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Kelly Behun, Martin Brudnizki and Lara Lesmes named Dezeen Awards 2023 judges

Interior designers Kelly Behun and Martin Brudnizki and architects Lara Lesmes, Jayden Ali and Rooshad Shroff have been announced as Dezeen Awards 2023 judges.

Dezeen Awards 2023 launched on 15 February in partnership with Bentley Motors. Submit your entry before midnight London time on 1 June to avoid late entry fees.

Now in its sixth year, the programme has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers everywhere, with winners selected by a prestigious panel of international judges.

Read on to learn more about five of the 90 industry professionals judging entries this year.

Kelly Behun
Kelly Behun is the founder of interior design practice Kelly Behun Studio

Behun is the founder of New York-based practice Kelly Behun Studio.

Behun's studio specialises in interiors, furniture and decorative accessories and has been featured on the Elle Decor A-List and Architectural Digest's AD100.

Her projects include a show residence near the top of Rafael Viñoly's 432 Park Avenue tower and an oak armchair designed in collaboration with fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez.

The New York-based interior design has also designed collections in collaborations with brands such as The Rug Company, The Invisible Collection, Hudson Valley Lighting, L'Objet and Calico Wallpaper.

Martin Brudnizki
Martin Brudnizki is an interior architect and the founder of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Interior architect Brudnizki is the founder of the London and New York-based office Martin Brudnizki Design Studio.

Projects by the interior design studio include a classical Greek and Roman mythology-informed restaurant in London, an overhaul of infamous London members' club Annabel's and a hotel conversion of a 19th-century office building in New York.

In 2015, Swedish designer Brudnizki established And Objects, a product design studio crafting handmade objects and collections inspired by his experiences in interior design.

Brudnizki has been listed in Architectural Digest's AD 100, Elle Decor's A-List, House and Garden's Top 100 leading interior designers and Wallpaper* Magazine's Power 200.

Lara Lesmes
Lara Lesmes co-founded architecture practice Space Popular with Swedish architect Fredrik Hellberg

Lesmes is the co-founder and director of architecture and design studio Space Popular.

Lesmes and Swedish architect Fredrik Hellberg founded interdisciplinary studio Space Popular in Bangkok in 2013 and relocated it to London and Spain in 2016.

The multidisciplinary practice explores the future of spatial experience and works across the mediums of virtual reality, film and exhibitions, as well as physical buildings and objects.

Recent projects by the duo include an exhibition at the MAXXI museum in Rome envisioning a metaverse city, an exhibition presenting a history of portals in fiction at Sir John Soane's Museum in London and a manifesto that proposes portals made of virtual textiles between digital worlds.

Jayden Ali
Architect Jayden Ali is co-curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2023

Architect, artist and filmmaker Ali is the founder of interdisciplinary practice JA Projects.

The London-based architect is a trustee of Open City and a Design Advocate for the Mayor of London, investigating the challenges facing London's built environment. He is also part of the Hackney Regeneration Design Advisory Group and sits on the London Legacy Development Corporation Quality Review Panel.

Ali is listed on the Architects' Journal's 40 Under 40 list and currently lectures at Central Saint Martins in London.

Ali, Victoria and Albert Museum curator Meneesha Kellay, Sound Advice co-founder Joseph Henry and Crafts Council head of public programmes Sumitra Upham will together curate the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2023.

Rooshad Shroff
Mumbai-based Rooshad Shroff is founder and director of Rooshad Shroff Architecture and Design

Shroff is the founder and principal of Indian studio Rooshad Shroff Architecture and Design.

Mumbai-based Shroff has showcased projects at design weeks including India Design ID, Raw Collaborative, London Craft Week and Ambiente. He is also an Indian ambassador for the design fair Maison&Objet.

The architect has been designing the French fashion label Hermès' window displays in Mumbai and Delhi for the past ten years.

In 2017, Shroff was named designer of the year in India and was featured on magazine GQ's most influential young Indians list.

Dezeen Awards 2023

Dezeen Awards celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design. Now in its sixth year, it has become the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across the globe. The annual awards are in partnership with Bentley Motors, as part of a wider collaboration that will see the brand work with Dezeen to support and inspire the next generation of design talent.