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ALICE BLACKWOOD - Editor, Design Quarterly
As Editor of DQ magazine, Alice divides her time between two of Australia’s major design hubs – Melbourne and Sydney, working with designers, organizations and institutions to bring DQ readers the very latest news on the people, products and parties in design. As one of Indesign Group’s most popular titles, DQ magazine provides an informative and adaptive forum connecting and reflecting the achievements and views of emerging designers, sector professionals, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers, within Australia and abroad. Conversational, intelligent, and occasionally a little bit cheeky, DQ offers readers a young, fresh and social environment, with a passion, knowledge and enthusiasm for design that resonates with its audiences. Taking an active and dedicated interest to her field of specialty, Alice works alongside major design industry initiatives and organizations, including Saturday in Design, Launch Pad emerging design program, Australian International Design Awards, State of Design Festival and more, supporting and cultivating Australia’s flourishing design community. She also brings journalistic expertise, having worked with major daily newspapers, and contributed to industry publications nationally. Her enthusiasm and passion for Australasian design is the driving force behind her ongoing work in the design community.

Lise Coirier - Editor-in-Chief, TL (Trends & Living) / Director, Pro MateriaAfter studying business management and art history in London and Brussels, Lise Coirier (Parisian by origin) specialized in contemporary crafts and design. She founded design consultancy agency Pro Materia in 1999 with the objective of promoting today's designers in Belgium as well as abroad by means of expositions, conferences, competitions and publications. Pro Materia's latest projects include 'Human Cities', a project on sustainable urban design which took place both in Brussels and Istanbul, the 'Belgian Designer Rooms' in thewhitehotel, 'Commerce Design Brussels', an initiative to promote well-designed retail spaces, and many more. At the beginning of 2009, Lise transformed the former Textile magazine into an internationally oriented quarterly on innovative materials and trends in design, fashion, retail and urban space. In the meantime, TL magazine, short for Trends & Living, has become a reference publication for a new vision on the design world of tomorrow.

HANS FONK - Editor-in-Chief, OBJEKT International
Fonk first completed his advanced studies in textile technology and then embarked on his career in photography, as a fashion photographer. In San Francisco he began photographing interiors, architecture, art and design. At the end of 1991 he launched his own publication, OBJEKT, which has meanwhile achieved world wide circulation in its English-language edition, OBJEKT International. Over the years, OBJEKT International has produced some stunning features on prominent interior and textile designers, antique dealers, artists and architects throughout the world. For OBJEKT International, he is also responsible for most of the photography, as well as the design, layout and editorial production.

GERALDINE GRISEY - Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary

district-w magazine

Emily HarDing - Editor, District-W magazine

Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Emily first studied Fine Art and Art History at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, before making the move to New York City where she lived and studied until 2009. A graduate of the Design & Management program at Parsons School of Design, Emily has worked in the field of fine art and design for the past six years. Currently based in Berlin, Germany, she is the Editor of fledgling contemporary art and culture magazine, District-W.

Founded just last year, the magazine caters to a global, diverse, and dynamic group of travellers, whose fingers are always on the pulse of art and all things creative. From the elegant and decadent, to the subversive and innovative, District-W gives its readers a taste of contemporary happenings, adventures and projects. Embracing what’s new in culture, food, travel, art, and music, working at the magazine has proved to be truly a labour of love and source of inspiration.

An avid traveller, Emily has also lived in Florence, Paris and London.


Alex Goh -Editor-in-Chief, founder and Publisher, TAXI
Alex Goh founded TAXI: The Global Creative Network in 2003 and directs strategic partnerships with TAXI's organizational partners, actively represents advertising awards across the globe, and produces design events and creative initiatives in North America, Europe, and Asia. Before TAXI, Alex started as freelance designer in 1998, and served professional creative roles in advertising and media agencies.

