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Jury members
proHolz Student Trophy 24

The submitted projects will be evaluated by the jury in a two-step procedure. For each of the 3 project sites will be awarded 1 winning project and 2 recognitions. The jury’s decision is final and cannot be contested, recourse to legal action is excluded.

Assessment criteria for the design project

  • Architectural quality, interaction with the adjacent urban stock
  • Quality of space utilisation and of the floor plans (areas, use, lighting, etc.)
  • Functionality of the construction, application of the wood-construction solutions
  • Economic, rational use of resources

Arch. Dipl.-Ing. Katharina Bayer, Chairwoman of the jury
einszueins architektur, Wien AT

Born in Vienna in 1975, studied architecture at the TU Vienna and TU Delft in the Netherlands; co-founded einszueins architektur in 2006 with Markus Zilker; since 2009, also with Markus Pendlmayr; external lecturer at the TU Vienna's Institute for Structural Engineering from 2008 to 2012; board member of IG Architektur from 2008 to 2013. Numerous honours and awards, such as the Hans Sauer Prize for the Vienna Housing Project and the 2014 State Prize for Architecture and Sustainability. Member of the Vienna Housing Initiative's advisory board; regular participant in Austrian and international jury and lecture events.


Univ. Prof. Dr. Arch. Thomas Hasler
Staufer & Hasler Architekten, Frauenfels CH

Following a foundational education (carpentry apprenticeship, studies at an applied science institution, internships), he pursued an architecture degree at ETH Zurich and completed his dissertation there. Worked at the ETH Zurich as a teaching assistant. From 1994, office partnership Staufer & Hasler Architekten with Astrid Staufer. 1999–2000 Visiting Professor, University of Geneva. Visiting lecturer in architecture at ETH Zurich from 2002 to 2004. ETH Lausanne Professor of Architecture and Construction from 2007 to 2011. Professor at the Vienna University of Technology's Institute for Architecture and Design since 2011. Extensive participation in commissions and committees, as well as expertise in building culture and as a judge. Numerous publications books on subjects related to urban planning, architecture, and building.


Dipl.-Ing. Gordian Kley
merz kley partner, Dornbirn AT

Gordian Kley is managing partner of the engineering company merz kley partner in Dornbirn AT, which he joined in 1999. He completed an apprenticeship as a carpenter and then a degree in civil engineering in Karlsruhe DE. After working as an engineer in Karlsruhe, he moved to Vorarlberg in 1995 and has been working as a civil engineer since 1998.


Ing. Christof Weissenseer
Weissenseer Holz-System-Bau, Greifenburg AT

After completing A-Levels in 1987 from the Höhere Technische Lehranstalt, he took the master craftsman's examination, spent a year working in the USA and Canada, and studied business administration for 4 semesters while working. Christof Weissenseer is a master woodworker, creative thinker and woodwork advisor. 1997 took over the carpentry business founded by his grandfather, 2000 founded Weissenseer Holz-System-Bau GmbH. Since 2016 CEO and owner of Weissenseer Germany in Berlin, since 2017 of Weissenseer JV Ost in Austria and since 2018 of Weissenseer Kazakhstan, 2020 foundation of Weissenseer 26 PB in Berlin for Main Contractor Projects, 2021 co-founder of Boxxes GmbH for the prefabrication of sanitary modules, also numerous project development endeavours.


Dipl.-Ing. Sylvia Polleres
Holzforschung Austria, Wien AT

Studied wood science at the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences BOKU in Vienna. Head of the department of timber house construction at Holzforschung Austria since 2008; scientific assistant since 2000. Lecturer at the Rosenheim University of Applied Sciences' master's programme in timber construction for architects, the Linz University of Art's master's programme in timber building culture, and the Bauakademie Steiermark's Werkmeisterschule für Holztechnik. Chairwoman of the Standards Committee 019 for Construction of Timber and Prefabricated Homes.