2017 Jurors

Unbuilt Design Awards Jurors

Tom Wiscombe, AIA

Tom Wiscombe, AIA

Tom Wiscombe Architecture/ SCI-Arc

Tom Wiscombe, founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, has developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, exhibitions at major cultural institutions, and publications worldwide. His work stands out for its mysterious figural features, alluring graphic qualities, and tectonic inventiveness. Tom has received awards such as the MoMA P.S.1 Young Architect's Award, the Architectural League Young Architect's Prize, and numerous AIA Design Awards. His work is part of the permanent collections of the FRAC Centre Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, MoMA San Francisco, and MoMA New York. In 2008 Tom Wiscombe Architecture was included in ICON Magazine’s ’50 Most Influential Design Practices’ and In 2009 Tom was named to ICON Magazine’s ’20 Architects Who Will Shape the Future’ as well as Esquire Magazine’s ‘Best and Brightest’. Tom is Chair of the Bachelor of Architecture Program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where he has taught for over 10 years. He has also taught Advanced Research studios as Visiting Professor at U Penn and held the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professorship at Yale University. Tom has published texts on architectural theory in journals such as AD, Project, and LOG. He received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and his Master of Architecture from UCLA.

Stephanie Lin

Stephanie Lin

Stephanie Lin Studio/ Office III

Stephanie Lin is the founder of Stephanie Lin Studio based in New York as well as a founding member of design collective Office III, along with Sean Canty and Ryan Golenberg. The three were recently shortlisted for the 2017 MoMA P.S.1 Young Architect’s Award. Stephanie creates experimental spaces and objects, working with materials and techniques in alternative ways to organize form, structure, and their perceptual properties. In many of her projects, patterning plays a key role in organizing such effects. Stephanie has taught architecture studios at Columbia University, UC Berkeley, The Cooper Union Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at The Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley, and her Master of Architecture from Harvard University, where she received the Faculty Design Award.

William O’Brien Jr.

William O’Brien Jr.

Collective–LOK/ WOJR Organization for Architecture

William O’Brien Jr. is the founder of WOJR Organization for Architecture as well as a founder of the collaborative design practice, Collective–LOK, along with Jon Lott and Michael Kubo. He was a recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome, recipient of an Architectural Record Design Vanguard Award, and was a winner of the Architectural League of New York Prize for Young Architects and Designers. William is also a MacDowell Fellow and an Aspen Institute Socrates Fellow. He was a finalist for the MoMA P.S.1 Young Architect’s Award in 2010, and then again in 2014 with Collective-LOK. William is an Associate Professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, and has held previous teaching positions at The University of Texas at Austin, The Ohio State University, and The University of California Berkeley. He studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he was a recipient of the Faculty Design Award. His background prior to architecture is in fine art and music theory.