[UPDATE on 28 April 2015: Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Ian Milne, Craig Menzies and Simon Leung confirmed as judges for A&D Trophy Awards 2015]
The restructuring of the A&D Trophy Awards this year sees the introduction of a new 'Lifetime Achievement' award
A groundbreaking new 'Lifetime Achievement' award will be introduced at Perspective's annual A&D Trophy Awards this year, marking yet another landmark development in the region's leading architecture, interiors and product design competition.
Selected by Perspective Limited's board of directors and editorial team, the 'Lifetime Achievement' accolade will be presented to either an individual or a firm, who or which has demonstrated consistent high standards, innovation, original thought and all-round excellence in their field. "We will also consider other factors, such as involvement in the community and peer recognition," says Suzanne Miao, editorial director of Perspective. "The A&D Trophy Awards 'Lifetime Achievement' citation marks the restructuring of the previous 'Best of the Best' award, which we introduced five years ago in 2010."
Now, in addition to the new 'Lifetime Achievement' honour, there will be four sector-level Best of the Best trophies, awarded for the architecture, interior design, product design and students categories.
Best of Category awards and Certificates of Excellence will continue to be given in each individual category (dependent on judges' overall scores).
Additionally, judges confirmed as of 28 April include:
• Katy Ghahremani, director of Make Architects, who has led an array of notable projects across a range of sectors, including The Temple House, a new boutique hotel in Chengdu, and an office fit-out for a 40-storey tower in the city of Tianjin
• Michael Kokora, who established OMA/AMO Asia together with OMA partner David Gianotten in 2009, and is responsible for leading OMA/AMO's portfolio in Asia and Australasia
• Mark Mancuso, principal and founder of thread collective, an award-winning architecture firm based in Brooklyn, New York, which is working with the Urban Green Council's building resiliency task force to make recommendations on transforming the NYC Building Code
• Heinz Richardson, director of Jestico + Whiles, who is responsible for overseeing the expert team involved in the restoration of renowned British architect Sir John Soane's Pitzhanger Manor and Walpole Park in London
• Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), who most recently contributed to The Dryline, a resiliency plan to protect 10 miles of Manhattan's coastline
• Diego Burdi, creative partner of award-winning practice Burdifilek, a 20-year-old commercial interior design firm based in Toronto, Canada
• Eric Carlson, who established Carbondale in Paris in 2004 and prior to which he co-founded and directed the Louis Vuitton architecture department
• Scott Walker, head of design — interior design for international design practice Hassell, who has 20 years' experience and is acknowledged as an industry leader
• George Yabu, co-founder and partner in renowned design firm Yabu Pushelberg, which has offices in New York City and Toronto
• Dara Huang, founding principal of Design Haus Liberty, who has contributed to the new Tribeca skyscraper in New York and the New Tate Modern Museum in London prior to setting up her own practice
• Pinky Lai, award-winning automotive designer, founder and design director of Brainchild Design Group and Brainchild Design Consultants, and former chief designer at Porsche
• Camiel Weijenberg, founder of Singapore-based boutique design and architecture firm Weijenberg, who currently teaches architectural studies part-time at the National University of Singapore and is setting up a research programme with the Singapore University of Technology and Design, affiliated with MIT
• Matthew Potter, managing director of Wilkinson Eyre Asia-Pacific, who was project architect for the Lubetkin Prize-winning Cooled Conservatories at Singapore's Gardens By the Bay
• Dr Stefan Krakhofer, assistant professor at the City University of Hong Kong, who teaches architectural design with a focus on digital design technologies, computational design/BIM and digital fabrication
• Ian Milne, senior design director at Atkins in Hong Kong, who has led the design of multiple mixed-use projects, including Loncin Centre in Chongqing, World Trade Centre Amsterdam, Saadiyat Landbridge Abu Dhabi and Sands Integrated Development Macau
• Craig Menzies, director at Benoy, who has a diverse portfolio of projects featuring airport terminals, world-class leisure developments, exclusive department and high street retail, multiplex entertainment complexes and shopping malls throughout Asia, the United Kingdom, Europe and South Africa
• Simon Leung, general manager of Tung Fat Ho Building Material, who has extensive experience and vast knowledge of the design and security industries
The call for entries for this year's A&D Trophy Awards has now opened; click here for more information.