About the judges

New ways to communicate great architecture


Spencer de Grey

Spencer is Head of Design at Foster + Partners and set up the Hong Kong office in 1979. He has worked on a wide range of cultural, civic, education and masterplan projects. He is curator of the architecture room at this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.

Jeremy Till

Jeremy is an architect, educator and writer. He is head of Central Saint Martins and Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of the Arts London.

Maria Smith

Maria is Director of architecture and engineering practice Interrobang, and Webb Yates Engineers. She is currently running for RIBA Council on the basis that the RIBA can and should do more to support the profession in taking urgent and incisive climate action.

Ian Rogers

Ian is a dual qualified solicitor/engineer. He established, and leads, Arup’s ventures team, which invests in outstanding ideas for new products and businesses submitted by current and former Arup staff.

Stefan Behling

Stefan is Senior Executive Partner at Foster & Partners and has pioneered many energy efficient technologies in architecture. He has worked on a number of projects, including the 12,000 capacity Apple Park, Apple’s global headquarters in Cupertino and many of the new Apple flagship stores around the world since 2012.

Sarah Gaventa

Sarah is director of the Illuminated River Foundation, a scheme to light central London’s bridges along the Thames. An expert on public space, Sarah was previously Director of CABE Space at the Commission for Architecture and Built Environment where she was also Director of Seachange, a £40 million capital programme for the cultural regeneration of seaside resorts. 

Clare Hughes

As Creative Director at Thinc Design in New York City, Clare leads major new museum and visitor experience projects on subjects as varied as the Legacy of Slavery to urban design in Chicago. She was a partner at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios for 15 years until 2017. She directs short films, one of which was featured in New York’s Architecture and Design Film Festival 2017.

Rodrigo Orrantia

Rodrigo Orrantia is an art historian and curator, specialising in photography. He currently works at the exhibitions department at the RIBA in London. Rodrigo is a regular speaker at universities in the UK and France and a reviewer at international photography festivals.

Del Hossain

Del Hossain is MD of the Adrem Group, the UK’s leading recruitment agency in the field of architecture and design. Qualified as an architect, he worked for Foster & Partners before changing careers.

Hugh Morse

Hugh is Founder and Director of branding and design practice, Morse Studio. Morse Studio’s work defines brands through bespoke visual identities and expressions across print, digital and environments. Hugh is also Co-founder and Creative Director of Falcon Enamelware.

Tom Telford

As MD of digital agency 3WhiteHats, Tom is a master at discussing strategy and delivering training, as well as supporting the agency with everything from comms, to pitches and proposals.

Nathalie Ashford

Nathalie is Digital Manager at communications agency ING Media developing omni-channel digital communications strategies for high-profile property clients. Nathalie has contributed to a number of academic research projects surrounding the study of online ethnography and social network analysis.

Eilidh Henderson

Eilidh was appointed a director of Page\Park Architects in 2018, the same year she was awarded the RIAS/Saint-Gobain Emerging Architect Award for her redevelopment of St Cecilia’s Hall for the University of Edinburgh.  She is currently leading the capital project at the Grade II listed Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

Tim Abrahams

Tim writes about architecture, urbanism and design. He is a Contributing Editor to Icon magazine and an editor with Plan, a design strategy agency. He edits and publishes essays at Machine Books and works in an editorial, communication and strategic capacity for a number of clients in the field of architecture and design.

Eleanor Jolliffe

Eleanor is a practising architect and freelance writer based in London. She has a regular column in UK architecture title Building Design and has been published in Dezeen, the Architects' Journal, Architectural Review and the Saturated Space research group at the Architectural Association.

Tom Dyckhoff

Writer, broadcaster and historian of architecture, cities and design, Tom has presented numerous television shows including The Culture Show and The Secret Life of Buildings. His first book, The Age of Spectacle: the rise and fall of iconic architecture was published in 2017. He teaches history and theory of architecture and cities at University College London and Central Saint Martins.

David Bullock

Joint Managing Partner at Hayes Davidson, David leads the art director and artist teams.  A 3D Design graduate, David has led a wide variety of visualisation projects, collaborating closely with many major practices including Zaha Hadid Architects, RSHP, Daniel Libeskind and Renzo Piano.

Machteld Kors

Director of Communications at UNStudio, Machteld joined the practice in 1998 and oversees the studio’s business development, PR activities, digital communication, internal knowledge sharing and new business ventures. In 2018, Machteld played a key role in launching and developing UNStudio’s sister Arch Tech company, UNSense.

Caroline Cole

Caroline is a Director of Colander Associates, inspiring many of the UK’s most successful architectural practices to develop their businesses. She has worked alongside some of the most influential developers and building owners, helping to formulate their approach to architecture.

Julian Lipscombe

As Director of Bennetts Associates, Julian has recognised expertise in masterplanning, workplace, low carbon design and transportation, with current commitments ranging from major urban design commissions in Manchester and a prestigious facility for Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire to a private house in the Lancashire countryside.

