2011 Emerging Design Leader Award

Photo: Arts QLD, Elleni Toumpas

Special thanks all the supportive friends and family who make up my “Team Yen”.

Premier and Minister for Reconstruction
The Honourable Anna Bligh


Premier Anna Bligh today announced an exceptional field of seven leading designers shortlisted for the 2011 Queensland Premier’s Design Awards.

The Premier said the awards, now in their second year, are the richest design awards in Australia.

“They recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the sector through their understanding of great community design and design thinking.

“Two prestigious awards acknowledge our most promising design talent and I am pleased to announce the shortlist for these today.”

Recognising an individual who has significantly contributed to developing a design culture within Queensland, the $40,000 Smart State Fellow shortlist compromises internationally-exhibited jeweller Ari Athans; leading communications designer and advocate Tanja Hall; branding expert Nicola Lloyd; groundbreaking Indigenous architect Kevin O’Brien and heritage architect Rob Riddel.

Finalists for the $10,000 Emerging Design Leader travel bursary, which recognises new talent, include Jamie Perrow and Yen Trinh.

The Premier said Jamie ran his own studio but also worked as a Design Manager with Urban Art Projects, delivering major design projects nationally and internationally.

“Yen’s focus is the use of design as a mechanism for social change and her portfolio includes a wide-range of cross-disciplinary design work, as well as coordinating events to raise the profile of design within the community.

“This year’s talent is incredible and I have no doubt choosing the winners will present a real challenge for the judges.

“What’s more, we have an expert panel of judges who have very generously donated their time.”

The judging panel includes Brandon Gien, Good Design Australia; Hael Kobayashi, Creative Industries Innovation Centre, University of Technology, Sydney; Joanne Cys, School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia; Alexander Lotersztain, derlot; Gini Lee, Queensland University of Technology; Ewan McEoin, Studio Propeller; Cameron Bruhn, Architecture Media and Kent Gration, Integration Studio.

The Premier said the Emerging Design Leader and Smart State Fellow would be announced at an awards night tonight at the State Library of Queensland.

“The Design Awards are a key initiative of the Queensland Design Strategy 2020 and are an important part of our commitment to growing our design sector and improving community understanding of, and value for, good design and design thinking,” Ms Bligh said.

The Premier thanked partners for this year’s awards the State Library of Queensland and its Asia Pacific Design Library, as well as media partners including: the Indesign Group, publishers of Indesign magazine, DQ and online journal Indesignlive; Architecture Media’s Artichoke magazine; and ABC Radio National.

For more information on the finalists please see over page. For more information and awards nomination guidelines please visit: www.arts.qld.gov.au/qpda

Media contact: Premier Office – 07 3224 4500

Shortlist: Emerging Design Leader

Jamie Perrow

Jamie runs his own diverse and multi-disciplinary design practice, Jamie Perrow Design Studio, as well as working on high profile Queensland, national and international projects as a Design Manager at Urban Art Projects (UAP). Jamie designed the 40 metre water fountain in Brisbane’s China Town Mall. He has also held leading roles on national and international projects such as the Indigenous Wing at the National Gallery of Australia, public art sculptures for the Shanghai World Expo 2010 and the KAUST project in Saudi Arabia. With strengths in public art and design, Jamie is a committed advocate for the potential of design to enliven public spaces, evoke feelings, provide meaning and create a sense of community.

Yen Trinh

Yen has developed a diverse and global portfolio of design projects and practice since graduating with qualifications in urban and regional planning. From making places and cities, Yen has also been part of projects that include designing landscapes, furniture, exhibitions and graphic design. Yen is a passionate advocate for design as an agent for social change. Inspired by her international experiences, Yen has brought to Brisbane opportunities for rethinking everyday experiences through the prism of design thinking. An example is Yen’s role initiating Brisbane PARK(ing) Day in 2008. This event is designed to raise awareness about the core interests of urban design including public space and sustainability.

Shortlist: Smart State Fellow

Ari Athans

Ari founded Ari Jewellery, Brisbane’s only dedicated jewellery gallery and workshop, in 2004, releasing two ranges each year as well as crafting one-off, handmade commissions to a clientele of private, corporate and government clients. Ari’s early interest in geology continues to creatively inform her design practice where metals and gemstones are transformed into unique objects of meaning and value. Ari’s entrepreneurial approach to her creative practice provides young designers in Queensland with a successful model of a designer/maker conceptualising, creating, exhibiting and selling in the one place. Ari is a generous mentor and advocate for Queensland design, offering an internship each year and regularly collaborating with artists, architects and other design professionals.

Tanja Hall

Tanja is Director and founder of JOLT, a Brisbane-based visual communication design studio and is a long-standing member of the Australian Graphic Design Association (AGDA). In addition to growing her design practice, Tanja is serving her fourth year as President of AGDA Queensland and is also serving on the AGDA National Council. Through this voluntary contribution Tanja has had the opportunity to foster and inspire ethical and excellent standards within the design community and to advocate and promote good design to the wider public. Tanja championed the successful bid to host OPTIMISM: Icongrada Design Week in Brisbane in 2010 which attracted 1800 local, interstate and international visitors and showcased leading international themes, thinking and trends within the communications design sector.

Nicola Lloyd

Nicola arrived in Queensland in 1987 drawn north by the opportunity to work collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team co-designing three pavilions for World Expo ’88. She also worked as the project designer on key projects such as branding Sanctuary Cove, Brisbane Hilton and Cairns Hilton. In 1993 Nicola co-founded Lloyd Grey Design which has since grown to become a leading, integrated branding and communications consultancy with a diverse portfolio of dedicated clients. Nicola has a long-standing commitment to fostering design thinking in Queensland. She is an active member of several professional organisations where she shares her knowledge, experience and passion for design thinking with students, businesses and working design practitioners.

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien established his architectural practice Kevin O’Brien Architects in 2006 with the aim of developing the Aboriginal concept of Country as a source of inspiration for an architectural process – tempering his architectural training with his Indigenous cultural heritage. Country permeates all aspects of his professional and academic design practice, from designing joinery to delivering unique architectural outcomes. Kevin is a committed advocate for design thinking. As an Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology, he initiated a School of Design Torres Strait Studio in 2009, and in 2010 led a project where 10 landscape architecture students worked with the Hammond Island community to develop projects and an ongoing relationship. Kevin regularly speaks about design and Country throughout Australia and internationally.

Robert Riddel

Robert’s firm, Riddel Architects, has for 30 years pursued an interest in locally produced design, particularly the history of architectural design in Queensland, which he has worked to identify and preserve. His work on high profile buildings such as the Customs House, UQ Law School and National Australia Bank at 308 Queen Street, demonstrates his commitment to celebrating and respecting the best from those who preceded us, which in turn informs his current design practice. Robert says more than aesthetics, the adaptive reuse of significant established buildings not only preserves cultural significance but has positive implications for sustainability. Robert is an Adjunct Professor in the Architecture faculty of the University of Queensland and has served several organisations such as The National Trust of Queensland, the Queensland Heritage Council, the Board for Urban Places and the Australian Institute of Architects, among others.


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