2017 Judges

Brian Brennan

Brian Brennan

BCF Architects / Ex South Dublin County Council Architect

A graduate of the School of Architecture and Planning, QUB, Brian Brennan practiced in both the Public and Private Sector in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

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Serving as County Architect in South Dublin County Council from 1994-2006. He is currently Director of Architecture in BCF Architecture and Planning as a broad based general practice partnership.

Dr Louis Gunnigan

Dr Louis Gunnigan

Team Leader, College of Engineering & Built Environment, DIT Campus Planning Team

Dr Louis Gunnigan is Team Leader for the College of Engineering & Built Environment on the DIT Campus Planning Team on the new campus development project at Grangegorman.

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He is a visiting lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology, and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. He previously held the positions of Head of Department of Construction Management & Technology and Head of the School of Construction in DIT in a career that spans over 30 years of experience in construction education and practice. He is the immediate Past President of the International Construction Project Management Association (ICPMA). His primary area of expertise concerns the effective use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and he represents DIT and Ireland on a number of EU funded research initiatives relating to education and training of PPP practitioners. He is a current member of the UNECE Group of Experts in PPP whose brief it is to establish the criteria for developing PPP in transition economies.

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

Architect/Consultant, RIBA

Tony Chapman is not a trained architect but the RIBA made him an Honorary Fellow in 2011 for his services to architecture.

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This recognised his work as a writer, film-maker and for his work as the RIBA’s Head of Awards, a role he made for himself following the creation of the RIBA Stirling Prize in 1996. Previously, as a BBC TV producer he made a number of documentaries about architecture and the environment including the modernists’ riposte to the Prince of Wales’s Visions of Britain, starring then RIBA President Maxwell Hutchinson. He was thus considered a safe pair of hands to runs its Press Office and later its awards programme. His films for the RIBA form part of the judging process as well as the presentation ceremonies of Stirling, the RIBA International Awards and the Royal Gold Medal. His filmed portraits of (among others) James Stirling, Oscar Niemeyer, Herzog & de Meuron, Edward Cullinan, Alvaro Siza, I M Pei, David Chipperfield, O’Donnell + Tuomey and Zaha Hadid record the advances in late 20th and early 21st century architecture. He is author of a dozen books about architecture including The Stirling Prize – Ten Years of Architecture and Innovation and a children’s book on architecture. He is currently writing a book with Peter Zumthor and the RIBA Stirling Prize:20.
From Spring 2016 he is a consultant to the RIBA, advising on its awards programme and overseeing the judging and delivery of the first RIBA International Prize.

Barry Clarke

Barry Clarke

President, ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers)

Barry Clarke, the 148th President of the Institution of Civil Engineers, is Professor of Civil Engineering Geotechnics at the University of Leeds.

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He is a member of Construction Industry Council Executive Board and a member of the Department for Transport Scientific Advisory Board. His academic roles include former Head of Civil Engineering and Dean of Business Development at Newcastle University and member of EPSRC’s Strategic Advisory Team for Engineering. His national roles include former President of the Engineering Professors Council, Chairman of the British Geotechnical Association, Chairman of Ground Forum and was the representative for higher education on the Board of CITB ConstructionSkills. He was a founder of the Northern Geotechnical Group and the North East branch of CIC. He has set up two spin out companies arising from research into geotechnical engineering. He has been actively involved in developing engineering programmes through the accreditation process; leading on the implementation of teaching of civil engineering as a system; and developing instrumentation for assessment of thermal and mechanical properties of soils.

Trevor McSharry

Trevor McSharry

Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, IT Sligo

Trevor McSharry is the Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at IT Sligo.

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Over the last five years in this role, he has provided academic leadership and led the development and successful launch of a portfolio of accredited online part time programmes for the construction sector. Trevor is a Chartered Engineer and holds an MBA. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMI), he has almost 20 years of industrial and academic experience to a senior management level and worked in the Food, Electronic, Nuclear, Pharma and Biotech industries. He has intimate knowledge and experience in Project and Programme management, particularly in areas such as large multinational capital construction and process improvement projects. Trevor is currently Chair of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) North West BIM Region and recently completed a Certificate in Training in Low Energy Buildings. He has completed many Enterprise Ireland funded Innovation Vouchers for industry in areas such as construction scheduling software, lean, quality, and design and project management processes.

Madeline Hallinan

Madeline Hallinan

Registered Architect

Madeline is a qualified architect and member of the RIAI. As a practicing architect she worked on wide variety of projects including social housing, public buildings, urban regeneration and building conservation work.

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She joined SEAI in 2011 and is currently Programme Manager for the Better Energy Communities (BEC) programme, annual fund programme which provides support to deliver significant energy savings through retrofit and upgrades of domestic and non-domestic facilities throughout Ireland.

