Surface Design Awards Announce is 2023 Judging Panel

Design Insider are proud Media Partners for the Surface Design Awards, and we’re thrilled to share with you the announcement of the 2023 judging panel. 

Jonathan Hagos, Director of architectural practice Freehaus and Nasim Koerting, Head of Design at The Office Group have been appointed as Co-Chairs for the 2023 Surface Design Awards.

Jonathan Hagos

Hagos and Koerting are joined by a multi-disciplinary team of fellow judges selected from the architecture, design and property communities.

Nasim Koerting

The Co-Chairs invite their own team of design industry colleagues to join them on the judging panel.

Jonathan Hagos, who was part of the 2022 Surface Design Awards judging team, has selected a strong team of judges. They are: Nimi Attanayake, Director and Co-Founder of nimtim architects; Fiona MacDonald, Head of Learning at the Design Museum and Co-Founder of Matt + Fiona; Thomas Randall-Page of Thomas Randall-Page Studio and Rion Willard, Lead Architect and Founding Director of The Thinking Hand Studio.

Nimi Attanayake

“This is my second year as a judge on the Surface Design Awards and I am hoping that they will again attract a strong number of entries from different countries around the world,” said Jonathan Hagos. “We will be looking for innovation in the use of surface materials and design and I know that my judging team are looking forward to comparing the many the different projects that will be put before them.”

Fiona MacDonald

Nasim Koerting has recruited a similarly strong team to work with her: Kristofer Adelaide, Director of Kristofer Adelaide Architecture; Christopher Laing, Architectural Assistant at Haworth Tompkins and Founder of Signstrokes; Charlotte McCarthy, Head of Interiors at Heatherwick Studio and Materials and Circular Economy Specialist, Stacey McGonigal make up her representatives.

Kristofer Adelaide

“I am delighted to have been able to bring together such a strong team of judges from a variety of experiences and backgrounds,” said Nasim Koerting. “We will be looking at all the different aspects of the surface design, but we will put particular emphasis on sustainability. We are hoping for exciting and inspiring projects to judge!”

Christopher Laing

Emphasis will be placed on the different surface materials used in the entries and on their sustainability credentials with each entry being accompanied by a statement and calculation for the carbon footprint kgCO2/m2 of the cladding/material surface.

Thomas Randall

London’s Business Design Centre who will be Sponsoring the 2023 Supreme Award, the project selected by the judges as being ‘the winner amongst winners,’ will host the Awards Presentation on Thursday 9 February 2023 as part of the annual Surface Design Show.

Rion Willard

Market leading manufacturer and specialist contractor of decorative surface finishes, Armourcoat, will be Sponsoring the Commercial Building categories.

Charlotte McCarthy

The 2023 Surface Design Awards will open for entries from June 2022 with a closing date of Friday 23 September 2022.

The Supreme Winner of the 2022 Surface Design Awards was presented to The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Headquarters in London by Benedetti Architects.

Stacey McGonigal

There was one double category winner in 2022: AL_A’s Maggie’s Southampton for the Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust was winner in both the Public Building Exterior category and the Light + Surface Exterior category

The 2022 Surface Design Awards attracted 189 entries from 24 countries.

Entries will be accepted through from Tuesday 5 July 2022.


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