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Perspective Monthly June 2019

Welcome to the June issue of Perspective. We’ve been particularly busy recently, especially at the end of May, when the winners of our 40 Under 40 Awards were announced. The competition, which is now in its 13th year, celebrates the best young talents from the worlds of architecture, interior design, product design and art. The jury comprises experts in these fields, as well as members of the Perspective editorial team. Previous winners have gone on to become some of the regional design industry’s biggest players. We were thrilled to present the 40 winners of 2019, all featured in this issue. It was exciting to see so many familiar faces on the gala night, including, of course, many of the award recipients, while the forum on the topic of ‘Heritage in Hong Kong: Trend, Benefit or Burden?’ provoked much lively debate.

While we’re on the subject, our other major awards programme, the A&D Trophy Awards and A&D China Awards take place in November. You have until the end of this month to submit a project – perhaps one of your own. Confirmed for the judging panel are Piero Lissoni, Tara Bernerd, William Lim, Alan Chan, André Fu and Dara Huang. Expect other big names to join them.

In April, I was fortunate enough to attend one of our industry’s greatest events, Milan Design Week. The whole city was abuzz with the countless events that take place over the week. Unlike some design fairs, Milan Design Week engenders enthusiasm not only in industry professionals but also among the general public – the entire city seems to take part. If you’ve never been, be sure to make a point of attending the next one – you’ll experience the very best in design from around the world.

In this women’s issue, we feature leading female design creatives such as Patricia Urquiola (on the cover), Tara Bernerd and Dara Huang. We also take a look at the gender gap in the architecture and design fields, and speak to Martha Thorne, Pritzker Architecture Prize executive director and dean of the IE School of Architecture & Design in Madrid. She discusses the problem and what it will take to change the situation. Though the business remains mainly a man’s world, there’s reason to believe the gap is narrowing. There have been some encouraging signs lately: Sarah Whiting will soon be the first female dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. We can only hope that this welcome development will be duplicated elsewhere.

Dennis Lee
Managing Editor

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Wind of change
In 2004, Perspective founded the A&D Trophy Awards to promote and honour the finest architecture and design in the Asia Pacific region. Fourteen years on, we continue to discover extraordinary works and projects created by the astounding talents of local and international designers.

The 2018 awards promise to be particularly rewarding, with a healthy mixture of sizeable established practices as well as smaller independent and homegrown design studios. Familiar names and new faces include Steve Leung Designers, Aedas, Benoy, Neri&Hu, Ronald Lu & Partners, LAAB Architects, 10 Design, One Plus Partnership and A Work of Substance, all deserved winners and powerful pillars that help to drive the industries forward and propel newcomers togreater heights.

While we acknowledge the current and next generations of designers, we also pay tribute to past generations. We are proud to have selected retired British architect Ronald J Phillips as the Pinnacle Award winner for his outstanding contribution to the architectural map of Hong Kong. His work for the Hong Kong Government, from 1956 to 1969, resulted in such landmark buildings as City Hall, the Star Ferry Pier and the Murray Building, which was magically transformed this year into a five-star hotel, The Murray.

This year we have opted for a slight change by creating a new crystal plaque in place of the certificates we have traditionally presented to the winners of the Best of Category and Certificate of Excellence awards. Our highest honours, the Best of the Best trophies, have also been given a new look with refined colour and materials.

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the competition this year and congratulate all our winners for their exceptional creations. Watch out for a bigger, better 2019 for Perspective.

Dennis Lee

Managing Editor

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