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Mix Awards is back for its landmark 20th edition. Meet the industry leaders, design experts and creative visionaries deciding this year’s winners.


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Reflecting the full spectrum of commercial interior design and architecture, this year’s judges each have a unique perspective on design across multiple disciplines, from biophilia and colour to neurodiversity and inclusivity, representing some of the most influential and recognised practices and brands in the industry. The panel will be critiquing work across four key criteria, across 21 categories – sustainability, innovation, functionality and design.

Entries for Mix Awards 2024 are now open, closing on Monday 4 March at 23:59 (UK time). There are no entry fees, and submissions can be made online via our events platform.

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This year’s finalists will be announced across Mix Interiors’ digital and print platforms from April, with winners revealed at the Mix Awards ceremony. An opportunity to celebrate alongside the industry’s finest, this year’s landmark anniversary event will be held at Evolution London on 27 June. Book tickets

Meet the judges

Amechi Mandi, Founder, Amechi

Amechi Mandi is a London-based product designer whose work is informed by nature and his cultural heritage, with a focus on indigenous Nigerian and Cameroonian textiles and cultures. December 2020 saw the launch of his eponymous brand Amechi, soon followed by curating museum exhibitionssuch as at Mingei Museum in San Diego California and working with a growing list of collaborators. 

Anna Kennedy, Associate, Arup 

Anna Kennedy is a chartered environmentalist with over 12 years’ experience in delivering high-value, complex buildings with challenging sustainability KPIs. Kennedy has experience in various sectors including retail, residential, commercial and leisure with a prime focus on delivering central London projects. Kennedy is a BREEAM AP and has a Passive House Consultancy qualification, supporting her passion for the delivery of energy efficient buildings. 

Ben Cross, Development Director, General Projects 

As development director at real estate B-Corp General Projects, Ben Cross has over 15 years’ experience in the delivery of experience-led commercial projects. He is skilled in navigating complexities within projects and creating purposeful, sustainable workplaces that prioritise user experience. Cross’ current projects include the formation of a 200,000 sqm creative campus in Manchester and the development of The Heal’s Building on Tottingham Court Road, London.  

Benjamin Boxshall, Design Strategy Lead, Ericsson

Ben Boxshall is design strategy lead of Ericsson workplace, sitting within the global workplace, community and innovation real estate unit. Boxshall’s responsibility is to enhance workplace design thinking and concepts for Ericsson’s circa 100,000 global hybrid workforce. Boxshall’s priority is on building a future-focused design vision, backed by science-based solutions and toolkits that enable a world-class human-centric experience that highlights Ericsson’s unique position in the world of communication.

Colin Wood, Director, Artelia

Colin Wood is a Board Director at Artelia UK and has over 20 years’ experience working in the public and private sector, helping to deliver innovative and functional spaces where people can thrive. Wood is responsible for the cost consultancy service for Artelia, which includes driving innovation and digital transformation to provide clients with smarter solutions to their challenges.

Despina Kalapoda, Senior Design Manager, Marriott International

Despina Kalapoda is a RIBA Chartered Architect specialising in design management. Previously in a project architect role for commercial office projects, as a design manager with Marriott International Kalapoda’s focus is now on hotel projects across the select and premium brand-scape of Marriott. In her current role, she oversees the initial assessment, development and design of new hotels and hotel conversions in the Mediterranean region.

Domhnall Nolan, Senior Designer, Soho House

Domhnall Nolan is an Irish-born London-based designer specialising in interior and furniture design. Nolan’s experience ranges from private residences and experiential retail installations to his current role as in-house senior interior designer at Soho House – having worked on projects in the UK, Europe and Japan.

Emma Richman, National Vice Chair, Women in Property

A housing professional with a career that spans over 28 years, and a qualified architect and building surveyor, Emma Richman is the national vice chair at Women in Property and executive director of operations at Peaks and Plains Housing Trust. In 2018, Richman was also the recipient of Woman of the Year at the Woman in Housing Awards.

Jason Oak, Workplace Design Lead, AstraZeneca

As a workplace design lead at AstraZeneca, Jason Oak is responsible for workplace strategy and the delivery of global projects. He has led several multi-award winning projects and brings 18 years of construction consultancy experience to his role – focusing on achieving AstraZeneca’s Ambition Zero Carbon and the integration of new technologies, whilst creating experiential designs and developing workplace standards that promote diversity, inclusivity and equity.

Jo Little, Senior Sustainable Business Manager, Planet Mark

Starting a career in interior design, Jo Little transitioned into commercial furniture procurement for eight years before eventually joining sustainability certification and net zero provider, Planet Mark in 2020. Now, Little educates businesses to understand their environmental impact and inspire sustainable decisions, whilst maximising commercial benefits.

Karen Haller FRSA, Behavioural Design & Colour Psychology Expert

Karen Haller FRSA is a leading international authority in the field of behavioural colour & design psychology. Karen specialises in Human-Centred Design and how our relationship with colour, design and nature affects and influences us.  She works alongside businesses and designers on how to use it to influence positive behaviour and well-being. She’s featured regularly in the media and is a sought-after industry speaker and panellist. Karen is the bestselling author of ‘The Little Book of Colour, How to Use the Power of Colour to Transform Your Life.

Mark Simpson, Principal and Head of Workplace, BDP 

Our head judge Mark Simpson is a designer with extensive cross-sector experience gained from almost 40 years in the design industry; beginning his professional career at BDP in 1985 before co-founding Amalgam in 2003. Simpson returned to BDP in 2011 and was appointed to the board in 2017. He is chair of the practice’s interior design profession and head of the workplace sector. Simpson writes regularly for the design press and has chaired the judging panel for the Mix Awards since their inception in 2005.

Oliver Heath, Architect, Interior Designer, Founder of Oliver Heath Design 

Oliver Heath is an architect, interior designer and founder of Oliver Heath Design, a practice with a focus on delivering health and wellbeing in the built environment. Heath is a recognised global expert in biophilic design and spokesperson for the likes of the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Energy Saving Trust (EST) and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP).  

Shawn Adams, Architect, Writer and Co-founder of POoR Collective 

Shawn Adams is an architect, writer and lecturer who teaches at Central St Martins at University of the Arts London (UAL) and the Architectural Association. Adams is also Outreach Lead at housing specialist company HTA Design LLP and co-founder of the socially-minded design practice POoR Collective, which won London Design Festival’s Emerging Design Medal in 2023. 

Simon Hamilton, Design Director & Academic

Simon Hamilton is an interior designer, moderator and associate lecturer on the Interior Design MA Programme at the Royal College of Art, Kensington. During an eclectic 30-year career, he has delivered projects across all sectors of the built environment and now shares his creative experience and industry-wide knowledge with a new generation of designers and emerging talent. As a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts and a Patron of the Design Museum, Hamilton combines his passion for social justice with celebration of design excellence. He is a seasoned speaker and campaigner for diversity and equality in the design industry.  

Stefano Cesario, Partner, Foster + Partners

Stefano Cesario is an Italian-born architect who has lived in London since he studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture. A RIBA qualified architect with experience spanning more than a decade, Cesario has worked across a spectrum of international projects from urban architecture to luxury interiors. He leads both architecture and interior projects with a holistic vision, creating innovative designs that put people at the centre and which lead to a better quality of life.

Remember, you have until 23:59 on 4 March to get your best work in front of this year’s judges. Visit our dedicated awards page for more information on how to enter, and contact us with any queries at info@mixinteriors.com.

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