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Julien De Smedt Selected for “Europe 40 Under 40”

(Copenhagen, March 15, 2008) Julien De Smedt, founder of JDS, has been selected one of “Europe’s most important and emerging young architects and designers” as part of the Europe 40 under 40 program.

Norwegian hotel
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“Thirty-two architects and architecture firms and eight industrial designers were selected by a jury of architecture and design practitioners that convened in New York at the end of 2007. Geographically, the selected young recipients for the 2008 “Europe 40 Under 40®” hail from across 15 European nations : Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, Spain—the best of the young best of Europe.

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The “Europe 40 Under 40” program was initiated by The European Center as an annual program to spotlight and identify the next generation of architects and designers who will impact future living and working environments, cities, and rural areas. Presented annually, the program is open to all young architects, landscape architects, urban planners, industrial designers, graphic designers, and fashion and textile designers who are under the age of 40 who are working independently or in a firm or on a specific project where they are the lead designer.

maritime youth house
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In 2007, hundreds of architecture and industrial design submissions were received by The European Centre from across Europe. “The jury selection and process was extremely difficult,” states Ioannis Karlias, Museum Vice President, The Chicago Athenaeum. “The jury was presented with hundreds of excellent projects and designs from skyscrapers and large —scale urban planning projects to the highest quality industrial designs for commercial and consumer use. It was difficult to narrow the number down to just 40.”
-Text quoted from press release by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies

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