Judging the KBDi Designer Awards is a fun but intensive task; the process begins with an intensive critique of every individual entry, where each entrant’s work is assessed against a comprehensive judging criteria. Based on this assessment, entries are allocated a final number of points; the points are scaled against their competing entries, and successful entries move on to the next phase.

During stage two, all three judges are locked away for two days of face-to-face reviews, where each entry is revisited, analysed, admired and discussed. Sometimes the winning entry stands out by a mile, but often there is much deliberation between several contenders.

To get through the above, judges need a genuine passion for the industry, an eye for detail and flair and a great deal of experience in design. This year’s panel certainly ticked all of these boxes, and we introduce our ‘powerhouse panel’ here:

Susanna Bilardo

Susanna Bilardo is an Adelaide-based interior architect with over two decades of industry experience and an awe-inspiring passion for all-things-design. She has delivered a long list of interior projects within commercial, education, health, hospitality, retail and residential fields, and is justifiably proud of her folio of custom furniture and fitting design. Guests at last year’s KBDi Design Symposium were most impressed with Susanna’s multi-disciplinarian approach to design, and her well-rounded philosophies have added an extra element to our 2018 panel.

Lisa Chapman CKD Au, CBD Au

As the Training Manager and Director of Designer Training Australia and the Principal Designer and Director of a successful interior design firm, it’s fair to say that Lisa Chapman is fairly well immersed in the industry! With a keen eye for detail and a remarkable recall of regulations, Lisa brings terrific technical tenacity and design prowess to the judging team.

Rina Cohen CKD Au

Melbourne designer, Rina Cohen, has lived and breathed interior spaces for close to three decades. Her successful firm, Rina Cohen Interiors, was established in 1988; since then, Rina has enjoyed working with both local and international clients, on a diverse range of projects from commercial interiors to retail design and residential abodes. She’s been on the other side of a judging panel for many years, taking out numerous awards in her time, and we are delighted to have her on our side of the fence in 2018!