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Here’s the Australian cohort leading our 2023 INDE.Awards Jury

Get familiar with the contingent of the INDE.Awards jury hailing from down under!

Here’s the Australian cohort leading our 2023 INDE.Awards Jury

As Australian design has begun to feature in global publications and conversations, it is developing something of a distinctive aesthetic. From Flack Studio’s viral design for the Melbourne home of singer Troye Sivan, to Christopher Esber’s ready-to-wear collections being seen on some of Hollywood’s most fashion conscious stars, the last decade has seen a growing appreciation for the casual elegance of Australian style, where design can be at once eclectic and timeless, all without appearing to try very hard at all. 

Through the years of the INDE.Awards, Australian design has been on show, sharing the stage with exceptional projects, people and products that represent the many countries of our Indo Pacific region. While each country presents designs that respond to a challenging and dramatic climate, Australian entries can be identified through their encapsulation of a lifestyle which is so inherent to the Australian imaginary. From the sun-stained timbers of Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre and Corner House, to the evocative Federal House and Slack Melbourne Office, each iteration of the awards reiterates a vernacular and approach to design which appears to be uniquely Australian.

For 2023, we welcome a cohort of jury members who call Australia home. With a diversity in practice, background and experience, this section of the jury are as varied as the country in which they reside – representing just some of the influences that have helped to shape the current state of Australian design.

In this, the second part of our INDE.Awards jury series, we introduce you to these jurors, sharing their unique career journeys that have made them best placed to assess not only the best in Australian design, but the most outstanding entrants from across the entire region.

2023 INDE.Awards Jury (Australia)

James Calder, Global Director, 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, organisational 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 fit outs and buildings for lawyers, accountants, management consultants, media and technology organisations, 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.

James has been part of the INDE family since 2018, serving as a member of the Jury, a two-time moderator for the INDE.Summit and as an ambassador for the program. 

Find out more about James and ERA-co

Tiana-Jane Furner-McBeath (Gomeroi), Architectural Graduate, BVN

Tiana-Jane Furner is an emerging Graduate of Architecture, and is one of the very few Indigenous practitioners within the Built Environment. Specialising in the Social Agency Stream at the University of New South Wales, Tiana was one of their leading students. With her strong advocacy for social issues, she received the Byera Hadley Travel scholarship for her thesis on How can architecture help reduce the re-offending rate in Australia?

Since starting at BVN Architecture in 2019, Tiana has worked closely with Indigenous Principal Kevin O’Brien. This has allowed her to explore the deep importance of the Designing with Country framework. She has worked on a range of building typologies such as Houses, Hospitals, University Housing and Performing Arts facilities. 

Tiana-Jane joined the INDE.Awards jury in 2022, as a specialist judge for the Graduate category. We welcome Tiana-Jane back for 2023.

Find out more about Tiana-Jane and BVN

Aleesha Callahan, Editor, Indesign Media Asia Pacific

Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Habitus, bringing together a breadth of experience in design, digital, and publishing.

Aleesha started her career as an interior designer practising in Brisbane after graduating with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology. While living and working in Berlin, Aleesha was the curator for Architectuul’s Architects in Love video series, which debuted as an Associated Project for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Over the past eight years, she has honed a passion for all things design and digital having worked in roles with the Australian Institute of Architects and various digital agencies.

At Indesign Media, Aleesha is able to get to the bottom of design by interviewing the brightest talent, and exploring the themes that are shaping the design and architecture industry today.

Find out more about Aleesha Callahan and Habitus

John Gollings AM, Photographer

John Gollings AM holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from RMIT University and an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Architects. He is Adjunct Professor, School of Media and Communications, RMIT University.

He works in the Asia-Pacific region as an architectural photographer, much of the work involving long-term cultural projects especially in India, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Libya and New Guinea. He specialises in the documentation of cities, old and new, often from the air. He has had a particular interest in the cyclic fires and floods that characterise the Australian landscape and he documents these with aerial photography. He was co-creative director of the Venice Architectural Biennale in 2010.

In 2016 he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for ‘significant service to photography through the documentation of iconic architectural landmarks in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

We welcome John Gollings AM to his first year serving on the INDE.Awards jury, where he will judge the inaugural categories The Photographer (Commercial) and The Photographer (Residential).

