Putting the Indo-Pacific region’s most progressive design and architecture on the global stage.
Entries for the INDE.Awards 2024 are now open.
The Indo-Pacific’s most progressive buildings, spaces, objects and people. We award those who break barriers and do great things.
Honouring the past 12 months of exceptional architecture and design.
The grand prize for the region’s most progressive architecture, The Building is awarded to the project that marks a new direction in the future of architecture as well as its capacity to respond to its local place and culture.
High-density living is about much more than efficiency. We honour a multi-residential building that is designed with equal consideration for community, site, sustainability, human experience and market needs.
Homestead, shophouse or apartment, to live well is to respond to one’s place. We award the region’s most inspiring home, the architecture, interior and exterior, that dwells thoughtfully and sensitively within its site and place, and responds with intelligence to its local context and culture.
The workplace is social and cultural, as much as it is functional. This award honours a workspace design that meets the demands of work and the needs of people.
Some of the most impressive spaces are those where people interact and play. We honour a hospitality or F&B space that tells a relevant story, captures the imagination, and brings people together.
Retail takes many guises today, but in physical retail spaces, impact and experience are critical. We award a space with mastery over retail’s shifting ground.
A spectrum of formal and informal spaces is emerging in the education context. We honour an environment that promotes connection and learning in the ways it needs to happen today.
The spaces in which we seek health and wellness services are evolving. We honour a place for wellness that gives equal emphasis to procedure and human experience.
The Interior Space recognises outstanding interior design, crafted for residential living. The design sets its own narrative, demonstrates originality and creativity, and is undoubtedly innovative. It is simply the very best interior design that enhances life.
How does design change our world for the better? The Influencer is a product or project that represents how design impacts the region and the world at large. The Influencer demonstrates how progressive design can improve the world.
The Photographer – Commercial award recognises the immense contribution that photographers bring to the architecture and design community as well as the general community through their work. The image and visual documentation of a project is imperative for storytelling but most importantly, this category showcases the special talent of a photographer in capturing the essence of projects in the commercial realm within our region.
Capturing the essence of a home and providing a visual story to the architecture and design, The Photographer – Residential award recognises excellence in residential photography throughout the Indo-Pacific region.
Not all objects are created equal. We look at how they function, what they signify, and how they respond to the needs of people. Here, we award the region’s most original players in modern industrial design.
The highest of accolades, the Best Of The Best is awarded to one top-scoring winner on the night. This lucky winner has not only taken out the top prize for their category, but has the highest scoring entry of all winners.
Forget following trends; this award honours someone who sparks them. The Prodigy sees no distinction between design disciplines. The next wunderkind.
The Luminary award recognises excellence in a career in design and celebrates the contribution of industry icons. Each year four Luminaries are nominated and showcased across Indesign Media Asia Pacific platforms and accorded the highest of all accolades, that of being named a Luminary. Each Luminary sets an example for us all and they are truly an inspiration to be honoured.
The Graduate award recognises and celebrates a final year architecture student who shows outstanding promise in their chosen course. Through innovation and creativity the student aspires to make a mark on the profession and break new ground through design.
In order to showcase the best of the best, we’re relying on the careful curatorial eye of a prestigious judging panel. We select judges who know our region and hold an international perspective. They are all progressive thought leaders from the design and built environment industries.
Powered by their insights, the INDE.Awards will light up the design world with the prowess of Indo-Pacific.
Adam Goodrum Studios
Adam Goodrum is one of Australia’s preeminent industrial designers. Raised in Perth, his designs are inflected with honesty and integrity, his process anchored in a sense of inventiveness. A graduate of the University of Technology Sydney, Goodrum is at the forefront of a new generation of designers forging an identifiable Australian aesthetic. Fresh, performance-oriented, inherently elegant, his furniture and lighting for Cult, Tait and Broached Commissions celebrate process and craftsmanship, accentuating components and joinery to create functional pieces imbued with distinct personality. Internationally Adam works with prestige brands including Alessi, Cappellini, Normann Copenhagen and Veuve Clicquot. Adam is also one half of A&A, a collectible design practice focussed on unique straw marquetry furniture pieces. Goodrum has been awarded numerous design accolades, including recently being inducted into the DIA Hall of Fame, NGV Rigg Prize winner, Vogue x Alessi Design Prize, Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, Indesign Luminary Award and the Idea Awards Editor’s Medal. His work has been showcased throughout the world and has been acquired by the Powerhouse / MAAS, Art Gallery WA, NGV, NGA, London Design Museum and the Gent Design Museum, Belgium.
Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Indesignlive.com, bringing together a breadth of experience in design, digital, and publishing.
Aleesha started her career as an interior designer practising in Brisbane after graduating with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology. While living and working in Berlin, Aleesha was the curator for Architectuul’s Architects in Love video series, which debuted as an Associated Project for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Aleesha’s writing has appeared in the pages of Indesign, Habitus, Details, Mezzanine and Studio. Over the past eight years, she has honed a passion for all things design and digital having worked in roles with the Australian Institute of Architects and various digital agencies.
At Indesign Media, Aleesha is able to get to the bottom of design by interviewing the brightest talent, and exploring the themes that are shaping the design and architecture industry today.
Principal, Studio Tate
Alex Hopkins is the director of Studio Tate, an interior architecture practice of designers and thinkers committed to intelligent design in projects that reflect the way we live, work and play. Alex’s infectious energy and resourceful determination are why she excels at developing creative solutions across the studio, whether on the business or design side. With extensive experience across the residential, workplace and hospitality portfolios, at Studio Tate Alex’s varied responsibilities include design review and direction as well as practice strategy. A people person, you always know when Alex is in the room, her style – classic with a certain je ne sais quoi – extends to her abilities to inject colour and life into any space and setting.
Alice Blackwood is a design editor and journalist, with a background in branding and communications strategy. For 20 years Alice has been a passionate advocate of the Australian architecture and design industry. She served as Editor on Indesign magazine and Indesignlive.com until 2023; has contributed in a programming capacity on major international design festivals, and the INDE.Awards since its inception in 2016; and helped to establish numerous major platforms that recognise and celebrate the region’s most exciting architecture and design, and elevate those industry leaders into the global spotlight.
“Our region’s architecture and design industry is defined by a fresh and sharp-sighted entrepreneurial spirit. We see bold propositions and the flawless execution of complex ideas that go on to achieve world-leading outcomes. I’m fascinated by all the moving parts of our design community – the businesses, the brands, the big-thinkers and everyday-doers,” she says.
Alice remains an active member of the Australian design and media industries as a Moderator, MC, Judge, Commentator, Mentor and Advisor.
Amy Muir is an architect and director of MUIR, a Melbourne based architecture practice established in 2016. The practice engages with a range of projects including resisdential, public and institutional briefs bringing a sympathetic and strategic attitude to the varying contexts that they work within. The practice is underpinned by a firm belief in project- based research that investigates the language of memory and place.
Holding degrees in Interior Design and Architecture from RMIT University enables Amy to place equal value on the holistic crafting of interior and external form as one. In her previous role as Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a current lecturer at RMIT University, Amy is committed to establishing strong links between teaching, research, practice and public advocacy.
Founder and Principal Designer, lyth design
Apoorva Shroff is the founder and principal designer for the boutique architecture firm lyth design. Founded in 2022 and spearheaded by Shroff, the design practice aims to translate inspirations, ideas and memories into efficient and practical spatial solutions that are also breathtaking.
Since its inception, the practice has gained immense traction among a growing roster of noteworthy clients that includes Prestige, Supreme Builders and Central Square Foundation. Shroff’s work has been showcased across some of the most prominent global design publications and she has also been invited to share her expertise and judge various juries at esteemed institutions like INFID.
Shroff has over two decades of experience in the industry. Along with lyth, Shroff occasionally teaches at Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, bridging the gap between academia and practice, mentoring students to become professionals of tomorrow.
