project in Frankfurt and the Wasl Tower in Dubai. 
With UNStudio he realised amongst others the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Arnhem central Station in the Netherlands, the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou, the Canaletto Tower in London, a private villa up-state New York and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.

In 2018 Ben van Berkel founded UNSense, an Arch Tech company that designs and integrates human-centric tech solutions for the built environment.

Ben van Berkel has lectured and taught at many architectural schools around the world. Currently he holds the Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor's Chair at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he has led a studio on health and architecture. In 2017, Ben van Berkel also gave a TEDx presentation about health and architecture. In addition, he is a member of the Taskforce Team / Advisory Board Construction Industry for the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.

John McElgunn
Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

John studied at the Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, the Kent Institute of Art and Design in Canterbury and completed his education at the Bartlett in London.

John joined RSHP in 2001 and has been involved in several well-known projects including One Hyde Park, Leadenhall and Neo Bankside.

John was the project architect of the WCEC at the British Museum from the competition in 2007 to its completion in 2014. The building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2017. More recently John has been working on a new conservation and collections facility for the Musée du Louvre in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais, due for completion later this year.

John is also external examiner at the Bartlett for Part II and Part III and has lectured nationally and internationally. He has also been a Judge for the World Architecture Festival.

John became a partner at RSHP in 2015 and is heavily involved in new business and communications. Part of his communications role includes the commissioning of photography for the practices work.

Murat Tabanlıoglu
Founding Partner, Tabanlıoglu Architects

Murat studied architecture at Vienna Technical University and graduated in 1992. He founded Tabanlıoglu Architects in cooperation with Dr. Hayati Tabanlıoglu in Istanbul in 1990. Today his award winning practice is developing projects on four continents.

Murat lectures at universities and on various international platforms besides his recent atelier program at Istanbul Bilgi University. In addition to his national and international contributions as a jury member, such as at AIA and WAF, Murat served on the Master Jury for the 2013 Cycle of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture.

The Partners received MEA (Middle East Architect) Architect of the Year Award in 2010, 2013, and in 2018 they were both selected as the Architect of the Year by Big Project ME. In 2018, Middle East Architects Magazine announced Melkan Gürsel - Murat Tabanlıoğlu as 2nd & 3rd in the list of most powerful 50 figures who shaped the architecture of the ME.

Along with several prize-winning projects, including the RIBA International Awards in 2011 and 2013 respectively for Loft Gardens and Bodrum International Airport, Beyazıt State Library, a finalist for Mies Van Der Rohe Awards in 2017 and a finalist for Aga Khan Architecture Awards in 2019, and several others, Murat curates exhibitions and is a designer of various installations exhibited on international platforms.

In 2014 he was granted the great honor of curating the first Pavilion of Turkey at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. In 2015, he was the curator of “Port City Talks. Istanbul. Antwerp” exhibition at MAS Antwerp - a major event of Europalia 2015 Turkey. Murat has also been invited to create installations that are exhibited at the London Design Festival, Somerset House and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2015 & 2016. Recently he had exhibitions “Stage_0; Travelogue” in ArchitekturGalerie in Munich in 2017 and in 2018 “Re-composing AKM” in ArchitekturGalerie Berlin. He is the co-designer of housEmotion installation exhibite at Interni Milan2018, LDB2018 and Dubai Design Week.