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.
We recognise and respect the sensitive nature of the information submitted in the entries. Submissions are not disclosed or discussed outside the judging process. We do not publish the names of companies, organisations or individuals that have not been shortlisted for an Award, nor will we reproduce any information from your entry unless prior permission is given.
A comprehensive judging process has been put together to decide the worthy winners of the Fit Out Awards:
After the closing date for receiving submissions all entries will be sent for the first round of review.
Entries will be carefully scrutinised with the best selected to go forward to the shortlist for each category.
The shortlist of finalists will be published on the Awards website.
Judges are divided into a minimum of two panels, ensuring any potential conflict is avoided.
The judges will score each of the entries allocated to them against a predetermined set of scores.
Scores are then collected and collated, with the entrant receiving the highest overall score being declared the winner of that category.
The winners will be revealed at the annual awards ceremony.
The judge's decision is final and no correspondence, telephone, email or communication of any kind will be entered into in relation to decisions reached.
The 2017 Judging Panel
The winners of this year's Fit Out Awards will be decided by an independent panel of distinguished industry leaders.
Vanessa Brady OBE - President & Founder, Society of British & International Design
Vanessa Brady is an international multi‐award winning interior designer, business consultant and founder of the Society of British and International Design with over thirty years’ experience. Her central London based ISO 9001 design practice, Interior Design Services Ltd, has amassed an award winning portfolio including past projects such as Hard Rock Cafe, the Design Council, the Kabaret Club, British Luxury Club, Unilever, high security government offices, Head of State Palaces, and the private residence of numerous diplomats. In recognition of her high standard and design flair, Vanessa has been acknowledged for a number of high level business and design achievement Awards; most recently the 2014 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment. Also nominated twice in 2010 and 2013 by NatWest Bank for their Business Women’s Award, she is also an MBA business consultant, working with global business brands and private clients, from Hilton Hotels, Sheraton Hotels and InterContinental Global Hotels across Europe. In 2014, Vanessa was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to Interior Design and the UK Economy.
Alan Crawford - Founding Partner, Crawford Partnership
Alan Crawford is the founding partner of Crawford Partnership, which was established in 1997 as a design led architecture and interior design practice, with offices in London and Lima, Peru. Prior to setting up Crawford Partnership, Alan was a partner in a London based practice, and spent 7 years working in the Middle East on many challenging projects.
Today, Crawford Partnership continues to enjoy an interesting and diverse workload that ranges from bespoke residential new build contemporary homes and sensitive refurbishment and renovations to existing properties, with many that are Listed Buildings or in Conservation Areas, and with an increasing number of office and commercial fit out projects. Over the years, Crawford Partnership has established a growing reputation for innovative design solutions and in 2007, were included in the *WALLPAPER Design Magazine Architects Directory as “One of 101 of the world’s most exciting new architects”. Alan continues to be involved in judging of design awards, and as well as being invited this year onto the judging panel for The Irish Construction Industry Awards, he has again been invited as a judge on both The Designer KB Awards, and also The LEAF International Design Awards.
Aidan McGovern - Chartered Engineer, Office of Public Works
Aidan McGovern qualified as an engineer in the Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street. He joined the public sector as a design engineer with the Office of Public Works in 2001. He is currently serving as head of maintenance and compliance in the Mechanical and Electrical Section within OPW. In 2013 Aidan completed a Masters in the University of Salford, Manchester specialising in the area of Mechanical and Electrical Quantity Surveying. He is a Chartered Engineer with Engineers Ireland. Aidan has extensive fit-out and refurbishment experience. OPW have one of the largest and most diverse property portfolios. They manage over 2,000 buildings spread over 1,700 properties throughout the country. Aidan is on the leadership group of Lean Construction Ireland and a member of the Asset Management oversight board for the Irish Prison Service.
Órla Keane - Lecturer in Interior Design, DIT
Órla works as an interior designer and sustainability consultant on both residential and commercial projects, having recently spent six years as a senior designer with Arnotts of Dublin. She currently works as a freelance designer and interiors stylist. Her specialist areas of teaching are interior design, visual merchandising, and sustainable development. She continues to incorporate sustainable strategies in her retail design practice, in particular with regards to energy efficiency, one of the biggest environmental challenges of the retail sector.
Órla has taught in both Ireland and Canada, and is continuously searching for new and innovative ways of engaging and assessing learners of all ages and diverse cultural backgrounds. She is currently a PhD Candidate with The School of Creative Arts at DIT.