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 Greater China 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.


Ray Chuang 

CCD | Executive VP & Managing Partner
Shenzhen, China



Ray Chuang’s honors include prizes from the 2023 iF Design Awards, 2022 IIDA Global Excellence Awards, 2022 IDEA Awards, 2021 IDA Honorable Mention, 2021 Berlin Design Awards, 2021 IDA Awards, 2020 IPA Awards, 2020 ASIA PACIFIC PROPERTY AWARDS, 2019 Gold Key Awards, 2019 SBID International Design Awards, 2019 Architecture & Design Trophy Award, 2007 Hospitality Design Award, 2006 Hospitality Design Award, 2006 IIDA Competition Award, 2006 Angelo Donghia Foundation Award, 2006 P.A.V.E. Retail Design Competition, and 2005 Johnson & Johnson Design Competition and 2005 Ronald & Anne Lubman Foundation Award.

He has nearly 17 years of experience in hotel interior design, many international well-known hotel projects were designed by him. His professional training and solid project management experience has provided him a comprehensive knowledge of each process, from architectures to interior design. Besides, he has a background in Fine Art. He has artistic design sense and international experience to generate creative design concept and pay great tribute to the project.

Prior to joining CCD, he graduated from Fashion Institute of Technology with BFA degree in Interior Design major in New York,worked with internationally esteemed design firms in New York after graduation, such as Rockwell Group, and Jeffrey Beers International, etc.

Helen Jiang 

Virtuarch | Interior Design Director
Shanghai, China



Graduated from Donghua University, Master of Arts. With passion and love for design work, has more than 20 years of working experience in the field of interior design. Virtuarch is an excellent architectural design consulting firm from Switzerland with offices in Europe, China and Southeast Asia. Over the years, Helen and her design team have completed hundreds of outstanding interior design projects, many of which have won national and international awards.

Helen believes that architectural space and indoor environment have a profound impact on users, not only functional excellence, environmental health, but also need to integrate into the use of the philosophy and concept of the builder. Good design should not only focus on the present, but also focus on the future. In addition to industrial and office projects, Helen is also an expert in educational projects, with many years of experience, and has been committed to creating a good learning environment for students, creating a better learning atmosphere, and fueling their growth.

Virtuarch Design, building better future.

Karen Wong 

Architecture Farm  | Design Director 
Shanghai, China



Karen has been the Design Director of Architecture Farm, a multi-disciplinary interior design practice in Shanghai. The firm’s works have been guided the principle of integration of architecture and Interior, and dialogue with culture and history in contemporary design.

To ensure seamless execution and ultimately a project’s success, she believes in building strong teams that maintain effective communication and close collaboration.  With over 23 years of experience in workplace design throughout major cities in China and Asia Pacific, Karen firmly believes in sound design principles in search of inspiration and creativity, leading her design team to pay close attention to context, function, aesthetic, as well as quality of materials and execution of details, delivering high level of professionalism.

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

Executive VP & Managing Partner 
Shenzhen, China

Interior Design Director 
Shanghai, China

Architecture Farm 
Design 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