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Fun and fabulous: The INDE.Awards Gala in pictures

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Catch up on all the people, winners and party vibes from INDE.Awards Gala, held in Melbourne, 4 August.

If there was any doubt in the minds of event organisers as to the crowd turn-out for the INDE.Awards Gala (it being mid-winter, mid-pandemic after all), it was quickly put to rest.

Waves of people arrived at the Sofitel Melbourne on the evening of 4 August, glamorously clad and well shod, and ready to take part in the awards event of the season.

INDE.Awards 2022 Gala

The amphitheatre provided an intimate and comfortable setting for the 300+ attendees to the exclusive celebration of INDE.Awards 2022 winners – the first to be held in person since 2019.

A consummate MC, Jon Faine, of ABC Radio fame, set the tone for the evening with his humorous time keeping and entertaining delivery. An Acknowledgement of Country was given by architect and INDE.Awards juror Jefa Greenaway, followed by a compelling didgeridoo performance by Jesse Gardiner.

INDE.Awards 2022 Gala

Indesign Media co-founder, Kavita Lala, gave a welcome address noting, “The awards started simply to bring our region together and now has expanded so much, in such a short span, connecting all of us together throughout the Indo-Pacific. [It] is a privilege to be able to celebrate amazing architecture and design, in person and online tonight.”

Indesign editorial lead, Alice Blackwood, spoke on the regional diversity of entries. She noted that this has seeded a unique judging process that requires jurors to “look beyond basic principles of aesthetics and functionality to consider originality and quality of design; performance and end-user considerations; innovation; and ecological and economic impact – all relative to location and culture,” she said.

INDE.Awards 2022 Gala

INDE.Awards program director, Jan Henderson, pointed out the achievement of all entrants, particularly those shortlisted. “The INDE.Awards shortlist is just that, short a mere 12 projects. So to be shortlisted is indeed an honour as the calibre of the entries was so very high,” she said.

And, of course, there were all the fabulous winners, a vision of excitement, sometimes disbelief and surprise, and with expressions of intense pleasure and pride as they accepted their INDE.Awards trophies, made especially by Dinosaur Designs. See who won, here.

INDE.Awards 2022 Gala

The awards ceremony was followed by a cocktail reception, packed to the gills with people toasting, chatting and snapping photos. The picture of a community, both local and global, brought together and overwhelmingly happy to finally be back in the same room, again.

Congratulations to all our winners, our deep appreciation goes to our jurors of 2022, and to our sponsors and partners, who helped make it all happen.

Watch the INDE.Awards Gala here, view the winners here.

INDE.Awards 2022 Gala

Watch the INDE.Awards Gala here, view the winners here.


Alice Blackwood

Alice Blackwood is the Editorial Director at Indesign Media, and Editor of Indesign magazine and Indesignlive.com. She is a trained journalist and editor, with a background in branding and communications strategy. For more than 15 years Alice has been a passionate advocate of the architecture and design industry within Australia and the wider Indo-Pacific region. Through her work on international design festivals, regional awards programs including the INDE.Awards, as well as in print and digital media, she has helped establish numerous major platforms that recognise and celebrate the region’s most exciting architecture and design, and elevate those industry leaders into the global spotlight. “Our region’s design is defined by its fresh, yet hungry entrepreneurial spirit, its bold thought and brave actions, the flawless execution of complex ideas, and world-leading outcomes. I’m fascinated by all the moving parts of our architecture and design community – the businesses, the brands, the big-thinkers and everyday-doers.” Alice remains an active member of the Australian design and media industries as a Moderator, MC, Judge, Commentator, Mentor and Advisor. Among her main passions are workplace design, education design, healthcare design, wellness design, hospitality design and the business of design.