Judging Panel


The HSAUDC Judging Panel will include:

  • Sean Mahon, RIAI
  • Matt Gallagher, CIF
  • Ger Craddock, CEUD
  • Neil Murphy, CEUD
  • Robert Geraghty, Enterprise Ireland
  • Ali Grehan, Dublin City Council
  • Dearbhla McClean, Dublin City Council
  • Joan Mac Mahon, DHPCLG
  • John Wickham, DHPCLG
  • Nason Fallon, DHPCLG
  • James Hubbard, CEUD – Chair of the Judging Panel
Sean Mahon
Sean MahonB.Arch MRIAI RIBA Architect Managing Director
Sean Mahon is Managing Director of O’ Connell Mahon Architects; a leading healthcare design practice based in Dublin. Sean graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) in 1986, and is a founding director of O’Connell Mahon Architects in 1998.

Sean has over 20 years’ experience in strategic design, planning and development of healthcare facilities. His projects include winning designs and submissions for many of the recent leading healthcare projects, including the new National Children’s Hospital (2014); National Maternity Hospital (2014); National Rehabilitation Hospital (2013); Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit (2012); National Programme for Radiation Oncology (2008), and a series of Elderly Residential projects (2007-2010). He has served on the various boards and committees within the architectural and healthcare sectors in Ireland and has frequently lectured on current developments and trends in healthcare architecture. He is a former President of the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI).

Matt Gallagher
Matt GallagherBuilder/ Developer
Earlsfort Group and Ravenshall Developments. Former President Construction Industry Federation and past Chair of the Irish Homebuilders Association.
Dr Gerald Craddock
Dr Gerald CraddockCentre for Excellence in Universal Design
Dr Craddock heads up the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, a statutory body established by the Irish Government. He is an expert evaluator for the European Commission’s research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. He is past president of AAATE. He has published widely in peer reviewed journals as well as continuing as a visiting lecturer at the University College Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. His qualifications are Electronic Engineering degree, a Postgraduate Diploma in Social and Vocational Rehabilitation Management, and a PhD in Disability Studies.
James Hubbard - Chair of the Judging Panel
James Hubbard - Chair of the Judging PanelCentre for Excellence in Universal Design
As a Senior Design Advisor for Products and Services in Ireland, James Co-Chaired the world’s first national standards on Universal Design. At the National Disability Authority’s, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, he manages research projects, develops design guidance, advises design policy and promotes Universal Design in education through, curriculum development and design challenge events. Previously he worked over 20 years at university in the USA, teaching, consulting and supervising new product development with a focus on design for Human Factors Engineering and Assistive Technology.
Neil Murphy MRIAI
Neil Murphy MRIAICentre for Excellence in Universal Design
Neil Murphy took up the post as Senior Built Environment Advisor at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in October of 2008. He is a graduate of Dublin Institute of Technology, Bolton Street & Trinity College Dublin with an honours degree in Architecture. He is also a registered Architect with the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, MRIAI.

Neil has worked on a wide variety of projects in commercial Architecture in various Berlin & Dublin firms as both a Project & Site Architect for 12 years including winning an award for a boardwalk and river front amenity in 2007.

Neil was the project manager for the revision of ‘Building for Everyone: A Universal Design Approach’, the ‘Universal Design Guidelines for Homes in Ireland’ and the ‘Universal Design Guidelines Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers’. Neil is also a member of the RIAI’s Universal Design Taskforce and is a judge on several professional design organisations annual awards juries.

Robert GeraghtySenior Technology Advisor to the Construction, Cleantech & Consumer Retail Department
Robert GERAGHTY has a degree in Industrial Chemistry (1985; UL) and PhD in Biochemistry (1992; QUB). His PhD research focussed on chemical neurotransmission. Between 1992 & 1995 he conducted post-doctoral research at the Royal Victoria Hospital on behalf of Boots Pharmaceuticals and Parke Davis Warner Lambert Pharmaceuticals into novel treatments for congestive heart failure.

