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Judges & Mentors

Judges & mentors

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Ara Salomone

Ninotschka
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Ninotschka Titchkosky

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Jeremy McLeod

Sally Wilson Archea
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Sally Wilson

Chi Melham - 30UNDER30 judge and mentor
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Chi Melhem

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Andrew Geeves

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Ara Salomone

Founded in 2016, State of Kin is a Perth-based multidisciplinary design studio specialising in the foundation of spaces across the residential, hospitality, retail, wellness and commercial sectors. Helmed by Alessandra French and Ara Salomone, the practice is perpetually immersed in the realm of design. Its collective purpose is the creation of inimitable architecture and interiors.

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Ninotschka Titchkosky

Ninotschka Titchkosky is on a mission to realise smarter and more creative solutions that are better for the planet, especially by using robotics, advanced technologies and new materials. As the former co-CEO of BVN, she is passionate about the role architects play in shaping our interactions, communities and cities. She is a whole systems thinker and approaches a brief from unique angles resulting in award-winning design.

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Jeremy McLeod

Founded in 2001 by design director Jeremy McLeod and Tamara Veltre, Breathe has a reputation for delivering exceptional solutions. 

Breathe is a Melbourne-based studio, creating world-class architecture with an enduring and meaningful impact on housing affordability, accessibility and sustainability.

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Sally Wilson

As founder of Archaea, Sally leads a small design intense practice in Adelaide. Founded in 2012 under a different name, Archaea has grown to establish a reputation in the residential and small commercial spaces.

Sally specialises in architecture and interior design that dissolves the distinction between internal and external, ensuring that spaces internally reflect the materials often seen on the external of her homes. She creates bespoke small details where she explores all levels of detail to create a well-crafted space with particular attention to the micro interior detailing from furniture design and small touch points. Her designs are tactile and personal.

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Chi Melhem

Chi is a director of EM BE CE, working across the spectrum of the industry – from the chair to the city. She is an advocate for equity and the strong belief that it takes many hands and minds to craft good architecture.

EM BE CE is a Sydney based studio. The practice name is the phonetic rendering of the directors first initials – Mladen (EM), Ben (BE) and Chi (CE). It embodies the studio’s approach to a collective and collaborative working ethos.

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Andrew Geeves

As an associate at Cumulus Studio, Andrew’s portfolio includes award winning commercial, tourism, education and multi-residential work. He works collaboratively with clients and the broader team to channel honesty and purpose in all his designs. He strives for a rigorous design approach to all stages of a project, and feels buildings should always have an element of joy. Good architecture can (and should) be a lot of fun.

Shortlist judges

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Brian Clohessy

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Brian Clohessy

Brian Clohessy’s career path has taken him from architect, to project leader, to BVN’s Sydney Studio Director, through to his latest incarnation at BVN, as Head of People and Character. Working with people and driving change within large architectural practices has led to his holistic approach to leadership, fostering a caring and supportive culture at BVN, one where everyone within the collective has a sense of purpose and place. Brian leads the development of the overall vision, strategy and structure for all things people-related at BVN. He has a special focus on mental wellbeing, diversity and inclusion, learning and development and people retention. Essentially Brian sees his role as maintaining BVN’s evolving culture based on human needs and aspirations which inevitably improves the collective’s wellbeing.