James O'Callaghan will head the jury determining the winners of The Futureglass Prize
The engineering rockstar in glass technologies will present the award on the final day of the World Architecture Festival 2023.
On November 29th, one of the largest and most influential events in the world of architecture and development, the World Architecture Festival 2023, will open its doors to guests. Over three days, the festival will become a global platform capturing the attention of the entire industry. Leaders, top managers, engineers, architects, and designers will gather in one of Singapore's architectural gems to showcase their products, explore the latest technological solutions, and engage in networking.
As part of the festival, for the second consecutive year, Aestech will present a special award – The Futureglass Prize. This year, seven projects, distinguished by their bold and innovative use of glass in architecture, will compete for it. During the gala evening on the festival's last day, the winner will receive the award from James O'Callaghan.
James O'Callaghan is an engineer with 20 years of experience. His bold ideas in using glass have made him one of the most prominent evangelists of glass technologies. Today, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Design Council and participates in the South East Design Panel and HS2 Design Panel.
In 2004, James co-founded Eckersley O'Callaghan with Brian Eckersley. Their portfolio boasts hundreds of projects and numerous awards. They have designed facades for Apple stores, Google offices, the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, the building for the Oxford Botanic Garden, the Royal Institute of British Architects, and several other renowned architectural structures. Today, the bureau has offices in the UK, USA, Australia, China, India, France, and several other countries.
Additionally, O'Callaghan is involved in scientific activities, notably leading the Department of Architectural Glass at Delft University of Technology. The department explores glass in a broad context: from its application in architecture to seeking other spheres where glass technologies can be utilized.
"I am delighted to be part of The FutureGlass Prize – a recognition focusing on the pivotal role of glass in the architecture of the future and a significant contribution to sustainable architectural development," said James O'Callaghan.