Meet the judges of the A&D Trophy Awards 2016

by Suzanne Miao on Apr 29, 2016 in Architecture , Interiors , Lifestyle , Products
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The A&D Trophy Awards 2016 extends the Early Bird offer for its official Call for Entries as the search begins for this year's Pinnacle Award winner continues

The Call for Entries for this year's A&D Trophy Awards 2016 has opened, with the special Early Bird offer now extended until 20 May 2016.

A number of leading industry experts have confirmed their participation as judges for the various categories of the competition, with more to come — be sure to sign up for our regular e-newsletter at to stay on top of more announcements to come.

Last year, internationally-renowned Hong Kong architect Dr Ronald Lu, founder of Ronald Lu & Partners, was awarded the groundbreaking new Pinnacle Award for lifetime achievement at Perspective Limited's annual A&D Trophy Awards 2015, marking yet another landmark development in the region's leading architecture, interiors and product design competition.

Selected by Perspective's board of directors and editorial team in consultation with the heads of key architecture and design associations in Hong Kong, the Lifetime Achievement accolade will once again be awarded this year, to an architect or designer who has demonstrated consistently high standards, innovation, original thought and all-round excellence in their field.

The Call for Entries for this year's A&D Trophy Awards has now opened; please go to for more information.

And, introducing the judges:


Duangrit Bunnag

Duangrit Bunnag Architect

Bangkok, Thailand


Founder of his eponymous practice Duangrit Bunnag Architect in Bangkok, Thailand, Duangrit

Bunnag is also involved in a multitude of other design areas, such as The Never Ending Summer

(restaurants); Voltaire (bookstore and café); Revolution Daffodils (publishing); Lonely Two-Legged

Creature (fashion); Anyroom House (prefabrication house); Brisk Creative Industry (marketing and

real estate); and Hotel Bocage (hotel and resort). Bunnag has also invested in EcoFuture, which

invented a new methodology to reduce global carbon footprint commercially.


Angelene Chan

DP Architects



Named one of Singapore's 20 leading architects under the age of 45 by the Urban Redevelopment

Authority in 2010, Angelene Chan spearheaded numerous award-winning projects including Sunray

Woodcraft Construction Headquarters, a bold design that redefines the typology; The Dubai Mall,

the world's largest shopping mall at 120ha; and Resorts World Sentosa, a S$6.5 billion integrated

resort in Singapore. She is committed to building purposeful architecture that fulfils the needs of the

users and community, balances practical requirements of the brief, and invigorates the local context.


Manuelle Gautrand

Manuelle Gautrand Architecture

Paris, France


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Founded in 1991 by architect Manuelle Gautrand and Marc Blaising, Paris-based Manuelle

Gautrand Architecture this year celebrates its 25th anniversary. The office develops projects for

major public and institutional contracting authorities as well as private firms. While the office's

main activity is primarily situated in France, its international presence is on the rise; the firm is

frequently invited to participate in the major international architectural competitions.


Mark Landini

Landini Associates

Sydney, Australia


As creative director of Sydney-based Landini Associates, Mark Landini works on and oversees

every project undertaken by the studio. He was previously creative director of the Conran Design

Group and Fitch RS, the world's largest retail design consultancy during the 1980s, where he

worked directly with the late Professor Rodney Fitch CBE.



Tara Bernerd

Tara Bernerd & Partners

London, England

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British designer Tara Bernerd works with an executive team of highly-experienced architects and

designers based out of the firm's London headquarters in Belgravia. Increasingly focusing on

hotels, restaurants and commercial residential developments, Bernerd's key clients in 2016 include

Four Seasons, Starwood, Canary Wharf Group, Couture Homes/Asia Standard and The Russell



Shalini Misra

Shalini Misra Interior & Architectural Design

London, England

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Shalini Misra, a qualified architect (B Arch) from The School of Planning and Architecture in New

Delhi, also has a Master of Science degree in Virtual Reality from University College London and

an MSc in architecture from UCL Bartlett in London. She is a member of the committee at the

British Institute of Interior Design (BIID); sits on the advisory board of KLC School of Design in

Chelsea; is a committee member of the South Asian Acquisition Committee (SAAC) at Tate and a

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).


Joyce Wang


Hong Kong

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Specialising in luxury hospitality and residential design, Joyce Wang's eponymous studio has

earned international acclaim and an impressive global portfolio in just a few short years. Some of

her notable commissions include Mott 32, the cabana rooms at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in

Los Angeles, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and on-going projects in Vancouver

and London.


Sophie Jacqmin

Sophie Jacqmin Interior Design

Paris, France



For 10 years, French interior designer Sophie Jacqmin has been creating exclusive spaces

for professionals and the public by redefining traditional hospitality. Having started her studies

in philosophy,she soon veered towards the more creative realm of architecture and design,

rapidly becoming involved in the conception of unique sceneries.

