Jury Bios

Michael Sorkin is Distinguished Professor of Architecture and Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York. From 1993 to 2000 he was Professor and Director of the Institute for Urbanism at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Sorkin's academic career has also included professorships at Cooper Union, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, Pennsylvania, Texas, Minnesota, Illinois. Michigan and Nebraska. For ten years he was the architectural critic of the Village Voice and is currently contributing editor for Architectural Record. His books include Variations on a Theme Park, Exquisite Corpse, Giving Ground (edited with Joan Copjec), Wiggle, Local Code, Some Assembly Required, The Next Jerusalem, After the World Trade Center (edited with Sharon Zukin), Starting from Zero, Against the Wall, and Indefensible Space. Forthcoming are Twenty Minutes in Manhattan, Eutopia, All Over the Map, and Project New Orleans.


Walter Hood is Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA. Hood has worked in a variety of settings including architecture, urban design, community planning, environmental art, and research. He was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome in Landscape Architecture in 1997 and has exhibited and lectured on his professional projects and theoretical works nationally and abroad. Hood’s work was recently featured in the exhibition and publication, “Open: New Designs For Public Spaces” at the Van Alen Institute, NY; Metropolis Magazine; the New York Times; and Dwell Magazine. His firm designed the gardens and landscape for the new De Young Museum in San Francisco with Swiss architects Herzog and de Meuron.


Denise Reed is a Professor and Researcher at the University of New Orleans.  Her research focuses on how coastal marshes keep pace with sea-level rise, especially on the relative role of tides and storms in transporting fine sediments. Dr. Reed’s work measures how sediments and plant material contribute to soil development and how their role changes as tidal action and salinity vary from rivers to oceans. Such measurements in the San Francisco Bay-Delta have shown that as long as sedimentation or dredge material placement can increase the elevation of flooded areas high enough for wetland plants to survive, the plants can essentially do the rest and grow and maintain marsh elevation. She also is keenly interested in coastal restoration decision-making and ensuring that science informs decisions wherever possible. She has worked with agency staff and other research scientists to develop plans for coastal restoration in Louisiana, and has similarly contributed to ecosystem restoration planning in the San Francisco Bay-Delta and salt pond restoration in South San Francisco Bay.


Marcel Stive is Scientific Director of the Water Research Centre at Delft in Holland and holds the Chair of Coastal Engineering in Hydraulic Engineering. His special interest areas include geomorphology and morphodynamics. Geomorphology is the systematic study of landforms and their origin. The morphological features cover a wide range of scales, from small ripples and larger bars to entire coasts, estuaries and rivers. Morphodynamics concerns the ongoing evolution of morphological features due to the generally nonlinear interaction between these features and the forcing hydrodynamic conditions, together with climatic, geological, biological and anthropogenic conditions. He studies sediment transport as well, the central process in causing morphological change. The effective transports may be directly linked to the magnitudes of the forcing conditions, but they may also be net transports which result from subtle, often small residuals connected to large to-and-fro movements due to, for instance, tidal flow fluctuations, low-frequency flow fluctuations (flow instabilities, wave-group related long-waves) and high-frequency (short-wave) flow fluctuations.


Tracy Metz, a native of Los Angeles, has been a journalist with the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad for twenty years, where she writes about architecture, landscape and urban design. She is also an international correspondent for Architectural Record and a contributor to Metropolis, Domus and Graphis. In both Holland and the US she lectures regularly on topical planning issues ranging from leisure to water management. In addition to her work as a journalist, Tracy has moved into the sphere of policy-making and research. She was recently appointed a visiting scholar at the Netherlands Institute for Spatial Research, where she will be writing a book on the revitalization of downtowns in the U.S. and Europe. In 2006-07 she was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard. She has worked closely with photographers on a number of books, published by the Netherlands Architecture Institute, which have made issues of planning and land use accessible to a broader public. These were on subjects such as highways, manmade 'new nature' and, most recently, the best-selling FUN! Leisure and Landscape, which describes and analyzes the impact of leisure on our use and our perception of our surroundings.

130 entries were judged by an esteemed panel of leaders on Monday, July 13, 2009.

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Michael Sorkin is a Distinguished Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Graduate Program in Urban Design at the City College of New York.

Walter Hood is a Professor and former Chair of the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, and principal of Hood Design in Oakland, CA.

Denise Reed is a Professor and Researcher at the University of New Orleans, whose research focuses on how coastal marshes keep pace with sea-level rise.

Marcel Stive is the Scientific Director of the Water Research Centre at Delft in Holland and holds the Chair of Coastal Engineering in Hydraulic Engineering.

Tracy Metz, a native of Los Angeles, has been a journalist with the Dutch daily newspaper NRC Handelsblad for twenty years, where she writes about architecture, landscape and urban design.

Left to right: Marcel Stive, Denise Reed, Tracy Metz,  Michael Sorkin, Walter Hood

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