Francis Kéré is Principal of Kéré Architecture, based in Berlin, Germany and was a member of the Holcim Awards jury for Africa Middle East in 2014.
John Fernández is Professor of Architecture and Building at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA, USA.
His research has been focused on the materials and physical elements and components of the assemblies and systems of buildings. A culminating publication of his research of the past several years is Material Architecture: emergent materials for innovative buildings and ecological construction(2005).
He studied architecture at MIT and Princeton University.
John Fernández is currently engaged in the articulation of concepts of the ecology of contemporary construction. This effort involves identifying the distinct consumption profile and resource requirement attributes of our existing anthropogenic stock of buildings while formulating design strategies that contribute to reuse and recycling of building materials and components.
Accepting the essential tenets of the field of industrial ecology, he is involved in initiatives intended to bring forth real change in the ways in which material and energy networks are configured toward the making of contemporary buildings.
He presented “Dematerializing multiple worlds” at the inaugural Holcim Roundtable held at MIT Endicott House, Boston, MA, USA (2014) and also attended the 2nd Holcim Roundtable held in Einsiedeln, Switzerland (2015).