Live judging 

This year, delegates at Retrofit Live will be able to watch some of the 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 judged categories: 

  • Conservation and Historic (over £5m). The restoration or careful upgrade of ancient, historic or listed buildings and structures.
  • Private/individual renovation (up to £1m). From domestic renovations and home extensions to other personal projects designed to improve private houses or properties.
  • Retrofit Revisited. Open to retrofits over five years old and previous Retrofit Awards winners and celebrating proven long-life/long-lasting projects.

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 and 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 the live judging work?

  • The shortlisting process for all categories will begin in mid-March, with the shortlisted entrants being notified in mid-May of their achievement. 
  • For those shortlisted in the three categories above, they will be invited to Retrofit Live to deliver a 5-minute presentation to judges, followed by a 10-minute Q&A where judges will probe further. More detailed information on this will be communicated upon practices being notified of their shortlisted status
  • 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.

Note: All other shortlisted categories will be invited to present their projects to the judging panel via Zoom, between June 24 - July 5