Aleksandar Kostić

Aleksandar Kostić

Head of the Department of Architecture (acting), Waterford Institute of Technology

Aleksandar works as an architect and educator, half of that time in Serbia and the last 10 years in Ireland.

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Previously, he practised as an architect while teaching at the School of Architecture, the University of Belgrade. He’s won design prizes and awards, amongst which was a national nomination for Mies van Der Rohe –  EU award for Architecture. He worked as a Project Manager and Design Supervisor on large-scale EU-funded projects on behalf of the EU Commission. His design experience in Ireland is chiefly linked with Scott Tallon Walker Architects where he spent enjoyable years working on many interesting large-scale projects. Aleksandar led a team of tutors in the final year Architectural Design Studio at WIT Architecture. Now, largely dedicated to academia, he acts as the Head of the Department of Architecture and the Lead Researcher of the Architecture Research Group in the Department of Architecture, WIT. He’s a PhD candidate at University College Dublin. His research explores links between philosophy and architecture, especially within Platonic scholarship and with a focus on design as a form of knowledge. He’s a member of Serbian Chamber of Engineers, UIA – International Association of Architects, Centre for Platonic Studies at the Department of Philosophy in Trinity College Dublin and the International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture.

Martin Lang

Martin Lang

Director of Main Contracting, CIF

Martin Lang is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Chartered Institute Accredited Mediator and is an Engineers Ireland Assessed Conciliator.

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He has been involved in the construction industry for the last 40 years. Martin began his career as an Estimator and trained as a Quantity Surveyor in Dublin. He has had an extensive career in Project and Construction Management in the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, the Middle East and West Africa. He joined the Construction Industry Federation in 1995 as an Executive Officer and is now Director of Main Contracting, He has acted as Mediator and Conciliator in over 150 construction related disputes as well as being involved in the development of national training programmes and advice services in relation to pre-tender, pre-qualification issues, contract documents, claims management dispute resolution, public sector procurement etc. He is also a published author having co written a number of works dealing with public procurement and public sector contracts. He is a practicing Mediator and Conciliator.

Claire Solon

Claire Solon

President, SCSI

Claire Solon is Head of Property at Friends First with responsibility for over €500m of property assets.

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Claire previously worked in ESB where she held position as Head of Estates Management with responsibility for the ESB property portfolio. One of the major projects in the portfolio included the 40,000 sqm redevelopment of the ESB head office on Fitzwilliam St Lower which recently received planning permission. Previously she was Development Director in Bennett Construction where she managed many largescale mixed use development proposals comprising retail, office, medical centre, hotel and residential uses. She is a Fellow of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI), and a Fellow with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors. Claire holds a first class honours degree in Property Economics and has extensively lectured on property valuation methodology in Degree and Masters courses in DIT. She currently holds the position of President in the Society of Chartered Surveyors, the body which represents approx 5,000 member surveyors in Ireland.

Murt Coleman

Murt Coleman

Engineers Ireland

Murt is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland and is a serving member of its’ Civil Division Committee, Executive Board,Council and Chair of the Finance Committee.

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Throughout his career, spanning more than four decades and working throughout Ireland and Africa for Irishenco (formerly Irish Engineering and Harbour Construction Ltd.), he  been  involved in the broad spectrum of heavy Civil Engineering construction projects. Murt, a former international long-distance athlete and still active, directed projects featuring major harbour works, jetties, numerous award winning bridges on the Liffey and Shannon rivers, flood relief schemes and dams. He has an interest in works in a marine environment and bridges and a growing appreciation and  enthusiasm  in architecture.

Kevin O’Rourke

Kevin O’Rourke

Sustainable Energy Specialist with Marchena Management Services

Kevin O’Rourke is an independent specialist in sustainable energy technologies, policies and practices, with over 40 years of professional engineering experience in the fields of energy efficiency, renewable energy and environmental protection, primarily in the built environment, nationally and internationally.

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For 14 years, he was a senior manager in SEAI, leading a number of key national energy programmes, and previously worked in the Irish Energy Centre, the European Commission, Eolas – the Irish Science & Technology Agency, the Institute for Industrial Research & Standards, Taylor Woodrow Research Laboratories and UCD School of Architecture. He also served as chairman of the Energy – Environment Division and as a member of the Council and Executive of Engineers Ireland. 

Geraldine Walsh

Geraldine Walsh

CEO, Dublin Civic Trust

Geraldine Walsh is CEO of Dublin Civic Trust, an educational charitable organisation that promotes the recognition and protection of Dublin’s architectural heritage through building restoration, public outreach and written policies.

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She is a UCC graduate in economics and subsequently worked in environmental policy. Geraldine founded the Trust with fellow conservation colleagues in 1992, to identify the city’s historic building stock and lead by demonstration in its restoration and repair, creating greater public awareness of its unique cultural value. Geraldine has extensive involvement in organisations such as the European Environmental Bureau, European Partners for the Environment and a number of national bodies.