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 We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless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.

Judging Coordinator

Leo Harmon – Director, Harmon Project Advise

Leo Harmon – Director, Harmon Project Advise

Leo has over 40 years’ experience in the construction industry starting out originally as a carpenter. While studying part time Leo progressed from Draughtsman to Technician through Bolton Street to finally graduating as a Civil Engineer from UCC. His experience extends from cement works to steel mills and power plants. He was instrumental in championing his company into the M50 motorway construction in the mid-eighties. Leo served on the main board of BAM for a number of years and was involved in a number of key projects in the Pharmaceutical, Healthcare and Chip manufacturing sector.

He left BAM in 2013 to set up his own consulting company specializing in Team Building, Leadership, Conflict Management, Coaching, Non-Executive Board Member and Restructuring. His clients include Trinity College, WKNowlan Real Estate, Flynn Management and Contractors plus a number of industry leaders in the Design Services Sector.

One of Leo's well known quotes is "Contracts specify Large infrastructural Projects but Teams build them."

Judging Panel

Derry Scully - Group President, Linesight

Derry Scully - Group President, Linesight

 Derry was one of the founders of Linesight in 1979. With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, he has built strong strategic partnerships with some of the world’s largest multinationals and acts as project sponsor for major multiphase technology developments in Ireland, Europe and the US. His specialist skills include accurate early-budget establishment, procurement advice, life cycle and value engineering assessment, and risk analysis.

As a past President of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and a past Chairman of the Irish Construction Industry Council, Derry places great emphasis on professional development. As Linesight continues to grow, he plays a fundamental role in expanding the organization’s global presence.

Ronan Savage - Associate Director, Henry J Lyons

Ronan Savage - Associate Director, Henry J Lyons

Ronan is an Associate Director with Henry J Lyons. He graduated from UCD with first class honours in 1993 and worked with architectural practices in London, Berlin and Sydney before joining Henry J Lyons in 2005. He has been project architect on the design and delivery of a number of HJL's recent significant office and mixed use projects. These include the Vantage Apartment development in Sandyford, containing 480 units, and two major new office developments at One and 10 Molesworth Street. He is a member of the RIAI and is currently a member of the RIAI Council.

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

Martin Townsend - Global Sustainability Director, BRE
Martin Townsend - Global Sustainability Director, BRE

Martin has a diverse professional background ranging from advising UK Ministers, as a Regulator in his time at the Environment agency, to working on many construction sites. Martin joined BRE (Global) as Director of BREEAM in 2008 to drive BREEAM forward not just in the UK market, but also internationally. Martin works closely with the construction industry bringing sustainability issues alive for companies' right across Social, Economic and Environmental agenda.

Martin offers both a UK and an international perspective on construction. Martin has addressed and briefed Ministers of State and several other major fora on the environment and sustainable construction in particular.

Fiona Mullally - Project Manager, KMCS

Fiona Mullally - Project Manager, KMCS

Fiona Mullally has been a Project Manager with KMCS for the past 4 years and has delivered projects for Stripe, ViaSat, Smartbox and currently works on some high profile deliveries for 2018. More recently, Fiona has progressed into Business Development for KMCS and is forging excellent working relationships through her flexible approach and consistency in producing admirable bid documentation to ensure the company’s position in successfully winning new projects. This business development role encompasses the management of the new KMCS website, PR and marketing, social media and bid management along with supporting the company and senior directors with Business development.

Fiona is very passionate about developing, building and maintaining excellent customer relationships through unrivalled service and support.

"KMCS know the local construction markets extremely well and our clients appreciate that we want to achieve the best outcome for them, We see ourselves as partners in our clients’ operations and our business approach is therefore built around honesty, flexibility, openness and total reliability."

Dr. Alan Hore - Co-Founder, CITA

Dr. Alan Hore - Co-Founder, CITA

Alan is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor and is currently the Head of the discipline area of Quantity Surveying in the School of Surveying and Construction Management in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Alan was one of the founders of the Construction IT Alliance (CITA) in Ireland in 2002 and has written extensively on the subject area of construction informatics over the past 10 years. Alan lives in Naas and is married to Nora and has two children Simon and Nicholas.

