Second round

Following the International Forum of Cities and Juries, the international jury of EUROPAN Austria meets to nominate the winners for the Austrian locations from the anonymous pre-selection of the 15%-20% of the best projects.
The international jury consists of seven representatives: Two representatives of the urban order, four representatives of urban/architectural design and one public figure.

The international Jury on the five Austrian sites took place:
04.11. 2019, Wien, k.k.priv. Länderbank, Hohenstauffengasse 3


Urban order

Kristiaan Borret (BE)

Kristiaan Borret is bouwmeester - maître architecte of Brussels Capital Region (Belgium). The bouwmeester is an independent government official who stimulates and supervises the design quality of urban development projects.
From 2006 to 2014 Kristiaan Borret was bouwmeester of Antwerp (Belgium). Since 2005 he is professor for urban design at Ghent University and currently also works as supervisor of Oostenburg for the City of Amsterdam (Netherlands).
In his professional career, Kristiaan Borret has been alternating between theory and practice, between design and policy, between architecture and urbanism. He participated in interdisciplinary research on contemporary transformations of the city and public space, and contributed to various urban design projects in Belgium, Netherlands and France.
In 2013 Kristiaan Borret was awarded the Flemish Culture Award for Architecture 2012-2013.

© photo: Tim Van de Velde

Claudia Nutz (AT)

Claudia Nutz works and lives as a consultant in Vienna (nutzeffekt), focused on large scale real estate developments.
She was head of project development for the federal railway company. Furthermore she spent almost ten years as CEO of the Wien 3420, the development company of aspern Seestadt. She has a MBA in general management and a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.

© photo: Claudia Nutz


Hemma Fasch (AT)

hemma fasch is an architect and co-founder of fasch&fuchs.architekten. the office was established in 1994 and is one of the leading architectural practice in Austria. Their work comprises all fields of planning, however a recent focus is set on educational buildings.
hemma fasch was assistant professor 1992–98 and visiting professor 2006–2007 at the Technical University in Vienna. she was member of the advisory board for urban planning in Vienna from 2014–2017 and is member of the managing board of ORTE since 2017. the office’s work is presented in several lectures and exhibitions, such like: turn on festival 2019, excellent environments 2018, fundaments of democracy 2018, postcity, ars electronica 2015,  vienna biennale 2015.
many projects have been rewarded highly. some nominations and prizes to be mentioned here: recent shortlist for the mies van der rohe award 2019, bauherrenpreis 2018 and 2015, OECD/CELE 4th compendium of exemplary educational facilities.

© photo: Jakob Fuchs

Kamiel Klaasse (NL)

NL Architects is an Amsterdam based office. The three principals, Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk and Kamiel Klaasse, officially opened practice in January 1997, but had shared workspace already since the early nineties. All were educated at the Technical University in Delft.
NL Architects aspires to catalyze urban life. The office is on a constant hunt to find alternatives for the way we live and work. How can we intensify human interaction?  
We understand architecture as the speculative process of investigating, revealing and reconfiguring the wonderful complexities of the world we live in. How can we transform, twist, bend, stack, stretch, enhance or reassemble the components that constitute our environment into new and better configurations?
Often the projects focus on ordinary aspects of everyday life, including the unappreciated or negative, that are enhanced or twisted in order to bring to the fore the unexpected potential of the things that surround us.

© photo: Marcel van der Burg

Anne Lacaton (FR)

born in France in 1955. Graduated in 1980.
She works in partnership with Jean-Philippe VASSAL.
The office Lacaton & Vassal is based in Paris. Operating as an international practice, it is working on public buildings, housing and urban planning. All projects are based on the principle of generosity and economy, serving life, uses and appropriation, with the aim of changing the standard.
main projects: Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Architecture school, Nantes;
significant housing projects: House Latapie, Bordeaux, "Cité Manifeste", Mulhouse, the transformation of modernist social housing blocks in Paris and Bordeaux.
Anne Lacaton is professor at ETH Zürich, since 2017.

© photo: Anne Lacaton

Bart Lootsma (NL)

Bart Lootsma is a historian, theoretician, critic and curator in the fields of architecture, design and the visual arts. He is Professor for Architectural Theory at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Innsbruck. He was Guest Professor at among others the Academy of Visual Arts in Vienna, the Academy of Visual Arts and the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, the ETH Zürich and the Berlage Institute in Amsterdam/Rotterdam. He published numerous articles, several books and was an editor of different international magazines. His book ‘SuperDutch’ was published in 2000 and ’Reality Bytes, Selected Essays 1995-2015’ in 2016. Bart Lootsma curated among others ArchiLab 2004 in Orléans and the Montenegrin Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2016.

© photo: Katharina Weinberger


Verena Konrad (AT)

Verena Konrad, born 1979, studied history of art, history and theology at the University of Innsbruck. She was lecturer at the University of Innsbruck (architectural theory, history of art) and the University of Art and Design Linz (department space & design strategies).
Verena Konrad has worked as a curator at the “Galerie im Taxispalais” and “Kunsthalle Wien” and as a freelance art historian. Since 2013 she is heading the  Vorarlberger Architecture Institute.
In 2018 Verena Konrad was assigned as the commissioner and curator of the Austrian contribution “Thoughts Form Matter” to the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice. She ist member of the board of trustees of IBA Heidelberg and member of the University Council of the University of Liechtenstein.

© photo: VK4 Darko Todorovic


Blaž Babnik Romaniuk (SL)

Blaž Babnik Romaniuk focuses his interests on architecture and urban planning as well as history of architecture and urbanism. He studied Art History at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana, where he graduated in 2007 with a thesis on history of residential architecture of the 20th century in Slovenia. Three years into Art History he enrolled also in Architecture, which he finished 2008, specializing in urban planning.
He is a founder of office Obrat, which is working on residential architecture and urban planning in Slovenia and Austria. Noticeably, the office won Europan 13 in Vienna and was a Runner-up in Europan 14 session in Vienna as well.  Europan 13 in Kagran was implemented as a strategic master plan.
He is actively engaged in topics of housing, environmental issues and rigths to the city. Currently he is a member of one of the district assemblies of the city of Ljubljana.

© photo: Janez Marolt

Katharina Urbanek (AT)

Katharina Urbanek is an architect in Vienna and integrates planning, research and university teaching in her practice. She studied architecture at the Technical University Vienna and at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm. Since 2008 architectural office and university lecturer, since 2015 assistant at the Department for Building Theory and Design of the TU Vienna. Her work focuses on the research and design of urban and domestic space that interprets existing potentials and offers diverse possibilities for everyday use.

© photo: Julian Mullan