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Sophia Watson - Indesign Magazine
 
As Editor of Indesign Magazine and former Editor of sister publication, DQ magazine, Sophia Watson is a professional Design Editor with a bold reputation for creative editorial direction. Working primarily on large-scale publications across all platforms, Sophia is an original thinker, best known for her provocative and highly-creative approach to content curation and 'pop-off-the-page’ features, edited artfully to fit the voice and attitude of the titles she directs. Sophia likes to disrupt and challenge accepted norms and traditions with her experimental (and a little bit cheeky) approach to editorial publishing. This approach ensures that her work – and her direction of the work of others – is consistently fresh and insightful material. Sophia leads a veritable artistic gang of local and global writers, photographers, designers, studios/firms and brands in addition to leading and mentoring a strong in-house team of junior editors and content writers. She has often been described by her colleagues and superiors as a “creative lunatic”, having an unorthodox, out-of-the-box style, developed from her years of experience across an eclectic list of editorial vocations including: product and industrial design, interiors, architecture, fashion, art, engineering, music, and even film.

Sophia’s goal as a Design Editor and media influencer is to lead the industry in continuing to demonstrate and document the value of creative culture in the wider mainstream marketplace, and ultimately, to communicate – in imaginative and challenging ways – why the world needs design.
Amanda Stanaway - Woods Bagot Pty Ltd
 
Amanda Stanaway has over 15 years experience across Australia, Europe and Asia where she has educated, advised and enabled clients to understand and realise workplace change through design.

Amanda’s strengths lie in project leadership and client management; designing and delivering projects to leading firms such as Allianz, Barangaroo, Electrolux, Google, GPT, JP Morgan, Macquarie Group Telstra, and Westfield. Working alongside Woods Bagot’s Director of Research James Calder, a member of Woods Bagot’s consulting arm, Amanda stands at the forefront of workplace change strategy, pushing the boundaries of design and implementing ideas that ultimately change the way businesses do business.
Stephen Varady -Stephen Varady Architecture
 
 
‘architecture is imagination made solid…’ Stephen Varady is an innovative and respected architect, designer, writer and educator.  He was born in Sydney in 1959 and founded Stephen Varady Architecture in 1987.  He received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honours from the University of New South Wales in 1987, and a Masters of Architecture degree from RMIT University in Melbourne in 2002.  He has been a lecturer and design teacher since 1985 in architecture schools in Sydney, Newcastle, and Melbourne, and has lectured extensively around the world.  Stephen is also an architecture critic, writer and photographer, with work published in Australia, UK, Germany, Hungary, Spain, South Korea, China and the USA. He has been the principal of Stephen Varady Architecture for over 20 years. Stephen joins the Staron® Design Awards Jury with a wealth of design experience and knowledge in the inventive use of solid surface materials. Stephen Varady has received a number of awards from the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, along with the 1996 Belle House of the Year Award, the 2006 Dulux Colour Award Grand Prix, and 2nd Prize in the NSW Government sponsored Circular Quay Urban Design Ideas Competition.  His work was included in the exhibition ‘Living the Modern_Australian Architecture’ at the DAZ in Berlin, and in the 'Abundant' exhibition in the Australian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale.
 
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