Judges lined up for WIN Awards judging

Alison Carter
17 May 2019

With the final deadline of June 11 announced for this year's WIN Awards, it's time to focus on the panel of top level judges drawn together to examine the entries.


James Mair worked for some years as an interior architect before becoming more and more interested in contemporary furniture. This interest led him to set up Viaduct Furniture Ltd in 1985. The original plan was to sell British designers work abroad, but the idea developed and led to the opening of Viaduct’s first showroom in 1989 displaying contemporary furniture from Europe and selling predominantly to architects and designers on projects. 

Viaduct has been in its current Clerkenwell location for the last twenty five years and thoroughly enjoys playing its part in the contemporary furniture world.


Lynda Relph-Knight is an independent design writer, curator and consultant. A journalist by background, she was editor of Design Week for more than 20 years
and has an overview of design in the commercial and public sectors. She has worked with the British Council on its design policy for South Africa, with UKTI to identify architects and designers to promote overseas and with Future Publishing to set up the Brand Impact Awards.
More recently, for Retail Expo, she set up on an annual retail award for students, working with UK colleges and retailers. She has also helped Ravensbourne University to boost its relevance in the changing creative arena and serves on its steering group. 
She works as a writer and mentor with a number of design and architecture groups. Clients include Mackay & Partners, Draisci Studio, Cinimod, Brody Associates, D&AD, Virgin Voyages and John Lewis. Lynda is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art and was awarded an honorary MA in design from University for the Creative Arts.
She a mentor at London College of Communication an advisor to The Sorrell Foundation’s National Art & Design Saturday Club, a trustee of education charity Creative Conscience and has served on the Associate Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group. She is a member of the UK Architecture Club and the London Society.




Anna’s design portfolio reflects over 30 years of international experience leading projects across hospitality and residential sectors. As a qualified architect and interior designer, Anna has previously worked for award winning practices in Moscow, Lagos and London.
Her professional experience encompasses all aspects of design, from architecture to interiors and product design. Anna’s portfolio includes the Africa Re Corporation headquarters in Lagos, as well as the World Bank Headquarters in Cotonou, the Toko Bank building in Moscow and the Hyatt Regency hotel in Sochi.  
She was a senior interior designer for the world’s biggest hotel complex in Saudi Arabia. Prior to joining Zaha Hadid Architects, Anna designed interiors of a luxury mega yacht at Marc Newson. Since joining ZHA in June 2016 Anna has been working on high end boutique hotels and residential projects in Malta, Buenos Aires, New York and Moscow. She was part of the design team for NAVI Mumbai International Airport in India and a private luxury office project in Moscow City.




A qualified architect originally from Buenos Aires, Carlos worked extensively in Europe, joining Fitch PLC as a Creative Director of the Retail Design division. In 1990 he founded Virgile & Stone Associates as a subsidiary of The Imagination Group, establishing an impressive portfolio of clients across the globe in the retail, hotel and leisure sectors.
Driven by his expertise and belief in creativity as a tool to improve brand performance, the business became an integrated offer within the Group in 2010 under the Virgile + Partners name. Projects undertaken included work for Burberry, Tiffany, Patek Philippe, Swarovski and Yves St. Laurent, Macy’s in the USA, Tsum in Russia, Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, Amsterdam Schiphol retail, Domus shopping centre in Paris and Manufaktura in Poland.
The portfolio in the leisure sector included Oberoi Hotels in India, Ritz Carlton, InterContinental, Hyatt Andaz hotel in New Delhi and Address Boulevard in Dubai.




Christophe is an Architect and Founding Director of Studio Egret West with over 30 years practice experience on local and international projects.  He moved from Paris to London to study at the Architectural Association and spent his formative years working on a number of key projects, notably designing the Peckham Library (winner of the RIBA Sterling Prize 2000), the Blizzard Building for the Queen Mary Research Laboratory in Whitechapel, the winning design for the Fourth Grace in Liverpool and the Manchester Millennium Village framework plan while a director at Alsop Architects. In 2004 he joined forces with David West, an Urban Designer, to create Studio Egret West, a dynamic cross platform workshop where architecture, urban design and landscape are not seen as separate skills, but rightfully reunited to create a unique working environment where city, public realm and building speak to each other.
One of Christophe’s main interest has been housing and it’s juxtaposition with other mixed uses to establish richer urban places.
He explores new typologies that adapt to our changing housing landscape and is interested in adapting existing structures to second lives as in Park Hill, Sheffield. He is also fascinated by transport hub which he sees as natural centres of urban life which should be treated as places to stay as well as nodes of transit. The practice’s London Underground Idiom set a new vision for tube stations across the capital both old and new.
More recently he has been interested in schools and the workplace particularly in relation to co-working environments and incubator platforms. The Creative Research Laboratory at Preston Barracks will become a natural incubator platform for design students of Brighton university. Christophe is a frequent guest lecturer on subjects ranging from residential and mixed use developments, sustainable communities, design participation, place making and landscape. He is part of the New Building Futures group which initiates research projects that help plan and adapt to change in our built environment. He also lead the Metabolic Cities course (2017) of the London School of Architecture which explores improvements to health and wellbeing in a dense urban environment. He co-authored the recent book of Studio Egret West : Framing Serendipity, an approach to Evolving Places (2017).




Oliver is a founding director of Softroom. He is currently director in charge of projects as far afield as Seoul and Istanbul as well as the UK. Over the past 20 years with the company, Oliver has overseen many projects in the commercial, public and arts sectors. Among those are galleries at the British Museum and the V&A, lounges and hotels in the USA, Europe and Asia and the Upper Class aircraft interior for Virgin Atlantic.
Oliver trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and graduated in 1994.
Prior to founding Softroom, Oliver worked with Ron Arad Associates, notably on projects for the Tel Aviv Opera House and Belgo restaurants, and in magazine publishing with Condé-Nast and UCL. Oliver lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He’s served as a judge for the Design Week awards, and as a university external examiner.
Oliver has experience of complex project structures in the architectural field and in addition has developed specialisms in museum and exhibition design, product and interior design and visualisation.




Paul Priestman is a designer and Chairman of UK and China-based design consultancy PriestmanGoode, which has been leading innovation in transport, aviation, environment and product design for over 30 years.Priestman has built an outstanding reputation for his award-winning future concepts - visionary ideas to improve our everyday lives and encourage long-term thinking and behavior change.
He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Design Innovation Medal from the London Design Festival. He has been voted one of London's 1000 most influential individuals by the Evening Standard for the last five consecutive years, and was named one of Britain's 500 most influential individuals by the Sunday Times.




Tim steers FITCH’s global creative output and culture, and our work is characterised by his belief that design is more than just an elegant coming together of beauty and utility. It can, should and must enhance people’s lives.
This idea is more than just a creative principle. It’s a commercial imperative - a practical, highly profitable approach to design and brand consultancy that has had a significant impact on a variety of clients, from Hilton, to Microsoft, to John Lewis. It informs what they look like, how they behave, how they perform and how much they’re loved by their customers. In the 25 years he’s been at FITCH, Tim has been awarded for his work with the likes of LEGO, McLaren, and Harrods.
He has also earned the respect peers across the industry and sits on D&AD’s International Advisory Board.
Tim was made a Retail Design Luminary by design:retail in 2015.

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