Representing design communities all over the world, this month's jurors will provide invaluable insights on submitted projects and products in March.

Alex Whitlow, research and strategy director at Quinine

Quinine research and strategy director Alex Whitlow mixes his industrial design background with a passion for how people, physical spaces and brands come together. Over the last two decades he has delivered successful retail solutions for some of the largest communications brands in the UK and North America. In his current role, the London-based director creates clear and robust strategies that help brands deliver, and extract, the most value from their retail stores. Working at a national and global level, he helps unpack the future role of physical retail and what consumers expect from it.

Anja Pangerl, executive partner at Blocher Partners

Since 1997, Anja Pangerl has worked for Blocher Partners; in 2006, she became an executive partner and shareholder. Pangerl studied interior design at the University of Coburg of Applied Sciences as well as architecture at the University of Stuttgart. She has led the entire interior design of Q 6 Q 7, a multifunctional urban city district in Mannheim. One of her major areas of expertise is hotel design, and many of her retail design projects have been awarded. In addition, she dedicates her creativity to future office environments with special focus on green design and sustainability. 

Dan Cheong, partner at Büro Ole Scheeren

Dan Cheong is a partner at Büro Ole Scheeren and has collaborated on the design of numerous projects with Ole Scheeren over the past decade. Key projects of his include DUO, the Guardian Art Center and Shenzhen Wave. Cheong holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University. Prior to starting with Buro Ole Scheeren, Dan Cheong worked as a designer at OMA in Beijing and Hanrahan Meyers Architects in New York City. Originally hailing from Macau, Cheong is now based in Beijing. 

Daniel Perlin, director of experience strategy at Hush

Part of US studio Hush, Daniel Perlin believes in listening closely as a strategy for design. As an experience designer and strategist, he has created a wide range of works, from physical site-specific installations and digital and physical products to interactive spatial designs. After three years as the director of user experience design at Droga5, Daniel founded Make_Good_Design, an impact-focused studio based out of New Inc, the New Museum’s Incubator, where he is also a mentor. Daniel has taught as an adjunct professor at NYU, SVA Products of Design, Columbia GSAPP and RISD.

Daniela Viloria García, architect and lighting designer at Broadway Malyan; professor and programme leader at IED Madrid

Daniela Viloria García is an architect and lighting designer with over 13 years of experience in architectural lighting design. She has worked for different parties of the lighting industry, including consultants, distributors and manufacturers. Since 2015, she’s been on the team of Broadway Malyan, an international architectural practice where she’s led lighting design for leading retail projects. In addition, she is a professor on several design schools, running the master programme of lighting design at IED Madrid. García’s educational project @abcd.luz is the first digital encyclopedia of lighting.

Dr Atlihan Onat Karacali, design consultant at Zift Design; assistant professor and department chair of interior design at Istanbul Ayvansaray University 

Living in Istanbul, Dr Atlihan Onat Karacali has taught in several universities since 2010 – currently, he is an assistant professor and chair of the department of interior architecture and environmental design at Istanbul Ayvansaray University. The educator also advises Turkish multidisciplinary studio Zift Design. Karacali earned his Ph D in architecture from Yildiz Technical University in 2018, and, as a researcher of ‘vernacular architecture’, he authored a book titled Neolithic Near East and the Architecture of Göbeklitepe.

Ed Ng, cofounder and principal at AB Concept

Designer Ed Ng is one half of multidisciplinary international design studio AB Concept, alongside cofounder and partner Terence Ngan. From Hong Kong and now located in Karuizawa, Japan, Ng has spent the last two decades creating innovative spaces for the most prestigious clients in luxury hospitality and wellness including Waldorf Astoria, Mandarin Oriental, Rosewood and more. AB Concept’s most recent project has been working with Four Seasons Hong Kong on the extensive reimagining of their public areas. 

