International Jury Blue Award 2016

Kazuyo Sejima, Sanaa Architects
Pritzker Prize Winner

© Takashi Okamoto


Honorary President of the Jury - Blue Award 2016


Kazuyo Sejima, one of the most significant architects of Japan, is a guest in the Dome Hall of the Vienna University of Technology as Honorary President of the 2016 Blue Award jury. The Blue Award is an international competition for students, announced by the Department of Spatial and Sustainable Design of the Vienna University of Technology.

Kazuyo Sejima graduated from the Nihon Joshi Daigaku University in 1981 and then worked with Toyo Ito. In 1995 with Ryue Nishizawa she founded the architectural office SANAA – Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates.

Her designs are marked by a clear, modern and flowing understanding of space. She became internationally recognized through buildings such as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Rolex Learning Center in Lausanne. She has designed numerous buildings, among others in Asia, Europe and in the United States. In 2010, together with Ryue Nishizawa, she received the much sought after Pritzker Prize and was the first female director of the Architecture Biennale in Venice.

Cuno Brullmann [F]

Emeritus Professor of Residential Housing


Swiss-born, now lives in France and Switzerland. Graduate architect of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH).

Professional experience with Van der Erve in Den Haag (Holland). Assistant to Kisaburo Ito, architect in Tokyo (Japan). Team architect with Ove Arup Associates, architects and engineers in London. Architect representing the Renzo Piano Agency on several projects in Genoa and in Milan (Italy) from 1972 to 1974. Senior member in the Piano & Rogers team in Paris on the Georges Pompidou Centre Project from 1974 to 1976. Personal agency in Paris since 1977. Professor at L’École Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris from 1980 to 1995. Full professorship at the Vienna University of Technology, TU Wien, since 1995.

Statement on sustainability

Sustainable thinking must be omnipresent in our daily life. The comprehensive use of natural resources is key to reducing the impact on the environment and should guide our everyday behavior in all fields of activity. Particularly architects, engineers, urban planners, and all those involved in the creation process of our environment have a special role to play, since they are responsible for the sustainability of their constructions, which will remain for decades or will have to be dismantled in short periods.

From the start of their education, architects, planners and engineers have to train that sustainable thinking like a muscle, so that it becomes a natural reflex. The Blue Award competition conceived by Françoise-Hélène Jourda, who has been a pioneer for the awareness of sustainability, is a wonderful means of promoting the natural responsibility toward our environment. I am very pleased to be participating in this experience.

However, architects and planners must consider many other requirements. The core function of a building is primarily to respond to human needs and to be liveable. The awareness of sustainability should not lead to exaggeration. For example, natural light, openings and natural ventilation are sometimes more important than perfect insulation. The challenge is to find an equilibrium between human design, architectural quality and technical performance, including the responsibility for sustainability. The optimal combination of these criteria and the way they interact will lead us to a more environmentally responsive future.

Albert Dubler

Président sortant / Immediate Past President, UIA

Statement on sustainability

The world has finite resources and we don't have any other choice than share those resources. Otherwise we can build as many protection walls as we want, there are more and more poor people who will irremediably knock down those walls some day.

Marina Hämmerle
Regional / Municipal Developer


Degree in architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna, afterwards independent architect and project manager in several architectural offices until 2005. Board member of various art and culture associations. President of the Vorarlberg Central Association of Architects 2002-05, Director vai Vorarlberg Architectural Institute in Dornbirn 2005–12.
Representative of the Austrian Architecture Foundation to the Advisory Council for Building Culture of the Federal Chancellery in Vienna 2009–12, since 2010 on the Architectural Advisory Board of the Klaus municipality and since 2014 in Landsberg am Lech (D). Extensive jury experience and lecture activities, journalistic and curatorial activities, public relations and civic involvement, process design and project development on a communal and regional level, since 2013 in her own bureau for building culture concerns.

Statement on sustainability

We are at a historic turning point – not only do we have to question our current social and economic systems, but also the resulting planning targets and processes. We need a serious change of direction in education so that future generations of planners are better equipped to realise sustainable concepts. The Blue Award animates and educates young designers to take an ecologically, socially and culturally justifiable stance and to manifest it in spatial concepts.

Robert Korab
Moderator of the Jury

Founder and managing director of the research and consulting company “raum&kommunikation”, member of the experts board of the Austrian Climate and Energy Fund

Much Untertrifaller

Much Untertrifaller was born in Bregenz in 1959 and grew up there. He studied architecture at the Vienna University of Technology under Ernst Hiesmayr. Since 1982 he has organized projects together with his father, the architect Much Untertrifaller senior, and in 1992 he set an example for a new direction in Alpine building with the Silvrettahaus on the Bieler heights in Partenen, Vorarlberg. Since 1998 he has been active as an independent architect in the Chamber for Baden-Wurttemberg and since 2014 has been registered as a civil engineer in the Chamber for Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland.

Statement on sustainability

Our projects have a strong relation to the site and its surroundings, they are developed out of the specific situation and the program. The economic use of resources and the choice of appropriate materials are decisive factors in our architecture. Our solutions are simple, pragmatic and as a result of this process naturally also sustainable.

Wolfgang Winter
Architect and Engineer

Wolfgang Winter is architect, civil engineer and professor at the Vienna University of Technology and head of the Department for Structural Design and Timber Engineering.



No person from the organizational staff is to participate in the jury.

The preliminary evaluation is to be carried out by an assigned team of examiners.


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