29 Jan 2021 • Frame Awards
Say hello to our February jury – a team of global design experts with broad-ranging experience
Writers, design directors, founders and strategy managers: the diverse panel of professionals judging next month’s Frame Awards submissions brings fresh dialogue and insight to the table. Here, we introduce you to the team.
Aezad Muzaffar Alam, co-founder and design director at Reform Studio
Recipient of the Middle East Emergent Designer Prize 2020, Dubai-based Pakistani architect Aezad Muzaffar Alam experiments with creating ‘soulful spaces’ across the region. After graduating from the American University of Sharjah in 2010 he co-founded the multi-disciplinary practice Reform Studio. Alam’s career has had an emphasis on commercial projects – a notable example being the Dubai waterfront development La Mer – as well as architectural solutions for communities.
Anika Hülser, associate partner and head of interior architecture at HPP Architekten
As associate partner and head of interior architecture at the multinational firm HPP Architekten, Anika Hülser has worked on projects for the likes of PwC, L’Oréal, Metro Group and more. Born in Oberhausen, Germany, Hülser’s ten-year-long career was launched after completing a study of interior design and furniture at Brussels’s ESA Saint-Luc. She then relocated to Düsseldorf, joining HPP in 2015 after spending four years with Schwitzke & Partner.
Bill Bouchey, principal and director of design interiors at HOK
Bill Bouchey, principal and director of design interiors at global architecture, design, engineering and planning firm HOK, operates out of New York City and Los Angeles, where he calls a 1937 Richard Neutra residence home. The American designer – who previously worked as a design director for Mmoser and design principal for Mancini Duffy – explores brand-informed interior architecture and culture-based workplace strategies and has a passion for hand sketching.
Christina Oppermann, head of commercial operations at the Danish Architecture Center
A multi-skilled design and product developer in the realms of interior design, architecture and fashion, Christina Oppermann is the head of commercial operations at the Danish Architecture Center in Copenhagen. She first began at the institution by devising a concept and interior for its Design Shop. ‘Interior design for me is the ability to create an experience that speaks to your senses and leaves you something you didn’t expect,’ she believes. ‘It’s an ever-changing platform with no boundaries.
Daniel Wigham, strategy and development manager at StudioXAG
Graduated with a degree in Visual Communication, Daniel joined retail experience agency StudioXAG in 2016. Based in their Amsterdam studio, he works with founders Xavier Sheriff and Gemma Ruse to build the strategic vision for the agency, which includes overseeing a pioneering sustainability initiative. Daniel also leads the trends and insights wing of the agency, helping to bring their signature brand of storytelling and visual impact to a pack of enviable clients including Christian Louboutin, adidas Originals and Montblanc.
Jiliang Zhang, vice president of Greentown China Holdings Limited
A senior engineer and class-1 registered architect in China, Zhang is the vice president of the Hangzhou-based real-estate development company Greentown China Holdings Limited. Before being appointed the vice president of Greentown in 2019, Zhang earned a PhD from the Dalian University of Technology and played many roles within architectural design, rural and urban planning and construction management.
Joe Cheng, chairman and founder of Cheng Chung Design Hong Kong; president of ATG
Hospitality interiors specialist Joe Cheng has worked with 50 international brands and more than 100 luxury hotels in his career – including major brands such as Marriott, InterContinental Hotels and Hyatt. In 2013, his practice Cheng Chung Design (CCD) was the only Asian design firm to break into US Interior Design magazine’s Hospitality Giants list, situated at number three; last year, CCD was the only design brand to appear on ‘China’s 500 Most Valuable Brands’. CCD offers detailed design knowledge, international experience and management skills to its clients.
Kate Shepherd, co-founder and strategic director at The Future Collective
Two decades spent at the forefront of retail and brand experiences led Kate Shepherd to co-found The Future Collective, one of the first BCorp certified creative consultancies in the UK. A recognized expert in design strategy and the future of retail, Shepherd is driven by her ‘desire to harness design as a force for good’. She boasts a portfolio of award-winning work for Adidas, Barclays, Boots, Interface, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce, among many others – startups and established companies alike.
Martin Mostböck, founder and creative director at ArchitectureInteriorsDesign
Aiming for utmost authenticity in his designs – whether it be furniture, houses, interiors or objects – Martin Mostböck rejects superficial styling. The Austrian architect and designer is the founder and creative director at ArchitectureInteriorsDesign (AID), a firm out of Vienna. His clients include Eternit, Moroso, Viabizzuno, Vorwerk and WMF. In addition Mostböck’s celebrated work has been exhibited worldwide and is part of museum collections in Tel Aviv, New York and Vienna.
Penny Craswell, writer and curator
Penny Craswell is a widely published writer, curator and teacher of design history and theory at the University of New South Wales, formerly a creative strategy associate at the Australian Design Center and communications professional at Woods Bagot and Bijl Architecture. She has also served as editor of Artichoke magazine, deputy editor of Indesign magazine – and even assistant editor here at Frame. Craswell’s first book, Design Lives Here: Australian Interiors, Furniture and Lighting, was published by Thames & Hudson in 2020 and she operates a blog titled The Design Writer.
Tiffany Yao, associate/senior interior designer at TPG Architecture; adjunct professor, New York School of Interior Design
At New York’s TPG Architecture, Tiffany Yao – an associate/senior interior designer – collaborates with her team to create value for their clients through design, the Bank of China, Broadridge Financial Solutions and AMC Networks|Sundance TV to name a few. When not designing herself Yao is educating an up-and-coming generation of industry professionals: she is an adjunct professor at the New York School of Interior Design.
Timothy Moore, director at Sibling Architecture
Timothy Moore is the director at Sibling Architecture, lecturer of architecture at Monash University, and the co-curator of Melbourne Design Week presented by the National Gallery of Victoria. Sibling has spearheaded a diverse range of projects from civic building to design research, including the recent exhibition New Agency, which looked at the future of housing through the lens of an ageing population. Moore has also worked as an editor for Volume, Architecture Australia and Future West (Australian Urbanism).
Tola Ojuolape, senior project designer at Selina
Currently a senior project designer at Latin American hospitality startup Selina, Tola Ojuolape is a multidisciplinary designer with a focus on materiality and aesthetics for contemporary brands. Living in London, Ojuolape – who has a BA in interior architecture and MA in branding – has conceived works for hospitality, F&B, retail, luxury lifestyle and startup clients. She combines this experience with a lifelong passion for the arts and has worked in the contemporary art space to curate installations in the UK and beyond; in 2019, she was commissioned to design at the prestigious 1-54 Contemporary African art fair in Somerset.
Uno Chan, founder of Tomo Design
Uno Chan founded Tomo Design a few years ago in his hometown Shenzhen, what he calls the creative capital of China. The practice delivers integrated interior, environment and decoration design solutions for a wide spectrum of projects, including commercial spaces, property sales centers, clubs, villas and model flats. Always looking to set the trend rather than following it, Chan’s design philosophy is to ‘find something interesting and accomplish it enjoyably’.
Paul Makovsky, editor, brand stategist and content producer
Living in the Big Apple, Paul Makovsky is an experienced editorial and brand director who leverages his deep expertise in the architecture and design industry and his extensive network of contacts in the field to create content through all media platforms. Now a director of product development and strategic content, he was formerly the vice president of design at Metropolis and the editor in chief at Contract.