Jury: Awards for Australian Interior Design

Scott Carver’s Angela Biddle has twenty years of experience in interior design, which has seen her work across residential, leisure and commercial sectors in northern Europe, the Middle East, Canada, South America and South-East Asia.

Angela has always been fascinated by the ever-changing ways in which people live, work and play. Her expertise lies in her ability to create a branded story to strategically position projects, ensuring that design expression maximizes the commercial potential of a project.

Angela played a pivotal role in the creation of the Yoo Hotels and Resorts brand and in designing two hotel brands for Yoo Design Studio, where she developed an intrinsic understanding of developer and operator requirements. Angela was able to question the traditional hotel model and reinvent the status quo – an experience that motivates her to help clients envision, strategize and design places for future generations.

Rachael is a senior interior designer and studio director at Bates Smart. She has been the key driver of the practice’s workplace sector over the past 15 years and leads both the Melbourne workplace and strategy teams. Her work addresses a wide range of issues impacting the built environment, focusing on human impact and experience. 

Rachael’s passion for people and place has driven discussion and debate between community, corporate and design leaders around the measurability of good design, the ability of design to impact behavior and the creation of workspaces for creativity.


Kelvin Ho is the founding director of Akin Atelier, a global spatial communications practice operating out of Sydney.

At the centre of Kelvin's approach to design is a curiosity for bringing spaces to life, with a commitment to shaping meaningful experiences and positive impacts on the people who inhabit and occupy these spaces. He believes successful spatial design merges a narrative with contextual, historical, and social reference points with physical spatial qualities, whilst expressing the DNA of a brand and creating an emotional response or connection for the audience.

Kelvin actively contributes to the local Australian design community by presenting at creative conferences and design discussion panels, giving student lectures at UNSW and Sydney University, and serving as a juror on judging panels for design / architecture competitions.


Sarah-Jane, co-founding director and principal designer of interior design practice Arent & Pyke, is one of Australia’s most recognized and awarded practitioners. With established success in residential interior design, Arent & Pyke has been sought out for commercial and hospitality projects requiring the same sensibility of tactile spaces that uplift and engage.

With a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (UNSW) and 20 years in the business, Sarah-Jane is a much respected and much loved professional whose personal generosity of spirit is evident in the spaces she creates.

Patrick Kennedy co-founded Kennedy Nolan with Rachel Nolan. With Rachel he established and continues to lead the practice’s distinctive design direction. Patrick pursues design at Kennedy Nolan through investigations into detail, materiality and the evocative nature of form. His involvement in projects continues throughout the phases ensuring qualities conceived at the beginning are executed in the built work. He has been closely involved with maintaining the steady growth of Kennedy Nolan over twenty years to be a stable, established, award winning medium sized practice. Patrick has lectured on design around Australia and taught in the Master’s program at the University of Melbourne. He has been a juror for the Australian Institute of Architects and other design competitions and was recently appointed a founding member of The Boyd Circle.

Ljiljana Gazevic’s reļ¬ned and elegant aesthetics have shaped some of Australia’s most beautiful homes, apartments, hotels and commercial projects. Her eye for detail and international perspective makes Ljiljana’s design both accomplished and contemporary. 

She draws inspiration from different cultures and lifestyles, and creates projects that are unique, innovative with a distinctive design approach to each project.

As an interior design director at SJB with an extensive career spanning over 24 years Ljiljana is involved in all her projects from the initial brief and conception through to completion. She takes a hands-on and collaborative approach in all her projects, working closely with clients and her team, builders and suppliers, to get the best results.

A multi-disciplinary approach underpins Eva’s design ethos as an architect and interior designer. A specialist in hotel, hospitality and multi-residential design, and with over a decade of international experience in Woods Bagot studios, Eva has delivered a breadth of ambitious and high-end lifestyle projects in the United Kingdom, Europe, United Arab Emirates and Australia.

Having joined Woods Bagot as an architecture student, Eva’s career has benefited from the opportunities of a truly global studio. Her now considerable expertise is regularly sought for professional mentoring, industry events and media commentary.

Stuart Vokes lives, teaches and practices architecture in Brisbane.

In 2015 Stuart co-founded the architectural practice Vokes and Peters with long-time collaborator Aaron Peters to focus on projects that respond to prevailing settings, cultural narratives, human occupation and the presence of nature.

Vokes and Peters is better known for its private houses and sustained research into suburban Brisbane, but the practice is currently working on a range of cultural and commercial projects including a veterinary teaching hospital and research laboratory in Suva, Fiji; an aquatic centre for Bulimba State School in Brisbane; the New Farm Neighbourhood Centre; and a social housing apartment building for the QLD government. The practice has also recently completed a new gallery for contemporary and modern Australian art for Milani Gallery.

Jury Convenor

Geraldine Maher’s critical attention to design brings an inherent authenticity to her work. With an amassed twenty plus years experience, Geraldine continues to be highly motivated, evidenced by her rigorous commitment to exploration of ideas, spatial planning, material and detail. She applies skill, energy, intelligence and passion to the design of interiors.

Geraldine has recently embarked on establishing her own design consultancy after several successful years as a Director of Jackson Interiors and Principal of Jackson Architecture in Melbourne. Geraldine leads with thoughtfulness and distinction. Her work is predicated on the belief that acknowledgment of the human circumstance is the driving force behind creative and inspirational architectural outcomes. She possesses a particular passion for civic projects that contribute to the fabric of society, are enduring and engage people.

Geraldine’s excellent design and planning skills have consistently proven to be a powerful asset. Her dedication to pushing the design envelope and commitment to keeping up to date with advancements in the field, have resulted in inspiring, innovative and functional environments. Importantly, Geraldine has the ability to embrace the streams of functional planning, spatial aesthetics and detailing to create holistic memorable spaces that exceed expectations.

Geraldine possesses the intelligence and ability to design beyond aesthetics to address the emotional, civic, functional and human aspects of interior space. This is demonstrated in a diverse range of significant projects in which she has had a pivotal lead design role.

Geraldine’s reputation in the industry is highly regarded. She enjoys rigorous discourse on design with her friends, colleagues and clients. In addition to her design work, Geraldine contributes to various events as guest speaker, sits on academic assessment panels and award juries and regularly tutors. She is currently undertaking select design commissions and consulting to the industry and clients. Her most recent projects include; the new West Australian Supreme Court with Jackson Architecture, the upgrade of the Forum Theatre in Melbourne, The Monash Law Faculty Moot Court with JCB architects and her own never-to- be completed, dwelling in the bush, which she uses as a prototype for testing ideas and cataloguing experiences.

Sustainability Advisor

John Gertsakis

John is an experienced policy, communications and sustainability practitioner across diverse industries, sectors and portfolios. He operates at the highest levels with ministers, members of parliament, government officials and other industry associations.

As an honorary fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA), John understands the issues confronting the design industry. He served as executive director of Product Stewardship Australia representing global consumer electronics brands in the design of the Product Stewardship Act.

His work has covered appliances, electronics, furniture, flooring and textiles. Design management has often been at the centre of these engagements including greater attention to how we transition to a circular economy. His early work on cradle-to-cradle thinking represents a pioneering phase at RMIT’s Centre for Design.

John is also director of communications with Equilibrium consultants, senior policy adviser with the DIA, and an adjunct professor with the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney.

Jury Host