Judges & Judging
Intellectual Property Awards 2017

Judges & Judging

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing the construction sector, will determine the winners of the Irish Construction Industry Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving an Irish Construction Industry Award.

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards' judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Irish Construction Industry Awards:

Judging Process

  1. After the closing date for receiving submissions, all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
  2. Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
  3. The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards' website.
  4. Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
  5. The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
  6. Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
  7. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony. The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.

We will be announcing more judges shortly.

Judging Panel

Declan Alcock – Project Director, Varming Consulting Engineers & Director, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland.

Declan Alcock – Project Director, Varming Consulting Engineers & Director, Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Ireland.

Declan Alcock is a Chartered Engineer with 18 years’ experience in Building Services Consultancy and Sustainable Building Design on a wide range of educational, healthcare, commercial and residential projects from initial site optimisation through all stages of the design process. He is currently a Project Director with Varming Consulting Engineers.

Declan’s qualifications include MSc Energy & Sustainable Building Design, BREEAM Accredited Professional (BREEAM AP), BREEAM International New-Construction Assessor and Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD). He has lectured at MSc level in "Sustainable BIM Design and Construction" and “Energy Integrated ICT”.

At board level he is a Director of the Irish Green Building Council (IGBC) and Director of Engineers Without Borders (EWB-Ireland) where he is involved in coordinating a 3-year European Union funded project to build critical understanding and active engagement for UN Sustainable Development Goal "SDG" 11 in 12 countries in support of UN Habitat III & the New Urban Agenda.

Michael Duff - Director, James Toomey Architects

 Michael Duff - Director, James Toomey Architects

Michael has an impressive and consistent track record, as a seasoned business executive within the Irish property industry for over 25 years. He is an effective deliverer of business goals, with highly developed communication, negotiation and entrepreneurial skills. As an experienced leader, Michael is adept at driving and inspiring teams to deliver some of the most successful projects in the Irish market over the last 20 years. A highly strategic and operational individual who is experienced in overcoming obstacles in pursuit of project delivery. He combines his sound judgement and ability to effectively make balanced decisions with a results oriented approach to identify opportunities and implement innovative solutions to deliver the best financial results.

Having worked both internationally and extensively across Ireland, Michael is known as a leader that will inspire and motivate high performance teams to achieve high standards of excellence and integrity. Strategic and visionary, he promotes synergy and efficiency across business areas through collaboration with leaders and teams to deliver exceptional business results and to develop cross business opportunities. Michael’s leadership, knowledge and expertise engenders trust and confidence and his coaching style motivates each of his team members to maximise their potential.
He provides expert strategic development and management skills no matter how challenging the circumstances. Utilizing his strong expertise in real estate in conjunction with his knowledge of changing industry trends Michael continues to successfully maximise the client experience and develop a loyalty from all stakeholders for continued business development.

Joseph Little - MRIAI, BArch NUI, Prof Dipl. NUI, MSc Arch AEES

Joseph Little - MRIAI, BArch NUI, Prof Dipl. NUI, MSc Arch AEES

Since January 2015 Joseph Little is an Assistant Head of School in the Dublin School of Architecture, Dublin Institute of Technology. He is the Irish co-operation partner of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics in relation to training and development of the WUFI suite of hygrothermal evaluation software. He holds an MSc Architecture - Advanced Environmental and Energy Studies from the Graduate School of the Environment, at Centre for Alternative Technology, Wales; and a Bachelor of Architecture and Professional Diploma (Architecture) from University College Dublin.

Little is programme chair of B.Tech in Timber Product Technology (level 7) and CPD Programme IT for Site Workers (Level 6). He teaches hygrothermal evaluation as part of a suite of modules teaching NZEB design skills and knowledge, though blended online learning, to busy building design professionals.

Little is the lead author of ‘Assessing insulation retrofits with hygrothermal simulations – Heat and moisture transfer in insulated solid stone walls’ for Historic Environment Scotland and lead author of ‘Built to Last – energy efficiency of pre-1945 historic Dublin Dwellings’ for Dublin City Council (to be published in 2016).

Joseph Little Architects won the ‘Best Residential Green Building’ awards in Ireland in 2013 and 2014: the first for Ireland’s first EnerPHit (Passivhaus Institute certified deep retrofit), the second for a deep retrofit extension of a 1929 red brick house.

Paul Mangan - Director of Estates and Facilities, Trinity College

Paul Mangan - Director of Estates and Facilities, Trinity College

Paul Mangan is the Director of Estates and Facilities and heads the administrative department in Trinity College Dublin with responsibility for strategic physical planning, capital development and the operation, maintenance and management of the College’s buildings, grounds and facilities. He collaborates with senior College Officers in planning the future development of the College, consults with funding agencies and planning authorities, and interacts with partner institutions at a senior level.

Paul is a Chartered Surveyor and Project Manager with professional qualifications in Construction Economics and Project Management. He has represented the Irish Property and Facility Management Association on the Forum for Construction Industry in Ireland and acted as Chairman of its Task Force on Sustainability in Construction. He is a member of the Project Management Committee of the Society of Chartered Surveyors in Ireland. He has extensive experience in the procurement, delivery and operation of buildings. Recently he has led a change management project to restructure the Estates & Facilities Directorate at Trinity College.

Brian O'Neill - Architect, Company Director, McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects

Brian O’Neill is a Graduate of the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT Bolton Street ,a Fellow of the RIAI and Director of McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects leading their Commercial Office Team. Brian has 30 years experience as an Architect having worked on projects throughout Ireland, the UK and the Middle East.

Brian has been involved with complex Mixed Use , Commercial , Leisure and Educational Projects ,such as Heuston South Quarter and the Eircom HQ, Radisson Hotel, Temple Bar West End , NUIG Science Research Bundle and Offices for Mason Hayes and Curran Solicitors, Google and the CWU.

Brian specialises in Workplace Design Consultancy and Due Diligence Services to the Commercial sector. He is an RIAI Accredited Conservation Grade 3 Architect, a member of the RIAI Admissions Board and the British Council for Offices.

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