2024 Design Awards Judges

It is our foundation to celebrate the optimism of design, and its ability to positively impact our communities and our planet.

Now in its 19th year, the Shaw Contract Design Awards program is our chance to look through the Design Optimist lens at spaces that inspire new ways of working, learning, healing, and thriving. 

Stay tuned for when winners will be announced in late August!

Meet the Judges from the Best of Australia and New Zealand Panel

These judges will be looking through the Design Optimist lens at spaces that represent the best of design from their region, along with those that consider our four People Together Planet Forever ambitions - Material Health, Circular Economy, Carbon Impact and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.



Bindi Mira-Bateman

Senior Associate
Sydney, Australia


Bindi has been involved in a wide variety of projects and in leading diverse consultant teams as a senior designer and project team leader across interior design, experience and spatial strategy projects. She understands the requirements for merging strategy, design and user experience as well as successful value engineering, construction integration and standardisation as may be applicable. The strength of Bindi’s experience in the built environment has been to manage creative briefs, co-ordinate stakeholders and project teams, develop creative solutions and to
ensure project delivery.

Geoff Croker

Melbourne, Australia


With a reputation for design excellence, Geoff approaches each project as a unique opportunity to redefine and enhance urban environments. With a Masters in Urban Design and Architecture from Harvard University, Geoff is a highly qualified and recognised leader in the Urban Design and Architecture sectors. He has led a broad spectrum of projects across varying typologies including, public buildings, multi-level residential, commercial projects, library design, laboratory design, galleries and interiors.

With an outstanding reputation for design excellence, Geoff has been the project leader on many multi-award winning projects, notably: Southbank Cultural Precinct, Bayside Police Station, Bunjil Place (Casey Cultural Precinct) and Melton Library. He approaches each project as a unique opportunity to redefine and enhance urban environments. Geoff has been awarded the Commonwealth Government’s Award for Excellence in Interior Design on two separate occasions.

In recognition of his many remarkable achievements, Geoff has been the recipient of numerous design awards for excellence and innovation including: Australian Government Award for Excellence in Interior Design, 1991 and 1994, Australian Government DAS Development Scholarship Recipient 1995 and 1997, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Student Work Exhibition (work exhibited) and Studio Works 5, Harvard University, GSD.

Lucy Sutton

Bates Smart
Associate Director
Sydney, Australia


Lucy is an interior designer, strategist and industry leader in sustainable design in her role as Associate Director at Bates Smart. With over 19 years of architecture and interior design experience, she has led the interiors for numerous significant and award winning workplace, residential and education projects in Australia and abroad. Driven to challenge the status quo, Lucy is constantly seeking ways to create a better, more sustainable and socially conscious design and construction industry.

Melanie Porrins

Woods Bagot
Associate Principal
Perth, Australia


Melanie is an Associate Principal with Woods Bagot and heads up Perth’s workplace design sector, using her 16 years of experience in conceptual design, spatial planning, client liaison, stakeholder consultation and design management to create outstanding design outcomes. Mel is a champion of the power of interior design to create positive change.

Mia Osborne

Monk Mackenzie
Auckland, New Zealand


A seasoned architect known for her passion and expertise in sustainable design and strategic planning, Mia Osborne is a leading Associate at Monk Mackenzie in Auckland, with experience that spans various global projects.

After starting at Patterson Associates Architects and then RTA Studio, Mia’s career took her to the UK. She spent four years as a Senior Architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), where she worked on various projects from a commercial development in India to a high-end residential tower on the River Thames in London. One of her most notable projects was leading the design of the LEED-focused UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Back in New Zealand, Mia continues to make waves at Monk Mackenzie, spearheading projects like the premium York Street Apartments in Parnell. Monk Mackenzie is an award-winning architectural practice with a record of designing and delivering unique architectural solutions. The team works on projects from New Zealand to New York City.

The firm’s emphasis on sustainable design and their clear vision for the future aligns with Mia’s ethos, with many accolades including Foodstuffs North Island head office which has recently won the Green Building Award, having achieved the highest Greenstar rating by the New Zealand Green Building Council.

View all judges from each Best of Region panel around the globe!


Best of Asia

Cheng Chung Design PTE Ltd.
Senior Vice President

 M Moser Associates
Senior Associate, Design

Interior Architecture 103 Co., Ltd.

 designFreak Co.Ltd.
Founder, CEO & Design Director

 Space Matrix Design Consultants Pte Ltd.
Director, Business Operations

Best Of Canada

Shearer Interior Design Inc
Principal, Workplace Specialist

Zeidler Architecture
Creative Director, Interior Design

Holland Licensed Interior Design
Founding Partner

Associate Principal, Studio Manager

Lori Cox Design

Best of India

Ultra Confidentiel
Chief Design Officer

Vice President Design Services Global Workplace Services

M Moser

RC Architecture
Design Director

DSP Design Associates
Director -CRE

Best of Greater China

ZZT Industrial Buildings
Shanghai, China

Senior Associate
Beijing, China

  ADM Design Co., Ltd.
Creative Director
Shanghai, China

Foster and Partners
Architect (Overseas Qualified)
Shenzhen, China

Founder | Executive Partner
Beijing, China

Best of Latin America

Monterrey, México

Athié Wohnrath
Concept Designer
São Paulo, Brasil

Garnier Arquitectos
Senior Interior Designer
San José, Costa Rica

Santiago, Chile

Contract Workplaces
Design Director
Bogotá, Colombia

Best of Middle East & Africa

Associate/Senior Interior Designer

THE Architects

Best of UK & Continental Europe 

Morgan Lovell
Lead Designer
United Kingdom

Massive Design
Design Director

Habit Action
Creative Director
United Kingdom

The Fresh Perspective
Interior Architect

Best of USA

Southern Methodist University
Project Manager, Registered Interior Designer
Dallas, TX

Associate Principal / Senior Interior Designer
Brentwood, TN

Creative Director
New York, NY

IHG ® Hotels & Resorts
Design Manager
Atlanta, GA

CPG Architects
Senior Project Designer
New York, NY