Judging Criteria_

There are five criteria that your entry will be measured against.

Ensure that the material you submit evidences your consideration for each of these criteria:

1 Design Thinking

How did your research into your chosen aspect of making inform your design?  How did you develop, test, iterate and refine your proposal?  You should also demosntrate how the key criteria have been met.

2 Sustainability

How is your design environmentally responsible?  Have you minimised material usage and considered an afterlife for its components

3 Execution

We are looking for a high quality design that is in keeping with the Festival of Making.

4 Suitability

How is your design suitable for your chosen maker?  How does your design meet their specific needs/requirements?  The MakerSheds are intended as external spaces, therefore the design should be weather tight and provide sufficient shelter and security for the Makers and their equipment.

5 Buildability

We are looking for designs that can be built to budget and constructed safely on site (under the direction of Placeshakers and FoM volunteers) as such your submission should set out how you have tested your design and how you envisage this could be undertaken.


Meet the Judges…


Wayne Hemingway MBE is co –founder of HemingwayDesign and one of the UK’s most well-known designers and entrepreneurs. HemingwayDesign’s work takes the company across interiors, landscape, planning and housing regeneration, to exhibitions, event planning, products and fashion and all done with a community-focused conscience. Wayne is on the Design Council Trustee Board and on the Design Council CABE Committee. He got an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list of 2006, is a Professor in The Built Environment Department of Northumbria University, a Doctor of Design at Wolverhampton, Lancaster and Stafford, and a Fellow of Blackburn College and Regents University.




Alastair Parvin is a strategic designer, civic entrepreneur and the co-founder of WikiHouse Foundation. He is currently working on better housing systems, open source sustainable technology, distributed production and how the digital revolution might help us reinvent our housing economy and build more resilient, democratic cities. Although he trained in architecture, his work extends outside its traditional framework, looking at the invisible economic, social, political and industrial forces behind it. He is a co-inventor of WikiHouse, a digital building system which is using open design and distributed digital manufacturing to radically democratise the production of homes.




Franziska Hatton is a designer and maker working in the field of speculative and critical design. The aim of Franziska’s work is to ignite discussion and debate about the choices that we make as a society, highlighting potential changes to the status quo and providing critical reflection on our current trajectory. Taking factual conditions and theoretical concepts to fabricate scenarios and pieces that tap into current issues. Franziska’s installations create an experience for an audience to question the world around them, using both traditional and modern methods of making.

Recent works include –

‘Neither You Nor I’ – Sculpture, Battersea Park.

‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ – Visual Display Animation, Sting and Peter Gabriel’s North America Tour.




Altaf Master is an Associate Architect at Capita, with over 12 year’s design and delivery experience across a number of different sectors ranging from airports to university buildings.  Altaf has won multiple awards for his projects which include St Silas Primary School, BAE Systems reception facility, Samlesbury and Blackburn Bus Station.  Altaf is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and his work has been published in the leading architectural publications as well as the national press.