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Meet Your 2019 Habitus House Of The Year Jury

Meet Your 2019 Habitus House Of The Year Jury

We’ve made a list and we’re checking it twice. Meet – or get reacquainted with – your 2019 Habitus House of the Year Jury.

Habitus is gearing up to announce the carefully curated selection of 20 recently completed residential projects that span the width of the Indo Pacific Region for the 2019 Habitus House of the Year selection. But, before we do that, we are so pleased to share with your our 2019 Jury.

We are thrilled to have Architecture Editor / Author / Curator Karen McCartney; Consultant Architect Howard Tanner AM; and Founder of Burley Katon Halliday and Anibou Neil Burley return to the round table for a second year. Likewise, we are honoured to extend the invitation to Design Editor / Commentator / Curator and Publisher David Clark; Architect, Design Reviewer and Design Advocate Shelley Penn; and Architect Palinda Pannangara join us on our journey this year.

Habitus founding editor Paul McGillick and Indesign Media Founder / Publisher and CEO Raj Nandan return as conveners.


Karen McCartney

Habitus House of the Year 2019 Karen McCartney

Karen McCartney was the founding editor of Inside Out and remained at the helm of the title for ten years. She has since published eight books on residential architecture and currently resides as the architecture editor of Belle and weekly design columnist at Good Weekend. Alongside business partner Jayne Ferguson, Karen launched a creative and commercial strategy consultancy business, Edit’d, for premium design brands, sharing the expertise she had acquired along the years in her various roles.


Howard Tanner

Habitus House of the Year 2019 Howard Tanner

In his decades of practise as an architect Howard Tanner built himself a reputation specialising in the residential, educational and heritage market. He founded his own architecture practice called Tanner Architects in the 70s and it grew and evolved with new Principals Alex Kibble and Robert Denton. The firm became Tanner Kibble Denton Architects in 2012. Although he has passed on the baton officially at TKD Architects, he keeps himself in the midst of the industry as a consultant architect.


Neil Burley

Habitus House of the Year 2019 Neil Burley

Neil Burley has spent his career firmly within the architecture and design industry. However, he’s had a number of different focal point. Neil Burley Design was established as a graphic design studio that quickly bled into the spheres of interior and product design. In 1989 David Katon and Ian Halliday joined as partners and the business was renamed Burley Katon Halliday and exists as we know it today. In 1995 Neil left to run Anibou, the great purveyor of European bentwood such as Artek, full time. In reconition of local talent, Anibou quickly extended its offering to include local designers, emerging and established, such as Tomek Archer, Frank Bauer, and Caroline Casey.


David Clark

David Clark

David Clark is perhaps most well known for his decade-long tenure at Vogue Living as Editor in Chief. Since leaving the title in 2012 he has continued his career as a Design Editor, consulting to private clients, design businesses and organisations. He has been a Guest Curator for the National Trust of Australia and currently sits on the board of the Design Institute of Australia. David’s history in architecture, design and decoration consistently informs his contribution to the dialogue and discussions in the industry.


Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn

Shelley Penn began her own practise in 1993 and has very much directed her career trajectory to feed her passions and sense of purpose. In addition to her work as a practising architect, Shelley has worked with the government as an advocate, design reviewer and evaluator strategic advisor on achieving excellent outcomes in public projects. She has also reviewed large-scale developments for the private sector. She maintains her position and interests as a sole practitioner with a residential project completed every few years.


Palinda Kannangara

Palinda Kannangara

As a student of architecture in Sri Lanka, Palinda Kannangara trained under Sri Lankan modernist architect Anura Rantavibhushana, who had worked with Geoffrey Bawa for 16 years. In 2005 he established his eponymous architecture practise Palinda Kannangara Architects which has since become known for its experiential architecture that hinges on simplicity and connection with the natural environment.


Habitus House of the Year wouldn’t exist without the support of our friends, colleagues and regular collaborators in the industry. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to our Major Partners Gaggenau, StylecraftHOME and Zip and Supporting Partners Armadillo & Co and Earp Bros. Likewise we would like to recognise our Television Partners for joining us on our journey to a new medium.


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Holly Cunneen was the editor of Habitus and has spent her time in the media writing about architecture, design and our local industry. With a firm view that “design has a shared responsibility to the individual as much as it does the wider community,” her personal and professional trajectory sees her chart the interests, accomplishments, and emerging patterns of behaviour within the architecture and design community.