Chan Ee Mun is a Director at WOHA. He obtained his Master of Architecture from the National University of Singapore and has been associated with the architectural practice since its inception. Ee Mun is driven by his intrinsic interest in Tropical Urbanity and its change-making potential in shaping responsive architectural solutions to modern issues of density and climate change. His work is characterised by its people-centric approach which is spatially engaging, programmatically vibrant and environmentally responsive.
Founder & Director, Pakatan Reka Arkitek Sdn Bhd
David Teh is the Founder and Director of Pakatan Reka Arkitek Sdn Bhd, a leading and award winning architecture firm based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. PRA was established in 1979 and has an extensive design and building portfolio that includes masterplans, offices, shopping malls, schools, hotels, apartments and condominiums. David Teh leads the design process and controls the quality of professional services in PRA.
David Teh was President of Malaysia Institute of Architects (PAM), Member of Board of Architects Malaysia, Vice President of Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA) and Deputy Chairman of ARCASIA. He served as a Member of PAM Council and RAIA International Chapter Committee for many years. David Teh’s interest in education has led to roles at a number of universities, including Universiti Malaya and Deakin University. He has convened numerous conferences, most notably the 2nd and 9th Asian Congress of Architects, RAIA-PAM Conference, CAA-PAM-SIA International Conference and the Merdeka Jubilee Architecture Symposium.
In 2022 David was awarded the PAM Gold Medal in recognition of his service to the architectural profession in Malaysia.
Dianna Snape Photography
Dianna Snape is a Melbourne based photographer specialising in Architecture, interior and landscape photography. Her work features regularly in leading architectural and design magazines both nationally and internationally. She is a graduate of RMIT’s BA (Photography) (Honours) course with over 20 years experience in the field. Dianna’s first book released in November 2021, a collaboration with writer Jan Henderson exploring through architecture how people define what home is. Published by Thames & Hudson, ‘Architecture at the Heart of the Home’ is a stand apart authoritative compendium celebrating the best of Australia’s latest home designs across its six States featuring homes from the country’s finest established and emerging architects. In 2022 Dianna was voted one of the ‘100 Most Inspiring Architectural Photographers’ by LOOP Design Awards. Dianna held her first solo exhibition ‘Lines & Tangles’ in 2019 featuring limited edition aerial abstractions of the Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. The exhibition was a huge success and all profits were donated to vulnerable communities in Tanzania. In a voluntary capacity, Dianna is a co-founder and President of the Image Makers Association Australia which represents Australian professional and emerging photographers through education and industry connection.
Principal, Helena Clunies-Ross Associates
Helena Clunies-Ross Design is a New York and London-based international design studio, writing the next chapter in great interior design. As former Design Director of Anouska Hempel Design, Helena has over a decade of experience and is regarded internationally as a leading creative mover and shaker in the industry. Her portfolio encompasses a multitude of styles and genres, and her design ethos of understated luxury is an unmistakable thread through all her work. Though no two projects are the same, all are universally beautiful and timeless in their execution; exuding warmth and sophistication, from her use of clean lines and framed views to the placement of screens, bespoke pieces and the layering of textures. In a single year, Helena will work on between six and ten projects across the globe, ranging from 2,500 to 30,000 sq/m, and is renowned for achieving a seemingly effortless balance of elegance and intelligent design. Her in-house team includes three of her sisters, one of which is her Design Director, Sophia Clunies-Ross. Working under Helena’s guiding hand, they run and manage various elements of the business; offering a highly skilled and personalised service for both residential and hospitality clients. Since its inception five years ago, Helena has quickly grown from a British firm undertaking predominantly domestic projects, to an international design studio, delivering projects from concept design through to completion — from New York to Georgia; Manhattan, The Hamptons, Long Island and beyond. Her work was recently included in Beta-Plus Publishing’s ‘Quiet Luxury’ coffee table style book, featuring her Tribeca Apartments project as one of only “18 exceptional private residences” around the world, showcasing the ultimate “understated yet luxurious style of each home and apartment, with exceptional attention to artisan craftsmanship and perfect execution down to the smallest details.”
