Announcing the Official Shortlist for the INDE.Awards 2020!
An incredibly diverse range of buildings, spaces, objects and people were submitted for the 2020 INDE.Awards. Each shortlisted entry reflects the bold, visionary and innovative nature of architecture and design in the Indo-Pacific.
The work of our esteemed jury in analysing the entries, which numbered over 500, was not easy. They have collectively praised architects’ and designers’ creativity, ingenuity and commitment to quality across practice, process and final outcome.
The 2020 INDE.Awards are proudly brought to you by Platinum Partner Zenith.
View the 2020 Shortlist below.
Housing presents universal challenges as well as contextual ones related to migration and urbanisation patterns, affordability and financing, culture and social norms, climate, construction modes and adaptability. The ingredients of resilient communities and environments around the Indo-Pacific region can be studied from multiple angles to find pathways to housing that achieves much more than real-estate-driven concerns. Housing that sensitively and successfully fuses top-down and bottom-up concerns is possible in many contexts. This session will dissect some of the region’s leading examples.
What drives a strong vision for holistic sustainability in a project? How is it financed? What supports and threatens its implementation? The answers and the very framing of the questions will vary with place, budget and regulation, but will certainly allude to how the various players in the built environment industry value sustainability in all its forms. This session will seek out positive examples of sustainable development as a means of finding lessons that could benefit the regional industry as a whole.
The vernacular is often complementary to sustainable architecture and interior design. Yet in many cases these days, its manifestation tends toward the gestural. Opportunities for deeper relevance and benefit are overlooked. Similarly, sanitised and packaged versions of heritage, as well as dogmatic preservations of the past, each present their own limitations. Authentic understandings of what the vernacular has to offer the contemporary built environment can positively impact ideas of culture and how people live. This session will explore the lived experience – as opposed to the thin iconography – of culture, place and identity as manifested through a variety of project types in a spectrum of regional locations.
Globally, strategies from one sector of commercial space design are crossing over to influence others. This is creating new opportunities and avenues for the owners, designers and users of spaces. Though many of the drivers of this strategic fluidity are borderless, the cultural inflections of particular places, and the real estate and planning contexts at play, can vary considerably and influence the outcomes. This session will investigate, through regional examples, how global currents are manifesting in the Indo-Pacific and survey the lessons that can be shared between us.
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The Indo-Pacific’s most progressive buildings, spaces, objects, proposals 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, one 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.
Whether architect, designer or a modern hybrid, this award esteems the studio that thinks differently, creates voraciously and challenges the norms.
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.
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.
Whether casting a long shadow across many disciplines or excelling ahead of the pack in one, The Luminary recognises the ongoing contribution of an industry icon.
Honouring ten years of exceptional architecture and design.
Single residential or apartment, a living space has the power to connect us or closet us. We award a home that has, through its concept, design and execution redefined how we design for living in response to the stimuli of our times.
The workplace has undergone an ambitious evolution to become a high-functioning environment that is social, cultural and community-driven. This award honours a watershed moment in workspace design; a project and place that has redefined the very meaning of how and where we work.
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.
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin are studio Formafantasma, an Italian designer duo based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Their interest in product design developed on the IM master course at Design Academy Eindhoven, where they graduated in July 2009. Since then, Formafantasma has developed a coherent body of work characterised by experimental material investigations and explored issues such as the relationship between tradition and local culture, critical approaches to sustainability and the significance of objects as cultural conduits.
Director, Denton Corker Marshall
Budiman Hendropurnomo is one of the most decorated and respected architects in Indonesia. Born in Malang, East Java, he graduated from the University of Melbourne before joining Denton Corker Marshall (DCM) in 1981. He established DCM’s Indonesian branch (incorporated with the local name Duta Cermat Mandiri) in Jakarta in 1987. Today, Budiman’s name is synonymous with large-scale projects that have shaped the face of Indonesia’s urban landscape. There are always elements of experimentation coupled with rigorous attention to detail in each of these large-scale projects, from high-rise office towers, school complexes and shopping centres to sprawling seaside resorts. And at the heart of the experimentation is the search for sustainability and the desire to translate and elevate Indonesian culture with architecture.
