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The jury of the 21st Tile of Spain Awards is announced

Prestigious British architect Eric Parry will chair the jury of the Tile of Spain Awards
For full information, see www.tileofspainawards.com

This year marks the 21st edition of the Tile of Spain Awards for Architecture, Interior Design and End-of-Degree Projects, organized by ASCER in recognition of projects where Spanish tiles feature prominently. 

The panel of experts who choose the winning projects in the three categories will be headed by British architect Eric Parry. The other members confirmed to date are architects Luis Rojo (from Rojo/Fernández-Shaw),  Biba Dow (Dow Jones Architects), José Juan Barba (director of METALOCUS) and Ángel Pitarch (chairman of CTAC), and interior designer Agnès Blanch (from Estudi Vilablanch).

The jury will meet in November in Castellón to decide the winners of the three main categories of the awards: architecture (€15,000), interior design (€15,000) and end-of-degree projects (€5,000).  In all three categories, the entrants and the entered projects can be from Spain or abroad. The only condition is for Spanish ceramic tiles to be featured in the formal part of the project.

The Tile of Spain Awards are sponsored by Endesa, PortValencia and PwC España and they count on the support of the Valencia Regional Ministry of Finance. 
Full information on this 21st edition, together with the entry rules and entry form, can be found on www.tileofspainawards.com

The jury
Eric Parry
Eric Parry founded his architectural and design practice in 1983 after studying architecture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, The Royal College of Art, London and the Architectural Association, London. As an architect he is known for the intellectual rigour with which every project is approached and particularly the dialogue between techtonics and materiality. Now leading a practice of 100 with offices in London and Singapore he is fully involved in every aspect of the practice’s work from inception to the direction of project teams, design development and delivery.
In addition to his work in architectural practice, Eric has held a number of eminent posts. In 2006 he was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practicing architect or artist in the UK. 

His contribution to academia includes 14 years as Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge (between 1983 and 1997) and lectureships at the Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. In 1975 he spent a year studying nomadic settlement in the middle east. 
The practice is responsible for the design of some of the most significant projects in London today. 

Luis Rojo de Castro and Begoña Fernández-Shaw founded Rojo/Fernández-Shaw Architects Studio in Madrid in 1997. The studio focuses on public works and architectural tenders, with projects involving theatres, archives, cultural centres, schools, sports centres and libraries for differing public bodies. It has also received architectural awards and been acknowledged in professional publications.   

Luis Rojo was awarded a Fulbright grant in 1987/89, an M.A. in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1989, and a PhD from the Projects Department of Madrid Polytechnic University's School of Architecture (ETSAM-UPM) in 2014.  

He stands out for his contributions to academia. He is currently a senior lecturer at the Architectural Projects Department of Madrid Polytechnic University's School of Architecture, where he lectures on the B.A. in the Fundamentals of Architecture, the M.A. in Advanced Architectural Projects and on the doctoral programme run by the Department of Architectural Projects. He is a member of the academic committee of the M.A. in Advanced Architectural Projects and PhD. He has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a guest lecturer in theory and history at Navarre University, and a visiting lecturer in architecture at City College of New York and the China Academy of Art in Hangzou.  He also has extensive experience giving conferences at schools of architecture, including those of Illinois-Chicago, Leibniz-Hannover, Lausanne (EPFL), BAS School of Architecture in New York and Tongi in Shanghai.  

As a result of his professional and academic research activities, details of projects and work by Rojo/Fernández-Shaw have been published in professional journals such as A+U, El Croquis, Cassabella, Rassegna, Tectónica, Revista Arquitectura, CIRCO, Arquitectura Ibérica, AV, Space, On Diseño and Detail.  Luis Rojo was recently invited to take part in the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, at the Arsenale International Pavilion, with an installation entitled "Imagined Households, Intensified References". 

Biba Dow (Dow Jones Architecs)
Biba Dow is an architect with over twenty-five years of experience in practice. In 2000, she and Alun Jones founded Dow Jones Architects, a highly-regarded practice whose work has won multiple awards. The practice has a particular interest in urban generosity, material richness and sustainable building performance. Projects include Maggie’s Cardiff, the Garden Museum, the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields and Grand Junction, a new arts and community centre at St Mary Magdalene, Paddington.

Biba has been involved with teaching throughout her career. She lectures and writes widely on the work of her practice and on wider cultural ideas. She is an awards assessor, and was also shortlisted for Architect of the Year in the Women in Architecture Awards, 2018.

