Announcing the Luminary Nominees for 2018! Who is Your Shining Light?

  •   26 January 2018

These stalwart figures should need no introduction. They have all worked tirelessly in the A+D industry, perfecting their art, honing their skills and creating a body of work with meaning. We are thrilled to announce the Luminary nominees for the INDE.Awards 2018!

These Luminaries have been handpicked by the Indesign Media editorial team for the quality and resonance of their work across their years of practice. We’ve interviewed them, we’ve published their work, and now we’re singling them out for the acknowledgement they deserve. But the ultimate 2018 winner will be up to you. People’s choice voting for The Luminary award opens in March. We want to hear from you!

The Luminary award recognises the ongoing contribution of one industry icon, whether casting a long shadow across many disciplines or excelling ahead of the pack in one. 

So who are our Luminary nominees for 2018?



Khai Liew

As a designer of exquisitely crafted furniture, Khai Liew is passionate about materials and the handmade. Drawing on his own cultural heritage and his expert knowledge of Australian decorative arts and colonial histories, Liew occupies a unique place in contemporary furniture design. His decades-long championing of Australian colonial furniture as a specialist conservator, consultant and valuer have seen Liew actively promote this important component of Australian material culture, curating many significant private collections, with public collections in state and national art institutions showcasing numerous definitive examples of Australian pioneer vernacular provided and conserved by Liew. His designs have been exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London’s Design Museum and La Triennale di Milano. His work is represented in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Australia, Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Art Gallery of Western Australia.


Ma Yansong
MAD Architects

Ma Yangsong is the founder and principal of MAD Architects, a practice that has continued to gain acclaim. Ma is Beijing-born and was the first Chinese architect to win an international landmark-building project – the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art in 2014. In recent years, many of his designs have been following the concept of the ‘Shanshui City’, which is his vision to create a new balance between the city, the environment and society through architecture. Parallel to his design practice, he has also been exploring the cultural values of cities and architecture through domestic and international solo exhibitions, publications and artworks. Fast Company named him one of the ‘10 Most Creative People in Architecture in 2009’ and one of the ‘100 Most Creative People in Business in 2014.’ In 2010 Ma became the first architect from China to receive a RIBA fellowship. In 2014 he was awarded ‘Young Global Leaders’ status by the World Economic Forum.


Mia Feasey
Siren Design Group
Australia and Singapore

Mia Feasey is the founder, CEO and creative driving force behind interior design consultancy Siren Design. With clients spanning the Asia Pacific region, Siren has head offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Singapore. Siren has been redefining the interior architecture landscape for the past thirteen years and is considered the ‘game changer’ within the design industry. Siren’s continued success, working across all sectors, includes hospitality, retail, workplace and residential development. Key global clients such as Facebook, Google, Uber, LinkedIn and Twitter have contributed to Siren being awarded the Herman Miller ‘Best in Tech’ Award 2016 (Liveable Office Awards for the Asia Pacific region). More recently the Australian-owned Atlassian recently took out the ‘Gold’ Sydney Design Award, 2017. For personal accolades, Feasey received the 2010 NAWIC Businesswoman Award and Perspective Global 40 under 40 Design Star of the Future, 2012.


Vo Trong Nghia
Vo Trong Nghia Architects

Vo Trong Nghia started his firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects in his homeland Vietnam in 2006 after spending ten years studying and working in Japan. The practice’s early projects were characterised by bamboo structures, the Wind and Water Café being the first of these. The design approach, combined with the bamboo treatment and construction brought him global awards and recognition. Several years later, Vo started working on green projects that utilise not only landscaped plants but also green facades and roofs, which work as a bio-skin for buildings. His aim is to rehabilitate the Vietnamese urban condition with greenery in order to reconnect humans with nature. His ‘House For Trees’ series continues to develop with this aim. Vo has received international prizes and honours including the AR House award, ARCASIA gold medal, and ‘Building of the Year’, FuturArc Green Leadership Award. The World Economic Forum also selected him as a ‘Young Global Leader’ in 2014.

Voting opens in March. Vote for the 2018 Luminary who has made a difference to you!