Our region’s design on the global stage.
Asia Pacific’s most progressive buildings, spaces, objects, proposals and people. We award those who break barriers and do great things.
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. Vote for your 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.
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 Asia Pacific.
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 is a practitioner, facilitator, author and part-time educator interested in all facets of strategy, design and the use of the workplace. He has extensive experience in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific with the world’s pre-eminent organisations across most business sectors including extensive experience with the public sector.
James has developed workplace strategies for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organisations, investment banks, retail banks, government departments and agencies and universities. He also works for developers and owners of real estate to design the next generation of buildings for the information age.
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, Josh works across a broad creative spectrum with a special emphasis on design for the arts, and for children and seniors.
Founder, Joyce Wang Studio
Joyce Wang is the founder and owner of Joyce Wang Studio – an acclaimed design house specialising in luxury hospitality and residential design. Joyce Wang’s eponymous studio has earned her international acclaim for her distinct and experienced eye for design and execution. With an impressive global portfolio, Wang’s studio is based in London and Hong Kong with a select residential portfolio across the globe.
The common thread across Wang’s work is a sense of high-end spatial experiences that are true one of a kind spaces – comprising fully custom designed fixtures and detailing, limited edition antique pieces and artisanal crafts around the world.
Co-founder, Cheungvogl Architects
Judy Cheung is the co-founder of the Cheungvogl architecture practice. With offices in Hong Kong, China and Germany, Cheung and her team’s design work explores the connections between art, science and philosophies. Their simultaneous analysis of the sensual and the rational is clear in the impressive and unique large-scale architectural creations the team put their names to.
Cheung’s design thinking is focused on achieving highly rational, productive and efficient results, with her work speaking of a specific kind of subtle sensitivity that touches and connects people emotionally.
Architect/Strategic Consultant, Lorrimer Consulting
As an independent consultant, Leone Lorrimer brings decades of architectural expertise to the design community. Offering strategic advice at the early stages of large-scale projects, optimising design quality, user experience and value, Leone has had a hand in many high profile projects in Australia and world-wide.
As a Director at Woods Bagot for 19 years Leone led a range of innovative workplace projects. She was a Director of Planning and Development and a Design Manager in the UAE, responsible for the oversight of iconic towers, new cities, resort residential, and new international museums – the Louvre Abu Dhabi (Ateliers Nouvel), Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (Gehry Partners), and Zayed National Museum (Foster + Partners). From 2012-2018, Leone was Global CEO of dwp|design worldwide partnership.
Luke Pearson and Tom Lloyd are the founders of London’s PearsonLloyd and were awarded the distinction of Royal Designers for Industry by The Royal Society of Arts in 2008. The studio supports a collaborative approach in its work that embraces the restrictions imposed by product type, function, material, process, market, the client and every other element that defines a brief.
The studio works across the aviation, workplace, urban design and healthcare sectors with a goal to identify and respond to the shifting patterns of behaviour in contemporary life. Most recently, PearsonLloyd was announced as a key member of Virgin Voyages ‘Creative Collective’, a small selection of design firms envisioning Virgin’s first cruise ship, scheduled to be launched in 2020.
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.
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.
Designer, Stephen Burks Man Made
United States of America
Stephen Burks is both a traveller and a designer. Believing in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives, Stephen has channelled this into activists design in the Man Made project. Stephen Burks Man Made bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.
Independently and through association with the non-profits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa and the Nature Conservancy, Stephen has worked as a product development consultant with hundreds of artisans in across the developed and developing world. In 2018, in recognition of the design eye and activism, Stephen received the Harvard Loeb Fellowship.
Founder & Principal Director, Carr
Sue Carr is the founder and Principal Director of Carr, a multidisciplinary design practice representing over 40 years of influential work. Since co-founding her first interior design firm in 1971, Sue’s name has been synonymous with Australian design.
