The Judging Panel

The judging panel is chaired by Robert Adam, Director of ADAM Architecture based in Winchester and London, and known throughout the UK and internationally as a major and highly influential figure in the development and practice of traditional and classical architecture.  

The other members of the Judging Panel are:

Ben Bolgar,  the Senior Design Director of the Prince's Foundation for Building Community, who has wide experience in major collaborative urban design projects, and

Owen Francis, who after working in Australia, Dubai and China on landmark residential buildings returned to the UK to set up his own practice Francis Associates.  

Keith Cameron, General Secretary of SPAE, and Julia Chester, SPAE Sunningdale Team Leader will provide administrative support to the Judges on behalf of the SPAE Executive Committee.

The Judging Process

The judges review all applications in the light of the design criteria and aims of the Award. They visit an agreed list of buildings, looking in detail at all aspects, interior and exterior, and paying particular attention to site context and character of the area.  Final decisions are made and applications which are shortlisted for an Award will be notified and invited to the Award ceremony which takes place at the SPAE AGM on 24th May 2018.

The judges will be looking for the following:

     Quality of design;

     The way in which the building responds and contributes to the established character of the area, the site and landscape;

     The way in which sustainability is addressed;

     The choice and use of materials.

The Awards


There are two awards: The SPAE Good Design Award which is decided by the Judges, and The Stuart Errington Award which is chosen at the AGM by SPAE Members from the short-listed applications. Winners of the SPAE Good Design Award receive a framed certificate and an engraved decanter. Applications which are determined to be Highly Commended will receive a framed certificate. Winners of The Stuart Errington Award receive a bottle of champagne.  Details of winning schemes including images will be used for publicity purposes and reported by local media as well as being published on the SPAE website.


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