Bamiyan Jury Members


The Jury, comprised of National and International experts, shortlisted  the entries and select the winning project design in the last week of January 2015.

Zahra Breshna | Architect, CEO at Zahra Breshna Consulting
Dr. Zahra Breshna is trained as an architect in Germany and has practices in Berlin and Kabul. In 2002, she returned to her home town of Kabul after 24 years abroad to work on the preservation and rehabilitation of the old town of Kabul, serving as the Director of the Department for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Urban Heritage in the Ministry of Urban Planning in Afghanistan. Zahra has received several awards in architectural design in Afghanistan and Germany.
Ajmal Maiwandi | Architect, CEO of Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Afghanistan
Ajmal Maiwandi is Chief Executive Officer of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), where he manages a team of architects, conservation and cultural specialists, and educational trainers who work on programs aimed at safeguarding Afghanistan’s most important historic sites. Trained as an architect in the United States and the United Kingdom, Ajmal worked extensively in Europe before returning to his native Afghanistan in 2004.
Young Joon Kim | Architect, Principal at Yo2 Architecture Urbanism
Young Joon Kim is currently the coordinator of the Paju Book City and a member of the City Architect Committee for Seoul. Young studied architecture at the Seoul National University and AA School (Graduate Design), and worked previously at the Space Group of Korea. Iroje Architects in Seoul, and OMA in Rotterdam. Since 1998 he has led Yo2 Architects and in 2013 served as visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His designs include Jahajae (MoMA NY Acquisition), Hiper Catalunya Study (Barcelona) and Korea New Administrative City Concept Design (Competition, First Tier Prize).
Robert Knox | Museum Curator, ex-Keeper of the Asia Collection at the British Museum
Robert Knox retired as Keeper of the Department of Asia at the British Museum in 2006. His scholarly background has focused on the archaeology of the Northwest Subcontinent where he excavated extensively, and the Buddhist art of ancient India. He now works as a consultant specializing in museum planning and management, and has conducted a number of museum inspection and strategic planning projects in Afghanistan, Indonesia and Timor Leste. His recent publications include an archaeological research report on the Bannu District of Pakistan (2010) and, a Practical Guide for Museum Revitalisation in Indonesia for UNESCO (2011).
Elizabeth O'Donnell | Architect, Acting Dean of The Cooper Union
Elizabeth O’Donnell is currently Acting Dean of The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, where she was Associate Dean from 2002 until 2013 and has been an adjunct faculty member since 1985. She serves on the Executive Committee for the New Museum’s IDEAS CITY Festival and partners with The Architectural League of New York on the Current Works lecture series. She has worked with artists including Yoko Ono and Tadashi Kawamata on realizing large scale, site-specific projects. Elizabeth graduated from The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union after studying at the University of Minnesota and Antioch College.
Cameron Sinclair | Co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, Executive Director of Jolie-Pitt Foundation
Cameron Sinclair is the Executive Director of Jolie-Pitt Foundation and co-founder of Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit that seeks architecture solutions to global crises and acts as a conduit between the design community and the world's humanitarian needs. Whether rebuilding earthquake-ravaged Bam in Iran, designing a soccer field that doubles as an HIV/AIDS clinic in Africa, housing refugees on the Afghan border, or helping Katrina victims rebuild their homes and lives, Architecture for Humanity works according to Cameron's mantra: "Design like you give a damn”. In 2006, he was the TED Prize winner and published the book “Design like you give a damn”.
Jukka Jokilehto | Special Advisor to the Director-General of ICCROM, Honorary Member ICOMOS
Dr. Jukka Jokilehto is Special Advisor to the Director General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM), and Honorary Member of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). He is a professor at the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia and honorary visiting Professor at the University of York in England. Jukka co-authored the book Management Guidelines for World Heritage Sites (1993) and is the author of A History of Architectural Conservation (1999). Jukka started his career as architect and city planner in Finland.