Judges ready to examine 2019 WAN Awards entries

Alison Carter
17 May 2019

With the final deadline of June 13 announced for this year's WAN Awards, it's time to focus on the panel of top level judges drawn together to examine the entries.



Andrew Nishiyama Taylor is a practicing architect at Make Architects in London, and has worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects for the firm since joining in 2012. Prior to his time at Make, Andrew worked in the studio of Arata Isozaki in Tokyo on civic and cultural projects in Japan and overseas. Outside of practice, Andrew has been a guest tutor for the architecture studios of Central Saint Martins in London and the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.



Angela is a Principal in the London office of Grimshaw Architects, leading hotel, commercial and cultural projects. She is currently focused on research and development of people based buildings integrated with public space. Following her shortlisting for the Architect's Journal Emerging Woman Architect in 2014, we invited Angela to be a part of our WAN Rising Star jury. In addition to her architectural work, Angela is also a RIBA Part 3 examiner at London Metropolitan University (the Cass) and the Barlett schools of Architecture; an occasional lecturer, mentor, public speaker; an advocate for diversity, equality and inclusion; an Ambassador for the Architect's Benevolent Society and a UK Construction Week role model.




Chris founded Weston Williamson in 1985, now 170 strong located in London, Sydney, Melbourne and Toronto. In addition to being a chartered architect, Chris has an MSc in Project Management and believes strongly that the art of architecture requires excellent business skills in order to be realised. Chris is currently the International Vice President of the RIBA responsible for setting a strategy to grow into a global membership institution and to encourage more UK architects to seek work globally.




Chris has extensive experience designing and delivering large developments of all typologies and is responsible for many sustainability-award-winning buildings including 100 Cheapside (the first LEED Platinum building of its kind). As Managing Director of EPR Architects, Chris ensures the studio's work is derived from a commitment to deliver sustainable, contextual buildings and places which balance art, functionality and commercial success. Chris holds an MA in both Architecture and Project Management (MAPM) alongside an MBA in Real Estate. He has previously served as a judge for the WAN Awards and is currently a member of the Wandsworth and Richmond Design Review Panels.




David is an architect with more than 25 years experience across a diverse range of building types including healthcare, sports, science, student accommodation, public and civic. He has a proven track-record of designing and managing multi-disciplinary teams on complicated building designs. His understanding of the design process and the delivery of innovative design solutions supports his design focus on projects.

David's view is that the best designs can be distilled into a simple drawing no matter how complex the building – accurately setting out the key issues and solutions. By drawing a simple diagram, the principles of design are established, communicated and understood. Every design decision can then be benchmarked, no matter how big or small.




Frank van der Sant is the Chief Commercial Officer of APCOA, the European leader for Parking Management. In this role he is in charge for all client relationship and contracts including Smart City activities Digital Alliances.




Ian is the founding director and Design Director of Brewster Hjorth Architects based in Sydney Australia. Ian graduated from University of NSW and commenced his first practice Jones Brewster Regan at age 27. In 1995 he formed Brewster Hjorth to specialise in Public and Civic projects, since then the firm has completed significant projects around Australia and in New Zealand which have achieved many local and international design awards.




Keir is a Director of Morris+Company leading projects across London that include buildings for education, health, housing and work. In additional to project leadership, Keir he is closely involved with the ongoing strategic management of the practice, taking on roles that include sector research, technical review and the implementation of BIM. Keir has experience designing with many types of client in both the public and private sectors and is accustomed to working on projects at a wide range of scales. In all team settings, Keir encourages the open and transparent exchange of ideas and shared knowledge through group research, collaborative review and debate.




Raj is a trained Urban Designer and Architect. His work draws inspiration from technology, sociology, economics and film. He works with Atkins, a global design consultancy as part of the Masterplanning & Landscape team in London. As a Senior Urban Designer, he leads projects in the Middle East, South America and North Africa working with multidisciplinary teams, to deliver (sometimes) traditional large-scale masterplans. Raj enjoys being creative, especially when it comes to design competitions which give the opportunity to educate, provoke and shock. Some of his radical ideas even flirt with the polemical. He maintains a keen interest in academics and continues to engage with local design schools through lectures and participation in design juries.




Robert Fry BA(Hons) DipArch MA RIBA Int'l AIA Managing Director - International Robert is Managing Director for our European operations and sits on the Group Management and Plc Boards of Aukett Swanke Group. With over 35 years of experience in the property and construction sector he plays a key role in the development of the Group's governance and operational strategy across its three geographies comprising the UK, Europe (including Russia & Turkey), and the UAE. He is a multi-skilled architect and manager combining leadership and creative thinking with business acumen developed from designing and delivering projects large and small in many countries. He has undertaken client facing roles in an advisory capacity to support teams on projects across many sectors using the core disciplines of Master Planning, Architecture, Interior Design and Workplace Consulting.




Rolf Nielsen is Associate Partner at C.F. Møller Architect and holds a master's degree, MAA, in architecture from the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark and has accreditation from the Danish Architects' Association, the UK Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). With 15 years' experience practicing architecture in the UK, Rolf has been the project and design leader for several major projects and design competitions both in London and in the UK more broadly across Residential, Commercial, Cultural and Healthcare sectors. This include projects such as: Part of the 2012 London Olympic Athlete's Village, Residential projects at the Greenwich Peninsula, First price International design competition for the Rothschild Foundation and strategic urban regeneration projects in London and Essex.




Sarah Williams of S Williams Architects is a strategic RIBA Client Advisor and architect, working with private developers and Local Authorities, implementing high profile schemes of up to £150m. Sarah set up S Williams Architects in 2013 having spent the last 25 years working in private practice in the UK and overseas. She is a practitioner and also works strategically as an RIBA Client adviser, often collaborating with other architectural practices. Sarah is known for her collaborative approach. She has participated in a number of design review panels, is an accredited RIBA Client Adviser and steering group member, regularly speaks at conferences and has organised and judged various competitions and awards. Past and previous clients include RIBA, Winchester City Council, The Crown Estate, The Department for Education Berkeley Homes, Sevenoaks Town Council, and various other private developers and Local Authorities.




30 year career realising great buildings. Through architecture, project and development management, design, programme management and ensuring operational delivery Shane has brought his exceptional skills to many iconic Central London projects. These include the Shard/London Bridge Quarter, Bishops Square, Spitalfields, One Nine Elms, 8 Albert Embankment and currently working with Royal Botanical Gardens Kew on their Science Quarter. His energy is ensuring that architectural design challenges the norm whilst respecting client and stakeholder constraints and opportunities.




Stephen is a Partner at LMN Architects in Seattle, where he leads the design and delivery of a variety of projects ranging from large scale public assembly, civic infrastructure and spaces for higher education. Stephen's design approach seeks to create high-performance buildings and an engaging public realm, producing inventive solutions for contemporary programmatic needs, environmental conditions and urban influences. He is widely recognised as an industry authority on the application of technologies to the design and construction process, and he helps direct the investigations of LMN Tech Studio, the firm's in-house research and development group.

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