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Meet the Scottish Design Awards 2023 panel

February 15 2023

Meet the Scottish Design Awards 2023 panel

Leading figures from across the architecture and design professions have stepped up to the plate for the 2023 Scottish Design Awards.

The dozen-strong line-up includes figures drawn from the construction and marketing sectors from the agency world to practices, client-side and academia. With the entry window already open the hand-picked team are on hand to offer some helpful tips and advice for early bird hopefuls by setting out what they are looking for from award-worthy work.

On the architecture front, this includes Heather Claridge, director of design at Architecture & Design Scotland, who will be seeking projects which 'successfully respond to local context and needs'. Claridge said: "In particular, I’m interested to see projects which successfully respond to local context and needs, creatively reuse existing assets and support a strong sense of place across all of the architecture categories."

Fellow judge Andy Summers, co-founder of Architecture Fringe, added: "Across the categories, one of the principal things I’ll be interested in is aspiration and ambition. Each project has its remit and budgetary context, but the intentions within the work and how these are realised is, for me, an important aspect to consider."

Alistair Scott, a co-founder of Smith Scott Mullan Architects, meanwhile will be pushing for projects which address emerging architectural, environmental and social issues such as 'people-centred design', 20-minute neighbourhoods and a fabric-first energy approach. Laying down the gauntlet to entrants Scott said: "What challenges were the client and designers facing? Did they make that 'silk purse out of a sow's ear'? What will the building 'feel like' to be in? Things like views out, sunlight and comfortable acoustic characteristics. Does it comfort you, inspire you or even scare you!"

Entries are now open for the event, with early birds enjoying discounted rates until 10 March.  

The Scottish Design Awards is supported by Urban Realm, The DRUM, Nordan, Vision Events Glasgow, Porcelanosa Scotland and Rock Rose.

Architecture Panel:

  • Heather Claridge, director of design, Architecture & Design Scotland
  • John Glenday, publisher, Urban Realm
  • Akiko Kobayashi, founder Akiko Kobayashi
  • Shelley McNulty, head of design, Manchester School of Art and partner at McNulty Architecture & Design
  • Alistair Scott, co-founder, Smith Scott Mullan Associates
  • Andy Summers, co-founder Architecture Fringe


James Hepburn
#1 Posted by James Hepburn on 16 Feb 2023 at 12:55 PM
presumably the bar isn't set too high.
#2 Posted by Kat on 17 Feb 2023 at 10:46 AM
Impressive set. Nice one Urban Realm!
#3 Posted by Ben on 17 Feb 2023 at 11:10 AM
Yet another Steller Lineup of SDA Judges this year!
Awsome work UR once again!
Its a pity though #1 wasnt involed to share his positivity
#4 Posted by Dazzled on 21 Feb 2023 at 12:27 PM
There's a silk purse on Hoy that ticks all the boxes. How likely is it that the SDA panel will make the effort to experience what these more remote buildings actually "feel like" to be in though? The HIAA Award judges didn't bother
John Glenday
#5 Posted by John Glenday on 21 Feb 2023 at 13:37 PM
Our remit is far broader than the Highlands and with many more entrants the logistics are against us. We do bring the audience closer to the winners and increased visits on the back of that.

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