Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the architecture discipline, will determine the winners of the Building and Architect of the Year Awards.

Please view a sample of our past judges here.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Building and Architect of the Year Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards' judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Building and Architect of the Year Awards.

2021 Judging Panel

Collette Burns

Collette Burns

Architectural Project Leader, Campus Planning, TU Dublin

Collette is the Architectural Project Lead for TU Dublin on the emerging Grangegorman Campus in Dublin. She previously worked in private practice in Germany, Netherlands, the UK, and as an Associate Director at Henry J Lyons, Dublin.

Alan Crawford

Alan Crawford

Founding Partner, Crawford Partnership

Alan Crawford is the founding partner of Crawford Partnership, which was established in 1997 as a design led architecture and interior design practice, with offices in London and Lima, Peru. Prior to setting up Crawford Partnership, Alan was a partner in a London based practice, and spent 7 years working in the Middle East on many challenging projects. 

Tim Darmody

Tim Darmody

Director, Darmody Architecture

Since qualifying as an architect in 1995, Tim has worked on numerous architectural and urban planning projects, both in Ireland and abroad, in a wide spectrum of sectors. Throughout his career he has developed a reputation for detail and the delivery of the highest standards of creativity and functionality. 

Garbhan Doran

Garbhan Doran

Director, co-founder, Broadstone Architects

Garbhan Doran is the director and co-founder, with Tom Hunt, of Broadstone Architects. The practice works across a wide range of scales in the commercial and residential sectors with a focus on demonstrating proficiency in bespoke, context based design. The built and unbuilt projects of Broadstone Architects have been recognised through awards and exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Ailish Drake

Ailish Drake

Director, Drake Hourigan Architects

Ailish Drake, architect and landscape designer, founded Drake Hourigan Architects with Conor Hourigan in 2007. Based in Limerick, the practice focuses on adaptive re-use of existing buildings, conservation and landscape design. 

Derry Kearney

Derry Kearney

Managing Director, Cundall Ireland

Derry is the Managing Director for Cundall Ireland where they offer multi-discipline engineering consultancy. Cundall recently became the first consultancy to achieve carbon neutral certification, meaning they practice what they preach as an organisation. Derry is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Irish business and oversees the operations, project delivery and business development to maintain and grow the practice.

Peter Mance

Peter Mance

Director, MAAPS Design & Architecture, UK

Peter Mance is the director and founder of MAAPS Design and Architecture. With more than 30 years in his design career, Peter’s experience spans from hospitality, residential, and education through to retail, marine, and commercial.

John Mitchell

John Mitchell

Owner, DMOD Architects

John Mitchell co-founded DMOD Architects in 1989 (then trading as Duffy Mitchell Architects).

Michael Stiff

Michael Stiff

Founder, Stiff + Trevillion Architects, UK

Formed Stiff + Trevillion with Andy Trevillion in the early 1980’s later running the Studio’s Berlin office. Over the years he has taught at Westminster, Brighton and Sheffield Universities, he regularly assesses design awards, and contributes to magazines and building reviews. He works primarily on central London commercial projects, and has an overview of design across the studio.