The RIBA is inviting members to volunteer to help judge both the Regional and RIBA National Awards for 2014. Every judge plays a crucial part in a rigorous and thorough process that leads ultimately to the RIBA Stirling Prize. The task of judging buildings is a fascinating one. It carries the responsibility for upholding and celebrating the highest standards of British architecture.
Judging involves balancing the complexities that any building project will have faced with aesthetic, sustainability and perhaps conservation considerations, as well as the local context. It requires an examination of the client's brief and how intelligently and creatively that has been fulfilled, whilst taking into account the constraints of budget and planning. It means taking a collective view and having a clear vision on what constitutes architectural excellence. It is not necessarily an easy task, but it is an immensely rewarding one. It offers the chance to influence the most high-profile activity of the year in British architecture while presenting excellent opportunities for personal and professional development.
If you are interested in volunteering read on to discover what each role requires.
To be considered you must fill out the RIBA Awards Judges 2014 form and submit it to the Awards office.
What does a Regional Jury do?
The Regional juries, consisting of a Regional Jury Chair, Regional Representative, Regional Lay Assessor, Sustainability Specialist and Conservation specialist will meet in Feb/March 2014 in the relevant Region. Using the entry materials provided, they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited.
The RIBA regional offices organise all jury visits and will contact the architect directly, inviting both architect and client to the visit. Regional jury visits should take place in March/April 2014. Once visits have been completed the jury will decide their Regional winners, Regional special awards and their recommendations for their RIBA National Award shortlists. Regional Awards will be announced at awards events across the country in the months of April and May.
What does a National Jury do?
The National juries, consisting of a National Jury Chair and Regional Representative (previously Regional Jury Chair) will meet in April/May 2014. Using entry materials provided and recommendations from the Regional juries they will discuss and decide which projects will be shortlisted and visited.
The RIBA regional offices organise all jury visits and will contact the architect directly, inviting both architect and client to the visit. National Jury visits will take place in May 2014. Once visits have been completed the National Jury Chairs will meet and decide all National Awards. National Awards will be announced at the end of June 2014.
The Regional and National Juries
Regional Jury Chair: A UK based architect who leads the three-person Jury, which visits the schemes and judges RIBA Regional and National Awards.
Chartered Member of the RIBA who is a previous Award winner of an RIBA Award (regional or national) OR
Qualified architect with significant experience of teaching architecture at a RIBA validated school AND
Willing to chair a Panel and Jury anywhere in the UK for up to 5 - 7 days over Feb, March, April and May and join the National Jury Panel (travel expenses are paid).
Jury Chairs who have served in this capacity in 2012 or 2013 cannot apply
Regional Representative: A UK based architect who can explain and articulate the context and complexity of the region they live and/or work in.
Chartered member of the RIBA
Significant experience and track record in practice or teaching (at a RIBA Validated school) in the region they wish to represent
Volunteer 4 - 5 days over Feb, March, April and May (expenses are paid)
Architects cannot apply if they have served as a regional representative or jury chair in 2012 or 2013
Lay Assessor: A UK based professional person with background, knowledge and experience in a discipline related to architecture and the built environment, e.g. as client, writer, photographer, engineer, QS, politician etc
Demonstrable interest in architecture
Volunteer 3 - 4 days over March, April and May (travel expenses are paid)
Previous lay assessors cannot apply if they have served as a lay assessor in 2012 or 2013
The lay assessor must visit shortlisted schemes as part of the three person Jury
UK based architects with expertise in Conservation Architecture and/or Sustainable Design are required to advise the Regional Jury.
Conservation Architecture Specialist: Architect co-opted onto a jury panel on where required, would join jury on visits for conservation schemes only
Preferable:Chartered member of the RIBA
Registered on the RIBA or AABC Conservation Register at SCA (Specialist) level
Volunteer 2 - 3 days over Feb, March and April
Sustainability Architect Specialist: Architect co-opted onto a jury panel, not required for jury visits
Chartered member of the RIBA.
Demonstrate a portfolio of exemplary low carbon design.
Volunteer 2 - 3 days over Feb, March and April.
If you have any questions you can contact Clemency Christopherson, Awards Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7307 3715.