Global Director of User Strategy, ERA-co
James Calder, an early pioneer in activity-based workplace design and a leader in workplace strategy for the digital age, is Global Director of User Strategy at start-up consultancy ERA-co. James works globally and has a deep understanding of workstyles, organisational cultures and extensive experience in project delivery particularly around innovation. His project list includes Macquarie at Shelley Street and 50 Martin Place, NAB at 700 Bourke Street, Atlassian at TechCentral, Brookfield’s HO in New York and Mitsui Fudosan’s new workspace in Tokyo.
James has developed workplace strategies and specialist fit outs and buildings for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organisations, investment and retail banks, governments and universities. He also works for real estate owners and developers to design the next generation of buildings for the tenants of the future. James is a practitioner, facilitator, author and educator interested in all facets of strategy, design and workplace optimization.
Design Director, Irving Smith Architects
Jeremy is Design Director of Irving Smith Architects, a research-based design practice working in sensitive environments throughout Aotearoa, New Zealand and abroad. The practice has won many international awards, including 2021 INDE.Awards, The Building category, World Timber Building of the Year and World Higher Education and Research and multiple World Architecture Festival Awards.
Key to his practice, teaching and research is understanding how buildings inhabit an environment that constantly undergoes change, be it in city or rural landscapes.
Managing Director, Gollings Photography
John Gollings AM holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from RMIT University, an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects and is Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, RMIT University.
John works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer, much of the work involving long-term cultural projects especially in India, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Libya and New Guinea and specialises in the documentation of cities, old and new, often from the air.
He was co-creative director of the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2010 and has produced multiple books. Among many accolades, John has twice received the Australian Institute of Architects Presidents Prize and in 2016 he was received a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
Co-founder, Cheungvogl Architects
Cheungvogl is the architecture workshop of Chui Lai Cheung and Christoph Vogl. Cheungvogl was part of the ‘Picturing “Home-for-All”‘ Exhibition, curated by Toyo Ito, Riken Yamamoto, Hiroshi Naito, Kengo Kuma and Kazuyo Sejima at the Toyo Ito Museum of Architecture, Imabari, Japan in 2011.
In 2017, Cheungvogl was named one of “20 designers and brands that define our tomorrow” alongside OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, led by Rem Koolhaas), Snøhetta and Olafur Eliasson by Frame Magazine, Amsterdam, Netherlands. In the same year, Cheungvogl was awarded First Prize in the international competition for the Yeoui-Naru Ferry Terminal and Masterplan in Seoul. In 2018, Cheungvogl received the FRAME Award 2018 Jury Prize for the open exhibition and multi-space gallery around a robotic system within the restoration of the 110-year-old UNSECO heritage Au Pont Rouge in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
Director and Design Principal
Combining artistic insights from her Bachelor of Fine Arts (Sculpture) at UNSW with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design (SIT), Juliette’s practice segues into the intelligence of her creative inclinations. Hers is a philosophy of ‘emotional design,’ in that her innovative outcomes must cohesively respond to the way in which we live and how we interact with one another.
Juliette maintains that well-designed environments can enrich lives given their power to generate a sense of grounding, comfort and freedom. Distilling and elevating the rituals of everyday life, her interiors are spaces to be lived in, experienced and above all, deeply felt.
Nature as a catalogue of colours and texture is a constant informant of her work. Guided by an intrinsically intuitive approach to design, every space Juliette creates is charged with immersive energy, be it quietly contemplative or invigorating.
National Practice Leader, GHD Design
For over 30 years Leone has been a recognisable presence in the architecture and design profession. Her projects have won numerous awards in Australia and internationally. She has been a leading design professional, a mentor and an executive director of two major international practices, as well as working as a client to some of the world’s most famous architecture and design practices. Leone is GHD Design’s National Practice Leader.
Luke Yeung leads Thailand architectural studio Architectkidd along with Udomsak Komonvilas and Jariyawadee Lekawatana. Based in Bangkok, Architectkidd’s designs make use of innovative tools that are sensitively applied to local materials and construction techniques. This combination leads to architectural projects that are bold and inventive but also closely connected with the local conditions of SouthEast Asia.
