Jury and Prizes

The competition's submission period runs from June 8 through August 23. After the closing date—11 pm EST on August 23, 2009—students from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will choose 10 finalists to be included in the People’s Prize voting, which will run from September 7 through October 10. At the same time, a panel of experts will convene in New York to review all shelter designs and select the winner of the Juried Prize. Two prizes—a People’s Prize and a Juried Prize—will be awarded. Winners of both prizes will be announced on the Guggenheim's Web site and at the Guggenheim Museum’s 50th Anniversary Celebration on October 21, 2009.

Jury of Experts

  • Timothy Bade, Principal, Bade Stageberg Cox
    Timothy Bade is a principal of the New York firm Bade Stageberg Cox. The work of the practice has been widely published, and has won several awards including a 2009 New York AIA Honor Award for their proposal for the annual MoMA/P.S. 1 Young Architects Program, a 2009 New York State AIA Award of Excellence for the Grafted House project, and a 2008 California AIA award for their Art Cave project. After receiving his master's degree in architecture from Columbia University, Bade worked for Richard Gluckman Architects. From 1994 until 2007, he was a project architect at Steven Holl Architects, and was named partner in 2006.
  • Aidan Chopra, Product Evangelist, Google SketchUp
    Aidan Chopra works at Google as the product evangelist for Google SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool used by design professionals, engineers, and 3D enthusiasts all over the world. He is the author of Google SketchUp For Dummies, which was published in 2009. Chopra holds an undergraduate degree from NSCAD University in Halifax, and a Master of Architecture degree from Rice University in Houston. At Google, his job is to be an advocate for the everyday communication of concepts, ideas, and places in 3D.
  • Neil M. Denari, Principal, Neil M. Denari Architects
    Neil M. Denari is currently a professor in the Architecture and Urban Design Department at UCLA. He is the author of two bestselling books, Interrupted Projections and Gyroscopic Horizons. In 2002, he was given both the Richard Recchia Award and the Samuel F.B. Morse Medal for architecture from the National Academy of Design in New York for distinguished work in the field. In 2008, the American Academy of Arts & Letters awarded him the Academy Award for Architecture. Denari received his BA from University of Houston and a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University. In 1988 Denari began Cor-Tex Architecture in Los Angeles, which later became Neil M. Denari Architects (NMDA), Inc.
  • Cathleen McGuigan, Contributor, Newsweek
    Cathleen McGuigan is a contributor to Newsweek, where she writes about architecture, design and culture. Her articles have also appeared in numerous other publications including the New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian, Architectural Record, and Harper's Bazaar. A graduate of Brown University, McGuigan was a recipient of the Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is an adjunct professor at the Columbia School of Journalism, a member of the Forum for Urban Design, and serves on the board of the Skyscraper Museum in New York.
  • Victor Sidy, Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
    Victor Sidy received his architectural training from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture after receiving the Flinn Foundation Scholarship and Robert C. Byrd Scholarship. He has worked with artists, architects, and planners in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States and has taught students from elementary school to graduate school in a variety of architecture-related fields. From 1996 to 1998 Sidy hosted a television series on architecture for EMG Satellite Television, and in May 1999 was the youngest member of Architecture Magazine's feature "Young Americans." He was named Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in 2005.
  • Lisa Strausfeld, Partner, Pentagram
    Lisa Strausfeld has been a partner in Pentagram’s New York office since 2002. She and her team specialize in digital information projects that include the design of large-scale media installations, signage and exhibitions, software prototypes, user interfaces, and Web sites. Strausfeld has been a member of The Gallup Organization’s Senior Scientist program since 2006, was selected as a “Cutting Edge Designers” in 2007 by BusinessWeek, and was named a Finalist in the Interaction Design category of the 2009 National Design Awards. She studied art history and computer science at Brown University and earned master’s degrees in architecture from Harvard University and in media arts and sciences from M.I.T.
  • David van der Leer, Assistant Curator of Architecture and Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
    David van der Leer joined the Guggenheim in October 2008 and is co-curator of the current exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. Prior to the Guggenheim, he held editorial and curatorial positions at 010 Publishers in Rotterdam; the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), in Rotterdam, under Rem Koolhaas; and Steven Holl Architects in New York. Van der Leer has lectured internationally on architectural theory and is a regular contributor to publications such as Domus, Mark, The Architect’s Newspaper, Azure, and PIN-UP. He received his master’s in Urban and Architectural Theory from the Department of Art & Cultural Sciences at Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands. 

Overview of Prizes

People’s Prize

  • Trip for two to New York City (includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights)
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Guggenheim Museum and the Google Offices
  • Free admission to other NYC museums
  • Google SketchUp Pro license (USD$495 value)

Juried Prize

  • $1000 cash prize
  • Trip for two to New York City (includes airfare and hotel accommodations for two nights)
  • Behind-the-scenes tour of the Guggenheim Museum and the Google Offices
  • Free admission to other NYC museums
  • Google SketchUp Pro license (USD$495 value)

Note: In the event that the same shelter design is chosen by those voting for the People’s Prize and by the experts determining the winner of the Juried Prize, the People’s Prize will be awarded to the entrant who receives the second highest number of votes for the People’s Prize.

See official rules for details.

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