The Perspective 40 Under 40 Awards 2018 mark the 12th consecutive year of recognising 40 young design talents from the fields of art, architecture, interior design and product design. Nominations are now open through our website. You can nominate someone – or yourself – for contributions to a particular field.
The 40 Under 40 Awards celebrate the achievements and talents of a young generation of individuals paving the way for design in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. This year's event will take place on May 29 and will once again be held at The Annex event space in Sheung Wan. Last year, the event was attended by more than 200 industry professionals, including acclaimed architects, interior and product designers, artists, thought leaders and business influencers.
Prior to the celebration and awards ceremony, there will be a forum and Q&A session. Last year's topic, 2020 vision: Creating a better urban environment – how can architects and designers rise to the unique challenges facing Hong Kong? sparked plenty of lively debate, with some 100 participants actively involved. This year's topic will be announced soon; no doubt it will be the source of plenty of contributions from panellists and audience members. The forum discussion will be followed by the presentation of awards.
Some of the previous winners are already shaping the world in which we live. These include: André Fu (AFSO); Barrie Ho (BARRIE HO Architecture); Ma Yansong (MAD Architects); Joyce Wang (Joyce Wang Studio); Bryant Lu (Ronald Lu & Partners) and Bjarke Ingels (BIG), to name just a few. Don't miss out – enter now.
We caught up with a handful of 2017′s winners to find out what has happened since they received their award, and ask what advice they would give to the 2018 entrants. These included; Akshay Heranjal (The Purple Ink Studio), Ben McCarthy (Charlie & Rose), James JJ Acuna (JJ/ABA), Jane Luk (Sou Fujimoto Architects).
Akshay Heranjal: The award enabled us as a studio to be featured on a global platform where we could rub shoulders with some of the great minds in the field of design. Being a winner of the 40 Under 40 2017 has been a great boost to our studio!
James JJ Acuna: There's definitely more work than before. The awards have really helped – if anything, people take note of my project portfolio and capacity. It has helped people understand more about what I do professionally.
Ben McCarthy: I think you need to measure yourself [every now and then] against your peers. If you're like me, and you don't get too involved in industry events, it's a good way to see what's going on. It's a good opportunity to see what other people are up to.
Jane Luk: To show one's work and be recognised, to understand where one stands in the market and to challenge oneself.
James: There are some people who are leaders, and [the awards] highlight these people – which can inspire others to do the same.
James: Self-promotion is one thing, but a lot of it is about inspiring others [and letting them know] that young people are helping to make a difference in the city through design work. I think it's more about the dialogue that's important.
Jane: Give it a try and show your best self to the world.
Akshay: [I would] advise the entrants to express versatility, since it only makes the design community richer by spreading and exchanging ideas across platforms.