Jury

The Forge Prize Jury consists of world-renowned architecture professionals with decades of experience in practice, research, design, teaching, and publishing.


Rebekah Gandy, AIA, LEED AP - Project Architect, Gensler

Rebekah Gandy is a project architect at Gensler. In her 11 years of professional experience, she has served multiple market sectors, including civic, higher education, and science technology. Gandy actively incorporates new industry ideas in all of her projects.

Gandy co-founded and serves as Chair of the Christopher Kelley Leadership Design Program (CKLDP) at her local AIA Houston chapter. She has also dedicated time as program chair for Women in Architecture (WiA) Houston, as an Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) mentor, and as a speaker at the Texas Society of Architects annual conference.

Matt Dumich, FAIA - Principal and Workplace Studio Leader, SmithGroup

Matthew Dumich, FAIA is a principal at SmithGroup in Chicago. A dynamic leader and consensus builder, he is known for his collaborative design approach and ability to execute complex, high-performance projects, totaling over 10,000,000 sq. ft constructed worldwide to date.

Dumich served as the 2017 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Board president and is the co-founder of Bridge, a leadership program that pairs young architects with FAIA mentors. In 2019, AIA President William J. Bates, FAIA appointed Dumich to lead the National Emerging Professional Task Force. Dumich also serves on the board of trustees for the Chicago Architecture Center.

Additional honors for his leadership and service include inclusion in 2015 Crain's Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 2013 AIA National Young Architects Award, 2012 AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect Award, and 2011 Building Design + Construction 40 Under 40.

David Sadinsky - Architect, NBBJ

David Sadinsky is a designer with over 20 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary teams of engineers and architects to form artistic and effective solutions to complex problems. Sadinsky designed the 2020 IDEAS² Award-winning Amazon Spheres. His designs are transformative, mechanized structures that change with climate, need, and purpose. In addition to the Amazon Spheres, he has designed skyscrapers, theaters and operable roofs and holds U.S. patents in kinetic design and industrial processes. He has led projects for NASA, The Boeing Company, the Houston Astros, and the Pacific Science Center.