2023 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 18th 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 September!

Meet the Judges from the Best of Canada 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.


Anthony Orasi

iN Studio | Partner
Toronto, ON


Anthony Orasi is one of the four founding partners of iN STUDIO and is defined by creative excellence—he is a true designer’s designer.

He is a firm believer in co-creating with his team and his clients, having worked and delivered complicated and thought-provoking solutions around the world. As a complement to his creative drive, Anthony’s ability to connect with his clients and forge long-lasting relationships has been a key factor in iN STUDIO’s success.

Brooke Anderson

HOK | Interior Designer
Toronto, ON


Brooke is a passionate designer who loves to connect with her peers and get exposed to new and exciting ideas. She has diverse experience working in an array of industries, including workplace, aviation and hospitality, as well as government, justice and healthcare. She is active in the design community currently as a member of the ARIDO Communications Committee and mentors ARIDO interns studying for their NCIDQ exams.
Brooke is detail-oriented, well-versed technically and a strong communicator, enabling her to effectively lead teams of designers and subconsultants to deliver projects successfully. She believes that recognizing other individual’s passions for interior design, architecture and engineering is a key component to creating strong teams that deliver exceptional projects.

Christine Stochl

Kasian | Interior Designer
Toronto, ON


Coming from a background in business and interior design, Christine’s passion for design ultimately stems from her passion for people. She approaches each project with an open mind, a creative spirit, and a focus towards building a strong, positive and collaborative team dynamic.

She believes the most meaningful designs are born from a deep level of understanding - not only of the project and its objectives, but of the people being designed for and beyond.

Stephanie Panyan

B+H Architects | Principal, Interior Design
Toronto, ON


Stephanie describes herself as a mother, designer, and lover of Boston cream donuts. But as soon as you meet her you know there is a lot more to her. Immensely creative, you might be surprised to learn she started out studying biology before shifting to interior design.

Her past in biology is still evident in her approach to design, however, as she draws inspiration from nature on a regular basis. She is passionate about using translate biomimicry to the built environment in forms and systems.  Stephanie never stops learning, and is excited by the evolution of interior design.  This evolution for Stephanie includes utilizing more workplace strategy in her designs. She takes the time to understand her clients inside and out, their issues and their targets. She is never prouder than when a client sees their new space for the first time and says, “This feels like us”.

Stephanie is warm, bright, and deeply focused on people – her clients, her team, and her family. She brings these traits to every project, ensuring they meet and exceed expectations.

Tara Mackenzie

BGIS | Director Programs, BGIS Direct Interiors
Toronto, ON


Tara is a skilled business leader overseeing a team of Designers, Project, and Relocation Managers to BGIS clients. Tara has over 25 years of experience in the real estate industry including Interior Design, Project Management, Change Management and Business Transition/ Move Management. She provides the strategic planning and leadership required to make projects of any size and complexity, smooth and risk-free while tailoring her approach to meet the unique needs of each client, business type and space.

Tara sees each challenge through multiple lenses, enabling her to deliver value-add solutions to clients in a variety of industry sectors bringing insight and management skills to all aspects of a project. Tara’s broad experience includes all phases of the project process as well as the development and management of numerous businesses. Tara’s unique combination of skills helps clients clearly define project goals and objectives along with developing an effective project structure and methodology that ensures all projects exceed client expectations.

Tara's education includes formal training in Interior Design ( BID ) , Project Management ( PMP) and Change Management ( CMP ) as well as continuing education in business and entrepreneurial processes

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

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.


Best of Asia

WATG and Wimberly Interiors
Creative Director

 Sennex Consultants
Director – Principal

 MEC Design International
Design Director

 Steven Leach
Studio Director

 Orbit Design Studio
Head of Design

Best of Australia & New Zealand

Associate Principal
Melbourne, Australia

Cox Architecture
Associate Director
Sydney, Australia

M Moser Associates
Director - Head of Australia
Melbourne, Australia

Mostra Design
Design Director
Christchurch, New Zealand

Best Of Canada

iN Studio

Interior Designer

Interior Designer

B+H Architects 
Principal, Interior Design

Director Programs BGIS Direct Interiors

Best of India

SWBI Architects
Associate Director, Design
Delhi, India

Studio Director Bangalore 
Bangalore, India

 Co Founder & Director Design
Mumbai, India

Concept Consilio
  Director Design & Project
Mumbai, India

National Director
Interior Design Services
Bangalore, India

Best of Greater China

Exective Vice President
Shenzhen, China

Design Director & Partner
Shanghai, China

Interior Design Department Director
Shanghai, China

Best of Latin America

Partner / Director
CDMX, Mexico

  LP+A arquitetura
Principal, Creative Director
São Paulo, Brazil

  Marriott International
Interior Design Manager CALA Region
Lima, Peru

Santiago, Chile

  Gensler LATAM
Design Director
San Jose, Costa Rica

Best of Middle East & Africa

  Swiss Bureau Interior Design Company Dubai
Design Director

  Gulf Consult Kuwait
Senior Interior Designer

KOC University

Best of UK & Continental Europe 

Senior Architect
Czech Republic

Michael Laird Architects
Director Interior Design

Senior Interior Designer

Lead Creative
United Kingdom