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Brick Awards 2024 Returning Judges

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The Brick Awards are thrilled to retain the expertise of the below Judges who have done a sterling job in previous years and will be a great example to the new judges.

On Monday 24th of June the Brick Awards judging panel will assemble to review over 275 Brick award entries and create shortlist for each of the categories. These shortlists will be announced publicly on the 1st of July on our website and across the BDA social platforms.

The Judges will then personally visit all the Uk shortlisted projects meeting with the architect / Brickwork Contractor. The Judges will then reassemble in September to report back and decided the winners.

Welcome Back....

Alison Duxbury

Alison is a Chartered Architect, Masterplanner and Director of Triangle Architects, an Employee-Owned Manchester based architectural practice established in 1986 working across the residential, healthcare, urban regeneration, community, and workplace sectors.

Alison joined Triangle’s management team in early 2019, bringing more than 20 years’ design and delivery experience of high quality award-winning new and refurbished large-scale projects, with a specialism in complex and challenging sites and buildings. A new addition to this year’s Brick Awards judging panel, Alison’s design for Kirkholt Health Centre was a finalist in the 2021 Brick Awards making her an obvious selection to join the Brick Awards Panel in 2022 and continue this year.

Alison immerses herself in projects and is passionate about developing high quality bespoke design solutions that respond positively to the site and surrounding context, encouraging social, economic, and environmental sustainability.

Amy Napier - Napier Clarke Architects

Amy Napier is a founding director of Napier Clarke Architects, a progressive award-winning practice established in 2014 based in Buckinghamshire. She works in a range of building sectors across the UK producing skilfully executed architecture that is contemporary in design. With a specialism and enthusiasm in arts, cultural and residential design Amy applies thoughtful and articulated responses to sensitive and complex sites. Prior to forming Napier Clarke, she worked for 10 years for Hopkins Architects. Amy Joined the panel in 2023.

Dean Degun

Dean has a refreshing enthusiasm for brickwork and takes pride in coordinating Swift Brickworks Apprentice's and NVQ schemes passing on his vast knowledge to the next generation on brick layers. Swift Brickwork Contractors were last years Brick Award Specialist Brickwork Contractor winner and as a key part of that champion team Dean was a great addition to the Panel in 2022.

Dean’s career as a bricklayer commenced in 1976, then in 1977 he worked on Silver Jubilee Gardens project South Bank in London, which hosted high level of decorative brickwork. In 1979 he began his Management career in Brick work. From 1992 to present he is in employment by Swift Brickwork contract Ltd whereby he had the opportunity to work with the design development of some iconic projects, naming but a few; Turnmill building by Piercy & Company, York House by dMFK Architects and Webb Yates Engineers, Royal College of Art by Herzog & De Meuron Architects & Kensington Palace Orangery by Purcell Architects (Heritage Consultants).

Ian Shard 

Ian qualified as an architect at Liverpool University’s School of Architecture. He joined the brick industry as a result of the 1991 recession when he joined Ibstock Brick’s sales and technical department. Ian has spent the last 25 years at LBT Brick & Facades and holds the position of Managing Director (LBT have been part of the Brickability Group for the past four years), and has been involved in a staggering number of brick projects, including a number of Award Winning and shortlisted projects for this event.

As well as being responsible for the office, Ian’s main role is to provide the link between the client/designer and the construction team with regards to a range of façade materials. He is a brick man through and through.

Ian Wilson

Bringing a wealth of experience and expertise again to this year’s judging panel will be Ian Wilson. Ian started his post educational career as a senior materials engineer with a world renowned consultancy firm. His passion for bricks inspired him to start his family business Anglian Brickwork Ltd. This enabled him to share his passion for bricks with his family and like-minded artisans, working alongside architects, engineers and clients. As a fifth time judge and past winner, Ian has become a valuable Judge with stong opinions. 

Lex Harrison

Alexis (Lex) is an Associate with Arup Materials in London. He specialises in brickwork and architectural ceramics and is highly regarded in the industry for his expertise in clay materials. Lex has extensive experience of designing challenging façades in brick, terracotta, faience and porcelain, as well as natural stone. He also undertakes failure investigations and advises on remedial works. Lex also designs brick and ceramic cladding systems for innovative one-off projects, as well as advising on and designing products and systems for manufacturers. He is a returning judge for the UK Brick Awards and also chairs the Brick makers Quality Charter Audit and Assessment Panel. He frequently writes on the subject of clay materials in architecture for leading publications and presents seminars at industry events, and has lectured at MIT, The RIBA,The Architectural Association, Central Saint Martins and the Royal Academy. Prior to joining Arup in 2008, Lex led product innovation at the UK’s largest brick manufacturer, where he designed and developed products and systems including terracotta rainscreen, prefabricated brickwork and a series of expressive special shaped brick units. In addition, he undertook site failure investigations.

Sarah Firth

Sarah joined Haworth Tompkins in 2016 and became an Associate in 2021. She has been actively involved in a number of the studio's large-scale residential and mixed-use projects including Fish Island Village which was a winner at the 2022 Brick Awards.

Haworth Tompkins is a Stirling Prize-winning architectural studio with an international reputation for intelligent, purposeful design. The studios work explores the versatility of brick across a range of typologies and contexts to create meaning and beauty, and develop the potential to integrate the traditional character and craft of brick making and with modern methods of construction. Sarah is a leading contributor to the studio’s Social Value and Human Resources working groups and led the studios recent BCorp certification. Prior to joining the practice she worked at Herzog and de Meuron in Basel, and following that completed the award-winning self build conversion of Redhill Barn in rural Devon.

Scott Cromack

Scott is an award-winning architect and have a particular longstanding interest in residential design and a Senior Architect at Croudace Homes, leading on projects with the companies dedicated in-house design team. Croudace prides itself in designing and delivering high quality neighbourhoods that draw on the local traditional vernacular of the sites context. Scott has over 25 years of experience with the majority of my career spent at PRP Architects where he designed and led on a number of high profile and complex projects with a number involving teams comprising different architects’ practices and a vast array of consultants. and was fortunate to be involved with the multi-award winning Chobham Manor, the first Legacy Neighbourhood on the 2012 Olympic Park, which recently received an RIBA London Award to accompany the New London Architecture Mayor's Prize that it received in 2019. I am proud to have designed a number of the house types on Chobham including the Multi-Generation House that received an NLA Commendation.

Tatiana Von Pressen

Tatiana has worked on a number of vPPR housing projects for Croydon Council as well as leading Otts Yard and Vaulted House, both of which won RIBA Awards. She has a particular interest in the intersection of landscape and building and she worked previously in New York on the High Line park for James Corner Field Operations. She has taught a design studio at Columbia University in the City of New York with her partners Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds researching the relationship between arts institutions and artists’ housing.

vPPR Architects was set up in 2009 and is an award-winning practice known for bold designs that work intelligently in complex locations. “We believe that architecture can and should be brave through simple, honest clarity, while still responding to local history and context. We design buildings that find opportunities in constraints, responding with elegant yet striking forms that playfully negotiate between private and communal spaces.” These motivations complement perfectly that which the Brick Awards represent and Tatiana’s vision is always welcome at the Brick Awards judging proceedings.