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 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. Acknowledged as a leading young architect in “20 under 45” by Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority, Ee Mun has led and completed award-winning projects in key development sectors including residential, commercial, conservation, institutional and hospitality. He speaks at local and regional forums and has been 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.
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, 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 & GloWD
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 30-year design career.
With a focus on design facilitation for imaginative and responsible outcomes, she leads GloWD (Globally We Design) Platform and THE SC COLLECTIVE, the innovatively structured firm which she co-founded in 2002. Shashi was US Designer of the Year (2004), and appointed JDP Design Ambassador to Japan (2013). Prior to starting her own firm, she was formerly Associate Partner and Design Director with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), in New York and Chair of Interiors at Parsons The New School for Design. With her service to the global design community, she served two terms as President of IFI, the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (2009-2011, 2011-2014).
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.