AI Specification Awards 2019


The judging panel for the AI Specification Awards 2019 consists of 2 architects, 2 architectural ironmongers and 2 manufacturers, providing a wide breath of expertise and a balance of viewpoints. The judges are as follows:

Jonathan Hall - AHMM

Jonathan Hall is a co-founder and Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. He takes responsibility for the management of risk within the practice, which includes leading the technical support and legal and appointments teams. The focus is both on directing and supporting the detailed management of projects, and on developing support systems for architects. 

As an architect, Jonathan maintains a close relationship with the work of the practice through the co-chairing of critical peer reviews of projects at key stages. He has been an external examiner at de Montford and London South Bank universities, and is currently a Part 3 examiner at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and the Cass School at London Metropolitan University.

Barbara Kaucky - Erect Architecture

Barbara is a founding director of Erect Architecture and an RIBA Chartered and ARB registered architect with 13 years professional experience in the UK and 18 years in total. Barbara enjoys the capacity of small practice to be agile, innovate and experiment and thrives on creating places that are positive drivers for change. She is experienced in leading teams and working with complex client, stakeholder and user groups to deliver architectural and public realm projects. Barbara is a member of the Camden Design Panel and the Croydon Place Review Panel.

Barbara’s wish to support small, creative practice has led her to join the RIBA Small Practice Panel in 2013 which she chairs since 2018. There she co-organises the annual Guerrilla Tactics conference, focussing on innovation and business skills for young and small architecture practices.

Before moving to London in 2002 Barbara lived and worked in Los Angeles, Berlin and Vienna. She studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of the Arts Berlin and the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Paul Martin - d line eisenware

Having joined fresh out of Art School, Paul followed his Father's footsteps and forged a career in Architectural Hardware that now spans 25 years. He joined Allgood Plc in 1992 and spent an enjoyable 13 years, 8 of which was on the road selling their door hardware. During this time he achieved his GAI Diploma which enabled him to join the sales team and meet the specifiers. Paul's experience from the art background was beneficial, certainly when dealing with the architects and interior designers. 

This experience was then taken to Eisenware, now named d line eisenware, where he has also spent 13 years continuing to pass his knowledge onto schemes and also the staff that work for him. At the end of 2015 he was made Managing Director by d line, an extremely proud moment in his career. He believes strongly in specification and ensuring the best knowledge and products are serviced each and ever time. To quote d line's designer, architect Knud Holscher, Paul believes that “ Very simple ironmongery is to architects what buttons are to a shirt: both should support the design and not distract from the overall expression".

Philip Goldberg - Em-B Solutions

Philip is a Criminal, Regulatory and Coronial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience in defending high profile cases before the criminal courts and representing families who had suffered bereavement due to errors by public bodies. Some notable cases include representing a double murderer, a head teacher following the death of a pupil, defended in numerous multi-million pound frauds, various types of regulatory offences from corporate manslaughter to food safety prosecutions and the family following the transgender death in Armley Prison. He was also a Criminal Defence Solicitor Representative on the West Yorkshire Criminal Justice Board and advised the Ministry of Justice on its implementation of the Digital Case System which has seen all cases before the Crown Courts in England and Wales move from paper to a digital format. 

He remains a consultant to two leading criminal and regulatory practices and has been recommended for the past decade as the go to solicitor for criminal and regulatory offences in both Chambers and Legal 500 guides to the legal profession. He has recently joined Em-B Ltd, a Guildmark Approved Specifying company, as a director and is assisting in developing robust strategies to the inevitable changes to the construction sector following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

Catherine Franks - Strand Hardware

Catherine Franks is Managing Director of Strand Hardware Ltd, manufacturers and distributors of high quality door and window hardware. They are sole distributors in UK and Ireland for Athmer Finger Protectors and Antipanic Panic and Emergency Exit Hardware. They also manufacture their own range of door stays and window openers.

Catherine has been in the industry since 2000 and is a supporter of the GAI and IAI and has been heavily involved in writing European and British Standards for Finger Protection Devices.

Julie Harris - Exidor

Julie Harris is Managing Director of Exidor Ltd and joined the business in 2016. Exidor are a UK based architectural ironmongery company manufacturing a comprehensive, high specification range of panic and emergency exit hardware and door closers. Based in Cannock in the heart of England, Exidor pride themselves on being one of the few UK manufacturers of these types of products.

From a background of business turnaround for several companies, including door manufacturing, window handle manufacturing and construction, Julie joined Exidor to add experience and knowledge to enable the business to take the next step of growth in an ever challenging market. Encouragement and clear leadership of the team creates an open minded approach to both products and solutions.

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