The Judges

Industry experts, government officials and enthusiasts make up our select judges.

Awards are made to developments at two stages; Project, where the scheme has detailed planning permission but is not yet Completed (on site and even partly occupied is eligible); and for Completed schemes. Generally, a scheme that is built out as a series of distinct buildings or phases of homes can apply for a Completed Award.

Developments may consist of private or public-sector new build (and any combination of), conversion or renovation schemes in England, provided they are of four or more dwellings. Schemes including non-residential uses may be entered provided housing constitutes a major element. Most C2 Planning uses are considered for the Awards, as long as sleeping arrangements are discrete. Buildings with dormitory or ward like arrangements are not eligible.

Judging is carried out by a panel consisting of representatives from each Awards sponsor:

Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), Greater London Authority (GLA), London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC), Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), Department of Health (DH), National House Building Council (NHBC), Home Builders Federation (HBF), Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) and the Landscape Institute. There are four further judges, from Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Design South East, the Good Homes Alliance and Design for Homes (this judge is also the rapporteur responsible for analysis of schemes and reports on winners and shortlisted).

David Birkbeck

Design for Homes CEO

David Birkbeck

Don’t ever underestimate the value of daylighting, a view (ideally verdant), ample storage

Dav Bansal

RIBA, Director of Glenn Howells Architects

Dav Bansal

Good design is a combination of clear thinking and a strong narrative from the outset, underpinning what is most important for the place and the communities who will be affected by it

Andy von Bradsky

DCLG Design and Delivery Adviser, Housing-led Regeneration

Andy von Bradsky

Creating places and homes that create maximum value for people who use, live near or visit in terms of utility, beauty, innovation and the economic use of resources

Sue Bridge

RTPI, DIRECTOR OF SUE BRIDGE CONSULTING

Sue Bridge

Well designed buildings and the proper planning of the spaces between and around buildings is essential to the creation of excellent places

Jane Briginshaw

Design South East Review Panel Chair

Jane Briginshaw

Good design means valuing people and making great places for them.

Louise Brooke-Smith

Director of Arcadis

Louise Brooke-Smith

An intelligent and clever treatment of the built environment that allows me to enjoy my surroundings, whether it's the home I share with my family, or the office I share with my colleagues or the spaces where I spend my spare time

Gareth Capner

Chair

Gareth Capner

Good design is all about responding to and, in turn, improving context

Mehban Chowdery

NHBC London Director

Mehban Chowdery

Dan Epstein

London Sustainable Development Commissioner and Partner in Useful Simple Projects

Dan Epstein

Good design is design that allows individuals and communities to give their neighbourhood, development or home personality, sense of place and sense of belonging.

Meredith Evans

RTPI, Director of MADE

Meredith Evans

Creating spaces and places that add notably to the functionality and enjoyment of what was there before

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Lord Gardiner of Kimble

Stephen Hill

RICS, Principal of Future Planners

Stephen Hill

Good design is not an absolute, but it does have to answer the question “Can I imagine myself living a good life here?”…and if not, wondering why anyone else should have to, and why has so much time and money been spent on creating a place that doesn’t fulfil such a basic human need.

Esther Kurland

URBAN DESIGN LONDON DIRECTOR

Esther Kurland

What is good design? It's how places relate to people, and because of this the definition does not change, nothing much change. As Vitruvius, the ancient roman said, good design is about ensuring places work well, last and look good

Mike Lowndes

RTPI, Executive Director of Turley

Mike Lowndes

For me good housing design is about responding to context and making great places

Kevin McGeough

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation Head of Placemaking

Kevin McGeough

Good housing design should promote homes which foster opportunities to enjoy a high quality of life for their residents whilst also making a significant contribution to creating great places, encouraging interesting and vibrant streetscapes

Andrew Ogorzalek

RIBA, Founding Partner PCKO Architects

Andrew Ogorzalek

Good design should be simple, honest and efficient, resulting in buildings that offer contemporary living for today and adaptable homes for tomorrow

Jeremy Porteus

Housing Learning and Improvement Network Director

Jeremy Porteus

Good design is… where you don’t realise that the design excels

David Roberts

RICS, Director of Igloo Regeneration

David Roberts

Good design demonstrates a deep understanding of locality, creating specialness, identity and enjoyment of the place by residents and neighbours

Lynne Sullivan

Good Homes Alliance Chair

Lynne Sullivan

Following a peripatetic childhood, I was driven to devote my architectural career to creating places and buildings which embody the Vitruvian principles of practicality, resilience and beauty - now acknowledged by the United Nations as being key principles of sustainable development - and qualities which should be present in good design

Louise Wyman

HCA, Head of Strategic Land

Louise Wyman

Good design is creating spaces that people love to be in and where they feel connected to their wider community

Tony Whitbread

Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists

Tony Whitbread

To achieve good design, you need great detail