David Hertz Founder and Principal David Hertz, AIA Architects

David Hertz has been an active participant in the environmental and design communities for over two decades with participation in numerous organizations including service on numerous professional committees such as the L.A. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment, the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Construction Specifications Institute, the Environmental Committee of Concrete Organizations, and the California Energy Commission’s High Performance Wall Systems Collaborative. In 2004, he became a LEED Accredited Professional, administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. After selling the Syndecrete® technology in 2006, Syndesis Inc. evolved into the Studio of Environmental Architecture, a Santa Monica based practice devoted to green building.

David’s personal involvement includes membership and pro-bono services for many non-profit environmental and social service organizations including Architects, Designers and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), The Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC), and Heal the Bay.

David has served on the faculty of the SCI-Arc Professional Development Program and is currently on the Academic Advisory Committee for UCLA’s Extension Program while teaching sustainable design courses. He currently teaches a studio focused on prefabrication at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

CELESTE HOLT-WALTERS - Senior Art Producer, McCann Erickson NY

Emily Hooper Associate Editor, Contract Magazine

AARON KENEDI - Editor-in-Chief, Print
In his nearly fifteen years of professional media experience, Print's editor-in-chief Aaron Kenedi has written, edited, and designed books, magazines, newspapers, and websites for companies including HarperCollins, Bulfinch, ESPN, TV Guide, Newsday, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Kenedi was the founder and editor-in-chief of Shift Media and also served as editorial director of Miller Media, a design firm in San Francisco. He has collaborated with leading editorial and design thinkers including John Miller and Mario Garcia, and was a founding team member of Danilo Black with Roger Black and Eduardo Danilo in San Francisco.

Jordan Alyssa Landes-Brenman

Jordan Alyssa Landes-Brenman - CEO and Founder, Haute House PR & Marketing + Haute Blue Web
A lifelong lover of all things fashion-related, Haute House PR & Marketing’s CEO and Founder; Jordan Landes-Brenman has had a comprehensive and successful career representing clients in every facet of the fashion industry for the past decade. As founder of her agency, Haute House PR & Marketing, LLC since its launch five years ago (July 2009), Jordan has represented a wide range of brands including; women’s luxury and contemporary apparel, accessories and jewelry, beauty, online fashion retailers, retail locations and beauty salons. Her background includes; studies in Paris, trunk shows with Diane Von Furstenberg and CHANEL, event production and PR for Mercedes-Benz IMG Fashion Week, Prêt à Porter Paris, and years as Director of Product Placement & Publicity at another bi-coastal fashion PR agency.

REBECCA EPSTEIN KONG - Co-founder, Artware Editions
Rebecca Epstein Kong is Co-founder of Artware Editions a new exhibition and retail space that sells and produces functional objects by established and emerging artists, including those by Donald Judd, Chuck Close, Richard Tuttle, Rachel Whiteread, Donald Sultan and Sol LeWitt.  These objects can vary greatly in medium and use, having in common only the central theme of utility, and a strong connection to the conceptual themes explored by the artists in their larger bodies of work. She was former Director of Donald Young Gallery and Alan Koppel Gallery in Chicago, and Peter Freeman, Inc. in New York.

KAHI LEE - Host, HGTV's "Design on a Dime," Style Network's "My Celebrity Home"
Kahi Lee is an expert in interior design, fashion, art and entertainment. Her contagious enthusiasm and irrepressible passion for all things stylish, along with her spirited and witty on-camera presence, have landed her on the team of designers for HGTV's Design on a Dime. She has also appeared on FreeStyle, another HGTV show, as well as on The Tyra Banks Show and My Celebrity Home, among others. She easily adapts to the tastes and attitudes of her wide-ranging audience and credits her demographic-defying designs and versatility for much of her TV success.
In addition to making TV appearances, she runs Kahi Lee Lifestyle (launched in 2005), a design company specializing in high-end residential interior design. Her style is very much reflective of her California lifestyle and upbringing.

