The Jury

Kieran Long
Director, ArkDes

Kieran Long is the director of ArkDes, The Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design. Kieran Long has 20 years of experience within the realm of architecture and design, first as a writer, critic and teacher and more recently as a curator. In 2012 he worked with David Chipperfield to curate the Venice Biennale of Architecture, and in 2013 became the Keeper of the department of Design, Architecture and Digital at the V&A Museum in London. He has been a tutor at the Royal College of Art, a writer in journals across the world and has been a television presenter for the BBC. He took up his position at ArkDes in Stockholm on 18 April 2017.

P.J. Drudy
Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin

Formerly at Cambridge University, P.J. Drudy is Emeritus Professor of Economics and Fellow of Trinity College, Dublin.  He has written extensively on housing, including Out of Reach: Inequalities in the Irish Housing System (with Michael Punch).  He has served on a range of Boards and as a Consultant to the European Commission.  He is currently Chairperson of St John of God Housing Association. 

Noelle Sweeney
Architect, The Housing Agency

Noelle Sweeney is an architect in the Housing Agency, providing architectural services as part of an in-house technical team supporting Local Authorities and Approved Housing Bodies in the provision of new build, regeneration, and infill public housing projects across the country. Before joining the Agency, Noelle worked for both Local Authorities and private architectural practices.

Bob Jordan
CEO, The Housing Agency

In 2021, Bob Jordan was appointed CEO of The Housing Agency. Prior to this, he was the National Director of the Housing First programme, served as Special Adviser to the former Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, and was Chief Executive of Threshold. He has a BSc from TCD and a Masters in International Relations.

Nathalie Weadick
Director, Irish Architecture Foundation

Nathalie Weadick (she/her) is a curator of architecture and spatial practice based in Dublin. She has been the Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation since 2007. As Director she has curated and/or produced exhibitions about Irish architecture at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, the Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, VISUAL Carlow, Solstice Arts Centre, Limerick City Gallery, The Glucksman, RIBA Gallery, and Tallinn Architecture Biennale. Through the IAF she has delivered many initiatives exploring the impact of architecture on society, culture, and history. Under her directorship, the IAF initiated the development of a national program of community-led design projects called Reimagine, established the National Architects in Schools Initiative, and produced Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival engaging thousands annually. From 2004 to 2007 she held the position of Deputy Director at The Architecture Foundation in London. In 2017 she received an Honorary Fellowship from the RIBA. She is currently researching a PhD at RMIT Melbourne and Queens University Belfast, Schools of Architecture.

Sadie Morgan
Director, dRMM

Sadie Morgan OBE is a co-founding director of dRMM, a RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architecture studio. Championing design for over two decades, Sadie is involved in several advisory roles including chairing the Design Panel for High Speed Two (HS2) and acting as commissioner for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group, which places design at the heart of major infrastructure projects. Sadie was made board member of the UK government’s housing accelerator, Homes England, in 2019, followed by a commissioner role on the Food, Farming and Countryside Commission in 2020. In 2021, she became a member of the Net Zero Building’s council. Sadie lectures internationally about her practice and the role of design in infrastructure and large-scale development. She has won the ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ BD award and an ‘AJ100 Contribution to the Profession’ award. In 2020, she was awarded an OBE for services to design advocacy. Most recently, Sadie established the Quality of Life Foundation – an independent body prioritising wellbeing in the built environment.

Jim Roche
Senior Lecturer, Dublin School of Architecture, Technological University Dublin

Jim Roche is a full-time Senior Lecturer at the Dublin School of Architecture (DSA), Technological University Dublin teaching in both the architectural technology and architecture programmes. He established the DSA Housing MPhil programme in 2020, teaches a community engagement housing elective and acted as DSA Coordinator on the three-year EU funded OIKONET Housing Research Programme. Prior to full-time teaching he was project architect on many award-winning Irish housing projects and previously worked on multiple housing projects in London. His research interests include housing, environmental design, innovative technology, conservation, adaptive reuse and architecture and conflict.