Judges

This year’s Don't Move, Improve! Jury Panel brings together leading industry experts with experience across architecture and sustainable design, architectural journalism, and environmental consultation. With a keen eye for the latest trends and innovative sustainable solutions, the judges will be looking out for the best examples of home renovations across London.

The submissions will first be whittled down to this year’s longlist by the Peer Review Panel, made up of last year’s winners. The judges will then pick out the very best homes to feature on the 2023 shortlist and visit these projects first hand to determine the overall winner and prize winners.

Jury Panel

Anna Beckett

Anna Beckett

Associate Director, Symmetrys Structural and Civil Engineers

Anna is an Associate Director at Symmetrys Structural and Civil Engineers and has experience across a variety of sectors with a keen focus on incorporating sustainable design into every project. Anna writes a regular column for Building Design promoting sustainable design across the industry.

Ellie Stathaki

Ellie Stathaki

Architecture Editor, Wallpaper* magazine

Ellie Stathaki is architecture editor at Wallpaper* magazine. A trained architect, she studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London, and after a brief time in architecture practice, she focused on architecture journalism. She has contributed to Blueprint, Financial Times and The Guardian; co-authored New Modern House: Redefining Functionalism, Todd Saunders: Architecture in Northern Landscapes, and The Contemporary House; authored House London, the Wallpaper* City Guides for Antwerp and Athens; and curated exhibitions in London, Athens and Milan.

Image: © Anna Stathaki

Marie-Louise Schembri

Marie-Louise Schembri

Sustainability Director, Hilson Moran

Marie-Louise is an environmental designer and consultant with a focus on zero carbon, energy efficiency and sustainability.

In her role as Sustainability Director at Hilson Moran, Marie-Louise leads the zero carbon, net positive, sustainability and DEI agenda. A qualified architect and engineer, she has worked in the sector for over 20 years. Her experience scales from strategic masterplans to detailed design and refurbishment of buildings.

She has contributed to a number of industry publications, including Architects' Journal, CIBSE Journal and Building Magazine. In recent years she has sat on the Environmental and Net Zero Carbon expert panels for the NLA, including the New London Awards.

Phil Coffey

Phil Coffey

Founder, Coffey Architects

Phil Coffey founded Coffey Architects in 2005 to pursue a passion for architecture, natural light, and the environment. He is a hands-on studio leader and enjoys the process of building strong client relationships to deliver exceptional projects, both large and small that inspire and delight. Phil’s involvement runs from design conception through to completion. He has led Coffey Architects to win numerous major design awards and recognitions. Phil is a regular contributor to the debate on architecture and urbanism, including public speaking and written and broadcast commentary for press.

Peer Review Panel

Abigail Ashton

Abigail Ashton

Partner, Ashton Porter Architects

In 1998 Abigail Ashton founded Ashton Porter Architects along side Andrew Porter. The award winning projects of the practice range from small scale residential refurbishments and new build houses through to cultural foundations. The office is based in their self built studio that was a winner of DMI in 2012. Abigail is also and educator who has also taught in a number of institutions consistently since 1995.

Daniel Goodacre

Daniel Goodacre

Founder, DGN Studio

Daniel Goodacre & Geraldine Ng founded DGN Studio in 2016 to make bespoke spaces and objects informed by their use, context and opportunity. Our design approach seeks to enrich everyday experience through carefully considered use of materials and a rigorous attention to detail. We care about the lifespan of our projects and the different ways they will evolve and be used over time. With valuable combined experience across multiple sectors and scales, the award winning studio is currently working on a number of residential projects across London, as well as designing and making furniture and interiors.

Geraldine Ng

Geraldine Ng

Founder, DGN Studio

Daniel Goodacre & Geraldine Ng founded DGN Studio in 2016 to make bespoke spaces and objects informed by their use, context and opportunity. Our design approach seeks to enrich everyday experience through carefully considered use of materials and a rigorous attention to detail. We care about the lifespan of our projects and the different ways they will evolve and be used over time. With valuable combined experience across multiple sectors and scales, the award winning studio is currently working on a number of residential projects across London, as well as designing and making furniture and interiors.

Gill Lambert

Gill Lambert

Director, AOC

Gill Lambert is an architect based in London and an associate at AOC.  She has extensive experience working on public and cultural spaces in London, including the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, the ground floor gallery of the White Tower at the Tower of London and exhibitions in the UK and abroad.

She studied architecture at the Hull School of Architecture and the University of Westminster.  For her final year she won the RIBA Silver Medal, the SOM Travel Award and the Sergeant Prize for Drawing. Since 2006 Gill has been a trustee of Voluntary Design & Build, a charity working with local communities and NGO’s to deliver buildings. She is also Governor at Selwyn Primary School in the London Borough Waltham Forest. Gill teaches an MArch Design Studio at the University of Westminster. She recently delivered the conference paper ‘Trust in the Maker’ exploring the relationship between designer, maker and client during the design process, through construction and beyond.

Lizzie Fraher

Lizzie Fraher

Co-founder, Fraher & Findlay

Lizzie is the co-founder of Fraher & Findlay, leading the team with all the studio's design work. Over 20 + years of working on sensitive buildings means that each project is addressed with a combination of care for the building as well as creativity.

'I love connecting with Clients and digging into the detail of finding ways in which design can help solve problems and create dynamic spaces. A building's history is something that drives much of my design work'.

Lizzie really believes that we all deserve better spaces and works hard to design amazing spaces that respond to people, the environment and their historical context.

Lizzie works across multiple media platforms including the BBC and Your Home Made Perfect.

Margaret Bursa and Johan Hybschmann

Margaret Bursa and Johan Hybschmann

Architects, Archmongers

Archmongers specialises in mid-century building refurbishment, commercial spaces, and new build homes. Our projects range in scale, but each one solves our clients’ needs by focusing on the context of each space and the people that occupy it. We are able to work with clients from start to finish, including specifying interior details to exhilarate your project. The durability of our concept and materials demonstrates our approach to sustainability and placemaking. These values have underpinned our work on many of London’s landmark modernist buildings, sensitive sites, and listed properties.

Paul Ruff

Paul Ruff

Director, RUFFARCHITECTS

Paul leads RUFFARCHITECTS, a progressive and ambitious practice, based in central London and the southwest. Believing in the power of teamwork to exceed expectations and to provide Clients with well-considered, rational and beautiful schemes, the Studio embraces a hands-on and experimental approach, regardless of scale or complexity.

Their work ranges in sector and scale, across cultural and residential, as well as commercial and conservation projects. The Studio’s private domestic work, as well as other sector work, regularly receives leading industry acknowledgement and awards.