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Meet the 2021 Scottish Design Awards panel

March 2 2021

Meet the 2021 Scottish Design Awards panel

Social distancing may remain the order of the day but amidst the lockdown, the Scottish Design Awards have assembled a ten-strong panel of judges to lead us into a post-crisis future.

Whatever the world throws at us great design remains as the hallmark of any great practice, agency or business and our judges are itching to see how you've set new standards while working from home.

Our architecture panel includes Susan Stephen, consultant director at Stephen+Boyle and Susan Stephen Architects; Stephen Lewis, managing director at HFD Property Group and Natasha Houchin, associate at LMA Architects and director of the Scottish Ecological Design Association.

They will be joined by Annie Hampson, former chief planning officer at the City of London Corporation and Alan Dunlop, founder Alan Dunlop Architect.

On the design-side, we welcome HemingwayDesign co-founder Wayne Hemingway together with Vicky Miller, director of marketing and digital at VisitScotland and Sue Dawn, executive creative director at Interbrand.

The panel i rounded out by Steve Conchie, creative director at Brandon Consultant and Hiten Bhatt, head of design at Rapp.

An early-bird entry registration window is open until 10 March so there is no reason not to claim the recognition you deserve.


#1 Posted by Gary on 2 Mar 2021 at 16:37 PM
Hope they have enough awards as some of those judges will find it hard not to give themselves it just for being them ... #lovemememe
Modern Architect
#2 Posted by Modern Architect on 2 Mar 2021 at 17:12 PM
Decide who designed the best featureless glass/cladding box.
#3 Posted by StyleCouncil on 2 Mar 2021 at 20:56 PM
Dunlop aside, there ain't too much quality in that line up.
Mary Hill
#4 Posted by Mary Hill on 3 Mar 2021 at 10:11 AM
This is a really uninspiring panel. Given the importance of outdoor space and landscape that we have all come to appreciate over the past year, and that we are in the midst of a climate emergency, why is there nobody with urban design, landscape or biodiversity expertise on the panel?
John Glenday
#5 Posted by John Glenday on 3 Mar 2021 at 11:05 AM
Great point. I think that's why it was important to bring SEDA on board this year. They have been doing great work around rewilding, ecosystems and wellbeing through the lockdown.
Gardeners World
#6 Posted by Gardeners World on 3 Mar 2021 at 13:13 PM
Get Alan Tichmarsh, Monty Don or Charlie Dimmock on the panel, they can present the prize for the best urban allotment garden.
James Hepburn
#7 Posted by James Hepburn on 4 Mar 2021 at 07:50 AM
Surely a panel from outside Scotland would be more effective. Scottish design in architecture regularly fails to hit mundane so chasing those people to judge is like chasing to have your local parish priest run the nursery school.
#8 Posted by UR on 4 Mar 2021 at 09:48 AM
In our experience distant talent can present different challenges. A mix of local/outside talent is best.
Chris Stewart
#9 Posted by Chris Stewart on 4 Mar 2021 at 12:00 PM
Great to see Natasha Houchin acting as a judge, I have worked with her for a number of years as part of SEDA. She will bring a lot of sound ecological design expertise to the panel.

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