NICOLE LLOYD - Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc.
Nicole Lloyd hails from Allentown, Pennsylvania. At the age of thirteen, after not making the final cut for the JV volleyball team, she enrolled in a local photography class. She was instantly hooked and by the time she was eighteen she was packing her bags for New York City to study art. Nicole graduated with honors from the School of Visual Arts with a B.F.A in Photography; not long after graduation (and a slew of different jobs including custom color printer, rental studio manager and scanning technician) Nicole made her way to Los Angeles and began working as an Art Buyer/Producer for major ad agencies. Today, Nicole works as a Senior Art Buyer on brands like Volkswagen and Dr Pepper, is a freelance photo consultant and the co-author of the art blog Superluminal—all while enthusiastically pursuing her fine art career.

WILLIAM MENKING - Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects' Newspaper
Professor William Menking, is the founder and editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. Published in both New York and California the papers highlight the latest design projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events and cultural developments on architecture, urban design and planning. He has organized, curated and created catalogues for exhibitions on architecture for venues in the U.S. and Europe.

RAJ NANDAN - Managing Director, Indesign Group
Managing Director and Publisher of Indesign Group, Raj was involved in the purchase of his first magazine title, Architectural Review Australia [ARA] at age 22. In 1994, he relaunched ARA, which was soon after sold to a media company where he worked as publisher of this title, as well as a number of other publications, until 2000. In 2000, Raj launched a new boutique-publishing house in Sydney, Indesign Publishing, along with the launch title, Indesign magazine. Indesign magazine found instant success and now circulates in 41 countries worldwide. Today, Indesign Group produces a stable of high quality design titles including Indesign magazine, DQ [Design Quarterly] and the recently launched Habitus magazine. Raj quickly recognised the need for a holistic offering to the industry and in particular a cross-platform presence. Indesign Group now pushes the boundaries between the traditional print medium, new online mediums and industry events run nationally. The group of products by Indesign Group today includes the phenomenally successful Saturday in Design [SiD] and Brisbane Indesign [BID] events, The Collection, Launch Pad and, as well as contract publication for clients. This year, Indesign Group will also host its first international event with Saturday in Design Singapore taking place in May.

Jeffrey Nemeroff - Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine
Jeffrey studied both art and architecture, but his passion for the visual arts won out. Not long after receiving a BFA in art and design, he was hired at Architectural Digest where he quickly ascended to the position of art director. During his 15-year tenure, Jeff was not only responsible for all visual aspects of the magazine and upholding the quality of the brand, but he played a key role in issue planning and development as well. In his spare time he’s done design projects for various publications, universities and non-profits and has also managed to create his own fine art, which is collected and exhibited internationally. Jeff most recently created an online design and architecture magazine with photographer Mary E. Nichols (, where he continues to work with writers and photographers worldwide.

LAURENCE NG - Publisher, IdN
IdN (International designers' Network) is an international publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community. it is devoted to bringing designers from around the globe together to communicate with, learn from and inspire one another. It has truly become what the initials of its title proclaim it to be - an international designers' network.

BRANDUSA NIRO, Editor in Chief, The Daily Group / Senior Vice President, IMG Publishing
Brandusa Niro is an editor and publishing executive with 20 years experience in fashion. She began her career as the fashion editor of French weekly, L'Express, and went on to become editor of Elite magazine in Canada. After moving to New York in 1990, Brandusa was a fashion consultant for The New Yorker, and in April 1999 founded the online news service Fashion Wire Daily. In January 2004, Brandusa launched The Daily online at . Since then, the online Daily has become the fashion world's favorite source of up-to-the-minute fashion news.

Federico Rocca Fashion Director, Fashion Fm Milano

JOSH RUBIN - Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting
Josh Rubin believes that there are no new ideas, just great executions. As an interaction designer he's always looking for both creative inspiration and an understanding of the way people do things. In 2003 he decided to start a catalog of what he found and haphazardly named it Cool Hunting. Today Cool Hunting is synonymous with seeking inspiration and has a global team of editors and contributors sifting through innovations in design, technology, art and culture to create the award-winning publication that consists of daily updates and weekly mini-documentaries for an international audience of like-minded creative people. Josh is also responsible for the design of and the iPad app, as well as the distribution via sites like Vimeo, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. Outside of being an editor, Josh also consults on strategy, content and design for select clients including Apple, Adobe, Vodafone, Nike, Microsoft and MTV. Josh helped to found the digital consultancy Bond Art + Science, was a Lead User Interface Designer at Motorola, a Design Director at Razorfish, in charge of product development at Upoc Networks and an intern at IDEO. He has a BA in Communications and Cognitive Science from Hampshire College and a Master's in Interactive Telecommunications from NYU.

