Gardener, fisherman, explorer and lover of dogs and all things natural, Bill Bensley is also one of Asia’s best known and respected architects and designers. Since opening his own studio in Bangkok in 1989, he has established an enviable reputation for designing some of the world’s most iconic hotels, resorts, homes and even palaces. Find out why he’s excited to be returning as a judge for A&D Awards 2021.
For 18 years, the A&D Awards have set the benchmark for excellence in architecture and interior design within Greater China and beyond. They are highly respected for recognising and celebrating the most innovative and effective projects within the region by local and overseas practices.
A&D Awards 2021 offers some further refinements to the award categories, to better reflect the demands of today’s industry. We continue with our rigorous two-tier judging process, introduced with great success last year, with some of the world’s most talented and distinguished industry practitioners on the jury panels.
The awards are the perfect platform to showcase the best of your work to the wider A&D community, including leading suppliers, developers, industry bodies and government agencies. Winning a Gold, Silver or Bronze A&D Award is the ultimate accolade and serves as a powerful tool for growing your business in the Greater China region.
Challenged by curator Hashim Sarkis to imagine spaces “in which we can generously live together”, Hong Kong’s contribution to this year’s Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition is a collection of 20 installations exploring the theme of Redistribution: Land, People and Environment. Together they form the Hong Kong Collateral Event, an augmented reality experience created by a team led by HKIA President Donald Choi.
While some workers might be reluctant to return to the office after warming to the practice of working from home, it’s likely the employees of Korea’s Hana Financial Group can’t wait to move into the company’s remarkable new headquarters, which totally embraces health and wellness for both staff and the wider community and shuns the traditional office tower environment.
The thing that impressed me was the youthful spirit. Young designers, young practitioners. You could feel the spirit and quality of their work. That’s encouraging.
Congratulations to the A&D Awards for celebrating excellence in architecture. I hope more professionals join in the coming years to make its impact even more far-reaching.
Thank you, A&D Awards. You’ve been an amazing support for our practice. Without you, I think we would not be where we are today.
The standard of entries was very high… I learnt a lot from them. I think they are an insight into Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.
My advice is if you don’t enter you will not know how good or bad you are. So enter and share your projects on a great platform of design.
I’ve seen some really good projects and outside the box concepts, so I can’t wait to see more interesting work next year.
I think the projects are of really high caliber, and the awards are an endorsement of the quality of design. I think everyone should support them.