2019 Judges

Tony Chapman

Tony Chapman

RIBA

Tony Chapman is not a qualified architect but in 2011 the RIBA made him an Honorary Fellow for his contributions to architecture as a writer, film-maker and for his work as the RIBA’s Head of Awards.

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Previously he made BBC documentaries about architecture and the built environment, including the modernists’ riposte to the Prince of Wales. He is the author of 20 books including two on the Stirling Prize, a children’s book on architecture and three novels. He is currently doing an MA in creative writing and working on a book with the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor and another about 50 architecture competitions over the past 50 years. He has judged many architecture awards including the Mies van der Rohe Prize, The RIBA Awards and the AJ Architecture Awards. He sits on the RIBA’s Awards Group advising on and judging all its awards programmes.

Trevor McSharry

Trevor McSharry

IT Sligo

Trevor McSharry is Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction at IT Sligo since 2011 and is passionate about bridging the gap between education and industry through collaboration.

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He has led the development of Ireland’s largest suite of construction related online part time educational programmes, which includes strategic partnerships with Irish Water, the Department of Transport Tourism and Sport and the Society of Chartered Surveyors of Ireland. He is a Chartered Engineer, certified Project Management Professional and holds an MBA with DCU Business School. With extensive industrial and academic management experience, Trevor’s research interests include project and quality management, lean and process optimisation. Trevor is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education at Maynooth University with a leadership specialism.

Aleksandar Kostić

Aleksandar Kostić

Waterford Institute of Technology

Aleksandar received his degree in architecture from the University of Belgrade.

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He practised as an architect in Serbia and Ireland. One of his projects was nominated for the Mies van Der Rohe Award – an EU award for Architecture. His design experience in Ireland is linked with Scott Tallon Walker Architects where he spent enjoyable years working on various projects. Aleksandar was the Head of the Department of Architecture and is now the Head of the Architecture Research Group at WIT. He is a PhD candidate at University College Dublin. Aleksandar is 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 (ISPA).

Jennifer Boyer

Jennifer Boyer

TU Dublin

Jennifer Boyer is a registered architect and Head of the Architecture discipline at the Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University Dublin leading the professional architecture and research programmes.

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She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001 and sat her Professional Registration exams at University College Dublin in 2007. In 2007, she became an Associate Director with Murray O’Laoire Architects where she led the practice’s Central European office in Bratislava. In 2014, she completed her MBA at the Michael Smurfit School of Business as an Aspire Scholar. In 2015 Jennifer organised and curated a series of workshops for educators on BIM in Architectural Education which culminated in 2016 with the Symposium Future Education/Future Practice. Jennifer’s research interests are practice based and reside within the emerging business models of sustainable practice in architecture. The Architectural Design for Climate Change initiative, which embraces the UN Sustainable Development Goals in the Design Studio, permeates the Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture programmes made up of 300 students. 

Orla Coyle

Orla Coyle

SEAI

Orla Coyle is a Chartered Engineer and Programme Manager for NZEB and High Performance Retrofit within the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.

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She has over 20 years’ experience in the energy performance of buildings both in Ireland and Australia. Prior to joining SEAI, Orla was a director in a consulting practice involved the environmental, energy and sustainable assessment for a range of new and existing buildings.

Kevin Sheridan

Kevin Sheridan

ICE Representative

Kevin Sheridan EurBE MSc CEnv, FRICS, FIET, MICE, FSCSI, FCIOB, FCABE, FIBCI, FCInstCES is the Chairman of the NSAI Construction Standards Consultative Committee.

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He is a former Chairman of the Institution of Civil Engineers (Republic of Ireland region) and a member of the Architects Registration Board, He is former Secretary General and Past President of the Association of European Experts in Building and Construction and a past president of the Irish Building Control Institute.  He is a Chartered Building Engineer, Chartered Project Management Surveyor and Chartered Environmentalist . He is a member of the Construction Industry Registration Ireland (CIRI Board) and a former member of the Building Surveyors Registration Board. He serves on various C.I.C  working groups including BCAR/ Code of Practice implementation committees.

