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Hans Ibelings

Montreal (Canada)

Hans Ibelings

Architecture critic and historian. Member of the Jury (2016-2022) and, previously, of the Board of Experts of the Prize (2010-2012).

Editor and publisher of The Architecture Observer (Amsterdam/Montreal), he combines his post as assistant professor of the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at Toronto University with his career as an architecture critic and historian. Until 2012 he was director and editor of A10 new Eu

ropean architecture, a European journal he set up in 2004 jointly with the designer Arjan Groot. His books include Supermodernism: Architecture in the Age of Globalization (NAi Publishers, 1998), European Architecture Since 1890 (Sun, 2011), Rise and Sprawl: The Condominiumization of Toronto (Ibelings, 2016) and Make It Anew (Ibelings, 2018).

He has been part of the prize jury since 2016 and was a member of the expert committee in 2010 and in 2012.

[Update: January 2022]

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