Judging the KBDi Designer Awards is no mean feat. The process begins with an intensive critique of every individual entry, where each entrant’s work is assessed against comprehensive judging criteria. Based on this assessment, entries are allocated a final number of points; the points are scaled against the overall pool, and successful submissions move on to the next phase.

We get all three judges together for phase two, locking them away for two long, caffeine-fueled days of round-table reviews. Each entry is revisited, admired and analysed. Sometimes the winning entry stands out by a mile, but more often than not there is an enormous amount of deliberation between a number of contenders.

To ensure the process runs fairly and efficiently, we select our panel carefully: all judges need a sharp eye for detail, a genuine passion for the industry and plenty of experience in design. This year’s panel ticked all of these boxes, and we introduce our terrific trio here.

Tania Kloester CKD Au (TK Design, SA)

Adelaide-based designer, Tania Kloester CKD Au, is well-known to the Australian Design Community. Her ten-year tenure has seen her collect many awards, with her most recent accolade being a High Commendation for the coveted KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year Award of 2018. With a background in visual art, furniture and interior design, Tania brings a delightful dose of creative critique to this year’s panel.

Gavin Hepper CKD Au (Concepts by Gavin Hepper, NSW)

As KBDi NSW Bathroom Designer of the Year 2018, Gavin Hepper CKD Au certainly knows his way around the best bathroom design practices, and he’s looking forward to critiquing the most beautiful bathrooms Australia has to offer in 2019. As a Certified Kitchen Designer and joiner by trade, Gavin brings a well-rounded wealth of knowledge to our team.

Susan Wasley CKD Au (The Kitchen Designer, Vic)

With over thirty years’ experience in interior design, Melbourne-based designer, Susan Wasley CKD Au brings decades of design nous and technical know-how to the KBDi 2019 Judging Panel. As her business name would suggest, Susan specialises in kitchen design, but loves to apply the principles of planning to all areas of the home. Learn more about Susan here.