Alan Crawford - Founding Partner, Crawford Partnership Architects & Interior Designers

Alan Crawford - Founding Partner, Crawford Partnership Architects & Interior Designers

Alan Crawford is the founding partner of Crawford Partnership, which was established in 1997 as a design led architecture and interior design practice, with offices in London and Lima, Peru. Prior to setting up Crawford Partnership, Alan was a partner in a London based practice, and spent 7 years working in the Middle East on many challenging projects. Today, Crawford Partnership continues to enjoy an interesting and diverse workload that ranges from bespoke residential new build contemporary homes and sensitive refurbishment and renovations to existing properties, with many that are Listed Buildings or in Conservation Areas, and with an increasing number of office and commercial fit out projects. Over the years Crawford Partnership has established a growing reputation for innovative design solutions and in 2007, were included in the *WALLPAPER Design Magazine Architects Directory as “One of 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects”. Alan continues to be involved in judging of design awards, and as well as being invited this year onto the judging panel for The Irish Construction Industry Awards, he has again been invited as a judge on both The Designer KB Awards, and also The LEAF International Design Awards. In 2017, Alan was elected Chairman of RIBA North London Architects.

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.

Alan Fogarty - Partner, Cundall

Alan Fogarty - Partner, Cundall

Alan Fogarty is a Sustainability Partner in Cundall and heads up their specialist environmental building physics group. He is a chartered Building Services Engineer who has specialised in passive building design and low carbon systems.

He lead the implementation of the WELL Building Standard for Cundall’s London office fit out, the first certified WELL project in Europe. At Cundall he established a research group to test ideas such as the integration of plants in buildings, their Biophilic benefits including their ability to improve air quality to yield carbon reduction.

Mark O'Neill - Director, KSN Project Management

Mark O'Neill - Director, KSN Project Management

Mark O’Neill, MSc, SMP (2018), BSc (Cons), Dip B.S., FCIOB is a Director at KSN Project Management and has over eighteen years of industry experience across a diverse portfolio including award winning landmark developments, bespoke commercial fit outs, houses and state of the art warehouses.  His key interest is in collaborative and constructive teamwork on all his projects and he is driven to deliver on budget and on time for his clients, whether contractors, public or private bodies.  Notable work includes the Croke Park refurbishment, Eyre Square shopping centre redevelopment, DoES Rapid build schools projects and the UCD Sutherland School of Law.  Mark maintains a keen interest in industry bodies, including as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building, Ireland and brings his depth of experience as well as his knowledge of and enthusiasm for the sector to the judging panel. 

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.

Seán O'Laoire - Architect, MOLA Architecture

Seán O'Laoire - Architect, MOLA Architecture

Seán O’Laoire was a founding Director of Murray Ó Laoire Architects (1979) and since March 2010 as a Consulting Director of MÓLA Architecture. Educated at UCD and at the University of California, he combines over 30 years of experience in architecture with a specialism in urban design and planning. He has both worked and studied in England, Italy and the United States. As a former President of the RIAI Seán is one of Ireland’s most esteemed and respected architects.

Seán has been Director-in charge for a significant number of prestigious architectural, planning and urban design projects, many of which have been rewarded with national and international awards.

In 2007 Seán was appointed President of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) for a 2 year tenure having formerly held the position of vice president. Seán has also served as a committee member of the Architectural Association of Ireland, and has had a continuing involvement in architectural education having previously taught in DIT Bolton Street. He was twice a juror for the RIAI Travelling Scholarship, and served as an External Examiner to University College Dublin (1991-1993) and at the University of Glasgow (1993-1998). He served on the board of the National Sculpture Factory for five years, and is a board member of the Harvard Centre for Urban Development Studies.

Seán is a founding member of the Academy of Urbanism, a high level group founded to champion the cause of good urbanism throughout the UK and Ireland. He has written and lectured extensively on architecture, art and related topics in Ireland, France, UK and America. He has also contributed to film and television documentaries and is a passionate lover of music, sport and travel.

Shay Bowman - Senior Engineer/Project Coordinator, Grangegorman Development Agency

Shay Bowman - Senior Engineer/Project Coordinator, Grangegorman Development Agency

Shay is a Chartered Engineer and has over 26 years working in the Construction Industry having qualified as a civil engineering from NUIG in 1992. Over his career he progressed from site engineer through to Contracts manager. He worked mostly with contractors and spent over 13 years with Laing O’Rourke construction. He has a vast experience in all aspects of construction ranging from civil, structural, high rise, motorway construction, waste water, mixed use developments, railway works etc. He has worked on and managed some prestigious projects both here in Ireland and in the UK. Notable projects include 42 story Citi Bank tower in Canary Wharf, Tullamore Dew Whiskey Distillery, Adamstown Railway Station, West Quay Shopping Centre in Southampton, Capel Building, Plot N14 in the Olympic Village to name but a few.

In recent years he joined the Grangegorman Development Agency as a project Co-ordinator where he is responsible for managing and co-ordinating the two new DIT quad building that had just recently commenced to the value of €220 million. The Grangegorman Quarter when completed will contain the new campus for DIT along with HSE residential and Primary Care Centre.

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