2016 Judges

Greg Natale

Principal, Greg Natale Design Since 2001, Greg Natale has been renowned for his tightly edited, tailored approach to designing both interiors and exteriors working across Australia and the US of America. He has twice been awarded Interior Designer of the Year at the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards, was named as one of the World’s Top 15 Designers’ in 2015 by Architectural Digest Mexico and feted as a ‘Design Visionary’ by Harper’s Bazaar Interiors, Middle East. In 2014 Greg released his first book The Tailored Interior, with a second printing announced in 2015.

Helen Kontouris

Principal, Helen Kontouris Design
Establishing Helen Kontouris Design in 2001, Helen has collaborated with many international clients, which include Alessi, De Padova and Kundalini (Italy) Schiavello, Stylecraft and Space Furniture (Australia), Manufacturas Celda (Spain) and Ritzenhoff (Germany). In 2010, her La La Lamp was selected for inclusion in the Fondazione Cosmit Eventi Permanent Collection in Italy. Helen is inspired by her observation of everyday experiences, of people’s interaction with objects and the fresh perspectives gained from travel, which all shapes and informs her work. She is renowned for her use of contrasting materials. Her work has often been described as feminine and sculptural and has been widely published in over 150 magazines.

Jan O’Connor

Managing partner, Environa Studio
Managing partner, Environa Studio Jan O’Connor is an architect best known for her work in sustainable architecture and design. With partner Tone Wheeler, Environa Studio has been actively engaged with environmental solutions since 1986. Environa has built a strong reputation with numerous awards and accolades for sustainable design, winning the Milo Dunphy Award in 2014. The studio has a portfolio spanning urban design, civic and commercial projects, as well as public and private housing. Jan also has extensive experience in retail design, including co-founding the iconic retail tea brand T2.

John Wardle

Principal John Wardle Architects (JWA)
John Wardle established his architectural practice, John Wardle Architects (JWA), in Melbourne and has led the growth of the practice from inception. John has built an international reputation as a design architect and has developed a design process that builds upon ideas that evolve from a site’s topography, landscape, history and context, as well as a client’s particular aspirations and values. The practice has been awarded many accolades, among them the Royal Australian Institute of Architects National Sir Zelman Cowen Award for the most outstanding work of public architecture in Australia in 2002 and 2006, the Robin Boyd Award for Residential Architecture in 2012 and the Villa of the Year award at the 2015 World Architecture Festival. The work of JWA is published widely in Australian and international journals and has been celebrated in a book Volume: – John Wardle Architects.

Melissa Bright

Owner and director, MAKE architecture
Melissa Bright is the owner and founding director of MAKE architecture, a practice that has gathered a collection of built work that displays a striking conversation with Melbourne’s architectural Heritage. Its work is predominantly in residential builds, alterations and extensions – the careful and strategic understanding of occupational use is complemented by an intrinsic interest in site and material specificity. MAKE looks opportunistically and thoughtfully at its projects with the ambition to offer more for the client, the neighbourhood and the broader site context. A studio that believes in quality not quantity, MAKE looks for delight and efficiencies in the design of buildings and focuses on ways that these buildings can make our lives better. MAKE projects are published widely and have won numerous awards.

Nic Graham

Principal, Nicholas Graham + Associates
Nic Graham established his studio in Sydney in 1998 having commenced his career as a student in Melbourne with Inarc and Carr Design Group. Nic Graham and Associates is a medium-sized studio of architects, designers and technicians and the practice primarily works on hotel projects. In 2008, the practice completed the W hotel in Hong Kong to much acclaim and since then the studio has been in constant demand. Career highlights include recently completed commissions for Telstra, QT Hotels in Sydney, Gold Coast and Canberra and Indigo hotels in China and Taiwan.

Tim Jackson

Director, Jackson Clements Burrows (JCB)
Tim Jackson is a founding partner and director of Jackson Clements Burrows Architects. His role in the practice is focused on design leadership and client relationships and he maintains a hands-on role in design across all projects in the JCB office. As a project director, Tim has been responsible for the delivery of significant residential, commercial, public, urban design and master planning projects as demonstrated by a large number of award-winning commissions. Prior to the formation of JCB, he operated his own practice and taught design at the University of Melbourne, and he continues to participate in guest critiques at major tertiary institutions across Australia.