RIBA Stirling jury

The five-person RIBA Stirling jury is chaired in 2014 by
Spencer de Grey, senior partner at Foster + Partners.


The full 2014 panel comprises Spencer de Grey, Stephen Kieran, MJ Long OBE, Sir Timothy Sainsbury and Cindy Walters.

The jury helped the RIBA’s Awards Group to choose the six RIBA National Award-winning schemes, to be visited in the autumn. This followed an exhaustive process during which the contenders were visited by three separate juries. The Stirling jury will visit the six schemes in the autumn and chose the winner on the day of the presentation, October 16.

Spencer de Grey CBE 
Foster + Partners

Senior Partner, Joint Head of Design

Spencer de Grey

Spencer de Grey shares design responsibility for all Foster + Partners’ projects as joint Head of Design. He joined Foster Associates in 1973. In 1979 he set up the Foster Associates’ Hong Kong office to work on the Hongkong and Shanghai Bank. He returned to London in 1981, becoming the director in charge of Stansted Airport. During this period he also worked on the BBC Radio Centre and the Sackler Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts, both in London. Since becoming a partner in 1991 he has overseen a broad range of projects, including the Great Court at the British Museum, the Sage Gateshead, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Winspear Opera House in Dallas and the courtyard at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC. His current work includes masterplans for Slussen in Stockholm together with the Museum for Roman Antiquities in Narbonn.

He is visiting Professor of Design at the University of Cambridge and Chairman of the Building Centre Trust. In 1997 he was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and in 2008 was elected a Royal Academician.

Stephen Kieran
Kieran Timberlake

Stephen Kieran

Stephen Kieran is a partner at Kieran Timberlake, an American architecture firm recognised for its beautifully crafted buildings that are holistically integrated to site, programme and people. Established in 1984, the firm engages the craft of architecture at all levels, from early adoption of building information modeling and environmental analysis tools, to close collaboration with fabricators and materials scientists.

Notable projects include the Embassy of the United States in London, which employs strategies to significantly reduce energy consumption and sets an agenda to achieve carbon neutrality; Loblolly House, an off-site fabricated waterfront home; SmartWrap™, a mass-customizable building envelope exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; and Cellophane House™, a fully recyclable, energy-gathering dwelling exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Under his guidance the firm has received over 160 design citations, including the AIA Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. Stephen and Partner James Timberlake were the inaugural recipients of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. Since 2002 they have co-authored five books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating ARCHITECTURE. 

Stephen lectures internationally to academic and industry audiences and to the broader public, with recent talks in London, Montreal, Puerto Rico, Rome, and Tel Aviv. He has served on several award juries, including the AIA College of Fellows Latrobe Prize jury.  In addition to his architectural practice, Stephen teaches a graduate-level design and research studio at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. He has held visiting professorships at the University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.  

Long & Kentish


Director Long and Kentish, MJ Long and Rolfe Kentish formed their award-winning architectural practice in May 1994. The practice grew out of Colin St John Wilson & Partners, where MJ Long was a director and where Rolfe Kentish was an associate. Her experience and skill is derived from working on the new British Library building at St Pancras and on a wide variety of other projects, including the RIBA Award-winning National Maritime Museum Falmouth (2003), Pallant House Gallery, New Wing, Chichester and the RIBA National Award-winning Porthmeor artists' studios renovation, St Ives (2014).

Based in Highbury, North London, Long and Kentish boasts a vast array of experience within a multitude of areas of architecture and design. Particular expertise in the programming, design and construction supervision of museums, galleries, libraries, university facilities, restaurants, new houses, artists' studios, conversion work to existing buildings, fittings and components.

MJ Long was born in the USA in 1939, and received her MArch from Yale in 1964. She has been resident in England since 1965, and worked with Colin St John Wilson from 1965 to 1996 (as a partner from 1974). She also ran a separate practice (MJ Long Architect) from 1974 to 1996. MJ Long is registered as an architect in the UK and USA. MJ was a CABE Commissioner and chaired the CABE Design Review Panel. MJ continues to teach and examine regularly at Yale.

Sir Timothy Sainsbury

Sir Timothy Sainsbury

The Rt. Hon Sir Timothy Sainsbury is an Hon. FRIBA and Hon. FRICS.  From 1962-1974 he was Director of Development at J Sainsbury Plc and during that period he served on the Environmental Planning Committee on the GLC and was Deputy Chairman for the Central Area.

He was MP for Hove from 1973-1997 and held several government posts including Minister of Trade and Ministry of Industry in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major.

He commissioned the late Sir Denys Lasdun to design a house for his family in the country and through his charity has been involved with a number of projects including the Sainsbury Wing of the National Gallery, the Sainsbury Building at Worcester College and the Forecourt Development at the Ashmolean Museum.

Cindy Walters
Walters & Cohen

Cindy Walters

Cindy was born in Australia, studied in South Africa and moved to London in 1990 to work for Foster+Partners, setting up Walters & Cohen with Michál Cohen in 1994. Since then Walters & Cohen has grown from two founding partners to a dynamic architectural practice made up of 30 talented people from around the world. 

The practice’s design approach is thorough, demanding and rational. This is evident in the material quality of buildings completed, which combine intellectual rigour with a sensual appreciation of space, light and materiality. Cindy has worked on a diverse range of education, leisure, cultural and commercial projects, including the award-winning Visitor Centre at Wakehurst Place, West Sussex, Bedales School in Hampshire, Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol and the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens. She is currently in charge of projects for the Athenaeum Hotel on Piccadilly, Reigate Grammar School, a Buddhist Retreat Centre in Suffolk, and the King’s School, Canterbury. 

Outside the practice, Cindy is and has served as an external examiner at several architectural schools across the UK, and is currently undertaking a PhD at the Bartlett School of Architecture. From 2007 to 2013 Cindy was involved with the RIBA Awards Group, and has also been a member of the Lubetkin Prize jury and judge for the President's Research Awards. She is one of Design Council Cabe’s Built Environment Experts and regularly takes part in the Design Council’s project reviews. 

In 2012 Cindy and Michál were awarded the inaugural AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award and in 2014 Cindy was included on the Guardian's '10 women in architecture to watch in 2014' list.