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The future is in good hands: DIA award winners

Announced last week, we take a look at some of the key winners from this year’s DIA Designers Australia Awards.

The future is in good hands: DIA award winners

Kennedy Nolan, winners in the 2022 Designers Australia Awards.

From a shortlist of 82, the Design Institute of Australia’s (DIA) Designers Australia Awards (DAA) winners have been announced. The DAA embody a designer’s relationship with the built environment and their contribution to creating a better world.

President of the DIA, Gavin Campbell, says, “The DIA believes that designers and their contribution shape everything around us and that this ‘contribution’ is most effective when design is accurately investigated. The Designers Australia Awards represent design by ethics and promote ideas, creativity, diversity, and processes. This year the award winners and merit awards reinforced great design’s social, cultural, economic and environmental ramifications.” 

With three national winners, a President’s Award and 45 merit awards, the awards recognised the most nuanced design thinking in the country. A notable aspect of the awards comes in the form of awarding design processes as much as the project’s outcome.

The winners of the three national awards and the crowning President’s award ‘exemplified the calibre of Australian design ingenuity and integrity’. These include:

President’s Award to multi-award winners Ros and John Moriarty for their commitment to the profession.
USE Category Winner: Cobalt Design for Cobalt—magAssist VAD Heart Pump.

INTERACT Category Winner: Culture as Creative, Beyond the Built Environment and Sandra Githinji Studio for SAY IT LOUD Naarm Melbourne 2022.
PLACE Category Winner: Kennedy Nolan for Always.

Awards juror Kate Goodwin comments that the DDA “exemplify the calibre of Australian design ingenuity and integrity. It was fantastic to be a part of an awards programme distinguished for recogniSing the link between the process – how designers work with clients and contexts and meaningful outcomes.” View the winners here.

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