Working within the context of South East Asia’s growing cities, Architectkidd is known for articulating materiality as a way to bring humanistic and social qualities into the built environment.
Founder and Principal Architect, Kaizen Architecture
Ar. Melvin Keng is a registered architect in Singapore, graduating from National University of Singapore with a master’s in architecture. He is the founder of Kaizen Architecture (KZA), a young Singapore-based architecture practice that focuses on multi-disciplines of architecture, space, branding and furniture design to create meaningful narratives that transcend between the physical and digital space.
In its short inception, KZA has received numerous architectural and design awards in Singapore and internationally such as the Golden Pin Design Award (Taiwan), SIA Architectural Design Awards (Singapore) and mentions in Dezeen Awards and INDE Awards for both their residential and commercial work.
Melvin is also a strong advocator in the Singapore architectural community, serving as a council member in the Singapore Institute of Architects for 4 consecutive years and also teaches as an adjunct lecturer at Lasalle School of the Arts, Singapore.
Principal, Hare + Klein
Meryl Hare is Principal of Hare + Klein and has 36 years-experience in design. She is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and has received a DIA citation for services to the Design Industry. She was inducted into the DIA Hall of Fame in 2011, House & Garden Hall of Fame in 2018 and Belle Hall of Fame in 2021. In 2020 she was awarded the IDEA Gold Medal Award and was nominated as The Luminary at the 2022 INDE Awards.
Hare and Klein is a five-time winner of the Australian Interior Design Awards, among many other awards. The practice has also been selected for the prestigious Andrew Martin International Design Review in 13 volumes. Meryl has authored two books, both published by Thames & Hudson.
Founder, Enter Projects
Born in Nairobi, Keane studied environmental design at the University of Western Australia before graduating with a Master’s in Architecture from Princeton University. He worked in New York for a couple of firms, namely Steven Holl Architects and Eisenman Architects, before returning to Australia, where he founded Enter Projects in 2005.
Fast forward to early 2018 and Keane moved to Phuket (where he is currently based) after securing more work in South East Asia, renaming his practice Enter Projects Asia, which now boasts a 25-strong team across two offices.
Indeed, Enter Projects Asia is widely recognised for dovetailing artisanal arts and crafts with digital fabrication. Keane and his team also build models rather than relying heavily on plans, sections and elevations, and they have developed streamlined processes in order to minimise the time it takes to deliver projects.
At the heart of the business is a commitment to sustainability, which Keane has long been passionate about. As he sees it, “architecture is meant to represent shelter or some sort of stability, but I think with the post-COVID era of design, we need to review that. And we especially need to review it from an environmental standpoint, in regards to levels of wastage and material excess, which is essentially what our work is a statement about.”
Founder & CEO, Indesign Media Asia Pacific
Rajesh Nandan is the Founder, Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of the design industry’s premier regional media house, Indesign Media Asia Pacific. After acquiring his first magazine at the age of 22 in 1993, Raj continued to launch a suite of magazine titles throughout the 1990s that would become the foundation for his boutique publishing house in 2000 under the flagship title, Indesign.
In 2010, the company moved further throughout Asia with digital and print titles in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong – including welcoming India to the fold in the very near future. The root of his success lies in Raj being a very early proponent of the potential for digital platforms to support our region’s creative talent.
Partner, SJK Architects
Roshni Kshirsagar is a partner at SJK Architects, who’s work takes cues from the local geography, history, culture, and crafts, to weave unique narratives into every space.
Roshni’s journey at SJK began in 2007 after an internship with Samira Rathod. Roshni has worked through several prototypes and scales of projects. More recently, for the Bodhgaya hotel and showroom for Forest of Chintz, Roshni let cultural histories guide the core design principles while allowing honest thought processes, materials and craftsmanship to shine.
Roshni strives to find a seamless connection between interior design and architecture. She aspires to refine her practice through research, innovation, cultural context, local techniques that stood the test of time, and modern technologies to build spaces that enrich human experiences and relationships with their surroundings. Roshni was a visiting faculty at Rachana Sansad, teaching a course on design approaches.