Robert SchAfer - Chief Editor, Topos Magazine

MELISSA STERRY - Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societás
Interdisciplinary Design Scientist / Futurologist /Transformational Change Strategist

Design scientist and futurist Melissa Sterry is known as a champion of new science, technology and thinking that serves to make the world a better place. For more than a decade, she has worked to integrate pioneering sustainability thinking into mainstream business and society. A recipient of several innovation, creativity and enterprise awards, she divides her time in equal parts between research, development, enterprise and communication. Having migrated from designer to design scientist, with a career heavily focused on emergent digital technology and its applications, Melissa has worked with leading-edge innovation for more than two decades, of which the past fourteen have been at executive board level. A visiting fellow, visiting lecturer and guest critic at several leading European architecture and design research institutes including Ravensbourne, SOBE, IaaC, The Bartlett and AA School, Melissa is published in over 60 international titles, including the Global Innovation Science Handbook. Her interests in science, technology and design converge in the Bionic City®, which posits the potential of the city as a complex regenerative and adaptive system that mimics biological resilience strategies. Underway since January 2010, the project engages a global community of interest through media including workshops, talks, publications and social media, including its Flipboard magazine, which has over 120,000 readers.

NEWELL TURNER - Style Director, House Beautiful
Newell Turner, has been editor-in-chief of the Cottages & Gardens Publications — Hamptons Cottages & Gardens, Palm Beach Cottages & Gardens and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Prior to that, he was style director for Gruner + Jahr’s Home Style and, before that, managing editor for Internet startup

Senior Advisor, CMU STeP

Martin Venzky-Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP

Martin Venzky-Stalling has 20+ years’ experience in the media and telecoms industries and focuses on customer-centric strategies including service and product (re-)design. His customers have included senior executive and officials of business and government organizations in Europe, the Middle East, the Americas, and particularly Asia.
He is currently advising the Thai government and a network of stakeholders on innovation and creative economy policies and projects. In 2011, he was one of the founders of the Creative Chiang Mai initiative and in 2012 he co-founded the Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) – both initiatives promoting creativity, design and innovation in the city of Chiang Mai, Thailand’s creativity hub. Martin brings a strategic and commercial perspective to design development - based on a passion for technology, ideas, art, and creativity.

Previous jurors:

JOHN DUNNIGAN - Head, Department of Furniture Design (Rhode Island School of Design)

RIDO BUSSE - Chairman, German Trade and Industry Board / Founder, Busse Design Ulm

MAXWELL GILLINGHAM-RYAN - Founder, Apartment Therapy

DAVID HERTZ (AIA, LEED) - Principal, David Hertz, AIA Architects / Founder, Syndesis, Inc.

QINGYUN MA - Dean, University of Southern California School of Architecture

ANGUS MACKENZIE, Editor-in-Chief, elemente

JESSICA MULTARI - Managing Editor, Specifier

GWYNNE PUGH (AIA, LEED) - Co-Founder and Partner, Pugh + Scarpa Architects

CELESTE HOLT-WALTERS - Senior Art Producer, McCann Erickson NY

FEDERICO ROCCA - Fashion Director, Fashion Fm Milano

BARBARA THORNBURG - Senior Style Editor, Los Angeles Times Magazine

KELLY WEARSTLER- President, Kelly Wearstler, Inc.

MICHAEL CANNELL - New York Editor, Dwell

ROSE APODACA - Freelance Culture and Style Writer, Owner, A+R Design Store



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