Engin Ayaz, cofounder of Atölye

A transdisciplinary designer and strategist with a background in architecture, systems thinking, and interaction design, Engin Ayaz focuses on leading a diverse team around interscalar strategy and design projects while honing the organization’s culture. He received his master’s in interactive design and media arts from the Tisch School of Arts ITP, New York University. He also holds a dual degree in architectural design and engineering from Stanford University. Prior to founding Atölye in Istanbul and Dubai, Ayaz worked at Arup as a sustainable design consultant. 

Idmen Liu, founder and chief designer of Matrix Design; principal of IDM

In 2004, Idmen Liu entered the interior design industry, and in 2007, he founded Idmen Interior China Network. In 2019, Liu won the title of ‘Top Ten Outstanding Young People in China's Decoration Design Industry and, last year, he was acknowledged as one of the 16 best designers of the year by the American Interior Design magazine. His studio Matrix Design is a brand aiming to provide high-end design services – it is headquartered in Shenzhen and has centres in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu.

Moe Krimat, strategic creative director at Seen Displays

Spanning 15 years, Moe Krimat’s career has seen him work with some of the industry’s leading brands, including Disney, Nike, Alexander McQueen and Bally. Following his BSc Hons in Industrial Design, Krimat began providing strategic design solutions to deliver live and multidimensional retail interiors and experiences. Most recently, his work for Seen Displays has included designing and producing Bally’s award-winning flagship stores in London and New York, and the collaboration with Nike and AGR Knit in their latest first-floor takeover in Nike Town London. 

Nataly Bolshakova, founder and lead designer of Bolshakova Interiors

Nataly Bolshakova is the founder and head of the studio Bolshakova Interiors and the director of the Society of British and International Design in Ukraine. Established in 2008, Bolshakova’s practice has offices in France and Ukraine and has successfully accomplished over 100 residential, hospitality and office projects. She has earned multiple global awards, such as the SBID International Design accolade, Residential Property Value £2.5-5million Award and the distinction for Luxury Residence – Europe in The International Design Awards. 

Nicholas Hickson, founder and technical director of THDP 

A British furniture, lighting, and interior designer with 34 years of experience, Nicholas Hickson is founder and technical director of THDP. He has worked on high-end interior residential and commercial projects for international clients and developers in exclusive areas of London and worldwide. Hickson has extensive experience with hotel interior architecture, schematic planning, FF&E selection & custom design, and procurement strategies. He takes a contemporary approach to traditional manufacturing – combined with his attention to detail, he delivers inspirational award-winning interiors.

Simon Saint, principal and residential sector leader at Woods Bagot 

Australian London-based designer Simon Saint draws on his passion for art, business and technology to create innovative cross-sector design responses in his projects. Starting his architectural career with Woods Bagot in 2004, Simon has worked across a range of sectors and disciplines including workplace, hotels, serviced apartments and retail, on both architectural and interior projects. Throughout his time in London Simon has focused on residential projects, working to develop Woods Bagot’s approach to residential design alongside global sector leaders. 

Vera Dieckmann, founder and creative of XO Atelier

Vera Dieckmann is the founder and creative director of XO Atelier. Originally from Germany, her work in Dubai reflects the contemporary design narrative of the region. She plays a hands-on role in managing multiple projects, an ever-growing team and a burgeoning list of clients, whilst making time to explore other design disciplines to inform a diverse and original approach to her work. Liaising closely with high-end design brands and local artisans, she continues to produce bespoke objects upon client request – her collectible pieces are represented by New York’s Galerie Philia.

Vincent Zhang, design director and cofounder of Stylus Studio

After earning his master’s degree in interior architecture in Paris, Vincent Zhang received the recognition of becoming the first Chinese member of Conseil Français des Architectes d'Intérieur. With a rich and solid foundation in international design, and an innovative spirit, Zhang has received numerous prestigious awards including the 40 under 40 interior award. He cofounded Hong Kong’s Stylus Studio in 2013 and serves as the team’s design principal. Previously, he worked at the Gettys Group (HK) as senior project designer, and Hirsch Bedner & Associates as an interior designer.