2023 Judges

Shortlisted projects will be featured in a special edition of the AR and all finalists will present their work to our acclaimed judging panel in London this November to win the £5,000 prize.


Afaina de Jong founded AFARAI in 2005 in Amsterdam, an interdisciplinary practice that treads the line between art and architecture. The practice has worked on projects with many renowned institutions around the world, including the design of the Slavery exhibition at the Rijksmuseum in 2021, which was then on display at the UN earlier this year, and Space of Other for the Dutch Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2021. De Jong is the head of the Contextual Design MA department at Design Academy Eindhoven and has lectured at Columbia University GSAPP in New York, KTH in Stockholm and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence.

Carmody Groarke

Andy Groarke founded London-based practice Carmody Groarke with Kevin Carmody in 2006, having met while working at David Chipperfield Architects, and won the AR Emerging awards in 2010. Recent projects include the Windermere Jetty Museum in the Lake District from 2019 and a temporary structure encasing Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House in Scotland from the same year.

Groarke has taught internationally at the Barlett School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art, Porto Academy and the University of Stuttgart, and is a visiting professor of practice at the University of Sheffield.

Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha

Mauricio Rocha founded his practice in Mexico City in 1991, and was shortlisted for the AR Emerging awards in 2009 for the School of Plastic Arts in Oaxaca. Since then, Rocha has designed buildings around Mexico, many in collaboration with the architect Gabriela Carrillo, who was a partner at the practice between 2012 and 2019.

Projects include the Centro de Invidentes y Débiles Visuales (Centre for the Blind and Visually Impaired) in 2001 – and the renovation of a library on the site in with Carrillo in 2015 – the Pátzcuaro Criminal Courts from 2015, a brick studio for Rocha’s mother in 2016, and most recently the extension of the Museo Anahuacalli in Mexico City.