Calling All Creatives 2020: The Judges

Meet our 2020 Design Competition Judges

“Home provides physical and psychological sanctuary. It has been a guardian of identity.” (De Botton, 2006: 11).

Building on the success of the 2018 & 2019 Best of Birmingham | Calling All Creatives competition, the Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA) is delighted to announce the panel of judges for the 2020 competition who will now face the daunting task of awarding the Birmingham Architectural Creative Designer Awards to this year’s winners.

Good luck to everyone who has entered Calling All Creatives: HOME


Calling All Creatives Home Judging Panel


Aina is a multidisciplinary Senior Interior Designer who is passionate about creating spaces that tell a story and create emotions.

Having worked for award-winning practices such as SBDP and Gensler, she has worked on a wide variety and scale of projects, both local and international as well as residential and commercial.

Having designed interiors for restaurants, hotels, casinos, student accommodation, retail and residential, she has specialised in designing inspirational and practical offices which revitalise the workplace for a more human-centered experience.

Mark has been working in the Architecture industry since 2002. He is a Registered Architect in the UK with the Architects’ Registration Board and also an internationally registered Architect with NCARB & AIA in the United States, Illinois and the Netherlands. As well as a WELL AP (Accredited professional) and a LEED AP in Building Design and Construction with US Green Building Council.

Mark attended University of California, Berkeley Masters in Architecture as an Ambassadorial Scholar from Rotary-International, an internationally competitive academic-scholarship. Mark’s M.Arch Thesis from the University of California at Berkeley architecture department received the KMD Excellence in Digital Architecture Prize, and five other Department prizes.


Ben McPhee – Associated Architects Brand Manager & BAA Creative Lead

Ben is the Marketing and Brand Manager for Birmingham and Leeds-based, AJ100 practice, Associated Architects. He plays a crucial role in the implementation and oversight of the BAA’s visual identity, marketing strategy and communications. He is keen to widen the reach of the BAA and continue its growth, supporting all of the built environment professionals in Birmingham and the Midlands.

Following 12 years as a Graphic Designer, Ben – a Fine Art graduate, moved into Marketing and Design Management and has had a varied career across multiple sectors. He has worked in both Birmingham and London bringing an extensive background stemming from experience with national high street retailers, international property law, and architecture. He has worked with numerous large-scale organisations including the RIBA, The Co-operative Group and Channel 4.


Becki grew up in Birmingham and studied at Portsmouth University for her RIBA Part 1 and BCU for her RIBA Part 2 and Part 3. Having worked in a number of practices within the City Centre, she gained invaluable experience in the design and construction of educational buildings.

Becki first became involved with the RIBA as an Architectural ambassador volunteering within local schools to help develop children’s experience, knowledge and understanding of architecture and the built environment around them. She also worked on the Learn it, Earn it programme and delivered presentations at Coventry and Wolverhampton Universities about life in Architectural Practice. She found this a massively rewarding experience and after working on various projects with the regional RIBA team, Becki realised the potential opportunities and scope for further development across the West Midlands. This lead to her joining the RIBA as the new Regional Director in February.


Alexander Edwards – Artist and Founder – Brumhaus

Alexander Edwards was born in Birmingham and attended Bournville Institute of Art & Design and University of Wolverhampton. His early career was as an Environmental Graphic Designer, before becoming a full time artist in 2017.

Influenced by art, design and architecture, Alex often uses geometric patterns and architectural features, his work interprets places and spaces, creating unique visions of buildings and city skylines.