Julia Murphy, Carlo Ratti, Mehrnoush Rad, and Fran Silvestre are named as jurors in Archello Awards

Julia Murphy, Carlo Ratti, Mehrnoush Rad, and Fran Silvestre named as jurors in Archello Awards

18 Sep 2023  •  Archello Awards  •  By Gerard McGuickin

Archello is thrilled to present another four of the jurors taking part in the inaugural Archello Awards 2023: Julia Murphy, Carlo Ratti, Mehrnoush Rad, and Fran Silvestre.

The Archello Awards will celebrate the very best architecture projects and building products across the globe. The last day for entries is 29th September 2023.


Read on to learn more about the jurors.


Julia Murphy is a partner at global architecture and design firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). Her career is built around two key goals: solving large-scale architectural problems and working to achieve equality for women and ethnic minorities. Murphy’s specialism is in the development of extensive, mixed-use projects, with an emphasis on solving the physical, financial, and administrative challenges of building in New York City.

Murphy led on Manhattan West, one of the largest and most complex developments in New York. She is leading SOM’s team on the design of several projects in the city, including a new 1,000,000-square-feet (92,903-square-meter) media headquarters in Manhattan. Murphy co-founded the SOM Women’s Initiative in 2011 and is a member of WX New York Women Executives in Real Estate.


Carlo Ratti is a founding partner of Carlo Ratti Associati (CRA), an international design and innovation office based in Turin, Italy. An architect and engineer, Ratti teaches at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he is Director of the SENSEable City Lab. Ratti is a specialist in the theme of Smart Cities and serves as co-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on the Future of Cities.

Ratti's work has been exhibited in a number of notable international venues, including the Venice Biennale and New York’s MoMA. CRA was a part of the immersive Wood You Believe? installation during Salone del Mobile 2023 and the studio’s new construction-technology start-up — Maestro — recently unveiled a prototype for “AI Timber”. CRA will design France’s Pavilion for the Osaka World Expo 2025 in a collaboration with French architectural studio Coldefy. 


Mehrnoush Rad is a partner at Make Architects. Since joining the studio in 2013, she has worked on projects across the hospitality, retail, heritage, and residential sectors. Rad relocated to Sydney in 2016 to help establish Make’s Sydney-based studio. She led part of the Sandstone Precinct project, transforming a former government building into a high-end hotel, and established the Sydney division of the Future Spaces Foundation — Make’s in-house research arm.

Since moving back to London in 2020, Rad has been working on Make’s redevelopment of 7 Millbank in Central London and a restoration of Hornsey Town Hall in North London, transforming the Grade II* listed building into an arts centre and hotel. Rad has exhibited her personal artwork at various London galleries and the Battersea Art Fair.


Fran Silvestre is the CEO and founder of Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, based in Valencia, Spain. He is professor of the Projects Department at the School of Architecture in the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV). He is also part of the teaching team on the master's degree in Architecture and Design at the European University in Valencia.

An award-winning architect, Silvestre’s small- and large-scale projects are located around the world, including China, the USA, Brazil, Croatia, and Spain. The studio’s designs are typically clean, minimal, and future-focused. Works include House of Sand, Alamo House, and Roca Views, a property that literally unfolds across a steep hillside in Ibiza.