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Meet the BA2021 Judges - David Cole-Adams

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David has enjoyed many years on the Brick Awards panel and the Brick Development Association simply could not do without his passion, knowledge and expertise during this year’s Brick Awards judging process.


David trained and registered as an architect in Queensland, Australia before travelling to the UK for a 2 year working holiday, which over 50 years on, continues. He is a registered architect in the UK and a member of the RIBA.


'As judges we look for the imaginative use of bricks, the exploitation of the scale of the material as it is integrated into facades with other building products and for quality workmanship generated either by skilled craftsmen working in site conditions or in off-site assemblies.

With a brick industry in good health, it is exciting to have so much good work to look at and enjoy.’


David worked in a private commercial practice in London prior to retirement in 2000 to take up a consultancy undertaking those bits of architectural / legal work no-one else wishes to tackle. He was involved in the foundation of the Chartered Architects City of Livery Company becoming its Master in 1995-96 and serving as the Clerk from 2000 to 2012.


He also served as Master of the Company of Tylers and Bricklayers in 2012-13 and 2013-14, having chaired the Company’s Craft Committee for many years previously. Assisting in the judging of Brickwork and Tiling Awards, the recognition of Master Craftsmen and the awarding of prizes to trainees in the Company’s crafts to both trainees and practitioners, David is well versed in applauding excellence in the built environment.