Here is our hand-picked panel of industry experts.
Director, Searle x Waldron Architecture
Director, Greenaway Architects
Director, Studio Bright
Director, Common Space (NZ)
“The Dulux Colour Awards are a fantastic way to connect with the larger community and promote good design. To not only complete a project, but to finish something worthy of being entered into an awards competition is a real achievement.”
– Mel Bright, Studio Bright
Patrick Loo, Director, Common Space (NZ)
Patrick Loo is director of Common Space (NZ), an Auckland based architecture practice founded with Claire Natusch in 2019. The studio strives to create a platform that fosters collaboration and curiosity; where every idea gets put on the table. Common Space is not an office that wants to consciously create a ‘look’ – but prefers that the identity for each project is crafted and evolved on its own.
“Colour is something that really taps into people’s emotions and draws out a visceral reaction from them so I often find it can be a very polarising element. To use colour in truly original ways that can be universally appreciated and acknowledged takes careful skill.”
Drawing on wide-ranging experience within the civic, residential and commercial sectors, Patrick is especially passionate about interrogating what the objectives of a project are and understanding how design can be used as a strategic tool to provide positive impact to the users and context.
Suzannah Waldron, Director, Searle x Waldron Architecture
Suzannah Waldron is Director of Searle x Waldron Architecture, a Melbourne architecture studio focused on designing innovative public and community projects.
Co-founded with Nick Searle, the practice has worked in several high profile civic, cultural and education precincts. Their built work investigates material specificity and explores a contemporary approach to altering existing buildings and contexts.
“Recognising innovation and bold developments in this space provides a strong case for the strategic, bold, or innovative use of color in architecture.”
Searle x Waldron have been recognised for their design approach with awards for Public Projects from the Australian Institute of Architects at both a State and National level and were winners of the 2020 Dulux Australian Grand Prix award for colour.
Sarah-Jane Pyke, Director, Arent&Pyke
Sarah-Jane, is co-founding director and principal designer of interior design practice Arent&Pyke, and is one of Australia’s most recognised and awarded practitioners. Alongside Juliette Arent, she has championed a signature interior style which is highly concept-driven while simultaneously delivering ease and joy through a skilful use of colour, texture and materiality.
“The most successful spaces have a synergy of colour and texture in the materials palette. I’ll be looking for interesting combinations of colour, and nuanced tones.”
Years of on-site experience collaborating with specialist builders, craftspeople and artisans has given Sarah-Jane a connoisseur’s eye for execution and a taste for the authentic.
With a Bachelor of Interior Architecture (UNSW) and over 20 years in the business Sarah-Jane is a highly respected and warmly admired professional whose personal generosity of spirit is evident in the spaces she creates.
Jefa Greenaway, Director, Greenaway Architects
Jefa Greenaway is a founding Director of Greenaway Architects, a University of Melbourne senior academic of two decades standing, and a regular design commentator on ABC Radio Melbourne. He’s championed Indigenous-led design thinking for over 25 years as a registered architect in NSW and VIC, including as co-founder of Indigenous Architecture + Design Victoria, as co-author of the International Indigenous Design Charter, and as Regional Ambassador (Oceania) of INDIGO (International Indigenous Design Network).
“Whether it’s evoking a sensory engagement to space, through the judicious selection of colour, or a desire to bring joy, vibrancy or personality to a design – we are all connected in some way through colour.”
He’s a founding signatory of Architects Declare Australia an initiative foregrounding architecture’s role in to tackling the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss, is co-curator (with Tristan Wong) of the Australian exhibition at La Biennale Architettura di Venezia 2021 (Venice Biennale) and was recently inducted into the Design Institute of Australia’s 2020 ‘Hall of Fame’
Mel Bright, Director, Studio Bright
Mel Bright is the owner and founding director of Studio Bright (previously known as Make Architecture), a Melbourne-based practice that has gathered a collection of diverse and highly acclaimed built work.
“I would be keen to see how the use of colour can support the projects’ bigger ideas and would like to look beyond colour as merely ‘feature’ or ‘decoration’ and rather a seamlessly integrated part of a project. Of course, when thinking about colour there must be some delight too!”
Mel has amassed a portfolio of significant and award-winning projects that have been widely published and recognised at state and national levels. As a member of the Australian Institute of Architects Melissa actively contributes her time as a speaker, juror and in other leadership roles. She has also taught in the RMIT Architecture program as a sessional staff member since 2003.