New for 2024: Live judging at AJ Retrofit Live

In addition to attending the talks programme, delegates will also be able to watch finalists of the AJ Retrofit and Reuse Awards present their projects in front of a panel of judges. Hear directly from the architects behind the most innovative repurposed buildings in the UK, and learn what the judges think.

Live judging categories: 

  • Climate resilience and adaption.  Projects with a focus on adaptions/additions intended to deal with or mitigate environmental change and weather extremes including increased shading, incorporation of green roofs, landscaping SUDS strategies, etc.
  • Deconstruction and reuse. ‘New-build’ or retrofit projects demonstrating circularity and the reuse of building components, materials and structural elements from previous buildings.
  • Private/individual renovation. From domestic renovations and home extensions to other personal projects designed to improve private houses or properties.

All shortlisted practices of these three categories will be invited to present at AJ Retrofit Live to a panel of judges and a live audience, where a winner will be determined. Each category will have its own dedicated live judging room, featuring an AJ host, sponsor, the nominated presenter from each shortlisted practice, and up to 30 people from the AJ Retrofit Live audience. At the end of the day, winners will be decided by the judging panel and announced just a few hours later at the AJ Retrofit and Reuse Awards.

At the end of the day, winners will be decided by the judging panel and announced just a few hours later at the AJ Retrofit & Reuse Awards.

How does the live-judging work?

All shortlisted practices of these three categories:  Climate resilience and adaption, Deconstruction and reuse, and Private/individual renovation will present at AJ Retrofit Live to a panel of judges and a live audience. Each category will have its own dedicated live judging room, featuring an AJ host, sponsor, the nominated presenter from each shortlisted practice, and the AJ Retrofit Live audience.

At the end of the day, winners will be decided by the judging panel and announced just a few hours later at the AJ Retrofit and Reuse Awards.

How will it work?

  • The judging process for all categories will begin in mid-March, with the shortlisted entrants being notified in mid-May of their achievement. 
  • A 20-minute presentation slot will be assigned to shortlisted entries. This will involve a 10-minute presentation to judges, and a 10-minute Q&A where judges will probe further into the detail. More detailed information on this will be communicated upon practices being notified of their shortlisted status.
  • All shortlisted entries for the three live judged categories will receive one free ticket to AJ Retrofit Live. This is to be used for their chosen presenter. They will also be able to purchase one additional ticket at a 25% discount to bring one colleague, and a discount code will be provided for this.
  • All presentations will be complete by 5pm, and judges will then spend one hour deliberating in a private room to decide the winners. These winners will then be announced at the AJ Retrofit & Reuse Awards a few hours later, which is taking place in the same venue.