In an enviable career that continues to push conventional boundaries, Sue’s resolute commitment to the promotion of design has won her many awards. Most notably her recognition as one of Australia’s most influential women in the AFR Westpac ‘100 Women of Influence’ award and in 2010, Australia’s highest interior design accolade, the Interior Design Excellence Awards Gold Medal for Interior Design.
Director, B.E Architecture
B.E Architecture is an award-winning, Melbourne-based multidisciplinary architecture and design firm working throughout Australia. As one of its three directors, Andrew Piva, has been an integral part of B.E Architecture for the past 15 years. Andrew has developed the company’s design standards and is responsible for ensuring project outcomes and quality assurance. Andrew is highly involved in developing design schemes and overseeing the construction of projects to ensure client expectations are met. His broad knowledge of materiality, furnishings and construction methodologies sees him take a holistic approach to project and team leadership.
David Schafer and his late partner, Im Sarasalin Schafer, founded Studiomake. Prior to moving to Bangkok, they spent two years at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in the Metalsmithing and Ceramics studios. That momentum and spirit continues today at their studio and workshops in Bangkok, Thailand with a team of 16 designers and craftsman. Studiomake, as a practice, maintains that more innate understandings of our environment stem from more intimate scales of interaction. Working in full scale and in real time, the studio explores the overlapping realms of architecture, interiors, furniture, and object design.
Studiomake was winner of The Design Studio at INDE.Awards 2018.
Florian and Daliana founded SHAU, a global architecture practice based in Indonesia, the Netherlands and Germany, together with Tobias Hofmann. Together, the pair runs the Rotterdam and Bandung offices. The practice offers a comprehensive approach to projects from architecture design to urban planning and regional strategy. SHAU provides design, technical advice and execution supervision in all stages of the project, especially with respect to social, urban and environmental contexts. Together with its clients and collaborators it aims to create socially and environmentally responsible and innovative projects with outstanding design.
SHAU won The Influencer for its project Microlibraries at INDE.Awards 2018.
Founder, Josh Carmody Studio
Josh Carmody spent his early career working on large scale commercial architecture by day, and making high-end bespoke furniture pieces through his own design studio by night. His design sense is underpinned by his experience working at drastically different scales and mediums on a daily basis. This broad experience, paired with a considered approach to design from the perspective of the designer, the craftsperson and the end user, has netted him multiple awards, and the opportunity to display works around Australia and the world.
Currently collaborating with local and international brands on future collections, Josh also designs and makes bespoke works by hand, while producing his own growing product collection.
The Remnant Table Series by Josh Carmody won The Object at INDE.Awards 2018.
Founders, Taylor & Hinds Architects
Taylor and Hinds is an award-winning Tasmanian-based architecture practice formed by Poppy Taylor and Mat Hinds in 2013. Designing liveable, functional and memorable environments for people, the practice is experience driven, and client focused. Taylor & Hinds seeks particular, high quality architectural responses to each site, and to the specific needs of each commission. The practice offers expertise across the range of architectural practice and building scale, including feasibility, master-planning, design documentation and contract administration.
Taylor & Hinds Architects won The Building and The Best of the Best for its project krakani lumi at INDE.Awards 2018.
Founder, Palinda Kannangara Architects
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 Lanka-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’s works have received national and International recognition in its 13 years of practice, with over 10 national awards (Sri Lanka Institute of Architects).
Artist Retreat at Pittugala received an Honourable Mention – The Living Space at INDE.Awards 2018.
Architect Vince Alafaci, together with interior designer Caroline Choker, founded ACME&Co, a multidisciplinary design firm delivering a broad range of creative projects. The boutique practice has extensive professional experience in both small and large scale projects including completed works in the hospitality, residential, commercial, industrial, public and adaptive reuse sectors. The studio focuses on creating holistic design solutions that respond to each client’s commercial objectives and site specific needs. While each commission is individual, the studio adopts consistent principles across all of its projects; exploring the fundamentals of environment, sustainability, space, proportion, light and materials.
ACME&Co won The Prodigy People’s Choice Award at INDE.Awards 2017.
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