The following 4 Judges will make their recommendations to the Scottish Ministers:

  • Iain ConnellyArchitect and former President of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland.
  • Alistair MacDonald – Planner and former Convenor of the Royal Town Planning Institute.
  • Dr Lori McElroy MBE – Director of Building Energy Performance and Research, BRE
  • Craig McLaren – Director of Scotland of Ireland in the Royal Town Planning Institute

As with previous years, we continue to welcome PAS as a guest Judge to review the community engagement aspect, where relevant, within your entries. We are delighted, therefore, that David McAllister (Manager -Training) will represent PAS again this year.

Iain Connelly

After qualifying, Iain joined Sir Frank Mears & Partners in 1978. He moved to Torrance Oliver Architects, Dunfermline in 1979 where he worked on residential, industrial and commercial projects. In 1983 he joined Dunfermline District Council, progressing to Principal Architect with responsibility for the award winning restoration of Abbot House, Dunfermline and the new Dalgety Bay Library. In 1996 Iain became Area Manager for Fife Council, leading a large, multi-disciplinary, practice. In March 2002 he became Head of Property Services with over 200 staff. Iain represented Fife Council on the Society of Chief Architects in Local Authorities and was its first Scotland President (2004-2006). On Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) Council since 2004, Iain sat on the Consultancy Committee and was Vice-Convenor of the Government and Consultancy Committee. Throughout his career he has campaigned to promote to promote the benefits of well-designed buildings. Iain was President of the Royal Incorporation from 2013 to 2015.

Alistair MacDonald

A former Convenor of the RTPI in Scotland, Alistair has been a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute since 1983.  He is the former Head of Planning and Building Control for Glasgow City Council and was Chair of Heads of Planning Scotland. He is the founding Director of ALS Planning Ltd and remains a Trustee of Glasgow City Heritage Trust serving on the Grants Committee. Since 2013 he has chaired (on behalf of the RTPI) the Joint Historic Environment Group, a collaboration between COSLA and the Scottish Government. He became a Director of Glasgow Humane Society in 2015.

Dr Lori McElroy (MBE)

Dr Lori McElroy is an Environmental Engineer with a Masters in Design Philosophy from Glasgow School of Art and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Following on from leading the Sust. Programme for A&DS, Lori recently joined BRE as Director of Building Energy Performance and Research for Scotland, Wales and the South West of England. Lori is a past Board member of A&DS, a past panel member of the Building Standards Advisory Committee and has contributed to numerous panels and steering groups including chairing the working groups on the development of Section 7 (Sustainability) and participation on the recently reconvened Sullivan Panel for Scottish Building Standards and participation on the Historic Scotland advisory group for the National Centre for Conservation. She was a member of the Sustainable Housing Strategy Group and is actively involved as a founding partner of Retrofit Scotland.

Craig McLaren

Craig is Director of Scotland of Ireland in the Royal Town Planning Institute. He took up post with RTPI in January 2011 and works with around 2,500 RTPI members in Scotland and Ireland to shape and inform policy and practice to ensure that planning helps to create great places for people. Prior to this Craig spent almost 8 years setting up, and then managing, the Scottish Centre for Regeneration in Scottish Government and its agency Communities Scotland, as its Director. Between 1997 and 2003 Craig was Chief Executive of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), the independent network promoting best practice in regeneration. He was Scottish Planning Policy Officer with the RTPI between 1994 and 1997, and before this he worked as a planner and economic development officer for the London Borough of Kingston upon Thames. Craig is a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Institute of Economic Development and is an Academician of the Institute of Urbanism. He is a Trustee of Resilient Scotland Ltd and Scotland’s Towns Partnership. Craig was recently asked by Scottish Government to Chair the National Waking Strategy Implementation Group.





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