Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Annamaria Lambri

Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Annamaria Lambri

Born in Italy, architect Lambri studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano

Annamaria Lambri
Annamaria Lambri

Nominations have now closed and winners will be announced at the 14th annual Commercial Interior Design Award get together at the JW Marriott Marquis in Business Bay, Dubai.

The unmissable industry evening was set be held on September 9, 2020, but was rescheduled to November 25 due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

At the 14th annual awards, we'll pay tribute to the projects, interior design firms and designers making their mark on the region's interior design industry and herald work that displays original thinking, creative breadth and a willingness to stray from tried and tested formulas.

Shortlists are currently being drawn up and will be put before a panel of expert judges, which we're delighted to now be announcing. Turn to our cover feature and get acquainted with the names who'll be presiding over the all-important decisions.

The 2020 CID Awards are taking place in a time that's different from any other and so we hope we've found the judges that entrants deserve - diverse, forward-thinking and representative of both a regional and international industry that's continued to shine through these challenging times.

We're delighted to introduce you to them all, starting with returning judge, architect and academic, Annamaria Lambri.

Born in Italy, architect Annamaria Lambri studied architecture at Politecnico di Milano followed by a specialisation in hospitality design. Lambri has a vast and diversified experience in the field of architecture and design. She worked on many projects ranging from international exhibitions to commercial, residential and hospitality design both in Italy and internationally. Her involvement in very high-end projects in the UAE allowed her to acquire major and specific experience and to explore a wide range of topics.

She relocated to the UAE in 2005 where she worked on various commercial and residential design projects, along with prestigious high-end projects.

Lambri has had the opportunity to develop several schemes in the Gulf region and Asia. Since 2011 she became associate professor at American University in Dubai's (AUD) interior design department, specialising in hospitality design.

She is also the outreach coordinator for the department of interior design at AUD.

Her constant improvement and engagement in the field is demonstrated by various prestigious certifications such as 'Leaders of Learning' from Harvard. She is AIA International Associate Member (The American Institute of Architects), RIBA Chartered Member (Royal Institute of British Architects), IDEC Member (Interior Design Educators Council), IFI Member (The International Federation of Interior Architects and Designers) and APID Member (Association Professional Interior Design Gulf Region).

She alternates her academic practice with research and design activities. She is part of several professional jury panels and speaker to international interior design and architecture events, workshops and conferences.

Speaking about the upcoming CID awards, Lambri says: "Challenges transformed into opportunities is the leit motif of these peculiar times. I am extremely excited to explore the translation of this strong statement in creative and functional design at the CID Awards, the most important font of inspiration for the field and the international design community."

The CID team, our judges and sponsors are looking forward to seeing you there. For sponsorship enquiries, contact Rebecca Lockwood on +971 4 444 3268 or

To book tables, speak to Anthony Chandran on +971 4 444 3685 or

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