Throughout her career, she has been especially interested in design and scenography, working

with trend forecasting agencies such as Nelly Rodi. She founded Sophie Jacqmin Interior Design

in 2001, and soon after began collaborating with partners such as Cirque du Soleil, the MGM,

the designer Hiroyuki, Yamakado, Saab and the Club Med Group.

Since 2004, the hospitality sector has represented an important creative outlet for the designer,

as it allows her to give free rein to her imagination by creating new and original environments.



Gabriele Chiave

Creative director, Marcel Wanders

Amsterdam, The Netherlands


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Gabriele Chiave studied at the European Institute of Design in Milan, Industrial Design Academy,

French Lycée Chateaubriand in Rome, French Lycée Emile Zola in Buenos Aires, Argentina and

French Lycée Collegio Francia in Caracas, Venezuela. He holds a Baccalaureat in Economics and

Society. Chiave joined Marcel Wanders in 2007, and in his role as creative director, he now

oversees all projects in product and interior design, and art direction for some of the most renowned

international design brands such as Kartell, Poliform, Flos, Cappellini, B&B, Baccarat, KLM,

Magis, MAC, Target, L&V, Alessi, Christofle, Marks&Spencer and many other international

companies and hotels.


Johannes Torpe

Johannes Torpe Studio

Copenhagen, Denmark


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The founder and vision behind Johannes Torpe Studios, Danish designer Johannes Torpe is an

unconventional and self-trained creative in every way imaginable. Working in the fields of interior,

product, lighting and graphic design, while also producing music and playing the drums, he

describes himself as a design activist, dedicated to telling compelling and authentic stories through

creativity and design.

As creative director of the studio, he infuses the team with his energy, intuitive approach and

comprehensive experience from the many aspects of the design and creative industries he has

worked in. Torpe additionally conducts creative consultancy work for brands: most recently, he

worked with renowned high-end consumer electronics brand Bang & Olufsen as their group

creative director from 2011 to 2015.


Kostas Metaxas

Founder, Metaxas and Exero Consulting

Berlin, Germany


Kostas Metaxas is an award-winning artist-designer , a luxury-lifestyle magazine editor/publisher,

and a filmmaker/broadcast producer who covers fashion, design, gastronomy and the arts with over

1,000 documentary interviews and two awarded feature films to his credit.

Drawn to the shapes and textures of old master painters and sculpture since he was a teenager, he is

also fascinated with the art of music reproduction. To him, art and design is 'visual music'. Unable

to afford expensive hi-fi equipment as a teenager, he taught himself electrical engineering and

started producing his own, which turned into his first business. He also started a magazine so he

could interview great artists and designers worldwide, learn from them, and feed his own creativity.


Michael Held

Design director, Steelcase

Asia Pacific and EMEA


Michael Held joined Steelcase in March 2014 as design director for the Asia-Pacific region, based

in Hong Kong. Since 2016 his responsibilities also include the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East,

Africa). Previously, he was director, design management, for product, communication and user

experience design at Phillips Electronics in Hong Kong and Singapore.

After graduating in industrial design from the University of Applied Sciences Darmstadt

(Germany), Held received his Executive Master degree in DesignCulture from the University of Art

and Design Zurich (Switzerland). Following his studies, he worked for design consultancies in

Germany and Switzerland before joining Asus Computer in Taiwan, where he was responsible for

designing mobile phones, notebook/desktop computers, and led advanced design research




Nelson Chen

The Chinese University of Hong Kong | Nelson Chen Architects

Hong Kong

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Professor Nelson Chen is director of the School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong

Kong, and Principal Architect of Nelson Chen Architects Ltd, established 1987. He was born in

New York, USA, and educated at Harvard University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree

summa cum laude (with highest honours) in 1975, a Master of Architecture degree (with

distinction) in 1978, and the AIA School Medal as first-ranked graduate. His academic distinctions

include the Knox Fellowship for postgraduate study at Cambridge University, England, and the

Wheelwright Traveling Fellowship.

He moved to Hong Kong in 1986, when he established his own firm, and since then, his

professional work has won more than 35 major design awards from the American Institute of

Architects, Hong Kong Institute of Architects and UNESCO. He was also named Architect of the

Year by the Hong Kong Arts Guild in 1999.

Chen has served on the faculty of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) for more than two

decades, where he was appointed to his present role in 2014.