Kevin Rudden

Kevin Rudden

European Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations

Kevin Rudden was elected President of the European Federation of Consulting Engineering Associations (EFCA) in June 2017 for a three year term.

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EFCA represent FIDIC in Europe with 25 member associations employing 250,000 staff.   He was elected Director of EFCA in 2014 and was President of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland in 2015/16. EFCA’s mission is to positively influence the EU legislation that impacts on engineering consultancy and promote fair competition and transparent procurement rules across Europe. Engineering consultancies provide €150 billion engineering consulting services per year for about €1,300 billion investments in buildings, infrastructure and industrial complexes.

Kevin is CEO of GARLAND Consulting Engineers an Irish based International firm of Civil and Structural Engineers. He is Chairman of Pivotal International, a multi-disciplinary firm of design professionals based in the UK and Saudi Arabia. He is also a Director of Shannon International Development Consultants, a specialist Economic Development Consultancy specializing in the establishment, marketing and operation of special economic zones throughout the world.

Robert Geraghty

Robert Geraghty

Enterprise Ireland

In his role as a Senior Technology Advisor to Enterprise Ireland’s (EI’s) Construction, Clean Technology & Consumer Retail Department, Dr Robert Geraghty helps companies in Ireland to apply for and secure grant funding towards the cost of research & development, business innovation, capital investment and industry-university research partnerships.

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Robert has a PhD in Biochemistry from QUB and has completed post-doctoral research fellowships with Pfizer and Boots Pharmaceuticals into novel treatments for congestive heart failure. In 1995, he joined EI and, in 1996, was made Manager of Patents and Licensing for EI’s Biotechnology Directorate. In 2000, he transferred to EI’s Paris to become the Senior Marketing Advisor responsible for the healthcare sector. In 2006, he returned to Dublin to become Senior Development Advisor to EI’s Clean Technology Department and then Senior Technologist for the Environment Department before joining the Construction Department in 2012.

Sean Moylan

Sean Moylan

OPW

Seán Moylan is a Senior Architect in the Office of Public Works.

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He is an experienced architect and has worked across a wide range of building types and scales; cultural institutions, courthouses, libraries, visitor centres and office buildings. He has acted as Employer’s Representative on a number of public works contracts. He also has experience of PPP Procurement and is Project Architect for Cork Criminal Courthouse. Earlier in 2017 he won the RIAI’s Award for Conservation and Restoration for his work on Kilmainham Courthouse and Gaol. He is currently working on case studies for the implementation of NZEB – Nearly Zero Energy Buildings for OPW owned estate. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Brian Cassidy

Brian Cassidy

Engineers Ireland Representative, Cork City Council

Brian has a keen interest in ensuring that Irelands housing stock is supplied and maintained to the highest standards.

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For the last number of years Brian has been responsible for delivering Cork City Councils Climate Change targets in relation to its social housing stock. This has included the delivery of shallow and deep retrofit programs, working in close collaboration with the Department of Housing, the Southern Assembly and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Brian is currently engaged in a number of European Projects aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of new and existing housing stock through innovative technologies and community engagement.

Dr Louis Gunnigan

Dr Louis Gunnigan

ICPMA – International Construction Project Management Association

Dr Louis Gunnigan is the Programme Leader for Campus Development on the new TU Dublin campus development at Grangegorman.

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This role encompasses the TU Dublin leadership of the design and construction phases of all of the projects on the development.

He previously held the positions of Head of the School of Construction and Head of Department of Construction Management & Technology in DIT in a career that spans over 30 years of experience in construction education and practice. He is a Past President of the International Construction Project Management Association (ICPMA), a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building and a Member of Engineers Ireland.

He holds a Master’s Degree by research from Trinity College, Dublin and a PhD from the University of Salford in the UK. His primary area of expertise concerns the effective use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) and the promotion of alliance contracting in Ireland and abroad.

Geraldine Walsh

Geraldine Walsh

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.