Sanjay Bhardwaj is a Partner at team3, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary architectural practice that aspires to create human-centric and contextual architectural expressions. The work of the practice draws on contemporary influences while responding to local climatic, historical and social settings. Founded in 2012 in New Delhi by the three partners Sanjay Bhardwaj, Shubhra Dahiya, and Vijay Dahiya, team3 specialises in creating holistic projects across diverse scales.
With over 30 years of prior experience in the field, Sanjay brings an expertise in delivering complex projects at the scale of urban planning, mixed-use developments, and housing. His forte lies in balancing sustainability and financial viability to create context-responsive designs. His work has been the recipient of numerous reputed awards, including an accolade from the Indian Institute of Architects for Excellence in Architecture, commendations from the Indian Institute of Interior Design, among many others.
Founder, Sara Folch Interior Design
More than twenty years of experience and hundreds of projects showcase the great career of Sara Folch, one of the most famous and renowned interior designers of Barcelona, Spain. Each client is unique and this philosophy has allowed Folch to execute and successfully complete a variety of projects: from the design of residences to luxury hotels and retail establishments, restaurants and commercial projects, both at home and around the globe.
After graduating from the historic School of Arts and Crafts (Llotja) of Barcelona, Folch founded her own practice, Sara Folch Interior Design, in Castelldefels, Spain. In 1998, Folch moved the headquarters of her studio to Barcelona and since then other offices have opened in, Bogotá, Colombia (2014), Miami, USA (2015), Mexico (2018) with others to follow in Brazil, Portugal, Dubai, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Sara Folch’s Interior Design studio has a large team of associates that allows her to introduce multidisciplinary review and to offer complete service covering all the project phases, from the concept to the execution and the delivery of every project.
Managing Director and Principal, Gensler
Sarah leads the senior management teams in setting strategic priorities and overseeing growth initiatives and client activities. She is an award-winning architect with a combination of experience in strategic planning and design. Sarah is especially committed to bridging geographic and cultural differences across the offices in the region.
A recognised leader with over 30 years of experience, one of Sarah’s key priorities is to build Gensler’s reputation and fuel business growth through innovative design solutions. Under her leadership, Gensler Tokyo has seen many achievements across the retail, hospitality, workplace and mixed-use practices throughout the Asia-Pacific and Middle East region.
Sarah successfully implements workplace strategy and change management programs, helping global organisations implement workplace transformation programmes leading to improved performance. Sarah is a recognised thought leader and a frequent speaker at industry events as well as national and international platforms.
Founding Partner, SC COLLECTIVE & GloWD
United States of America/United Kingdom
Founder of the SC COLLECTIVE, co-founder of Globally We Design (GloWD) and the CEO of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, Shashi Caan is a transdisciplinary designer, educator and author with deep international work experience. In her leadership roles with a roster of global clients, institutions, and firms, she has focused on meaningful improvement of life quality as shaped by design.
Shashi has a keen interest in the fundamental development for the design discipline to address current societal challenges, as well as to build a strong global design community based on the foundations of excellence. Extensively published and winner of many design awards and accolades, including the US Designer of Year, Shashi is recognized for her worldwide contributions and has been awarded international, regional and national professional fellowships. She is the author of Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings In The Built Environment, which has been translated in several languages.
