Werner Sobek (jury chairperson)
studied civil engineering and architecture at Stuttgart University, where he was awarded a doctorate in the former. In 1992 he founded Werner Sobek Ingenieure in Stuttgart, where, since 1994, he has had a chair at the university. In 1999 he established Designbüro 3e – Werner Sobek exhibition & entertainment engineering in Stuttgart; in 2000 he assumed a second chair and founded the Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design. Nowadays Werner Sobek is a group of companies with global operations and offices in Frankfurt, New York, Khartoum and Moscow. Though they have different focuses, all the firms realize engineering and design projects, for which they have received numerous awards and prizes.
Peter P. Schweger
is an architect; in 1972 he was appointed professor of construction and design at Hanover University. In 1968, together with Heinz Graaf, he established the architecture firm Graaf-Schweger in Hamburg, which has been known as Schweger Assoziierte Gesamtplanung GmbH since 1997. With offices in Berlin and Munich ASP is currently one of the largest architecture firms in Germany, boasting an international reputation and experience, and has received several awards as well as won many competitions. In collaboration with nps tschoban voss in Berlin, Peter P. Schweger and his Hamburg office are planning the Federation Tower in Moscow, which, on completion in 2009, will be the highest building in Europe.
David M. Leventhal
won the 2004 International Highrise Award with the high-rise building De Hoftoren, in The Hague. He trained as an architect at Harvard and is a partner-in-charge of design in the London studio of the renowned company Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, which also has offices in New York and Shanghai. Many of Leventhal's designs integrate low-energy strategies and are examples of KPF's commitment to sustainable architecture. His design for the Rothermere American Institute (RAI) at Oxford University has been recognized by a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Award for Architecture, a Civic Trust Award and an Oxford Preservation Trust award.
headed the Cultural Bureau of the City of Frankfurt/Main from 1998 to 2006 and was involved with the Highrise Award from the outset. Having worked as a scientist at the Institut für Biochemie und Mikrobiologie and the Institut für Gesellschaft und Wissenschaft at Erlangen-Nürnberg University, he became Cultural Advisor to the City of Kassel; from 1993 to 1998 he was Head of Municipal Cultural Bureau in Aachen. He is a founder member of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft Deutschlands and the Städtenetzwerk kulturelle und soziale Infrastruktur NRW. In addition to authoring various publications about biotechnology, gene technology and cultural politics, he has also written and edited poetry books and anthologies.
worked at Deka Immobilien Investment GmbH from 1999 to 2007, initially as head of the International department, before becoming a member of the management team in November 2004. Having taken a degree in architecture and completing an MBA he subsequently worked in architect's offices in Germany and the USA. In 1992 he moved to Hines Germany, a leading US real estate and project development company, as manager of the Frankfurt branch. In his capacity at Deka he was responsible for international real estate business and construction for the real estate fund company, which is part of the Sparkassen-Finanzgruppe.