In 1995 he joined Enterprise Ireland (EI) and in 1996 he was promoted to Manager of Patents and Licensing of EI BIO, the Biotechnology Directorate. In 2000, he took the post of Senior Marketing Advisor in EI’s Paris Office with responsibility for the healthcare sector. In 2006, he returned to Dublin to take up the role of Senior Development Advisor to EI’s Clean Technology sectoral team and, in 2008, transferred to the Environmental Goods and Services Department. He worked closely with the beef and dairy processing sectors to improve efficiencies and reduce their environmental footprint.

He is currently employed as a Senior Technology Advisor to the Construction, Cleantech & Consumer Retail Department where he advises EI clients on all matters relating to product/process R&D and innovation development including project eligibility, project funding (feasibility, capital, R&D, collaborative partnerships, EU), project scoping and application processing.

Ali Grehan
Ali GrehanDublin City Architect
Dublin City Architect, Ali Grehan leads the team responsible for developing a broad urban design agenda including the delivery of diverse projects in relation to the civic realm, housing, social, community and cultural infrastructure. Her career has spanned private practice in Dublin, London and Bilbao, and in the Public Sector; where her particular focus has been on large-scale urban regeneration, housing and infrastructure projects. Prior to becoming City Architect in 2008, Ali was Chief Architect with Ballymun Regeneration Ltd; a regeneration project which encompassed the full spectrum of development required for a sustainable town for 30,000 people. She also worked with the RPA delivering Dublin’s first LUAS Light Rail system which has changed the face of public transport in Dublin. Ali devised and coordinated Dublin’s bid for World Design Capital 2014, now continuing as the design platform, PIVOT Dublin.
Dearbhla McClean Dublin City Architects Division
Dearbhla McClean is an architect who has worked on Housing design from the beginning of her career in 1994. She joined the public sector in 2002 and during her time with Fingal County Council she was trained as an Accessibility Auditor through Jordanstown University. Now with Dublin City Architects Division, she works on a variety of projects: housing projects for the Elderly as well as upgrading public libraries for Universal Accessibility.
Joan MacMahon Dip. Arch, B Arch Sc., MRIAI
Joan MacMahon Dip. Arch, B Arch Sc., MRIAIArchitect Advisor, DHPC&LG
Architect Advisor, DHPC&LG. Joan graduated from DIT in 1998 and prior to joining the Department in 2016, she was engaged in private practice, and has a wide range of experience as a senior project architect in public and private residential, community, and commercial buildings as well as in urban design and masterplanning projects. Joan has a keen interest in architectural education and has served as a member of the Technical Assessment Panel of the RIAI, as a studio tutor in the DIT School of Architecture, and as external examiner in the DIT Professional Practice examination programme.
John Wickham BSc(Eng) Dip Eng CEng MIEI MIStructE
John Wickham BSc(Eng) Dip Eng CEng MIEI MIStructEDepartment of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
john is a Chartered Member of Engineers Ireland and a Chartered Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers and has worked for engineering design consultancies in Ireland and abroad, overseeing the design and construction of multiple commercial and residential buildings. Since 2008, in his current position, as an Adviser in the Building Standards Section of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, he has responsibility for implementation of the Building Control System, maintenance of certain parts of the Building Regulations and implementation of EU Regulations for the marketing of construction products in Ireland. John is Chairman of the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge Steering Group.
Nason Fallon
Nason FallonDepartment of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
Nason is a Higher Executive Officer in the Building Standards Section of the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, supporting the development of policies, legislation and measures in support of achieving a strong and evolving building code which supports quality construction and sustainable development. Nason is a member of the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge Steering Group. Nason holds a BA (Hons) Business Studies and a Bachelor of Laws LL.B. Nason has previously worked at the Department of the Taoiseach, was a member of the secretariat to the Convention on the Constitution and acted as Head of Administration at the Commission of Investigation (Fennelly Commission) before joining the Department in 2015.