For the last 30 years, the Dulux Colour Awards has been judged by leading names in Australasia's architecture, design and creative industries, and this year's judging panel is no exception.
Introducing the Dulux Colour Award 2016 judging panel:
Architect Clare Cousins founded her eponymous practice in 2005 and has since amassed a suite of varied projects, with a strong focus on context, materiality, sustainability, affordability, and a collaborative client-architect relationship.
Her holistic approach to design blurs the boundaries between architecture and interiors, creating poetic yet pragmatic strategies for projects which seek to celebrate the experience of space and life within it. Maintaining a balanced professional profile, Clare is actively involved in the broader design community as a mentor, educator, public speaker, committee member, and industry representative.
It’s hard to put a label on Alex Fulton’s work. Ten years as an interior designer, her portfolio covers both commercial and residential projects (wineries, pre-schools, architectural homes and retail spaces), regular contributions to HOME Magazine, Homestyle Magazine, NZ House and Garden, her own “Ask Alex” column for Your Home and Garden (NZ), and now much of her time is absorbed by her own design store, the AFD Store.
Dulux Colour Awards Finalist for four projects covering commercial and residential design, she enjoys her role as Dulux Colour ambassador, touring the country with her own AFD School, and public speaking at conferences and corporate events. The Abi’s Dots project, an international design initiative to spread colour and connections in the wake of her god-daughter’s sudden death, has seen almost 100,000 brightly coloured dots spread across the globe, and raised over $11,000 for the Make a Wish Foundation.
James Harper is an Interior Architect working primarily for retailers including Apple, Omega and Mercedes. After graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from University of Adelaide, James spent 10 years in the UK working for leading, multi-disciplinary design companies including Conran Design Group. Back in Australia, he led Geyer's retail team in Melbourne then worked with a graphic design firm and shopfitting company before launching his own practice; BrookingHarper with Apple as it's foundation client.
James has had a significant involvement with the Design Institute of Australia having been Victorian State President 2010-12, National Treasurer 2010-12 and National President 2012-2014. He currently chairs the DIA Hall of Fame Committee and sits on the Steering Committee for the Australian Interior Design Awards.
Meryl Hare formed Hare + Klein Interior Design in 1988 and has had many years of experience in the Industry. She is an Accredited Designer and a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, has received a citation for services to the Design Industry and was inducted to the DIA Hall of Fame in 2011. Currently she is President of the SIDA Foundation.
Hare + Klein is a five-time winner of the prestigious Australian Interior Design Awards, has won an Australian Timber Award, the inaugural Future Home Green Interiors Award, and has been selected for the prestigious Andrew Martin International Design Review on nine occasions.
Work undertaken includes residential, commercial and hospitality projects. As Principal, Meryl oversees all of Hare + Klein’s projects.
Matt brings wide and varied experience having worked within various architectural and interior design offices both in Australia & the UK before setting up Matt Gibson Architecture+Design in 2003. Matt has an intimate experience of various project types including large scale institutional & commercial projects through to smaller scale retail, hospitality and residential design. MGA+D has received numerous awards from the DIA & the Australian Institute of Architects. MGA+D received Dulux Colour awards in 2008 & 2012 & recently received the Belle Coco Republic Designer of the Year Award 2015.
Matt is a guest tutor at Melbourne University & Deakin University’s Schools of Architecture, a juror on the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects Awards and the convenor of the Australian Institute of Architects Medium Practice Forum. Matt was elected a Fellow of the DIA in 2011 for services to the Interior Design industry & sits on the 2016 Australian Interior Design Award jury.