Find out more about John Gollings

Meryl Hare, Principal and Design Director, Hare + Klein

Meryl Hare is Principal of Hare + Klein and has 36 years-experience in design. She is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and has received a DIA citation for services to the Design Industry. She was inducted into the DIA Hall of Fame in 2011, House & Garden Hall of Fame in 2018 and Belle Hall of Fame in 2021. In 2020 she was awarded the IDEA Gold Medal Award and was nominated as The Luminary at the 2022 INDE Awards. Hare and Klein is a five-time winner of the Australian Interior Design Awards, among many other awards. The practice has also been selected for the prestigious Andrew Martin International Design Review in 13 volumes. Meryl has authored two books, both published by Thames & Hudson.

Meryl will join the INDE.Awards jury for the first time in 2023, following her award as one of The Luminaries at the 2022 INDE.Awards.

Find out more about Meryl Hare and Hare + Klein

Khai Liew, Director, Khai Liew

Khai Liew is the director of a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Adelaide, Australia. The practice comprises a design studio and workshop, where high-skilled craftspeople produce one-off design commissions, small-run furniture editions as well as complete interiors. 

Khai Liew is an acknowledged expert in Australian historical decorative arts and acts as a consultant to state and national institutions, advising on curatorial matters, acquisition and conservation in the field of Australian material culture. As a designer, he draws on this knowledge to produce work that speaks of its time, place, people and culture. As such he occupies a unique place in Australian contemporary design. 

Liew has received numerous awards in acknowledgement of his contribution to the Australian design landscape, including the South Australian of the Year Arts Award in 2010 and the Design Institute of Australia’s “Design Icon” Award. He was also inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s Hall of Fame in 2016.

Khai returns for his second year as an INDE.Awards jury member

Find out more about Khai Liew and his eponymous studio

Alice Blackwood, Editor, Indesign Media Asia Pacific

Alice Blackwood is an editor, journalist and communications strategist, specialising in architecture and design. She is currently Editor of Indesign magazine and Managing Editor of Cubes magazine, with Indesign Media. For more than 15 years she has been a passionate advocate of the architecture and design industry within Australia and the wider Indo Pacific region. 

Through her work on international design festivals, regional awards programs, as well as in print and digital media, she has helped establish numerous major platforms that recognise and celebrate the region’s most exciting architecture and design, and elevate those industry leaders into the global spotlight. “Our region’s design is defined by its fresh, yet hungry entrepreneurial spirit, its bold thought and brave actions, the flawless execution of complex ideas, and world-leading outcomes. I’m fascinated by all the moving parts of our architecture and design community – the businesses, the brands, the big-thinkers and everyday-doers.” 

Alice remains an active member of the Australian design and media industries as a Moderator, MC, Judge, Commentator, Mentor and Advisor.

Find out more about Alice Blackwood and Indesign

Leone Lorrimer, 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 a client to some of the world’s most famous architecture and design practices. Leone is GHDWoodhead’s National Practice Leader.

Leone has been an integral part of the INDE.Awards jury since 2019, bringing with her an expertise around workplace and commercial design. Leone has also featured in the INDE.Summit

Find out more about Leone and GHDWoodHead

Amy Muir, Director, MUIR Architecture

Amy Muir is an architect and director of MUIR, a Melbourne based architecture practice established in 2016. The practice engages with a range of projects including resisdential, public and institutional briefs bringing a sympathetic and strategic attitude to the varying contexts that they work within. The practice is underpinned by a firm belief in project- based research that investigates the language of memory and place.

Holding degrees in Interior Design and Architecture from RMIT University enables Amy to place equal value on the holistic crafting of interior and external form as one. In her previous role as Victorian President of the Australian Institute of Architects and a current lecturer at RMIT University, Amy is committed to establishing strong links between teaching, research, practice and public advocacy.

We welcome Amy to her first year on the INDE.Award jury

Find out more about Amy and MUIR Architecture

Raj Nandan, Founder, 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. 

As the creator of the INDE.Awards, Raj has been involved with the jury from the outset, bringing his extensive understanding of Asia Pacific design to the judging process.

Find out more about Raj and Indesign Media Asia Pacific

Meet the full jury here and stay tuned for more insights into our 2023 Jury.


Want your chance to be recognised on the global stage? Entries for the 2023 INDE.Awards are open until 11:59pm AEDT on Thursday 16 March. Enter now!

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