Chitra Vishwanath, Nick Jones and Chrissa Amuah named Dezeen Awards 2023 judges
Architect Chitra Vishwanath, Soho House founder Nick Jones, designer Chrissa Amuah, Material Bank's Philippe Brocart and photographer Cristóbal Palma have been announced as Dezeen Awards 2023 judges.
Dezeen Awards 2023, in partnership with Bentley Motors, is open for entries. There are just nine days left to submit your project before the entry deadline on 1 June at midnight London time.
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 the five new names that have joined this year's judging panel:
Vishwanath is the senior architect and managing director of Biome Environmental Solutions, which specialises in ecological architecture and intelligent water and waste designs.
She has a background in teaching, conducting a workshop at graduate awards programme Archiprix and running the Monsoon semester at the education institute CEPT University.
She was also the Charles Correa Academic Chair at Goa College of Architecture and a design mentor at education centre NITTE Mangalore.
Vishwanath has been a member of the jury at the 2A Continental Architectural Awards Madrid and the Asia Edition of Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA) organised by Barcelona's Fundació Mies Van Der Rohe.
Jones is the founder of the members club Soho House and the director of the Board of Soho House & Co Inc, a global membership platform of physical and digital spaces.
He started his career as a graduate trainee at British hotel and restaurant company Trusthouse Forte before opening Cafe Boheme in Soho, London.
The first Soho House opened in 1995 on London's Greek Street when founder Jones was offered the Georgian townhouse above Cafe Boheme. The gridded logo reflects the layout of that first space – three floors across three interconnecting houses.
Soho House now has 41 houses around the world, as well as restaurants, spas and cinemas, workspaces by Soho Works, a homeware brand called Soho Home and skincare ranges called Cowshed and Soho Skin.
Amuah is the founder of luxury homeware and interior brand AMWA Designs, which is informed by Adinkra symbols, Ghanaian symbols that represent concepts or aphorisms.
She also runs Africa by Design, a platform that showcases African design talent. Amuah works to mentor and promote designers throughout sub-Saharan Africa and has staged exhibitions in five cities across four continents.
The designer, who is British-Ghanaian, represented Ghana at the London Design Biennale with a pavilion created with architect Alice Asafu-Adjaye. She was named one of House and Garden magazine's top 100 Designers and has since joined the magazine as a contributing editor.
The designer has collaborated with companies including automotive brand Lexus, furniture brand Bernhardt Design and the museum Detroit Institute of Arts and recently designed a colour-changing light for the whiskey brand Mortlach.
Brocart is the managing director and head of Europe at the American design technology and logistics company Material Bank.
The company aims to become the world's largest marketplace for searching, sampling and specifying architecture, design and construction materials. Last year Material Bank purchased online platform Architizer as part of its expansion into the architecture space.
Brocart was formerly the CEO of design fair Maison&Objet, leading all digital initiatives including the launch of digital platform MOM. Prior to that, he managed trade fairs and events within RX France, a subsidiary of analytics company RELX.
Dezeen has partnered with the architecture materials platform Material Bank to host a talk discussing how its technology supports architects and designers in London on Wednesday 24 May, moderated by Dezeen's design and environment editor Jennifer Hahn.
Palma is an architecture photographer based in Santiago, Chile. He studied at the Architectural Association in London before starting his career as a photographer focused primarily on architecture and the built environment.
Palma runs his office Estudio Palma from Santiago, where he currently resides and works. Recent projects include photographing a holiday home located on a hillside by Riñihue Lake, a round lakeside house wrapped in glass near Lago Ranco, and a large metallic bag-like stage for Chile's biennale.
His work has been published broadly and exhibited both in Chile and abroad. Some of his editorial work includes commissions for magazines such as Monocle, Dwell, Wallpaper, Travel + Leisure and the Architectural Review.
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.