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Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Dara Huang

Meet the judges for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020: Dara Huang

She holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University and started her career at Herzog de Meuron, Basel.

Dara Huang, judge at the upcoming CID Awards
Dara Huang, judge at the upcoming CID Awards

Meet the third member of our panel for the Commercial Interior Design Awards 2020.

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 and well-respected design academic Cristiano Luchetti.

Architect Dara Huang is the founder of Design Haus Liberty, an international architecture, interiors and design practice established in London in 2013, with global offices in both London and Hong Kong.

She holds a master's degree in architecture from Harvard University and started her career at Herzog de Meuron, Basel and Foster + Partners, London.

In the company's short time, Huang has received numerous awards and honours, including Property Week's 40 under 40, BBC China's 100 Women, Prestige Hong Kong's 40 under 40 and three RIBA competition recognitions and sits on the board for Prop Tech and is a member of the Milken Institute. She has also exhibited at Somerset House, London and the Architecture Venice Biennale.

Passionate about creating value and leading design in market trends, DH Liberty expands the boundaries of the way architects are able to tell stories through the built environment.

Alongside their luxury clients such as The Four Seasons, LVMH, Cartier, and Starwood Capital, Dara has co-founded an affordable urban housing platform, Viva House, a sustainable, prefabricated system that combines operations with asset light developments turning housing into a service.

She is also interested in democratising design with an affordable and sustainable products ware company that has entry-level pricing.

The daughter of a NASA scientist who emigrated from Taiwan to the US, Huang grew up in multi-cultural surroundings and global travel.  She has a keen interest in contemporary art and nature, which inspires much of her designs.

She says: "I'm looking forward to judging the CID Awards, one of the most anticipated and honourable moments in the year where we recognise the leading talents in interior design.

"It's very exciting to see what this year brings and a wonderful opportunity to applaud the established designers as well as bring global recognition to the up and coming ones."

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