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Design culture “bristling” with talent: INDE.Awards jury speaks

For INDE.Awards winners, receiving the accolade is the pinnacle of success where talent is recognised and rewarded. We hear from the Jury on what made this year’s winners truly outstanding.

Design culture “bristling” with talent: INDE.Awards jury speaks

Winner of The Influencer (partnered by Steelcase), Permanent Camping 2 by Casey Brown Architecture with Jeffery Broadfield, photography by Andrew Loiterton.

To win a category award at the 2022 INDE.Awards is no mean feat and this year the competition was particularly fierce. Keep in mind that only 12 entrants can make the shortlist in each category and it’s a very challenging decision for the jury.

In most categories barely a point separated entries and so if your project or product was not shortlisted it was very, very close indeed. Having said this, the winners are to be celebrated for their talent, innovation and creativity, and every practice should wear the honour with pride.

Speaking to the jury regarding the quality of submissions this year, there was overwhelming consensus that entries received were outstanding with great creativity and innovation at the heart of every project.

Watch: INDE.Awards Gala 2022 in full


Commenting on projects submitted to the awards in 2022, returning jury member, Leone Lorrimer, national practice leader, GHDWoodhead, Australia says, “The calibre of entries this year was outstanding. Of note are the number of entries that demonstrate collaboration between practices.

“Sometimes the collaboration is interdisciplinary, but this year there are a number of very large projects that have been collaboratively designed between a number of practices in the same discipline. This has provided a wide variety of design approaches, all within a cohesive whole.

Winner of The Building (partnered by Neolith) and Best Of The Best (partnered by Zenith) awards, Pingelly Recreation and Cultural Centre by iredale pedersen hook architects with Advanced Timber Concepts Studio, photography by Peter Bennetts.

“The majority of the projects demonstrate a very high level of focus on sustainability in design, material selection (use and reuse) and the quality of the human environment,” says Lorrimer.

“Practices are also beginning to understand the value of engagement with community outside the project boundaries. This concept might be easier to understand with building design; this year some of the projects demonstrated how interior design can also benefit from more broadly thinking about and engaging with stakeholders outside the project’s scope,” she says.

“Congratulations to all the winners and to those who submitted such fantastic projects.”

Honourable mention for The Multi-Residential Building (partnered by Bosch), Newcastle East End by SJB, Durbach Block Jaggers & Tonkin, photography by Tom Roe.

First time jury member, Jefa Greenaway, director of Greenaway Architects, Australia remarks,The calibre of submissions for the 2022 INDE.Awards reinforces the sense that the design culture within our region is dynamic, bristling with a talented, committed and highly engaged cohort of design professions.

“Good design does not simply happen, it relies on persistence, diligence and an unwavering desire for excellence – the work submitted for the awards this year, has illustrated a commendable level of design quality, a perfect advertisement to always seek out the best in the business.”

Winner of The Work Space (partnered by Herman Miller), Google Aotearoa by Warren and Mahoney New Zealand/Aotearoa, photography by Sam Hartnett.

Shashi Caan, director, IFI, USA, notes that, “Exceeding design excellence expectations, the 2022 INDE.Awards entries showcased an impressive calibre of talent and creativity inspirational in a period rapid world transformation.”

Winner of The Social Space (partnered by Verosol), Wood Pavilion #1 – An Experiment of Archetype by LIN Architecture, photography by Songkai LIU.

And Whare Timu, director, Warren + Mahony Aotearoa/New Zealand reflects, “Judging this year’s entries was a very vigorous process across what was an immense calibre of work.

“Given the awards global outreach, The Building and Multi-Residential Building categories had a series of accomplished entries that created spaces and places on identity, cultural responsiveness, built form, and experiences that expressed specific qualities of their given locations.” 

INDE.Awards Jury 2022, read more here.

As a community, architecture and design is forward-thinking, original and resilient, however, in 2022 design is also people-centric, site specific and more culturally aware.

While the last years have been challenging it is heartening to see that the silver lining is that architecture and design is thriving in our region and that is something to be rightfully proud of and celebrate at the INDE.Awards.

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Our warmest congratulations to the winners of the INDE.Awards 2022! You can catch up on the INDE.Awards Gala 2022 – watch here.

Indesign Media and the INDE.Awards thanks all of our partners and sponsors, whose support has enabled us to celebrate the diverse architecture and design industry in our Indo Pacific region.

INDE.Awards will return in 2023, entries open in November.

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