Roca Announces Jury for One Day Design Challenge

Posted in Events, News on 31 May, 2017

Roca has announced the high-profile judges for its much celebrated One Day Design Challenge. The expert panel will feature acclaimed architects and design practitioners, including Maha Kutay, Director at Zaha Hadid Design, Sam Jacob, Principal & Director of Sam Jacob Studio, Risa Sano and Yasu Sakurai from Mentsen Design Studio and Xavier Torras, Brand Communication Director at Roca.

Taking place on Saturday 17th June at the Roca London Gallery, the One Design Day Design Challenge invites young designers to showcase their creative talents and design innovative concepts for bathroom-related spaces.

The panel consists of respected design leaders, all renowned for their talents and work. Together, they will bring considerable knowledge, rigour and experience to bear in the adjudication process. The judges will assess entries based on their creativity, originality and viability as well as the clarity and graphic design of the showcase presentations. The winner or winning team will be awarded a £1000 prize whilst cash prizes will also be awarded on the day for second and third places at £650 and £350 respectively.

The Judges

Sam Jacob, Principal & Director, Sam Jacob Studio

Sam Jacob is principal of Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design, a practice whose work spans scales and disciplines from urban design through architecture, design, art and curatorial projects. He has worked internationally on award winning projects and has exhibited at major museums such as the V&A, MAK, and The Art Institute of Chicago as well as cultural events including the Venice Architecture Biennale. He is Professor of Architecture at UIC, Chicago, visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture, Director of Night School at the Architectural Association and columnist for Art Review and Dezeen. Previously he was a founding director of FAT Architecture. Read more about Sam here!

Maha Kutay, Director, Zaha Hadid Design

Maha first joined ZHA in 1995 and returned to the practice in 2007 to help set up the design business under Zaha Hadid Design. She has been involved in a number of landmark product assignments and contributed to key competitions and built work. Maha has a BA degree in Environmental Design from Parsons School of Design, New York, and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University, New York. She was awarded the Lucille Lowenfish Memorial Prize in Design (1994). Read more about Maha here!

Risa Sano and Yasuyuki Sakurai, Mentsen Design Studio

Mentsen is a London-based design practice established in 2011 and a partnership between two designers, Yasuyuki Sakurai and Risa Sano. The studio name, meaning ‘lines and surfaces’ in Japanese, references to the studio’s combined specialty in product design and visual communication. Working internationally, Mentsen develop visual concepts and offer product design and art direction for businesses and cultural organisations. Read more about Risa and Yasuyaki here!

Xavier Torras, Roca

Brand Communications Director of Roca and Director of the We Are Water Foundation since its creation in 2010. Xavier has developed his professional career in the fields of marketing, business strategy and communication. Read more about Xavier and Roca here and here!


The competition is open to students or young professionals aged between 18 and 29 years old, studying or working within the design, architecture or product design fields.

Participants can take part as individuals or in groups of two or three by registering at here up until Wednesday 14th June 2017. They can choose to enter the competition remotely and submit an entry via the website or work on site at the Roca London Gallery on Saturday 17th June. Candidates participating at the RLG can also register in person at the Roca London Gallery on the day of the event itself, from 9.00am until 10.00am. The number of participants at Roca London Gallery is limited to 45.

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