Each year the GenK Contest projects are judged by practicing architects and industry experts who know how to identify and evaluate the best work. These judges are hand selected by Kingspan. Their experience and understanding of the industry's rigorous demands makes them highly qualified to determine the overall GenK winners.
Lira Luis, AIA, RIBA, NCARB, CeM, LEED AP BD+C
A multi-licensed architect who developed her skills through learning by doing.
With 20 years of extensive global experience in architecture and design industry offices, she effectively held diversified responsibilities as Principal Architect for 4 years, Project Architect/Project Manager for 8 years, and Design Manager for 8 years, for clients that included several of the Fortune 500 companies in North America as well as Asia and Europe. Managed, directed, and designed projects with construction budgets from $250,000 to $450 Million USD, that resulted in high-performance buildings and awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certifications.
Successfully completed rigorous academic architecture programs, she graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture, with high honors earning a 3.7 GPA equivalent, from the University of Santo Tomas.
She is also a certified Electronic Marketing Professional earning her credential via a third-party Marketing certification called CeMA.
Alejandro Medina, AIA
Alejandro Medina is a licensed architect works for Clark Nexsen, one of America’s leading architecture and design firms, as cited in the Almanac of Architecture & Design, Design Intelligence’s annual fact book and ranked as one of the Top 500 National Design Firms by Engineering News-Record. Mr. Medina has over six years of experience in the design of higher education, sports, government, public, and commercial projects. His design experience includes facilities such as fitness centers, arenas, museums, office buildings, dormitories, classrooms, dining halls, hangars, and various other addition and renovation work. Mr. Medina is a graduate of Virginia Tech where he earned a Master and Bachelor of Architecture.
Annamaria Perruccio holds an undergraduate degree in Architecture from Ryerson University in Toronto, ON and a Masters of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI. She is licensed with the Ontario Association of Architects. As a Senior Project Manager at ARK|Petroff, Annamaria's roles and responsibilities in the firm include design and coordination of projects from initial concept through construction documents, municipal approvals and on-site problem solving. Annamaria has extensive research and practical experience in retail and commercial development bringing an impressive depth of understanding to all her projects.
Amanda Chebalo, AIA, NCARB
Amanda Chebalo is an emerging architect who is committed to producing quality designs which enhance human interaction with the built environment. She graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a Masters in Architecture degree in 2004 and was inducted into the Tao Sigma Delta honor society. From 2004 to 2012 she was employed at AECOM in Virginia Beach (formerly HSMM) where she completed the NCARB Intern Development Program and passed her Architectural Registration Exams. Throughout her tenure there she was promoted as a Project Architect and an Associate of the company. She traveled throughout the United States and Canada designing facilities of public interest for local, state, and federal governments. In 2012, Amanda was hired by Lyall Design Architects and has served as a Project Manager on a variety of building types including recreational, commercial, and medical facilities located within the Hampton Roads region. Balancing her career and family life is very important to Amanda as she is a mother of 2 school aged daughters. Volunteering as a Girl Scout troop leader has been a fulfilling way for her to give back to the community while creating lasting memories. She also has participated in local design exhibitions for organizations such as the Norfolk Botanical Gardens and the Food Bank of South Hampton Roads.
Chris has been involved in a variety of architecture projects for the past 20 years, ranging from healthcare, commercial offices, education facilities, to multifamily. He has also managed the sustainability services for 12 LEED certified projects, including two platinum certified for the UNT Apogee Stadium and HKS Headquarters. Currently Chris is a Project Architect for Gensler in their Dallas office. He is also actively involved in the local chapters of AIA, CSI, and USGBC. Chris is the co-chair of the AIA Dallas 2030 Professional Series, on the board of directors of the USGBC NTX chapter, and a past-president for the CSI Dallas chapter.
Dirk Redhead, IA AIBC Experience
Dirk Redhead has been directing architecture for 18 years. He manages and executes all aspects of the design; from program development to concept design, budgeting, and integrated construction deliverables. His project experience crosses several specialties including mixed-use residential, institutional, education, sporting venues and recreation buildings.
Dirk's relevant experience with Kingspan centres on projects in Vancouver. The Westmount building is the flagship location for Vancouver-based Westsea Properties.
James Vasto is a principal at B+H Architects in Vancouver British Columbia. James brings over 18 years of professional experience to B+H Architects where he has played a key role in the design and planning of large-scale commercial, industrial, institutional, corporate and retail projects throughout North America and is known for his ability to drive projects through all phases of design and documentation. James’ responsibilities have included project management, design, contract documentation, contract administration and coordinating consultants. James approaches each project as a new challenge, bringing an enthusiastic and positive attitude that permeates the entire design team.
Originally born in Southwest Ontario, James was drawn to Architecture at a young age, combining his love for construction and the creative arts into one multi-faceted career. Early on James spent years working on revitalization projects in the suburbs of Detroit Michigan often incorporating urban planning skills with creative architectural design. Today James focuses on leading projects through the complex administrative and political processes often associated with municipal governments including rezoning and bylaw amendments.
Jeana Stright, LEED AP, Associate AIA
Jeana Stright is an architectural designer at Wendel Companies in Alexandria, VA. She studied architecture at Virginia Tech and graduated as a finalist in the Pella Design Competition. After working in the residential sector, Jeana brought her passion and inspired design to transportation architecture. Currently, she is helping to lead Wendel Alexandria’s design studio in their exploration of movement and connectivity while maintaining seamless integration of environmentally responsible methods of building. Jeana is working on several projects including Waterbury Bus Maintenance Facility in Waterbury Connecticut, Western Bus Facility for Potomac and Rappahannock Transit Commission in Manassas, VA and Blacksburg Transit Intermodal Center in Blacksburg, VA. She also has a passion for teaching, which has lead her to educate young children about design through the University of Virginia’s Saturday Enrichment Program.
Damien Murtagh, LEED AP, Associate AIA
Damien graduated from Hull School of Architecture with distinction in 1994. Soon after graduating, Damien worked in Treviso, Italy with renowned Italian architect Toni Follina. He was a part of the design team that was highly commended for THEIR competition entry for The National Museum of Korea.
In 1996, Damien worked with Hamilton Young Architects in both their Dublin and Sligo studios in Ireland. He was the lead architect on The Millennium Bridge Competition, Dublin which was highly commended.
Damien opened his own practice in 1999, Damien Murtagh Architecture + Design. A number of his works have been documented in International publications including ‘World’s Best Houses’; ‘100 Country Houses’; ‘Details in Architecture’, and Front cover of RIAI House Magazine, His work has also featured on TV.
The Arckit System
Arckit is a ground breaking concept in the field of scaled architectural model making which was conceived be Damien in 2011. As an architect he has always appreciated the importance of the physical working model as an integral part of the design process.
With the advent of the digital era, traditional architectural model making has never advanced until now. Arckit's freeform system enables architects to physically design, build and modify a real model just about as fast as they can draw it on screen. Its unique patented ‘snap together' components are based on the principals of modern panelled building techniques and it is the first professional reusable modelling system of its kind in the world. Global architect, Sir David Chipperfield calls Arckit 'A sophisticated form of Lego'.