This all-star panel of design minds dedicated countless hours to poring over this year’s entries. Meet the international design stars and local heroes on this year’s judging team.
JONATHAN ics collection ADLER in 1994. (MAKER) Now his launched empire encompasses his first cerammyriad craft and product joy to life. lines, each dedicated to bringing style, ALAN Jewels ANDERSON by Alan Anderson, (FASHION) Canada’s is creative definitive director couture of fashion azine covers jewellery and celebrities house. His around pieces have the world—from adorned magDame Elizabeth Taylor to Katy Perry. TIM sor of ANTONIUK industrial design (INDUSTRIAL) at the University is an associate of Alberta. profesThrough his research and practice as co-founder of Hothouse Design Studio in the early ’90s and in his work with international companies such as Droog, he has investigated the production of morphing/shapeshifting materials and products. MIKAEL AXELSSON (INDUSTRIAL), a designer for Ikea, has studied design in Stockholm, Barcelona and Wellington, and is also a trained mechanical engineer. His work has been exhibited around the world, and in 2017 he received a Good Design award hosted by the Japan Institute for Design Promotion. BARBARA BARRY (INTERIORS) runs her eponymous design firm from L. A. Her designs are sold in fine stores throughout the world, as well as in Barbara Barry galleries in Bangkok, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Moscow. MICHELLE BIGGAR (ARCHITECTURE), principal, Office of McFarlane Biggar Architects and Designers, has been practising as an interior designer for 20 years, with international experience in Australia, the U.K. and Canada. Her work embraces an extensive range of project types, ranging from the hands- on crafting of small projects to the project management and design leadership of large-scale, complex multi- user facilities. CHRISTIAN BLYT (INDUSTRIAL) is an associate professor in industrial design and coordinator of the Innovations in Wood Design program at Emily Carr University of Art and Design.
JAMES CHENG (ARCHITECTURE) is a Canadian architect recognized for his pioneering contributions to West Coast architecture and city building. Cheng has received more than 50 design awards, including the Governor General’s Medal in Architecture and the Order of Canada, which is the country’s highest civilian honour for lifetime achievement and merit of a high degree from the Governor General’s office of Canada. ANDREA COCHRAN (LANDSCAPE), FASLA, is founder of San Francisco-based Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. Cochran holds a master’s degree in landscape architecture from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. In 2014, she was awarded the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Landscape Architecture and was honoured with ASLA’s Design Medal the same year. BRENT COMBER (MAKER, FURNITURE) is the fourth generation of his family to call North Vancouver home, from where he acts as principal of Brent Comber Studio. His wood furniture, art and installations have found homes across the world. ROZEMERIE CUEVAS (FASHION) is designer and founder of two Canadian brands, Jacqueline Conoir and JAC by Jacqueline Conoir. Over the course of
her received 33-year numerous career, both design, the influential brands and women Cuevas in have business, and business innovator awards in Canada. KELLY recognized DECK designers (MAKER) of is one luxury of Western homes. She Canada’s is the director most of Her her design Vancouver-based and home decor design ideas firm, have Kelly gained Deck an Design. international her series following on Home through and her Garden column Television, in the Globe and her and ongo- Mail, ing contributions to Western Living and other magazines. dence GEORGE in the HARRIS Master (LANDSCAPE) of Landscape is Architecture practitioner- in- program resiat the University of Calgary. He is also president of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects. KELTY McKINNON (LANDSCAPE) brings a diverse background in landscape architecture, public art and environmental studies to PFS Studio, where she is a partner. She has taught numerous design studios at UBC, and she is a regular critic, lecturer and juror. McKinnon writes on diverse topics associated with landscape architecture for several books and journals, and her work has been shown in London, Vienna, New York, Berlin and Vancouver. ALESSANDRO MUNGE (INTERIORS) of Studio Munge has been reshaping the preconceived notions of interior design for more than 20 years. With an innovative viewpoint that earned him Contract Magazine’s Designer of the Year award, Munge approaches every project with a deep understanding of practicalities, artistic expression and human connectivity. TODD SAUNDERS (ARCHITECTURE) is principal of Saunders Architecture. Based in Bergen, he has worked on cultural and residential projects across Norway as well as in England, Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Canada. Most notably known for the iconic architecture of the Fogo Island Inn and studios, Saunders continues to raise the bar for the industry. RICHARD SIMONS (FASHION) is co- owner of Simons, representing the fifth generation to lead and continue the vision of this fashion-focused family company. He began his career in 1989 in the retail fashion business as a buyer for Simons. After working his way up through the ranks, he took over the family business with his brother in 1996 as vice president of merchandising.
JEREMY STURGESS (INTERIORS), principal of Sturgess Architecture, has more than 40 years of experience as an architect in Calgary and has contributed to Canadian architecture at a variety of levels. In 1997, Sturgess was appointed to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, and he is a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. In 2012 he received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal, and his firm has won three Governor General’s Medals in Architecture. SIMONE VINGERHOETS (FURNITURE), executive vice president of Ligne Roset, oversees North and South American markets. She previously served as North American CEO of Wilkhahn and as executive vice president for Finnish furniture brand Artek. MAUREEN WELTON (FURNITURE) joined Article, a directto- consumer furniture brand, in 2015 as creative director and has since expanded its catalogue dramatically. Over the past three years, the company has grown exponentially and has been recognized as one of Canada’s fastest- growing start- ups. Prior to joining Article, she was the award-winning founding partner and creative director of 18 Karat.