Every year KBDi invites renowned designers from across Australia to share their design prowess on the KBDi Designer Awards Judging Panel. This year’s panel brought a wealth of experience to the table; in this article meet our esteemed judges as we thank them for a job well done!
Elizabeth Luke CKD Au, CBD Au has lived and breathed kitchens and bathrooms for almost three decades. As the director of the highly regarded interior design firm, Luke Interiors, Elizabeth has been successfully designing for clients in metropolitan Sydney and Central West NSW since 1989, collecting over thirty design awards along the way. With her extensive experience, combined with qualifications in design, building and training, Elizabeth is committed to giving back to the industry; she is a founding member, director and Vice President of KBDi, and a board member and Chair of the registered training organisation, Designer Training Australia.
As the KBDi Australian Certified Designer of the Year 2010, 2014 and 2015, Darren James CKD Au needs little introduction to the KBDi community. Early in his career, Darren pursued a trade in timber joinery, working on luxury boats and refining his skills with the guidance of a talented Danish artisan. During this time, Darren developed a strong eye for detail and a deep passion for design and in the year 2000, after broadening his design vocabulary, he established his own business. As an interior designer, fully licenced builder and with a firm commitment to his craft, Darren James heads one Brisbane’s most renowned design and construction firms; the studio’s main body of work rests in the residential sector, with the company having transformed some of Australia’s finest homes both locally and interstate. Darren is a highly respected and active member of the Australian design community, and examples of his work, along with his generous advice and sought after design perspectives, are regularly published in design publications, journals, lifestyle magazines, newspapers and blogs.
Ros Hemley, MDIA, CKD Au, MCES is an accredited interior designer with the Design Institute of Australia and a KBDi Certified Kitchen Designer. Ros is passionate about creativity and its value to society, and believes it is her responsibility to always set the bar high, keep abreast of the latest design trends and technologies and to always view her work as a privilege. Her personal career has included national judging for KBDI, representing DIA on the 2015 State Design Awards for HIA and public speaking at state, national and international events. Appointments have included being a national board member of KBDI in 2015, general manager of the public company Mantra (heading up their design and refurbishment department), CEO of Semara Resorts in Indonesia (where she lead the rebranding, systems and design of the original boutique resort model), and founder and director of The Interior Space (an international boutique interior design and procurement management firm specialising in resort design, residential homes and high rise developments).