Chan Ee Mun is senior associate at WOHA, a regional design practice based in Singapore. He has been associated with WOHA since 2002 as project leader for key residential, commercial, conservation, institutional and hospitality projects.
Having been acknowledged by the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) Singapore as a leading young architect in “20 under 45: The Next Generation”, Ee Mun is helping shape Singapore’s urbanscape and policy for the future on the invitation of Singapore’s statutory boards. He is engaged in academia as a visiting design tutor, lecturer and external examiner at local art and architectural institutions such as the National University of Singapore, Singapore University of Technology and Design, and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts.
Principal, Eleena Jamil Architect
Eleena Jamil trained as an architect at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University where she went on to complete her MPhil and PhD degrees. After working as an architect in the UK with Capita, and Malaysia with Ken Yeang and Hijjas Kasturi, Eleena established her practice Eleena Jamil Architect in 2005.
Eleena has served as an External Examiner to various architecture schools and regularly contributes to international conferences to talk about architecture and urban design. Projects developed by EJA such as the Bamboo Playhouse, Sepang House and the Millennium School have been widely published in international press and received international recognition from the Leaf Awards, World Architecture Festival Awards, and Plan Awards.
Founder, Calder Consultants
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, organizational 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 fitouts and buildings for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organizations, 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.
Architect, Utzon Architects
Being the son of Opera House designer Jørn Utzon, it’s no surprise that Jan Utzon grew up with architecture as the main theme of influence in his childhood. Having studied architecture in both Sydney and Copenhagen, Jan graduated in 1970 and begun what would come to be a legendary architecture career in Denmark and abroad.
After founding Utzon Architects with his father, Jan and the firm went on to win a competition to design the new National Assembly Complex in Kuwait. Since 1976 Jan and Utzon Architects have been involved in a wide variety of works in Denmark, including the Paustian House in Copenhagen, the Skagen Odde Nature Centre in the north of Jutland, as well as numerous international projects.
Jan’s passion for great design extends to a passion for making design for the better of the world, particularly in developing countries.
Design Consultant, Lekker Architects
Joshua Comaroff is a design consultant at Singapore-based firm Lekker Architects. Born in Manchester and raised in Chicago, Josh studied literature and creative writing at Amherst College before joining the Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture programmes at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Here he worked as part of Rem Koolhaas’ Harvard Project on the city.
Together with his partner Ong Ker-Shing at Lekker, Josh works across a broad creative spectrum with a special emphasis on design for the arts, and for children and seniors. He also teaches at Yale-NUS College in Singapore.
Director, Koichi Takada Architects
Koichi Takada is part of a new generation of architects that strive to bring nature back into the urban environment – an approach he matured after living in cities of high urbanization: Tokyo, New York and London. His architecture is one that reconnects humans to the natural environment, drawing inspiration from organic forms and local contexts.
Graduating from the School of Architecture at City University of New York and the AA school of Architecture, London, Koichi Takada established his Sydney-based firm, Koichi Takada Architects, in 2008. He has brought a Japanese sensibility to Australian Architecture, each project embodying his commitment to nature and consideration of the human experience.
Through a series of award-winning designs, the growing practice has gained an international reputation and is about to change the skylines of Sydney, Brisbane, Tokyo, Los Angeles and Mexico City.
National Practice Leader, GHDWoodhead
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 client to some of the world’s most famous architecture and design practices. Leone has recently been appointed as National Practice Leader for GHDWoodhead.
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 South East 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.
Writer, Editor, Public Speaker. McGillick Consulting
Dr Paul McGillick is a prominent, Sydney-based writer and editor, specialising in the fields of architecture, art and design.
For over a decade, Paul served as Editorial Director at Indesign Media. He is the author of a number of architecture and design books, has edited and contributed to numerous other books and written innumerable essays and articles. He has contributed to leading newspapers such as the Australian Financial Review, and magazines both in Australia and Internationally, as well as having carved a career in radio and TV art, drama, and documentaries.
