The entries received will be adjudicated by an international Jury composed of personalities from the IOC, the IPC and the IAKS in July 2019.
Gilbert Felli (IOC, Switzerland)
Gilbert Felli joined the IOC in 1990 as Director of the Department of Sports, Olympic Games Coordination and Relations with International Federations.
In March 2003, Gilbert was appointed Olympic Games Executive Director, holding this function until 31 August 2014. He is currently the IOC’s Senior Advisor.
In his previous positions within the IOC, Gilbert was a member of the Evaluation Commissions for the Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games from 2002 to 2020. Furthermore, he was a member of the Olympic Games Coordination Commission since the Albertville Games and of the Youth Olympic Games Coordination Commission since the inaugural Singapore YOG in 2010.
As the Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert was responsible for the running, coordination and follow-up of all Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games activities, from the candidature phase to the actual holding of the Games.
Gilbert has a diploma in architecture, and worked several years in construction business in Switzerland before switching to the sports world.
Mark Todd (IPC, United Kingdom)
Mark Todd is a disabled person with twenty five years of experience regarding accessibility for people with a disability.
For five years Mark provided all accessibility advice to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In recognition of this work, he was awarded the British Empire Medal in the 2013 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
Mark also acted as Accessibility Expert to the Sochi 2014 Games, to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and to the Rio 2016 Games. Currently he is advising the PyeongChang 2018 Winter regarding accessible services, accessible venue operations, athlete transport, public transport planning and integration and access for disabled people.
Mark is co-author of the IPC Technical Manual on Accessibility and sits on their Accessibility Expert Panel.
Maria Keinicke Davidsen (KEINGART, Denmark)
Maria Keinicke Davidsen has more than 15 years’ professional experience in developing sport’s buildings and active public spaces. She focuses on creating atmospheric universes that invite movement, in which, motion is a naturally integrated and fun experience for the user. With creative combinations of effects such as light, shape and color, she unfolds the original interior and creates changes that transform people.
Since Maria qualified as an architect at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation in 2003, she has worked as an architect and teacher. She has taught architecture, processes and methods at the Copenhagen School of Interior Design, and spent a number of years working at the University of Copenhagen in connection with interdisciplinary urban planning.
In addition to running her own company and working as a construction manager, Maria has worked for the art duo Bosch and Fjord and worked as a project manager for the Centre for Sports and Architecture.
Maria is currently working at Keingart, an architect firm that she founded with Flemming Overgaard in 2007 (initially called Keinicke og Overgaard Arkitekter).
Mag. Wolfgang Becker (Rif University Centre, Austria)
Wolfgang Becker is a specialist in operations and program development. Since 1986, he manages the University and Provincial Sports Centre in Rif.
From 2001 to 2013, he was also manager of the Salzburg football stadium "Red Bull Arena" before becoming member of the stadium's directorate.
Wolfgang holds a master degree in physical education and psychology from Innsbruck university. In addition, he took management training courses in the USA and he is a licensed football coach for the highest Austrian league.
Wolfgang gives lectures as an Assistant Professor at the University of Salzburg as well as at the private University "Schloss Seeburg".
Catherine Huang (BIG, Denmark)
Catherine Huang joined BIG in 2007 and became Partner in 2018.
She has worked closely with Bjarke Ingels across a wide range of projects and typologies such as the completed Danish Pavilion for the 2010 Shanghai Expo, the energy efficient skyscraper Shenzhen Energy HQ which just opened its doors, a low energy masterplan in Toronto, as well as residential projects in Copenhagen and Stockholm that enhance the urban fabric by creating shared social spaces. Most recently she was the Design Leader for a residential complex in Hualien, Taiwan that seeks to blur the line between natural landscape and the built environment.
Prior to joining BIG, she drew on undergraduate degree in molecular biology during her time at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design to conduct research into new models of sustainability for the urban realm.
Ernst-Ulrich Tillmanns (4a Architects, Germany)
Ernst-Ulrich Tillmanns founded 4a architects in 1990 after having worked for five years with Behnisch and Partners.
4a architects are an international architectural practice with offices in Stuttgart and Moscow. They focus on planning, constructing and rehabilitating buildings in the public sector.
During the last 25 years, 4a architects have realized numerous leisure and thermal pools, sports and health-oriented buildings, cultural and educational facilities as well as hotels.
Ernst-Ulrich gives lectures home and abroad at conferences and other occasions.
Gary-Conrad Boychuk (IAKS, Canada)
Conrad is on the Executive Board of the IAKS and in 2017 was made a Vice President. He is one of Canada’s foremost designers of multi-purpose mid-size spectator venues. He has been involved in the development of over 40 community recreation facilities throughout Canada and the United States including arenas, fitness centres, and aquatic facilities.
Conrad has extensive experience in the public consultation process and the development of master plans and feasibility studies that reflect broad-based community needs while recognizing and responding to financial and economic impact.
Conrad is Canada’s national representative on the International Union of Architects’ Sports and Leisure Group. He is a past executive board member of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association.
Klaus Meinel (IAKS, Germany)
Klaus has been responsible for the management of IAKS since 2003.
The IAKS is the leading global non-profit organisation for professionals from the sports, leisure and recreation facilities industry.
Klaus holds a diploma in landscape architecture after having visited universities in Hanover (Germany) and Tours (France) from 1988 to 1995. From 1995 to 1997, he was a technical officer at the German Association of Landscape Architects in Bonn and Berlin.
In 1997 Klaus joined the IAKS headquarters in Cologne as a scientific staff member and was appointed IAKS Managing Director in 2003. Besides running the organization, he gave lectures at the German Sport University Cologne until 2010. In 2015 Klaus was appointed IAKS Secretary General.