Chair, Premier's Design Awards Judging Panel
Celina Clarke is a Melbourne based Industrial Designer who co-founded ISM Objects in 1990. She has a passion for contemporary design and architecture and has a keen interest in lighting space.
Her folio of design work includes packaging, furniture and home-wares but over the past 15 years she has specialized in luminaire design.
Together with Simon Christopher, their designs have won many awards and their work has been exhibited widely including at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Their design partnership successfully spans more than 20 years.
Celina continues to develop designs for ISM and has a particular interest in materials and manufacturing. She enjoys the detailed design process of getting products to market and she has particularly enjoyed working with the Sparks designers.
Design Champion, Auckland Design Office, Auckland Council
Following a historic amalgamation in 2010 of 8 Councils into 1 “Super City” Auckland Council is now the largest Unitary Authority in Australasia with assets of over $50 Billion and an operating budget of over $5 Billion.
As Auckland and New Zealand’s first ever Design Champion (initially appointed in 2006) and General Manager of Auckland Council’s Auckland Design Office (ADO) a team of multi-disciplinary design professionals (urban design, architecture, landscape architecture, universal design and place activation), Ludo has been charged with spearheading Auckland’s people centred design-led urban transformation since 2006.
Projects include the multi-awarded Wynyard Quarter Waterfront regeneration, City Centre Streetscapes and Shared Spaces programme, Auckland Art Gallery redevelopment (winner of the 2013 World Building of the Year at the World Architecture Festival), Auckland Design Manual, the award winning City Centre Master Plan 2012 and the recently completed Lightpath – the “hot pink” soaring cycling super highway on a formerly disused motorway off-ramp indicate the exciting progress, pace and ambition of the programme.
As Design Champion, Ludo has overall accountability to The Mayor, Councillors, the organisation and the wider public for achieving design excellence in Council’s plans, policies and projects; working alongside the private sector and community to deliver exemplary human centred design outcomes and promoting the council’s design-led city agenda across the organisation, the wider Auckland community and internationally.
Paul Priestman is a designer, Chairman of PriestmanGoode and Global Creative Director of CRRC Sifang, one of the world’s largest rolling stock manufacturers. Paul is also a Trustee of the UK Design Council.
His work spans the breadth of industrial design from consumer products to the New Tube for London, high speed trains, hotels and aircraft interiors.
For over 25 years, the guiding principle in Priestman’s work has been his belief that design is not just about styling, but about making things better.
This approach has led his studio to win a host of prestigious awards, including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards, the Future Friendly Award for Sustainable Design Innovation and numerous Travel and Transport Awards around the globe.
Today, Priestman is known not just for his client work, but for his award-winning future concepts – visionary ideas to improve our everyday lives and encourage sustainable, long-term thinking. He is an inspirational speaker on the subject of creative future thinking and the value of design to business.
In 2015, the Evening Standard voted Priestman one of London’s 1000 most influential people for the third consecutive year. This January, he was also announced as one of Britain’s 500 most influential individuals by The Sunday Times newspaper.
Co-Founder and Creative Director, Alt Group
Dean Poole is Co-Founder and Creative Director of Alt Group, a multidisciplinary design studio based in New Zealand. Committed to raising the profile of New Zealand design locally and internationally, he has been involved in the establishment of the Better by Design programme in conjunction with New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.
Dean has helped conceptualise and deliver a number of national interest projects including the promotion of the creative industries for Brand New Zealand, the development of brands for Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, as well as the creative direction for Fisher & Paykel globally.
Since 2005 his creative direction has been awarded over 450 international and national awards. He has received the highest accolade in New Zealand eight times, The Purple Pin. In 2010 he received the John Britten Black Pin, the most prestigious individual award for his contribution to design in New Zealand and internationally.
Dean is the first New Zealander member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).
Managing Director, 3rd View Consulting
Marie-Claire is the Managing Director of 3rdView Consulting, Queensland’s Customer Focus Specialists.
As a Customer Strategist and Service Designer she helps leaders deliver results by aligning strategy with customer needs, and improving the customer and employee experience.
Marie-Claire has a unique ability to ‘bring customers into the room’, and to deeply reflect on the design and value of experiences. She challenges clients to engage, observe and empathise, to bring a range of perspectives to business opportunities or challenges.
She applies a ‘Design Thinking’ approach to ensure holistic and fit-for-purpose solutions are delivered for all clients.
Vice President, Design, World Kitchen, LLC
Tania Aldous is an Industrial Design professional with over 20 year’s experience working for global brands in the areas of Industrial Design and brand strategy.
She is Vice President, Design for a portfolio of housewares brands including Pyrex and Corningware for World Kitchen LLC in the US.
She was formally Design Director for Whirlpool Corporation US for brands including Whirlpool, KitchenAid and Maytag.
Tania has been a featured speaker at the IIT Design Strategy and Planning Conference, former judge and Jury Chair at the International Spark Awards and speaker at IDSA US conferences.
She is the 2015 Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design.
Founder and Director, Snepo
Ben is a founding member of We:eX and heads up the technical development and integration of electronics into fashion garments and accessories.
