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Meet the designers, consultants, developers and end-users taking on the judging challenge at this year’s Mixology North22 Awards.

28/09/2022 5 min read

Now in their 14th year, the Mixology North22 Awards are one of the most anticipated commercial interiors events of the year, recognising the very best in projects, products and people across the North of the UK.

Entries for the Mixology North22 Awards close on Friday 30 September at 23:59

Start your entry here

Finalists and winners will be revealed at the Mixology North22 Awards, taking place on Thursday 1st December at Manchester Central, Manchester.

This year’s impressive judging panel are all experts in their fields, and key players in the world of commercial interior design – comprising designers, consultants, developers and end-users all heavily involved in the sector.

Roger Stephenson OBE
Chair of Judges
Managing Partner
stephenson hamilton risley STUDIO

Roger Stephenson OBE founded his Practice in 1979, which has been deeply involved in the urban regeneration of Manchester. Roger has completed many of Manchester’s significant buildings: the new building for Chetham’s School of Music was shortlisted for the Sterling Prize. In 2001, Roger received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Architecture and is also a visiting Professor at Liverpool University School of Architecture.


Alan Bainbridge
Director for BBC Workplace

Director for BBC Workplace, which has over 150 locations across the UK, Alan has over 30 years’ experience in construction, property and facilities management. His involvement in flagship schemes from PFI, retail, commercial and media has given him a breadth of understanding across the market from owner to occupier and across the supply chain.

Alan led the delivery of the award winning transformational MediaCityUK in Salford for the BBC and Central Square, Cardiff the new HQ of BBC Wales. He is a passionate advocate of the role that property can play in business when done properly. He is committed to using the best in British manufacturing and fabrication, and is also on the committee for the BSI PAS-6463 inclusivity in Workplace design.


Alex Duffy
Head of Operations
Epic Games

Alex has worked in finance and operational roles across a variety of industries including manufacturing, travel, and digital marketing before landing at Cubic Motion 6 years ago. Since moving into the computer games industry she has overseen several construction projects including the building of a world-leading motion capture stage and a significant office expansion. When Cubic Motion was bought by Epic Games three years ago she progressed into a senior operational role and has been leading projects to double the Manchester office space, as well as multiple fit-out projects to implement emerging scan technology across the UK, US and Europe.


Muriel Altunaga
Strategy Lead

Muriel Altunaga is a Cuban born Architect with two master’s degrees; one in building heritage and the other in smart buildings and environmental architecture. At the start of the dot-com boom she worked with hi-tec, cutting edge technology companies that were very focused on creating great places to work. Muriel now works for global architecture and design firm HLW where she is the Strategy Lead for EMEA. Muriel is part of the HLW’s Strategy and Research team ARK, who provide workplace strategy for clients, reflecting unique, core business objectives whilst supporting the functional demands of the workforce.


Peter Jackson
Director: North West Property

Peter leads F+G’s Property operation in the North West, charged with growing the company’s client base within the commercial, mixed-use and leisure markets. With over 25 years of development and construction experience, Peter has led the successful delivery of numerous high profile projects and programmes for clients including Aviva, HRMC, Royal London and MTV.


Lee Oxley
Head of Workplace
Channel 4

With 20 years’ experience working across Professional Services, Media and Technology businesses such as Oracle, NBCUniversal, Experian and most recently Channel 4, where he is Head of Workspace, he brings a large portfolio of creating Workspaces both here and internationally, having worked overseas in the US and South East Asia, building up an extensive level of experience in Real Estate. He is proponent within businesses to better understand and value how Workspaces are a key component for every business– in particular delivering exciting and vibrant workspaces with integrated technology to improve how people interact with the space.


Ryan Crown Crown Creative

Ryan Crown
Creative Director
Crown Creative

Ryan Crown is the Founder of Crown Creative – a creative agency for the hospitality industry. Through concept development, brand strategy, visual identity and interior design, Crown’s team creates work that is both beautiful and meaningful for their clients across the US and the UK. Crown’s experience extends from Michelin-Star restaurants to global hoteliers, including Marriott, Waldorf Astoria and Hilton, and everything in between. Additionally, Crown has developed and operated concepts of his own – Neighbourhood Cafe, Hill Street Hatch and the award-winning Toast Office. This means that Crown thinks like an owner, and brings this acumen to the table when completing a brief.


Sax Arshad
Founder + Creative Director
Zanna Hospitality Group

Arshad and his team operate and consults in the sector covering the North West, Midlands, Yorkshire and Wales, working with brands such as Evelyns, Gooey, Mughli and Bacino. Zanna are a diverse and dynamic team that are passionate about all things hospitality.


Matthew Morten
Head of Building Surveying
Bruntwood Works

Matthew has been a Building Surveyor at Bruntwood for 11 years, spending the majority of this time Project Managing and Developing Commercial Office Building Refurbishments in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham. Matthew’s most successful projects to date include Neo (Manchester), Cornerblock (Birmingham) and the ongoing West Village Leeds Redevelopment.


Sam Sahni
Head of Strategy

Highly experienced within the consulting and construction industry, Sam’s knowledge comes from exposure to a variety of sectors including Finance, FMCG, Real Estate and Engineering. He’s a dynamic leader and thinker, with the ability to build business, develop client bases and take accountability for complex projects. Sam has also authored a number of organisational white papers and presented at industry conferences.


Ed Snaith

Ed forms part of the Allied London development team, with a remit to deliver the development and fit-out of the group’s expanding flex workspace (Department) offer alongside other core business projects. With a background in project managing commercial office fit-out and the refurbishment of existing building stock, Ed has worked with numerous serviced/flex workspace operators including FORA, TOG and British Land. Enabling architects to deliver high quality design, form and function should sit in harmony to enable businesses and their talent to thrive.


 Jonathan Stirzaker Philips
Associate Director

Jonathan is a Chartered Building Surveyor specialising in Project Management. Jonathan has experience in delivering a diverse range of projects through the full project life cycle; including commercial office and luxury health care fit-outs and high-end residential and commercial new build, representing clients including Bupa, Richmond Villages and Roku.


Joya Zaman
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

An active member of the BCO, Joya’s skills like predominately in commercial and mixed-use projects and she completed the commercial aspect of the Circle Square development in Manchester in 2021, made up of two speculative offices and subterranean pavilions below a landscaped public realm.

In July 2020, Joya worked on a net zero carbon, CLT timber commercial building containing both affordable B1 light industrial workshops and workplace on Old Paradise Street, Lambeth which has won the NLA award for Unbuilt Workplace 2020 and the WAFX Climate, Energy & Carbon Award 2021.  It is currently moving into Stage 4.  Another project Joya is working on is a mixed-use masterplan in the heart of Bristol on the St Mary le Port site for new commercial buildings, bring two Scheduled Monuments back to life and extensive public realm.

Joya is also currently a Part 3 Examiner at the University of Westminster and a Mentor at You Make It and the Architecture Race Forum.

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