Born in Hong Kong, Steve Leung is a renowned international architect, interior and product designer with over 40 years of design experience. He is the founder of Steve Leung Design Group Ltd. (SLD). Credited with over 250 international and corporate awards, SLD has 500 designers and professionals, and projects in over 130 cities. Steve has been actively participating in a number of design-related public roles in Hong Kong, China and internationally in recent years, including serving as IFI President 2017-2020. He was honored as the winner of The Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year Award 2015. In 2022, he was awarded Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Government of HKSAR in recognition of his notable contributions to the educating young architects and designers and fostering sustainable development in both Hong Kong and Mainland China.
Annamaria Anderloni is a partner who specialises in interior design. She graduated in architecture and product design from the University of Turin and the ENSCI of Paris. She has extensive experience of working on hospitality, residential and corporate projects. Since joining Foster + Partners in 2007 she has been responsible for the interior design of numerous projects including the Four Seasons Hotel at Comcast Technology Center, Me Hotel London and Yacht Club de Monaco. Previously working as an exhibition designer, Annamaria is an art enthusiast who enjoys exhibitions, auctions and art fairs.
Julie Michiels is a Senior Associate Principal and Interior Design Leader in Chicago and helps lead SOM’s interdisciplinary, holistic approach to human-centered design for its global portfolio of interior projects. Julie calls on her extensive experience as an architect, interior designer, and project leader to guide complex project teams focused on developing innovative design solutions tailored to the needs of the client. With a dedicated focus on client service, collaboration, and designing from the inside out, she has been involved in several award-winning projects—diverse in scale, location, and typology—from concept to completion.
Rajesh Nandan is an accomplished entrepreneur, visionary publisher, and esteemed leader in the design industry. As the Founder, Publisher, and Chief Executive Officer of Indesign Media Asia Pacific, he has established it as the premier regional media house in the field, spearheading the expansion of the company throughout Asia and successfully introducing digital and print titles in Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. Rajesh’s exceptional expertise has earned him esteemed roles and recognition on a global scale. Through his dynamic leadership, passion and pursuit of excellence, Rajesh has significantly shaped the design landscape across the Asia Pacific region.
Architects Rossana Hu and Lyndon Neri are founding partners of internationally renowned Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an interdisciplinary architecural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Alongside their design practice, Lyndon and Rossana have been deeply committed to architectural education and have lectured across the globe, receiving appointments at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design (beginning 2024), the University of California, Berkeley (2023), Harvard Graduate School of Design (2019, 2021, 2023), Yale School of Architecture (2018, 2022) and Tongji University (2021-2023). They co-authored and edited Persistence of Vision: Shanghai Architects in Dialogue (MCCM Creations, 2007). They have published two monographs, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office (Park Books, 2017) and Thresholds: Space, Time and Practice (Thames&Hudson, 2021; Chinese edition – Guangxi Normal University Press, 2023). Lyndon and Rossana are also Founding Partners of Design Republic in Shanghai since 2004, a design platform incorporating a retail concept, design and cultural exhibitions, and education. In 2015, they were appointed as Creative Directors of Stellar Works, an international furniture brand that honors and advances Asian crafts and traditions.
Amanda sits at the forefront of workplace design; currently working with a broad portfolio of corporate clients worldwide. Her role encompasses strategy and interior design across the commercial, lifestyle and public sectors. Her mix of skills and diversity of knowledge provides a unique, comprehensive and innovative approach to projects for her clients. Amanda has been instrumental in creating some of the most cutting edge workplaces – which have delivered real business advantage and positive change for the organization.
Patricia Urquiola studied architecture and design at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid and completed her studies at the Politecnico di Milano, graduating under the mentorship of Achille Castiglioni. She founded Studio Urquiola in 2001 with her partner, Alberto Zontone, operating in the fields of Industrial Product Design, Architecture, Art Direction and Strategy Consulting. Urquiola has been the Creative Director of Cassina since 2015 and works with many important Italian and international design companies. She is part of the advisory board of the Politecnico of Milan and the Triennale Milano Museum.
Woody Yao joined Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in 1993 whilst studying at the Architectural Association (AA) in London. Actively contributing to Zaha Hadid’s multidisciplinary approach to architecture and design, Woody worked on key competitions such as the Cardiff Bay Opera House, as well as leading a number of seminal built projects including the Guangzhou Opera House, The Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and Hotel Puerta America in Madrid. Woody has also been instrumental in furthering the development of the practice’s archive and the growth of their exhibitions program, leading his team in design and execution, curating over the years with the world’s most established and respected cultural institutions including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, MAK in Vienna, the Design Museum and Serpentine Gallery in London, MAXXI in Rome,the State Hermitage Museum in St.Petersburg and the most recent retrospective of Zaha Hadid Design: UNTOLD – MSU Broad Art Museum.