Discover the 2022 AR Emerging Architecture awards judges:

Creative Director
Dorte Mandrup Studio

Dorte Mandrup originally studied sculpture and ceramics at Glenville State College in the United States, later graduating from the Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark in 1991. She worked for Henning Larsen for four years, before co-founding Fuglsang & Mandrup-Poulsen Architects in 1996. In 1999 she then set up her own Copenhagen based studio, where she continues to be Creative Director.

Dorte Mandrup’s studio became a finalist in the 2006 AR Emerging Architecture awards for Jægersborg Water Tower, the conversion of an old water tower into a mixed-use development that aimed to strengthen and maintain the tower as a local landmark while integrating new functions, such as student housing and a youth centre. The AR also published Wadden Sea Centre in AR April 2018 on Rethinking the Rural, a thatched visitors centre in the wetlands of Jutland. More recently, the studio won the international competition to design ‘The Whale’, a new tourist attraction for northern Norway located on a plot on the island of Andøya, 300km north of the Arctic Circle.

Alongside her appointed role as Chair of the Mies van der Rohe Award 2019, Mandrup is Vice Chairman of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, member of the Historic Buildings Council in Denmark, Adjunct Professor at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and holds frequent visiting professorships abroad.


Indian architect Sameep Padora is founder of Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a). Born in Chamba, Northern India, Sameep Padora established his Mumbai based practice in 2007 after graduating from the GSD, Harvard University. His practice has in the past received the Beazley Architecture Prize, Archdaily’s Building of The Year 2019, Wallpaper Magazine’s House of the Year, as well as the Architectural Review’s Emerging Architecture and the AR Library Commendations.

Current projects in the studio include terraced courtyard housing in Goa, an Artists Residency project near a historic town in southern India as well as an adaptive reuse project of a 12th century fort in the Himalayan foothills. Besides the architectural studio, Padora runs a not-for-profit sPare that researches issues of urbanization in India. Their research project on forms of affordable housing in Mumbai will be published internationally by the NAi later this year.

He is also the co-founder of the Bandra Collective a group of 6 architects engaged with the design of public spaces in Mumbai.