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  • 25 May 2021

Design Institute of Australia releases 2021 Awards Shortlist

Today, the Design Institute of Australia (DIA)—Australia’s peak national body spearheading the design industry released the shortlist for its inaugural Designers Australia 2021 Awards. An impressive shortlist of 74 entries was announced across the three cross-disciplinary categories—Place, Use, and Interact. The unique awards, a first for the industry identify Australia’s best designers and studios emphasising the individual/s and their design processes as much as the outcome. A1 Office has been nominated for the category of place for two of our projects; A1 Office for Noma Consulting, A1 Office for Clevertronics.

“Valuing the designer’s influence over process and purchasing is integral to quality design outcomes that shape a better world. The distinct attribution of our designers is fundamental to the Design Institute of Australia’s policy work. Underpinned by our core values and purpose, we are thrilled to identify these progressive designers and their impact towards authenticity, diversity, equality, inclusivity, community, and the environment.”

Awards juror and multi-disciplinary artist Nicole Monks also commented:

“The Designers Australia 2021 Awards focus on process, wellbeing, ethics, and advocacy; this shift is groundbreaking, and the projects highlighted are exemplary examples of this within the Australian design landscape. I’m interested in the change-makers, those who aim to leave a legacy in design by creating pathways for the next generations to learn and grow and encouraged by those designers who consider broader social and environmental issues  and the impact of good design. These awards show how designers can create connection and share the story of how ‘now’ matters in creating a better future.”


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