We have selected a judging panel based on not only their merits and achievements as designers, but on their combination of design disciplines, places of origin and their representation of the broader design community. The majority are based in Asia, some in Hong Kong and some in the broader region, while others are based in Europe. We have a high level of female representation, and disciplines spanning architecture, interiors, product design, design education and design marketing.
Soo Khian Chan
Soo is the founding principal and design director of SCDA, a design studio that aims to integrate architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and product design into holistic spatial experiences. SCDA maintains offices in Asia and New York, and has worked in 70+ locations across multiple continents.
Soo has been the recipient of three RIBA International prizes, the President’s Design Award, the SIA-Getz Prize for Emerging Architecture, and nine Chicago Athenaeum awards, and SCDA projects have been presented at the Venice Biennale.
Soo obtained his Master of Architecture at Yale. He is a Professor of Architecture at the National University of Singapore, and has taught at several international architecture schools.
Aric is Lead Curator for Design and Architecture at M+, the new museum for visual culture under construction in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. He previously served as the first Creative Director of Beijing Design Week, and has been a frequent contributor to publications including The New York Times, Architectural Record and PIN-UP.
Aric has curated award-winning exhibitions and projects, and serves on numerous juries and advisory boards internationally. He is the author of Brazil Modern (2016, Monacelli), and was recipient of the inaugural Design Prize for best curator in 2017.
Njusja de Gier
As Vice President of Branding & Communication, Njusja oversees global marketing and branding of all Kvadrat brands and collaborations. She is heavily involved with Kvadrat's art and design projects, where she collaborates with artists, architects and designers to develop unique pieces and installations. This has resulted in products like the brand Kvadrat/Raf Simons and projects like Nationalgalerie and The Dwelling Lab.
As managing editor, she was the driving force behind a project with artist Olafur Eliasson and the online magazine on contemporary culture, Kvadrat Interwoven.
André is the founder of Hong Kong-based, internationally acclaimed AFSO, whose portfolio exemplifies the designer’s approach to modern luxury. André’s idiosyncratic style is the result of his cultural upbringing in both Europe and Asia, and has been commemorated in a book by Assouline.
AFSO’s projects include Hong Kong’s Upper House Hotel, Singapore’s Fullerton Bay and Andaz hotels, the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, new suites at The Berkeley Hotel, London and a pop-up apartment for Louis Vuitton.
André holds a Master of Architecture from Cambridge University. In 2016, he was named Designer of the Year for Maison&Objet Asia, and was in the Wallpaper* list of Top 20 Interior Designers.
Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu
Lyndon and Rossana are the founders of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an interdisciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai and London. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning and graphic design, as well as product design services for their own and other brands.
The two contribute to the design field through teaching and advising universities, including the University of Hong Kong Graduate School, Princeton, Harvard Graduate School of Design, University of California Berkeley and Syracuse University. They are regularly invited to speak at design festivals around the world.
Among other awards, the duo have been named EDIDA Designers of the Year 2017, Interior Designers of the Year at the ICONIC Awards 2017, Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015, Wallpaper* Designers of The Year 2014 and award winners at the 2014 World Architecture Festival.
Lyndon and Rossana are also the founders of Design Republic, a modern design platform incorporating retail concept, design / cultural exhibitions and educational events. In 2015 they were appointed Creative Directors of Stellar Works.
Peer was educated as an architect and interior designer in Germany, and joined the architecture team at bulthaup in 2000. Since 2005, he has been head of Corporate Architecture and the driving force behind bulthaup's showroom CI.
In this time, Peer has held overall design responsibility for the 360+ bulthaup showrooms worldwide; notable projects include the new company’s showroom in Cape Town, the renovation of bulthaup Mayfair in London and the redesign of bulthaup Los Angeles. Peer's latest project was bulthaup's appearance at Salone del Mobile 2018.
Peer is a member of the Bavarian Architectural Association, and has given public lectures at multiple architectural schools and the Kunstakademies in Vienna and Milan.
Joyce is the founder of Joyce Wang Studio, based in London and Hong Kong. Her architectural approach to design and love of materials is rooted in her degrees in Architecture and Materials Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which she complemented with a Master at the Royal College of Art in London.
The studio’s notable projects include the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel (Los Angeles), The Landmark Mandarin Oriental (Hong Kong), Mott 32 (Hong Kong and Vancouver) and The Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park. The studio was honoured by Dezeen's top 400 Designer Hot List and was a finalist for the World Interior Festival in Berlin.
Marisa is an architect and a founding partner of ESKYIU, a multidisciplinary architecture studio based in Hong Kong that integrates culture, community, art and technology. She is also co-founder and Executive Director of Design Trust, a creative platform funding design investigations focused on Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region, and is Lead Curator of its Design Trust Futures Studio initiative.
Marisa and her partner Eric Schuldenfrei were awarded The Architectural League Prize for their installations featured in the Venice Biennale, Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard recognition and a Design for Asia award for their Ephemera installation. Her work is defined by her commitment to the public realm through research and a continuing goal of social impact.
The judging process
What will the judges be looking for?
As well as projects that display a high level of originality and aesthetics, the judges will be looking for designs that are also functional and commercially successful. They will look for submissions that show a rigorous approach to design, demonstrating a sensible use of budget while satisfying the client brief.
The submitted material should demonstrate clearly why the project is thought to be worthy of the award in its chosen category and how the design sets the project at an award-winning level. Entrants should be reminded that the judges will make decisions purely on the material submitted.
How does it work?
We have designed the judging process to be as transparent and impartial as possible. The judges have no financial interest in the Awards, and cannot judge entrants with whom they have a personal relationship or where there is a genuine or perceived conflict of interest. Entries will be anonymised, and Design Anthology will manage the judging panel and instruct it to act without bias or favour.
The process will take place over three stages. The judging process for people, places and product categories will differ slightly.
The Design Anthology editorial team will first vet all entries for conformance with the criteria. Any that do not follow the submission criteria will be disqualified without refund.
The Design Anthology editorial team will then shortlist entries to a total of maximum 20 per award.
The shortlist will then be passed to the judging panel. The panel will grade all works presented. Three finalists per award will be agreed upon. The scorecards will be passed individually from each judge to an independent third-party auditor, who will tally the scores and determine the prize winners.
All entries will be evaluated at each stage using the judging criteria outlined above.
The judging panel reserves the right to not select a winner from the entries submitted for any of the categories of this competition. The judging panel’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding decisions or processes.