5 December 2018
What would an awards program be, without its judges? Since 2016, the INDE.Awards has built a strong and enduring relationship with its Jury – many of whom have returned for three years in a row.
As a whole, the INDE.Awards Judging Alumni represents some of the most accomplished individuals within the global design industry. From the likes of Jan Utzon of Utzon Architects in Denmark, to Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu in China, William Smart of Smart Design Studio in Australia and more; each year a select group of industry experts, thought leaders and designers are invited to form the INDE.Awards judging panel.
In 2019 INDE.Awards’ esteemed Jury comprises a handpicked panel of world-renowned industry influencers. Together their curatorial eye and design expertise shines a spotlight on the Indo-Pacific region’s most inspiring individuals and extraordinary designs.
Returning for a second year of judging, Shashi Caan of the SC COLLECTIVE, says: “My jury experience of the INDE.Awards is that this competition attracts a wonderfully diverse and very high calibre of submissions from across Asia. As Juror, it’s exciting to see so many great projects but also challenging to make responsible selections given the level of talent and competency.”
Awarding the most progressive architecture and design in the Indo-Pacific, the INDE.Awards dwells at the centre of its dynamic and thriving region, to awards its most exceptional buildings, spaces, objects and people. “For me, when reviewing projects,” says Caan, “I look for fresh and timely, imaginative and responsible interpretations and iterations. I especially love work which sensitively shapes new behaviours and demonstrates a deep understanding of design vocabulary and skill, thereby giving new meaning and potentially generating new genre of typology.”
As Sri Lankan based architect, Palinda Kannangara of Palinda Kannangara Architects, says, the INDE.Awards’ regional viewpoint has given rise to a unique judging process that sheds light on outstanding design in the most unlikely of locations.
“The INDE.Awards is unique without judging through a generic global lens, it celebrates the diversity of architectural thought and design, recognising projects for their contextual approach and values, irrespective of scales,” says Kannangara, whose studio received an Honourable Mention in 2018 for ‘Artist Retreat at Pittugala’ in The Living Space category. “We were honoured that a project from our small island practice received this recognition,” he says.
Project pictured: 2018 INDE.Awards Honourable Mention: Artist Retreat at Pittugala by Palinda Kannangara Architects. Project team included structural engineer Rajapakshe and Landscape architect Varna Shashidhar. Photos by Sebastian Posingis and Mahesh Mendis.