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Working with the RIBA Competitions team

The RIBA Competitions team

RIBA Competitions delivers choice, inspiration and value to clients through expertly run architectural competitions and competitive selection processes.

Joanne Wallis
Senior Competitions Manager

Joanne Wallis is a dynamic and highly competent Competitions Manager with over 20 years’ experience of delivering well over 100 competitions covering a wide range of project types and sectors. Joanne has an extensive track record of managing complex competitions and is highly skilled in managing multi-faceted client groups.

She has been involved in some of the most high profile and interesting projects to be built through the competitions process in the UK over the last decade including The Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester; new T Pylon for DECC and National Grid; New Scotland Yard for the Metropolitan Police, The Hepworth, Wakefield, new buildings for the London School of Economics, Listening Pod for the BBC, Brockholes Visitor Centre in Lancashire and Future Railway for the RSSB.

Joanne is an excellent relationship builder who has generated many fruitful working relationships, leading to several repeat clients over the years.


Dr James Porter
Senior Competitions Manager

James has over 20 years project management experience of working within commercially sensitive sectors, having provided specialist consultancy services to many of the world’s leading petroleum companies prior to joining RIBA Competitions in 2004.

Since joining the RIBA, James has managed over 60 competitive selection processes covering a wide range of project types, sectors, scale and complexity. Selected projects include: Halley VI Research Station, Antarctica; Avenham Park Pavilion; Clay Fields Affordable Housing; Café at the end of Deal Pier; Façade and Atrium works for Redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station; The Ribbon Bar, Army and Navy Club; Design and Technology Centre, Merchant Taylors’ School; New Town House Building, Kingston University; Institute in the Park, Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust; Masterplan for Al-Irfan Urban Development (a new c.7.4 million m2 downtown area for the Muscat capital district, Oman); Redevelopment of The Spine, Lancaster University; Creating a Sustainable Future for Tristan da Cunha (the world’s remotest inhabited island); The Pool House Project, Burgh Island Hotel; Extension to Hallé St Peter’s, Manchester; The Upper Orwell Crossings, Ipswich; Phase 4 Redevelopment, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.


Julia Davies
Business Manager

Julia is a confident and highly motivated individual with over 19 years' experience of working in the built environment. Julia is a skilled communicator with a strong network of contacts, she is responsible for business development, financial management, digital marketing and has extensive in-depth knowledge of the competitions process to help clients achieve outstanding results.


Christopher Thorp
Graphic and Web Designer

An experienced Graphic and Web Designer who designs and creates bespoke branding and competition websites to meet client requirements. Chris is responsible for creative ideas, brands and concepts for each competition - deciding the most appropriate style to meet each client’s objectives. He designs all of the competition material including logos and branding as required.

Chris leads on commercial client relationships in regard to all design aspects and ensures that all material and documentation supports best practice competitions and meets UK procurement regulations. Highly skilled in his ability to interpret client briefs, Chris uses his judgement to create uniquely designed websites including online exhibition galleries with public consultation.


Hannah Rylatt
Competitions Officer

Hannah supports the Senior Competition Managers in the management of competition projects, including attending meetings, site visits and assessments. She is responsible for liaising with competitors, including answering queries and organising key meeting dates throughout the competition process. Hannah is often the first point of call for clients to discuss their requirements and she leads on social media communications and provides financial management support when required.


T-Pylon - competition concept design and completed structure

"DECC and National Grid appointed RIBA Competitions to organise a design ideas competition that sought to find the next generation of electricity pylon for the UK. The competition was an astonishing success attracting media coverage from around the globe and 250 entries worldwide, with many prestigious architects and engineers submitting their designs. Professional, knowledgeable, supportive, efficient and willing to go the extra mile – it was an absolute pleasure to work with the RIBA Competitions team; I cannot recommend them highly enough."

Cass Martin, Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

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