Angharad Palmer

As Head of Design at Pocket Living, Angharad provides creative and technical leadership within the business across all 20 live residential projects and acquisitions. Angharad leads Pocket’s internal team of architects, as well as Pocket’s architect framework which includes the tendering process, design competitions and architect appointments.

Juliet Warkentin

A communications strategist, creative leader and marketer, Juliet is past editor of Marie Claire, content director of WGSN, founder at Stylistpick, marketing director, Amazon Fashion EU and is currently CMO of Trouva.

Amy Frearson

Amy is editorial director of Dezeen, joining the magazine in 2011 as architecture reporter. Amy was highly commended in the specialist editor category at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards 2017.  She has previously contributed to The Architects’ Journal, FHM and Stuff, and judged numerous architecture prizes.

Ben Storey

Ben Storey is Director of Marketing for Archiboo, and Founder of Digital Storey. In his 9 years of consultancy he has worked with the likes of Sony, AMD, Gett, Yelp and Amazon, as well as a range of startups across Europe. 

Jake Tilson

Artist, graphic designer and author Jake founded the arts magazine, Atlas (1984) and was an early web pioneer with his website TheCooker (1994). He is currently working on a large-scale exhibition on the Tsukiji Fish Market in Tokyo. Jake has designed architectural signage for the National Theatre, Everyman Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre with Haworth Tompkins.

Carine Hawkins

Carine directs Caro Communications’ digital campaigns, creating and implementing successful strategies for architects, designers, property developers, retailers and cultural organisations in the UK and internationally. 

Jessica Gregson

As a partner in Subsector, Jessica helps businesses communicate clearly with customers in retail environments, live experiences, social media, digital channels and advertising, using the N2D Method which Subsector originated. She has worked with global brands such as Disney, Microsoft, Levi’s, Stella Artois and PlayStation.

Rory Woods

Rory has spent many years as an art director at leading agencies and today heads the creative department of leading customer experience agency, Biglight. Rory is passionate is a vocal proponent of iterative design in crafting the ‘big idea’.

Benna Schellhorn

Benna joined Jamie Fobert Architects in 2005, becoming an Associate in 2012 as the practice expanded. As part of her role as Practice Manager, Benna oversees all written content, from the website to planning applications, award submissions and competition bids.

Mark Ferguson

Mark is creative director of Very Own Studio which he formed in 2009. Very Own Studio has won an Archiboo Web Award for Visual Design and Mark was on the awards’ shortlisting panel in 2017 and 2018.

Stephen Citrone

Stephen is an architect and photographer working at Snøhetta, in Oslo, Norway. Prior to moving to Norway, 5 years ago, Stephen worked at AL_A. During his time at AL_A, he won The Architects’ Journal, Philips Light Shots short film competition. 

Claire Bennie

Claire is Director of Municipal, a consultancy that helps visionary public landowners to deliver better quality new homes at the right pace and price. She also helps architects to bid successfully for public sector work. Claire is a panel member at Design South East, chairing Design Review at Brighton & Hove and Kingston councils.

Lucy Fisher

Lucy Fisher joined U+I in September 2018 as Head of Communications and is responsible for defining and implementing the corporate communications and public affairs strategy in the UK and Ireland.

Rory Hyde

Rory is the Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism at the V&A where he co-curated The Future Starts Here (2018), a major exhibition of the future of design. He is also Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne, and Design Advocate for the Mayor of London.

Alan Jones

Alan will become the 77th president of the RIBA in September 2019. He is a chartered architect and a Professor within the School of Natural & Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast and founder of Alan Jones Architects.

Jonathan Emery

Jonathan is Lendlease’s Managing Director of Property - Europe. He is responsible for the development business across Europe, including the successful delivery of the £24 billion urban regeneration portfolio of the Euston Estate, Birmingham Smithfield, and Elephant Park, Silvertown Quays and others.

Mike Abrahams

Mike is a graphic designer and artist. He established his eponymous studio in 1996. He has made projects with Roger Zogolovitch and Solidspace, Levit Bernstein and most recently AHMM. Since 2000 Mike has been making artists’ books and in 2016 exhibited in the RA Summer Show.

Phil Coffey

Phil founded Coffey Architects in 2005. He is active on two London Council Design Review Panels, and serves as a UCL Bartlett design critic and a RIBA external assessor at Cardiff University, Welsh School of Architecture. Phil was a chair of the 2018 RIBA London Regional Awards. 

Cindy Walters

Cindy co-founded Walters & Cohen Architects in 1994. She has led many award-winning projects, including the recently completed Dorothy Garrod Building for Newnham College, Cambridge. Cindy is one of Design Council's Built Environment Experts and a trustee for the Architecture Foundation and the Young Women's Trust.