Judging Panel

An independent panel of recognised and expert judges, representing Ireland's fit out industry, will determine the winners of the Fit Out Awards.

Our focus is to deliver a balanced judging assessment from industry leaders who will bring their extensive knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise to the judging process ensuring that the winning entries are truly outstanding and worthy of receiving a Fit Out Award.

 

The panel is carefully selected to ensure the Awards judging process is fair and objective. The judges are bound by a strict confidentiality agreement and are required to declare any conflict of interest in entries over which they deliberate, in which case that entry will be reallocated. The integrity of this process lies at the very heart of all that we do.

A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Fit Out Awards.

2021 Judging Co-ordinators

Ann Marie Aguilar

Ann Marie Aguilar

Senior Vice President, EMEA Region, WELL Faculty at the IWBI

Ann Marie Aguilar joined the IWBI team in 2016, and from a base in London oversees the day-to-day activities of IWBI across the EMEA region. She supports the business development and technical teams and is the first point of contact for clients and design teams interested in all applications of WELL Certification.

Angela Connolly

Angela Connolly

Creative Director, Conbu Interior Design, Past President, Interiors Association (2014-2020)

Angela Connolly is founder and Creative Director of Conbu Interior Design, which she founded in 2008. She is past President of the Interiors Association of Ireland (2014 to 2020), a member of the Institute of Designers in Ireland and the Irish Georgian Society.

2021 Judging Panel

Britt Berentzen

Britt Berentzen

Programme Director, Interior Design & Interior Architecture, Griffith College

Britt is currently working as a Programme Director for the Interior Design and Interior Architecture programmes in the Design Faculty of Griffith College Dublin.

Jane Clay

Jane Clay

Principal, Gensler

With over 30 years of experience in design consultancy, Jane Clay ensures integration of strategic thinking and seamless translation of a clients purpose, vision and design intent and regularly advises clients on best practice workplace design.

Sue Corcoran

Sue Corcoran

Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Interior Design, TUS: Midlands Midwest

Sue Corcoran is Programme Leader on the BA (Hons) in Interior Design at Limerick Institute of Technology, soon to be The Technological University of the Shannon: Midlands Midwest.

Tracey Dalton

Tracey Dalton

Design Lecturer, Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin

Tracey Dalton is a lecturer on the BA Interior Design at the Dublin School of Creative Arts, TU Dublin. She has a background in Interior Design practice since 1998.

Katherine Keane

Katherine Keane

Head of Department of Architecture, Munster Technological University

Katherine started her architectural education in DIT/TUD and worked in Dublin before receiving a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Wisconsin to complete a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture in 1985.

Justin Kinsella

Justin Kinsella

Director, Harcourt Architects

Beginning in 1996, Justin studied architecture at Dundee University, Scotland. After graduating, he gained experience working in offices in New York and Dublin, before establishing Harcourt Architects in 2003.


Justin is interested in Socially & Ecologically Conscious Development, Innovative Construction Technologies and Design Solutions that deliver for the client and delight and surprise the end user.

Harsha Kotak

Harsha Kotak

Founder, Women in Office Design & Workplace Consultant

Harsha Kotak is an international Interior Designer and workplace consultant and is the Founder / Director of the global networking organisation ‘WOD - Women in Office Design’.

Penny Linton

Penny Linton

Principal (Dublin), TODD Architects

With more than 20 years of experience, Penny Linton MRIAI is an award-winning Architect (including the Fit-Out awards) with an expertise in workplace design and strategy.

Aidan McGovern

Aidan McGovern

Chartered Engineer, Office of Public Works

Aidan is currently serving as a senior Engineer in the Estate Management Section within OPW. He has extensive fit-out and refurbishment experience.

Vanessa Brady OBE

Vanessa Brady OBE

President & Founder, Society of British & International Interior Design

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE is an international multi-award-winning interior designer, Business Consultant and Founder of the Society of British and International Interior Design with over thirty years’ experience in B2B procurement and post analysis of the design profession.

Joanne Reilly

Joanne Reilly

Design Director, Total Fitout

Joanne Reilly is the Design Director of Total Fitout. She holds an honours Master’s degree in Professional Design Practice as well as a first class honours degree in Interior and Furniture Design both from Dublin Institute of Technology.

Kay Sargent

Kay Sargent

Director of WorkPlace, HOK, USA

With more than 35 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues.

Keith Somers

Keith Somers

Head of Design & Product, Lioncor

Keith is currently acting as design & product lead for Lioncor, an Irish residential developer delivering homes of the highest standard to the Irish market.

Dominic Southgate

Dominic Southgate

Founder, Boxclever & President, Institute of Designers in Ireland

Dominic Southgate is the founder of Boxclever, an Industrial Design consultancy working both in Ireland and internationally. He is President of the Institute of Designers in Ireland.

Emer Tubridy

Emer Tubridy

Head of Design Department, Blackrock Further Education Institute

As an educator and Head of Department at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Emer has been instrumental in commissioning, developing, and co-ordinating programmes in interior design, landscape design, jewellery design, graphic design and arts administration. She previously worked as an Architect and Interior Designer in Paris and Dublin.