Ben Van Berkel
Ben van Berkel studied architecture at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie in Amsterdam and at the Architectural Association in London. In 1988 he and Caroline Bos set up the architectural practice UNStudio in Amsterdam, extending their theoretical and writing projects to the practice of architecture. Current projects include the design for Doha’s Integrated Metro Network in Qatar, and in 2017 UNStudio completed the Raffles City mixed-use development in Hangzhou.
Polish-American architect Daniel Libeskind is also a professor, designer, artist and virtuoso musician. He formed Studio Libeskind with his wife Nina in 1989. He is responsible for many major schemes around the world often typified by their angular geometry, including the Denver Art Museum, the Jewish Museum in Berlin and the Imperial War Museum North in Salford. Since 2003, he has masterplanned one of the world’s most high-profile projects — the World Trade Center site in New York.
James Dilley leads the hospitality and interior design studio at Jestico + Whiles with particular expertise in the design of hotels, as well as restaurants, clubs, specialist retail and cinemas, amassing over 20 years of experience in this sector. Dilley is currently leading the Jestico + Whiles teams on hotel projects both in the UK and internationally including Malta, Marrakesh, Berlin, Amsterdam and Tbilisi, with an exciting new W Hotel in Edinburgh currently in design.
Maria Cheung has recently led the interiors team for the practice’s award-winning offices at The Department Store in Brixton. Her experience extends to restaurant and bar design, as well as bespoke installations and products including lighting and The Designers’ Dreamscape installation at designjunction 2018. She has spoken at several industry events including the London Design Festival and designjunction and contributed to a range of events on workspace design.
This year Nicholas Grimshaw was the recipient of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal — the highest UK architecture honour. His illustrious career includes such highlight buildings as the Eden Project in Cornwall and Waterloo International Station, both of which have won numerous awards. Nicholas Grimshaw has also chosen this year to step back from his eponymous practice, which he set up in 1980 and which now has eight offices around the world and a staff of over 600 people.
Tina Norden joined Conran + Partners in 1997 and is an interior designer and architect with a diverse portfolio stretching across many contexts and continents, from hotel and restaurant design to high-end residential. She began working in Asia over 18 years ago completing projects such as Hotel Icon, Mandarin Oriental, PMQ, Roppongi Hills and Futako Tamagawa. She is currently working on two new Park Hyatt hotel projects in Jakarta and Auckland, as well as several boutique hotels across Europe.