The members of our 2019 AZ Awards jury include (clockwise from far left)
Pat Hanson, founding partner of gh3*, the Toronto firm behind such landscape and architecture projects as June Callwood Park and the Trinity College Quadrangle in Toronto and Borden Park’s pavilion and natural swimming pool in Edmonton;
Matt Carr, vice president of design at Umbra, a global brand for which he has contributed more than 100 products (Carr is also the creator of this year’s AZ Awards trophy);
Johnson Chou, principal of Toronto-based Johnson Chou Inc. and creator of award-winning interiors for Red Bull Canada, Mosaic Chicago and Global Furniture Group as well as furniture products for Nienkämper;
Stefano Pujatti, director of ElasticoSPA, an architecture studio with offices in Italy and Canada and at least three nominations for Mies van der Rohe Awards for European Architecture to its credit; and
Thom Mayne, the Pritzker Prize winner and founding principal of Morphosis, a California-, New York- and Shanghai-based architecture firm with major projects worldwide, including 41 Cooper Square in Manhattan, Emerson College Los Angeles and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in L.A.
In March, a jury composed of five celebrated design pros convened in Toronto to evaluate the submissions for this year’s AZ Awards, which celebrate the best in architecture, design, concepts, environmental leadership and social good. The jurors selected the overall winners in 20 categories as well as dozens of finalists. Their focus was inspiring, the debate was robust and their choices – as our winners show – are nonpareil.