Director, National Institute of Design
Praveen Nahar is the Director of National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad with its extension campuses in Gandhinagar and Bengaluru. He has also been a faculty member in the Product Design discipline at NID since 2002.
He studied Production Engineering and Industrial Design at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, as well as Sustainable Design as a postgraduate at Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands. He has over 23 years of experience in design teaching, consultancy and research. His range of academic and professional interests include: Systems Thinking in Design, Design Thinking, Sustainable Design/Green Design, Design in the Public Domain, Social Design, Appropriate Technology, and Strategic Design to name a few.
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
Founding Partner, SC COLLECTIVE
United States of America/United Kingdom
Shashi Caan is a distinguished thought leader for architectural design internationally. As a practitioner, design futurist, educator and author, her dedication to furthering human betterment through and by design is reflected in her 25-year design career.
She was formerly Associate Partner and Design Director with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, in New York. Since 2002, she has led THE COLLECTIVE, the innovatively structured firm which she co-founded. Shashi was US Designer of the Year (2004), granted the Golden Seat Architectural Master Award of China (2012), and appointed JDP Design Ambassador to Japan (2013). Her seminal book, Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment, has been translated into multiple languages.
Founder & Principal Director, Carr
Carr is a studio that has championed and cemented the power of design in Australia for more than 40 years – and behind it is Sue Carr. Sue’s design philosophy permeates every project that the studio creates. Throughout her career Sue has received several accolades, in 2006 Sue was inducted in the DIA’s Hall of Fame. She has also been recognised in the AFR Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ awards, and in 2010 she won the Gold Medal for Interior Design at IDEA.
2020 marks Sue’s third time as a judge on the INDE.Awards.
Director, Co-Founder, Kaunitz Yeung Architecture
Consultation, collaboration and time are the three ingredients David Kaunitz adds to his architectural practice that transforms a design from a building into a place. David founded Kaunitz Yeung with his wife Ka Wai Yeung following his return to Sydney after living in the UK and the Solomon Islands.
David has more than a decade of community development and post disaster experience in South East Asia and the Pacific working for clients such as UNICEF, UNHCR, World Vision and the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji and the Philippines. As part of this time he spent four years living in the Solomon Islands, a period he says played an integral role in developing his approach to working with First Nations People and culturally diverse groups. David is also a fluent Pidgin speaker.
David’s European experience as senior architect and his unique relationship with remote communities underpins both the capability and direction of Kaunitz Yeung Architecture and its broad range of successful health, education, tourism and cultural projects for governments, organisations and commercial clients.
With projects in more than 30 Aboriginal communities, David has developed unique expertise working with Aboriginal stakeholders. He authored the 2017 update to the ‘Australian Government, Department of Health, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Funded Capital Works Projects – Facility Design Guidelines’.
Punmu & Parnngurr Aboriginal Health Clinics by Kaunitz Yeung Architecture won The Wellness Space Award at INDE.Awards 2019.
Founders, Studio Esteta
Studio Esteta is an architecture and interior design practice founded in 2015 by directors Felicity Slattery and Sarah Cosentino. With its name originating from the Italian translation of Aesthete – a person who is appreciative of and sensitive to beauty – Studio Esteta harnesses architecture and interior design in equal measure, to create buildings and spaces that celebrate aesthetic appeal through honest and sophisticated methods.
The Melbourne based studio strives to approach each project with a worldly outlook, eschewing trends in favour of a more considered, directional and wholly tailored approach leading to contemporary designs of a refined and timeless nature.
Slattery graduated with a Masters of Architecture and Cosentino, with a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (Honours), and a strong relationship was formed whilst working for Clare Cousin’s Architects.
The pair leads a strong team of architects and designers to embrace challenge and develop tailored outcomes that are clever, considered and collaborative.
Studio Esteta won The Prodigy People’s Choice Award, INDE.Awards 2019.
Founding Partner, Groundwork Architects + Associates
Manfred is the founder of Groundwork Architecture + Urbanism, London in 2007 and the co-founder of Groundwork Architects + Associates, Hong Kong and Shenzhen in 2011. Since 2007, apart from his practice, Manfred also served as a visiting lecturer at Kingston University, London and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, teaching architecture design and history.
