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Workspace announces its independent judges for the 2018 Workspace Awards!

Workspace announces its independent judges for the 2018 Workspace Awards!

Workspace are proud to announce its panel of independent judges for the 2018 Workspace Awards!

This year, as Workspace has expanded the award categories, we felt it crucial to enlist a varied group of judges from around Australia. It’s a true representation of an independent awards program and is truly about rewarding the good work of the Australian Architecture and Design community. Now let’s meet the judges!


Caroline Beresford
Caroline Beresford is a Sydney-based interior designer specialising in the creation of unique interiors for retail and hospitality and workplace. Caroline’s studio offer a total design solution that includes customer research, brand strategy, site analysis, concept design, specifications of furniture, finishes and fittings, sourcing, approval documentation, construction administration and interior styling. She takes into account the end user’s social, cultural and inspirational expectations to create original, authentic and individual interiors that stand the test of time.

Cassie Hansen
Cassie Hansen became editor of Artichoke, Australia’s interiors and design magazine, in 2013. Prior to this appointment, she was associate editor of Artichoke for two years, and has worked on the magazine since 2010. She is an active contributor to design media, through writing, editing, presentations, hosting awards programs and events, and participation in awards juries. In her time at Artichoke, she has been fortunate to interview the likes of acclaimed Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, Casper Vissers and Eugeni Quitllet.

Trent Schatzmann
Trent Schatzmann is a senior designer within the COX interiors team who has worked extensively on projects from varying commercial sectors. Trent designs spaces that work towards maximising user well-being and minimising environmental impact. He has a strong focus on conceptualising, planning and detailing interior spaces, leading large scale projects, and liaising effectively with clients, project managers and builders. He has a passion for educating future Interior Designers, having worked extensively with the Interior Architecture program at UNSW convening courses, and is currently Councilor and Treasurer for the Design Institute of Australia’s NSW Chapter.

Susanna Bilardo
Susanna Bilardo studied at the University of South Australia and has run her own interior / furniture design business, with various partners since 1993. Strong spatial planning, unique yet timeless designs and working alongside her clients are her strong points. Susanna creates holistic interior spaces that become one with the architectural envelope. Susanna is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and has delivered interior projects across: commercial, education, health, hospitality, retail and residential sectors. She also custom designs furniture for private and public applications.

Melissa Reid
Melissa Reid is an accomplished designer with over 24 years of experience successfully leading, designing and delivering many high-profile projects locally, nationally and internationally. She is the Principal of MRI Design, focusing on design strategy, place-making and interior design. In her former role as Principal of Queensland for the multi-award winning architectural firm GroupGSA, she established the Brisbane and Gold Coast offices in the Queensland market.  A notable achievement as Project leader of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation (GOLDOC) Headquarters workplace project, was award of the city’s first 4 Star Green Star – Interiors PILOT rating in December 2017 for innovation and sustainability. Melissa is also the founding chair of the DIA Queensland Gold Coast Chapter and was awarded a Fellowship to the DIA for her significant impact to design, individual contribution to the DIA and advancement of the professional design industry.


The shortlist will be announced mid-August with the 2018 Workspace Awards ceremony taking place in Southbank, Melbourne on Thursday 6th September.
Where a conflict of interest exists, the juror is excused from judging the entire category.