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March 14 2019

Scottish Design Awards judging panel take their places

The panel tasked with overseeing the 2019 Scottish Design Awards has been revealed, confirming a heavyweight line-up of creatives, architects and key industry figures.

This year a panel of thirteen will oversee entries spanning the fields of design and architecture. Tasked with identifying class-leading work across all disciplines the team will recognise and celebrate the best of the best.

On the architecture side their number include Julie Wilson, senior partner at Brennan & Wilson Architects who will be joined by Chris Dobson, associate director at 3DReid; Karen Anderson, founding partner at Anderson Bell Christie; Neil Gillespie, chairman of Reiach & Hall Architects and Glasgow’s city urbanist, professor Brian Evans. Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde, director of Studio Niro, completes the architecture team.

Commenting on the upcoming contest Anderson said: “Scotland’s design community is diverse and dynamic.  I am currently working for more recognition of the importance of all design practice in Scottish public life. I am looking forward to joining the judging panel and hoping to see great examples of collaborative and creative multi-disciplinary working.”

Holding sway over the design categories will be Philp Long, director of V&A Dundee; Sophie Lutman, executive creative director at Brandpie and Gordon Carmichael, design lead at CreateFuture, They will be joined by Greig Anderson, creative director at Freytag Anderson; Kay Koyama-Gore, head of design at Contagious; Michael Fraser, creative director at APS Group and Dave Everson, creative director at Wire.

Nominations for this year’s event are now being received ahead of an entry deadline of 22 April.

18 Comments

boaby wan
#1 Posted by boaby wan on 14 Mar 2019 at 14:24 PM
Good to see the gender balance of the panel has been addressed after being publicly called out on it
Inahuf
#2 Posted by Inahuf on 15 Mar 2019 at 07:25 AM
#1They had to up the size of the panel to do it after appointing 7 men in what’s generally been a panel of 10. I wonder how many of those women got a call on Monday.... I don’t buy the line that it was only the guys who sent their Biographies in, and all the women where just too disorganised.
John Glenday
#3 Posted by John Glenday on 15 Mar 2019 at 08:12 AM
There were 10 judges in 2018. 13 in 2017 - across all categories.

There is an archive here https://2019.scottishdesignawards.com/archive/scottish-design-awards-2017/
boaby wan
#4 Posted by boaby wan on 15 Mar 2019 at 08:56 AM
John, Not disputing previous numbers but you have to admit it doesn't look great to release a list of judges, get some serious flack for it being exclusively white males, then say it's not complete and add some women in later.
If they were all on board then the best approach would have been to release all the names together.
John Glenday
#5 Posted by John Glenday on 15 Mar 2019 at 09:11 AM
I agree!
spider monkey
#6 Posted by spider monkey on 15 Mar 2019 at 09:49 AM
Notable panel of judges for this years SDA.
Nice one UR

wee senga
#7 Posted by wee senga on 15 Mar 2019 at 10:39 AM
Professor Brian Evans is not an architect......just saying
Pedantic
#8 Posted by Pedantic on 15 Mar 2019 at 11:51 AM
#7 give it a rest. Where in any of the above does it suggest that he is?
Cadmonkey
#9 Posted by Cadmonkey on 15 Mar 2019 at 13:34 PM
#8
Erm...the paragraph that features his name and starts, .”On the Architecture side...” and ends with “...completes the Architecture team”could quite easily be interpreted as suggesting he is an architect.
Pedantic
#10 Posted by Pedantic on 15 Mar 2019 at 14:32 PM
#9
Neither of those statements suggest that, merely that he is on the architectural award judging panel. Not that any of them need to be, or are indeed architects.
If people are going to be pedantic about the terminology of the title, at least do it it correctly. smh.
MalkyT
#11 Posted by MalkyT on 15 Mar 2019 at 16:24 PM
The panel stills appear rather pale in their complexion...and all seem to reside no further North than Dundee Eh!
wee senga again
#12 Posted by wee senga again on 18 Mar 2019 at 11:17 AM
pedantry pain...... but did "Pedantic" just write that none of the architecture panel are architects?
"Not that any of them need to be, or are indeed architects"
Pedantic
#13 Posted by Pedantic on 18 Mar 2019 at 13:35 PM
Sorry wee Senga, you're mis-reading me there. I'm stating the article does not state that any of the panel are architects. They may or may not be, I'd need to check the register of course.
wee senga again
#14 Posted by wee senga again on 18 Mar 2019 at 14:34 PM
Oh I see #13. You didn't say "Not that any of them need to be, or are indeed architects". Crystal clear now.
Philippe Rushton
#15 Posted by Philippe Rushton on 19 Mar 2019 at 05:29 AM
This obsession with identity politics western society has developed post WW2 is insane. People are fixated with being anti-white and anti-male regardless of the negative consequences.

Judge a person by the biology between their ears and not the biology between their legs or their skin colour. Maybe the judges should have to have a WAIS IQ (performance part not verbal) of at least 130 to sit on the panel plus some relevant management level industry experience. If the panel ends up predominantly white and male then that would be coincidental and natural.
Pedants
#16 Posted by Pedants on 19 Mar 2019 at 08:47 AM
Glad to help Wee Sengs, hope you have a good week.
wee senga again
#17 Posted by wee senga again on 19 Mar 2019 at 13:32 PM
Totally Trumpian #16.....can't even get a good pedant these days!
Emil Nolde
#18 Posted by Emil Nolde on 19 Mar 2019 at 14:56 PM
#15 Dear Philippe,

Never mind identity politics, what about this 'obsession' with competitions, awards and prizes that a profession seeks as if in order to validate their practice? What's that all about? (Other than the mundanely obvious re financial and advertising of course)

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