He is formally trained as an Electrical Engineering (Hons) and has 10 years experience successfully running Snepo Research. Ben has become internationally recognised for his work on Fundawear for Durex, with the campaign receiving a Silver Lion at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Ben’s latest product the ‘Alert Shirt’ is a fan jersey that uses wearable technology to enable fans to feel what the players feel live as it happens during the game.
Not content working on just one product release for Q1 2014, the NAVIGATE jacket is the first incarnation of a product that gives consumers their eyes back and removes the screen from their hands.
Ben has recently been presenting at conferences globally including SXSW, mLab, Apps World UK, and Wearable Tech San Francisco. Wearable Experiments was recently awarded best startup at Fashion 2.0 NYC.
Director, PTW Architects
Troy has over 20 years’ experience across a wide range of projects and with many of the leading architects of our time, both in Australia and overseas.
He is a member of AIA NSW Chapter Committees and has taught design and construction at the University of Sydney and been an invited critic to the architecture programs at UNSW, UTS and Newcastle University.
Troy is focused on the underlying design concept, its ability to contribute positively to the experience of the urban environment and its contribution to the broader context as well as the importance of being able to realise the design.
Troy has a depth of experience with sensitive and complex commercial, cultural, education and masterplanning projects from user consultation through to delivery. This experience gives Troy the ability to contribute at all stages to a diverse range of building types.
Many of the projects Troy has contributed to have won awards including Sulman Awards in 2002 and 2004, Wilkinson Award in 2004, National Awards 2004 and 2009 as well as environment and sustainability awards, Institute of Planning Awards, Materials Institute Awards and the Australian Good Design Award.
Founder, Curator, top3 by design
Terri Winter is the co-founder, buyer and creative force behind top3 by design. A concept born in Australia and unique to the world, top3 is about editing options, not limiting choice – reducing the excess that falls outside the top3 parameters of quality, innovation and style.
Terri believes in fostering design, not stealing it, so all top3 products are 100% authentic. Since it’s inception 14 years ago, Top3 has since continued to evolve with a vision of sourcing only the best-designed products from around Australia and the world, serving them up in a tantalising instore and online experience.
With excellence at its core, top3’s range features thousands of products, but never more than the 3 best items in their respective class by merit of design – everything from homewares and accessories to kitchen and dining.
Top3 by design has been recognised by several design and retail industry awards, including GIA – Global Innovator Award, Chicago 2009 and World Retail Congress Award Finalist, London 2012.
Running an Internally Award winning business herself, Terri is passionate about the place of Awards programs for both large businesses as well as individual designers to boost recognition and understanding of their product to a wider audience.
Director, Sticky Thinking
Judith Thompson is a design advocate, experienced in the strategic application of design for business.
She was the inaugural head of Better by Design, a ground-breaking programme helping export companies create value through design-led innovation. As the Director of the Design Group within the New Zealand government’s trade agency, she has also been a leader in introducing design thinking into the public sector.
Judith currently works as an independent consultant, assisting public and private sector organisations build design capability.
Judith has a Bachelor of Social Science (Sydney University) and Master of Management (Massey University).
She is a Ministerial appointee to the Aukland University of Technology Council and an Honorary Life Member of the Designers Institute of New Zealand.
Creative Director, Coast
A highly respected Design Professional with over 25 years’ experience in the UK fashion market.
Neil has worked with a number of key High Street brands, from young fashion labels as River Island and Miss Selfridge to corner store retailers Debenhams and Marks & Spencer – holding senior roles in all.
Currently the Creative Director of Coast, a leading high end brand whose contemporary use of prints and fabrics lead the occasionwear market both in the UK and overseas.
Founder and President of Eight Inc.
Tim Kobe founded the globally recognized strategic and experience design firm Eight Inc. in 1989.
Today, Eight Inc. has offices in San Francisco, New York, Honolulu, Tokyo, London, Singapore, Dubai and across China and is a leader in innovation and branded experience working with companies such as Apple, Virgin Atlantic Airways, Nike, Coke, Knoll and Citibank. Eight Inc. also received the top award for the Architectural competition “High Density on the High Ground” and was selected to represent the United States at the Architecture Bienniale in Venice Italy.
Eight Inc. works across many traditional disciplines: strategy, architecture, exhibition, interior design, product, communications and branding. Many projects have received international design awards and have been published in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Kobe is a graduate of Environmental Design with honors in 1982 from Art Center College of Design. He worked in Los Angeles for Herb Rosenthal and Associates, at the American Broadcasting Company during school and in New York with Murray Gelberg and The Burdick Group in San Francisco.
In 1987, Kobe became a founding partner in West Office Design Associates, a firm focusing on museum and exhibition design that was responsible for the master planning of museums and for several science museum exhibitions in the US and the Hong Kong Science Museum.
Kobe has lectured at the Art Center College of Design, California College of Arts and Crafts, and the San Francisco Academy of Art and on behalf of the US State Department regarding sustainability and architecture in Bangkok and Los Angeles.
He has spoken globally in large scale public conferences and events, private organizations and colleges and universities including the prestigious annual Picnic in Amsterdam, the annual Microsoft Symposium in New York, the Northern Lights Congress in Helsinki Finland and events for media events for Fast Company, Harvard Business Review and Bloomberg.
Kobe is also a trustee at Art Center College of Design and currently serving as Chairman of the Academic Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Grabhorn Institute in San Francisco California and divides his time between California and Singapore.