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IDCS has invited international design icons Tara Bernerd, Tony Chi and Chi Wing Lo to join our Jury Panel alongside Cameron Woo and Geila Daughtrey from the IDCS Committee to judge the DEA 2024 entry submissions.


Recipient of the World’s Outstanding Chinese Designer Award 2015, Chi Wing Lo’s works encompass the fields of architecture, sculpture, interior, furniture and object design. His prolific output has long been recognised, in and beyond the eminent circle of contemporary Italian design, for his evocativeness in thought, gracefulness in form and meticulousness in every detail.

Lo is also the founder of DIMENSIONE CHI WING LO Italia, a brand of furniture designed and made in Italy under his direction. His aspiration for timelessness has brought his designs to international attention and many of his earlier works continue to be much sought after today.

Raised in Hong Kong, Lo received his Master Degree in Architecture from Harvard University with the best thesis prize in 1988. He had taught at the Syracuse University, NY, and was a member of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. He served as a visiting critic in different universities and a frequent speaker in design events. Lo has a multidisciplinary practice, integrating art, architecture, interior, furniture and object design for exclusive projects in Milan, Athens, London, Istanbul, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong.

Tara Bernerd
Founder, Tara Bernerd & Partners

Tara Bernerd is the founder of the interior architectural practice, Tara Bernerd & Partners. The practice works on a global platform and prides itself on its intelligent approach to interior space-planning and design, with an emphasis on the interior architectural narrative.

Since founding Tara Bernerd & Partners in 2002, Bernerd has earned a reputation as one of the world’s foremost interior architectural designers. Tara Bernerd & Partners’ inhouse team of architects, designers, product designers and CGI artists have an innate understanding of luxury, with projects ranging from Hotels, Restaurants and Spas, to Commercial Residential Developments, Yachts and the occasional Private Residence. The international portfolio comprises properties from London to New York, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Munich, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul and beyond.

Tony Chi
Founder-Director, tonychi.studios

For many decades, tonychi studios design has never been about how a space should look, but rather how it makes one feel. Invisible design as Chi puts it.

When asked what his favorite projects were, his answer is not so direct. Memories change as time passes and likewise spaces do as well. Andaz Tokyo for example is continuously shaped into a different space as each new guest adds their unique personality to the hotel and leaves a lasting impression as they go.

Most important to Chi for every space he designs is the guest feel they created a fond memory during their time.  

Founder of tonychi studio and design maverick, Tony Chi established his presence in the world of hospitality through the concept of “invisible design”: by designing for emotional resonance rather than overt style, the fixed aesthetic of his projects transcend time.

Equally known for his steadfast belief in the power of design, infectious enthusiasm towards his work, and relentless ability to challenge design boundaries, Tony Chi was Creative Director of tonychi studio for 35 years. With his stewardship, the Studio became the global design house it is today, collaborating with iconic names such as Rosewood Hotels, Hyatt Hotels Corporations, Four Seasons, The Ritz- Carlton, Mori Buildings, and Mandarin OrientalHotel Group, and establishing landmark developments such as The Carlyle.

Cameron Woo
President, IDCS
Principal, Cameron Woo Design

Cameron Woo, founder of Cameron Woo Design (CWD), is celebrated as one of the world’s top interior designers. His firm has been featured in the interior design bible, Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, the Oscars of the interior design world, and has won multiple awards from the International Property Awards, London for World’s Best Interior Design, Asia Pacific’s Best Interior Design and for Singapore.

CWD’s clientele include many of the world’s leading property developers such as Kerry Properties, Swire Properties, Capitaland Residential, Ho Bee Group and Mulpha International.

Cameron Woo has been invited to speak at international interior design conferences such as 100% Design, China International Interior Design Cultural Festival, One to One with World Class Designers and Hong Kong International Lighting Fair.

CWD has collaborated with some of the world’s largest consumer and prestige brands such as Dulux, Louis Vuitton and Philips Lighting. Cameron Woo is a panellist on Akzonobel’s Colour Futures and has also been the guest judge and mentor on the hit international interior design reality television show The Apartment TV.

Geila Daughtrey
Founder-Director, Rockett Studio

Geila has over twenty years of experience designing commercial interiors for projects spanning across the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia.

Geila founded Rockett Studio in Singapore in 2014, shortly after which she was recognized for her 'design excellence and outstanding contribution to the design industry' by Hong Kong’s premier architecture and design magazine, Perspective.

Over the course of her career, Geila has worked with industry-leading Architects and Designers in both London and Singapore, with an expansive list of credits including hospitality venues for global brands including 67 Pall Mall Singapore, Gordon Ramsay, Burger & Lobster, InterContinental Hotels, Accor Hotels, BMW, Rolls Royce and the private concierge service Quintessentially.

Judging Criteria

The jury panel will be responsible for judging each entry submission based on a score out of ten (10) with average scores of 6-7/10 receiving a Bronze award, 7-8/10 a Silver award and 8-10/10 a Gold award. Entries with the highest score per category will be announced as the winner of the category and will be revealed at the DEA 2024 Awards Gala Evening.

  1. Design Brief – How well the Design solution responds to and meets the Client’s design brief and functional requirements.
  2. Innovation and Creativity – What innovation or creativity does the design solution provide that is original in concept and excellent in execution.
  3. Space Plan/Layout – How well the layout plan meets the function brief, taking into consideration GFA constraints and circulation flow.
  4. Aesthetics – What was the design intent and how well did the end result vary from the initial design intent. Was the design aesthetic achieved based on the delivered design solution? 
  5. Project Schedule – Was the project completed on time and to budget?

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