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Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Cristiano Luchetti

Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Cristiano Luchetti

He is currently a doctoral researcher at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche

Cristiano Luchetti holds a master's of architecture
Cristiano Luchetti holds a master's of architecture

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.

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've already introduced returning judge, architect and academic, Annamaria Lambri. Now we'd like you to meet another well-respected design academic.

Cristiano Luchetti holds a master's of architecture from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a doctoral researcher at the Universita Politecnica delle Marche and teaches as an adjunct professor for universities in the UAE. He began his professional career in Rome, where, while working, also he taught for American study abroad programs (for the University of Waterloo and The Pennsylvania State University).

In 2001 he was one of the authors of the winning scheme of the prestigious competition for the renovation of Piazza San Cosimato in Rome. In those years, he was among the founders of ‘Laboratorio Architettura Nomade,' a non-profit association founded in Naples for the research and diffusion of art and architecture. In 2007, he moved to Hong Kong, where, as senior associate/lead Designer at RMJM HK, he delivered large-scale projects in residential, commercial, and hospitality sectors in China, India, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia.

From 2012 to 2020, Luchetti joined the American University of Sharjah, where he taught design studios, urban design seminar, professional practice, and drawing courses. His students' work has been widely published and won several national and international awards. As associate editor of the magazine Compasses, he regularly writes about architecture and urban design of the Middle East. Furthermore, he recurrently serves as a juror for the most prominent international competitions and awards.

In 2018 he co-curated the Egyptian Pavilion at the Architecture Venice Biennale. The pavilion was shortlisted in the World Architecture Festival 2018 Display Built Projects category and won the Honor Award at Cairo Design Award 2018. Cristiano will participate in the Korean Pavilion's ‘Future School' at the 2021 Architecture Venice Biennale. 

Soeaking about the awards, he says: "As an architecture researcher and critic, being part of the jury of the prestigious CID Awards is a unique opportunity to learn about and evaluate contemporary design trends in the region."

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 rebecca.lockwood@itp.com

To book tables, speak to Anthony Chandran on +971 4 444 3685 or anthony.chandran@itp.com

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