Enter our Building [Re]Design competition and have your work appraised by leading architects and clients

We are delighted to announce the judges who are overseeing our exciting new Building [Re]Design competition, the Stratford Design Challenge.

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Leading names in architecture and influential clients, they are the panel that will be scrutinising your entries.

We launched the Stratford Design Challenge this month, inviting you to identify an urban issue found in Stratford, with resonance in other town centres – and to apply some creative design thinking to it.

We are particularly keen to hear from young architects and those who are under-represented in the profession.

We will be showcasing the best entries on the Building Design website and all our digital channels – and our advisory panel will select a shortlist whose work will be celebrated at two events later this year, including the Architect of the Year Awards in October.

Alongside the competition, we are running a series of thought leadership pieces examining the issues involved in successful town centre regeneration projects, from designing for diverse communities to the future of the high street and using green infrastructure.

The closing date for entries is July 23.

The Stratford Design Challenge judges

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Pam Alexander, urban regeneration specialist, director of London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Connected Places Catapult, chair of digital community engagement company Commonplace.

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Phil Askew, landscape and placemaking director at Peabody working on £8bn Thamesmead regeneration. From 2008-17 he led on the landscape and public realm transformation of the Olympic Park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Siu-Pei Choi

Siu-Pei Choi, senior design manager at Wates Residential. Graduating from the Bartlett, she previously worked as an architect at Patel Taylor, Levitt Bernstein, Fraser Brown Mackenna and HTA, specialising in residential and regeneration schemes.

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Melissa Dowler, director of Bell Phillips Architects and an external examiner at Greenwich and Westminster architecture schools. She has extensive experience of regeneration and residential projects working with local authorities and private-sector clients.

Kathryn Firth

Kathryn Firth, partner in FPdesign, is an architect and urban designer. She was chief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) from 2011-14. She also teaches at Harvard and the Bartlett, is a mayor’s design advocate and serves on several design review panels.

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Lanre Gbolade is production innovation lead at Stratford-based L&Q and co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio, with experience on large-scale residential projects. He serves on RIBA practice & profession committee and is a founding member of Paradigm Network promoting black and Asian representation in the built environment.

Tom Holbrook

Tom Holbrook, founding partner of 5th Studio which specialises in complex urban regeneration, sustainability and the resilience of cities. Current work includes masterplans around Stratford and the Royal Docks. He is a mayor’s design advocate and professor of architecture and urbanism at RMIT.

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Kay Hughes, director of design at HS2 Ltd and the former head of design at the Olympic Delivery Authority and senior project sponsor at the Foreign Office. She was also part of the winning team in the National Infrastructure Commission’s ideas competition for the Oxford-Cambridge arc.

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Roland Karthaus, founding director of Matter Architecture which works across sectors and scales and is known for its research including a project with the Ministry of Justice to improve prison design for wellbeing. An architect, urban designer and public sector client, he is also a tutor at the University of East London, a member of the High Streets Task Force and a Design Council expert.

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Simon Tonks, senior associate at RSHP. He was project architect on the Transport for London headquarters at Stratford’s International Quarter London and also worked on the Leadenhalll Building in the City of London. He is currently leading detailed design and delivery of the 220m Qianhai Financial Holdings Tower in China. He has a particular interest in affordable and sustainable residential design. 

Leanne Tritton

Leanne Tritton, founder and managing director of ING Media, the built environment communications specialists, and incoming chair of the London Society. She is a regular speaker and writer and has worked in Australia, the USA and the UK.

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Keith Waller, development director of Costain and programme director of the government’s Construction Innovation Hub, working with government, academia and industry to transform construction.

How to enter:

The challenge is open to all architects, but we are particularly encouraging entries from architects who are in the early stages of their careers and architecture students. Solo, practice and inter-disciplinary entries are welcomed, as long as the submission is led by an Arb-registered architect or an architecture student. The closing date is July 23.

For more details and to submit your entry click here

 Kay Hughes picture by Agnese Sanvito