2017 Jurors

Built Design Awards Jurors

Merrill Elam, AIA

Merrill Elam, AIA

Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Atlanta, GA

Merrill Elam is a Principal in the firm of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to her practice she lectures and teaches frequently, having served most recently as Visiting Faculty at the Georgia Institute of Technology in fall 2015.

In 2014, Merrill Elam was selected as the inaugural Design Leader in Architecture, Architectural Record. With Mack Scogin, she received 2013 Shutze Medal from Georgia Institute of Technology, 2012 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, a 2008 Honorary Fellowship in the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), the 2006 Boston Society of Architects Harleston Parker Medal, and a 1996 Chrysler Award for Innovation in Design. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded the firm the Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in 2011 and an Academy Award in 1995. The Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects awarded the firm the Sliver Metal for Consistent Pursuit and Achievement in Architectural Design in 1989 and the Silver Metal Award in 2012.

Current projects include a Boathouse and Lodge at A Gathering Place for Tulsa, Oklahoma; One Museum Place in Atlanta, Georgia; projects for Tishman Speyer including the Queens Plaza in Queens, New York, and Three Alliance Center in Atlanta Georgia. Recent work includes the United States Courthouse in Austin, Texas; and the Yale Health Center at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Florian Idenburg, Intl. Assoc. AIA

Florian Idenburg, Intl. Assoc. AIA


Brooklyn, NY

Florian Idenburg (1975, the Netherlands) co-founded SO – IL during the financial crisis of 2008 with the notion to realize ideas in the world. The firm consistently strives for progressive architecture beyond the cultural and economic constraints facing the discipline. It is this optimistic position that guides SO – IL ’s various experiments in a range of media from temporary installations to large-scale built works.

Idenburg recognizes the merit of combining practice with academia to allow cross-pollination to stimulate innovation. He is Associate Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, where he currently leads a three-year research project on transformations in the workplace. He holds a MSc. in Architecture from Delft University of Technology.

In his writing, he has reflected on his own architectural activities as they relate to the position of contemporary architecture and the larger framework of cultural production. Notable works include ‘Relations’ (2010) which was published while Associate at SANAA. Additionally, Idenburg’s essays and reviews are frequently published in Abitare, Domus, A+U, Mark and Metropolis. Idenburg is the 2010 recipient of the Charlotte Köhler Prize, an award from the Prince Bernhard Royal Cultural Fund in the Netherlands for exceptional talent, and a 2014 finalist for the Prix de Rome.

Ersela Kripa

Ersela Kripa

AGENCY Architecture

El Paso, TX