Inge Goudsmit


Hong Kong

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Inge Goudsmit is an Associate at OMA*AMO Asia. She joined OMA Rotterdam in 2005, relocated to

Beijing and afterwards to Hong Kong, rejoining OMA Asia in 2009 to design and eventually lead the

Taipei Performing Arts Center. Other projects include a museum in Beijing, the Dharma Niaga heritage

site in Jakarta, the Yen Lac Binh Xuyen Strategic Masterplan and Cat Hai Masterplan in Vietnam, the

completed Maison Ullens Flagship Store Paris and a completed primary school in Nepal. She is also a

visiting Professor at the Architecture Departments of the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a former

visiting Professor at Hong Kong University.


EeTiong Lim

Atkins Global

Hong Kong


EeTiong Lim is studio director at Atkins Hong Kong, with more than 16 years' architecture

experience in Europe and Asia-Pacific. He is trained as an architect in the UK and Singapore, with

past working experience in KPF and RMJM. During his career, he has been responsible for the

design and management of a series of high-profile projects, including the Victoria Station

redevelopment project in London, England; Alila Resort hotel in Lishui, China; China Merchants

Bank HQ Tower in Shanghai, China; and China Merchants Securities Tower in Shenzhen, China.

He is also responsible for the delivery of mixed-use development and transport-oriented

development (TOD) projects in Guangzhou, Chongqing and Xiamen in collaboration with

international consultants and hotel operators such as HG, Marriott and Hyatt. In recent years, Lim

has been involved in expansion of Atkins' architecture design team into the Middle East, India and

southeast Asia.


Ferdinand Cheung


Hong Kong


Ferdinand Cheung has extensive experience in leading architectural projects from concept to design

detail across a broad range of building typologies. As a director at Benoy, Hong Kong, his experience

has developed his portfolio of mixed-use, commercial tower, residential, hotel, and masterplanning

projects, as well as interior design for high-end apartments and office renovations.

With a keen interest in designing projects that reflect the context in which they sit, he is also an active

member within the academic field, and has been an assistant professor at The University of Hong Kong

(HKU) Master's Thesis programme, and also a guest critic at HKU and the Hong Kong Design


During his career, he has worked on such projects as: Chengdu IFS, Chengdu, China; Shanghai

Vanke South Station Phase 3, Shanghai, China; Financial Tower, Cau Giay District, Hanoi, Vietnam

and Chong Hing Bank Headquarter Redevelopment, Central, Hong Kong.



Alain Wong

COMODO Interior & Furniture Design

Hong Kong

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After completing his studies in Art of Architecture in the USA, Alain Wong founded COMODO

Interior & Furniture Design, aiming to combine minimalist design with a warm, contemporary style

which integrates artistry with functionality. The team is enthusiastic for interior design and

continuous innovations while project experts furnish high-quality production. In addition to his

wide experience in residential projects, Wong has increasingly focused on commercial projects such

as showflats in Shanghai and Macau, and also COMODO's new office.

Industry honours which Wong has won include the Singapore Good Design Mark Awards, 2015

Spark Design Awards in US and The Perspective Awards 2012, among others.


Michael Liu

Millimeter Interior Design

Hong Kong

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With over 10 years of design experience, Michael Liu established Millimeter Interior Design in

2007. He has received various design awards in international competitions such as IIDA, IDA, and

INTERIOR DESIGN Magazine Best of Year, among others. He has worked on various residential

and commercial projects, both large and small, and has had many of his works published in various

books, magazines and online publications.

Liu takes pride in creating unique spaces and different lifestyle experiences for discerning clients

while working closely with them to achieve the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. He

adopts a unique modern and minimalist approach to many designs with various constraints and

produces practical solutions without compromise.



Andrea Ponti

Ponti Design Studio

Hong Kong


Italian designer Andrea Ponti moved to Hong Kong in 2013 and founded Ponti Design Studio. He

has won many international prizes and awards, including first prize at LG Mobile Design Awards

2012 for the revolutionary design of a smartphone for blind people. Currently, Ponti is collaborating

with global companies such as Philips, Gibson Innovations and Dainese, as well as local companies

in Asia, Europe and North America.


William Lee


Hong Kong


With his passion for ceramics, in 2008 William Lee founded Loveramics (a name combining the

words 'love' and 'ceramics') in Hong Kong in order to create beautiful, practical and affordable


A young and energetic brand, Loveramics has introduced a breath of fresh air into the ceramics

world by offering contemporary design-led products that are accessible and enhance everyday

living, by valuing craftsmanship in the manufacturing process. With its stated aim of becoming a

worldwide brand, Loveramics has launched new tableware ranges at MAISON&OBJET Paris —

these signature collections have gone on to win a range of awards, including the IF design award

and Design Plus Award, and have been selected for exhibition at MOMA and the Frankfurt

Museum of Applied Art.

Loveramics also expanded into producing professional coffee and teaware, and has been selected to

provide the official cups of competition at the World Latte Art Championship.

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