Prior to the founding of Groundwork, Manfred received his architectural training at the University of Cambridge and the University of Hong Kong (with First Class Honor). Manfred had worked with Coop-Himmelb(l)au, Vienna, where he was responsible for their operations in China.
Hawker Reload by Groundwork was the winner of The Influencer at INDE.Awards 2019.
Founder, Palinda Kannangara
Sri Lankan Architect Palinda Kannangara has a background in Mathematics and Architecture. He joined the study course conducted by the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and received his charter in 2004. Founded in 2005, his Sri Lankan-based architecture firm, Palinda Kannangara Architects, is known for an experiential architecture that hinges on simplicity and connection with the natural environment. The Firm’s work has been recognised for contextual sensitivity, crafted material use and a minimalism reflective of the Sri Lankan ethos. The firm has been the recipient of several prestigious national and international awards in its 14 years in practice. Their own Studio at Rajagiriya is one of the winners of the RIBA International Awards for Excellence in Architecture 2018.
Family Holiday Structure, Imaduwa by Palinda Kannangara Architects received an Honourable Mention – The Living Space, INDE.Awards 2019.
Directors, Russell & George
Ryan’s experience as a designer has crossed the fields of architecture and interior design, industrial design, theatre and exhibition design. He is most well known for his retail and hospitality interior designs. Described as a strategist, futurist and entrepreneur in the industry, he now ventures into the fields of information technology, augmented and virtual reality and software development. Ryan’s key strengths lie in the rapid assessment and development of innovative design solutions, and a sound understanding of the essential interface between design and commercial viability.
Byron’s experience spans from small object design to large scale architecture across several continents, ranging from multi-billion dollar housing developments to extensive heritage projects. With a philosophy encompassing a mix of curiosity, energy, and a fundamental belief in the ability of good design to change a person’s day for the better, Byron provides a wholly unique approach to architecture and design.
In 2010, after both winning the National Interior Design Award for Emerging Practice, Byron and Ryan merged their businesses – creating Russell & George.
Space & Time by Russell & George won The Work Space, INDE.Awards 2019.
Founder, Director, STUDIO WILLS + Architects
NG William founded STUDIO WILLS + Architects in 2013; An architectural studio of environment & experience design with a focus in making a better environment by discovering the potentials of present conditions. The aspiration to enhance the environment brings an approach of searching the extraordinary in the ordinary everyday life, through understanding of sensitive observations, thoughtful making, responsive teamwork and active collaborations.
Aside from practice, William teaches at School of Architecture (NUS) and is part of Awards Committee of Singapore Institute of Architects. Outside Architecture, William appreciates all things Asian and top-view goldfishes, Japanese Ranchus.
Project #13, by STUDIO WILLS + Architects, was the winner of The Living Space Category, INDE.Awards 2019.
Founders, Studio Adjective
As the design director of STUDIO ADJECTIVE. Wilson believes a good design should be able to narrate a good story. During his practice in EDGE Design Institute, he has greatly involved in large scale urban, commercial and cultural projects with strong concept developments behind. Wilson co-founded architectural and interior design firm WALL Studio in 2010, with award winning projects such as Stack (Design for Asia Award) and Pacific Coffee Flagship store. In 2016, Wilson has co-founded STUDIO ADJECTIVE which further focus and develop story-telling architectural and interior concepts. Wilson is recognized by “40 under 40” award by Perspective and currently as a design columnist at CITY MAGAZINE, guest lecturer at Polytechnic University HKCC & “Honbito本人” for MUJI BOOKS.
Emily is the marketing & PR director of Studio Adjective. Emily focuses on delivering a complete strategy for a project in terms of branding and marketing ideas, in coherent with the spatial design. Communications between people is a very important focus to her, she believes every spatial/brand design should deliver it’s own unique story to people. A cafe, a retail shop or an apartment, it has to provide a sense of belonging that people would love to stay there and interact. And through the space, people will understand the importance of the spatial and branding strategy.
Studio Adjective were shortlisted for The Prodigy at the INDE.Awards 2019.
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