José Juan Barba (METALOCUS)
José Juan Barba holds a B.A. and a PhD in Architecture from Madrid Polytechnic University's School of Architecture (1991 and 2004 respectively) and he was awarded a special mention in the Spanish National End-of-Degree Awards (1991). He founded his studio in 1992 (www.josejuanbarba.com). 
An architecture critic and the director of the journal METALOCUS since 1999, he also provided consultancy advice to different NGOs until 1997.
José Juan Barba is a senior lecturer in urban planning, projects, and architectural theory and critiques, and a guest lecturer at different universities in Spain and abroad (including Roma TRE, Milan Polytechnic, ETSA Madrid, ETSA Barcelona, Thesaly Volos University, UNAM in Mexico, Montevideo FA, Universidad Iberoamericana México, IE School, Universidad de Alicante, Universidad Europea Madrid, UCJC, Washington, Medellin, and ESARQ-U.I.C. Barcelona).  

He was a senior lecturer at IUG-UPMF in Grenoble from 2013-2014 and he has been a senior lecturer at Alcalá University’s School of Architecture since 2003. Work by José Juan Barba has been published internationally. He is a regular member of academic juries, including the panel of the competition for the publishing company of the journal Quaderns (2011), the Mies van der Rohe Awards (2010-2020) and the EUROPAN 13 Awards in Spain (2015-16). He was invited to take part in the 2016 Venice Biennale at the exhibition “Spaces of Exception/Spazi d’Eccezione”.  

José Juan Barba has published several books including “CONGRESS ANYWAY. La ciudad de las ciudades”, "#positions”, and “Invenciones: Nueva York vs. Rem Koolhaas, Bernard Tschumi, Piranesi”. He has received awards such as “PIERRE VAGO” ICAC. International Committee of Art Critics AWARD (London, 2005); “PANAYIOTI MIXELI AWARD”. SADAS-PEA, Prize for the Dissemination of Architecture (Athens, 2005); “SANTIAGO AMÓN” AWARD, Prize for the Dissemination of Architecture. C.O.A.M. (Madrid, 2000); FAD AWARD 07 Ephemeral Interventions. First Prize “M.C.ESCHER”. Arquin-Fad.  (Barcelona, 2007); World Architecture Festival. Los Ríos Research & Interpretation Centre. Tera, Esla and Orbigo. Finalist (Barcelona, 2008); GRAN VÍA POSIBLE. First prize. “Delirious Gran Vía” (Madrid, 2010); REFORMA DE ENTORNO DEL RÍO SEGURA, prize (Murcia, 2010).

Agnès Blanch (Estudi Vilablanch)
Agnès Blanch is an interior designer. Having graduated from Barcelona's Escuela Massana de Artes y Oficios in 1994, she was awarded an M.A. in Ephemeral Architecture from the UPC/Elisava in 1996.  She has worked as an interior designer since 1995, working on interior design, home refurbishment and architectural projects.  In 1999, she set up Estudi Vilablanch, an interior design studio, with partner Elina Vilá. Today, it is made up of a talented team of architects, interior architects, and designers with a work philosophy based on a respect for space, rationality, functionality and aesthetic purity. With a history that spans over 20 years and a multitude of projects in different places throughout the world (Barcelona, Madrid, Ibiza, Beijing, Switzerland etc.), Estudi Vilablanch has become a leading reference in the sector, and several of its projects have been singled out for awards in Spain and abroad, such as its Casa Burés or Habitar un Coderch projects (awarded a prize in the interior design category of the last edition of the Tile of Spain Awards). 

Agnès has been a member of the board of directors of ArquinFAD since 2017 and, in parallel with her professional work, she takes part in different activities related to the interior design sector. They include being a member of the jury of different awards (the FAD awards, the Créateurs Design Awards in Paris, Interiér Roku in Prague, the Hostelco Awards, the AJAC Awards etc.); taking part in conferences and talks on architecture, interior architecture and design; and lecturing on an M.A. programme at Elisava since 2013. 

Ángel Pitarch (CTAC)
Ángel Pitarch is a quantity surveyor (1993), architect (1997), the holder of an M.A. in Architectural Heritage Conservation (1999) from Valencia Polytechnic University, and he is currently the president of the Castellón Architects Association.  He combines his architectural work with teaching activities, initially as a lecturer at Valencia Polytechnic University in the 2000/2001 academic year and, since 2005, at Jaume I University, where he lectures in quantity surveying and on the M.A. in Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. He is the vice-director of the School of Technology and Experimental Science, in charge of the B.A. in Quantity Surveying.  Pitarch is the director of the Ceramic Tile Studies Department at Jaume I University, organized by ASCER. He heads the Circular Architecture Department, a collaboration agreement between Jaume I University and the Valencia Regional Government's 2nd Vice-President’s Office and the Ministry for Housing and Bioclimatic Architecture. 
His research activities focus on building materials, in particular ceramic coverings, sustainable binding materials, and architectural heritage. 

Dates and deadline for entries
Deadline for entries: October 28th 2022.
Announcement of the jury's decision: The week of November 21st.
Prize-giving ceremony: CEVISAMA 2023.
Entry rules and entrant registration: https://tileofspainawards.com/
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