Founding Partner, Morphogenesis
Sonali Rastogi is the Co-Founding Partner of Morphogenesis. Her multifaceted creativity encompasses roles as an architect, urban design and planner, artist, writer, speaker, and innovator. She firmly believes that every project should set a new standard for innovative design by embracing a systemic approach to sustainability, aiming to create a significant impact. Her dedication to environmental design led to the development of Morphogenesis’ copyrighted design philosophy known as S.O.U.L©, representing Sustainable, Optimized, Unique, and Liveable design principles. The impact of projects designed by Morphogenesis: • Over 9 million sq. m. of built environment benefiting over 5,60,000 inhabitants. • Freshwater saved: 22 billion litres. • Energy saved: 4.1 million kW/hr. • Reduction in CO2 emissions: 4.2 billion kg • Gross area of sustainable buildings completed: 50,000,000 sq. ft. Among recent accomplishments for the firm, the completion of the Surat Diamond Bourse in India, the world’s largest single office building, stands out. This remarkable achievement includes a Platinum rating from the Indian Green Building Council, exemplifying her commitment to excellence in sustainable architecture. Sonali’s works have featured in over 1000 publications, both International and National, including the firm’s monograph. With a special interest in ‘History and Theory’ of architecture, she has spoken at multiple prestigious colleges and conferences, including the Brown University Arts Symposium, the Design Leadership Summit, New York and the World Architecture Festival, Berlin. She is passionate about steering the discourse around the AEC industry to a responsible and responsive realm. Owing to the same, she is a regular speaker and presenter at reputed national and international institutions, conclaves, and conferences. She has also brought significant attention to gender issues in the AEC industry. Today, Morphogenesis is an exemplar for the profession for equal opportunity and gender pay parity.
General Director, GroupGSA
Thien is one of the few internationally Chartered Architects in Vietnam today. He has over 25 years of experience working on large scale projects in many parts of the world including England, Norway, Canada, Bermuda, Africa, Dubai and Australia.
In Vietnam, Thien is registered as a Class 1 Architect and Masterplanner. He also sits on the Board of Director of the Vietnam Green Building Council.He has been engaged to lecture at the HCMC School of Architecture as well as mentor to the Curtins University Vietnam Programme. He is also a Lotus Accredited Professional who can professionally design and rate sustainable buildings in Vietnam following the VGBC green rating tool. Thien leads GroupGSA Vietnam acting as the bridge, connecting the Vietnam Studio with Australia.
Co-Founder & Principal Architect, AIM Architecture
Born and raised in Bruges, Wendy hails from a family of craftsmen. After earning her master’s degree in architecture from Ghent University in Belgium, she spent a decade working in top design firms in Amsterdam before moving to China in 2005. Together with her partner Vincent de Graaf, she established AIM ARCHITECTURE in one of the world’s rapidly evolving cities, providing an opportunity for them to design buildings and spaces that encourage social change and cultivate human connections. In an era where architecture was typically approached in a conventional manner, Wendy created a human focused, passionate, and fun studio. She surrounds herself with young, international, and talented designers – a collective of creative people sharing the same goal: transforming the urban fabric for a better future and using projects as a platform for change. Wendy’s influences come from various sources, including the everyday street life in China, the making of a well-crafted chair, and even visceral sensations such as the smell of leather or the feel of a material. These elements inspire her to create spaces that leave a lasting impression on people’s mental maps. Her design philosophy is characterized by directness, power, boldness, and a touch of humor. Over the last two decades, Wendy has spearheaded diverse architecture and interior projects, spanning from urban design to regeneration. Her outstanding work has been recognized with a multitude of accolades, including the MIPIM, Architizer, WAN, WAF, Wallpaper*, ELLE Deco Awards, among others.
Principal, Te Matakirea Lead – Warren and Mahoney
Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Whare Timu is a senior design lead and cultural advisor with over 15 years’ experience across a range of sectors in the built environment. He leads Warren and Mahoney’s Advanced Indigenous Design Unit – Te Matakīrea, to help develop a platform made of authentic indigenous presence and voice within the practice. He has experience with a diverse range of projects and developments, including papakāinga (intergenerational housing), large-scale typology housing and cultural-driven public architecture.
Whare is a regular writer and convenor for various publications including Architecture NZ and CTI Fresh Thinking for Princeton. He has recently contributed perspective and insight to BRANZ Built magazine and Australasian Leisure Management on the incorporation of indigenous architecture and authentic design into our projects. He has ongoing relationships with some Aboriginal communities and has recently contributed to Architecture AU regarding the place and process of Indigenous awards – and how to embed indigenous content, conversation and perspective into the broader context of architectural recognition.
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