Rousing the Year of the Rooster The Year of the Monkey is drawing to a close and, for many around the world, it can't happen soon enough. Most would agree that, broadly speaking, 2016 was a year of upheaval and chaos, from the death of seminal music artist David Bowie 12 months ago, through Brexit, Trump and the human tragedies throughout the Middle East. But as the cockerel prepares to crow and usher in a new year, let us cast our eyes towards the dawn with optimism and hope for a better tomorrow. 2016 wasn't a total washout, of course — just ask any of the winners at our A&D Trophy Awards last November, who included Pinnacle Award winner Steve Leung (who's featured on page 110 as well) and a raft of outstanding talent, whose award-scoring projects can be found in our Winners Report section from pages 13 to 102. We've also shone the light on other star designers, such as Christine Lam and David Clayton from Aedas (page 116), John Pauline (page 132), Mike DeFrino (page 134) and Paola Navone (page 126) to self-made success stories Ashley Sutton (page 138) and Rob Wall of JEB (page 129). And if you're looking for more stars, stand by as we begin our search for this year's 40 Under 40 young design talents in earnest. You can nominate an upcoming hopeful in the fields of architecture, art, fashion graphic design & new media, interiors and product design — or nominate yourself! The only rule is that the nominee must be aged 40 or under in 2017, and must be Asia-based. Head over to and click on the link there for more details.