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Dean Mackenzie

Monk Mackenzie

Along with Hamish Monk, Dean is a director with Monk Mackenzie Architects. He has worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. He has significant experience across large and complex infrastructural, cultural and commercial projects throughout the United States, Middle East and Asia. Key local projects Dean has been involved with include Appian Way, a high-density residential development which includes retail and commercial components, the neon-pink LightPath and he is currently working on a medium density residential scheme in Grey Lynn. 

Toni Brandso

Material Creative

Toni is the co-owner of Material Creative. She worked in the retail design sector for many years before collaborating with Liv Harper on their first project together, The Piha Café, which sparked a love of hospitality design. Material Creative was formed in 2009, and since then has been a part of varied award-winning projects, including Little Nuffield café, Tonic Room, Atomic Coffee Roasters, Superette HQ and retail stores, Hayes Common eatery and Artwok. At present they are working on a 200- room boutique hotel, which will be their biggest project to date. 

Bill McKay

University of Auckland

Bill is an award-winning architectural historian, critic and commentator based at the University of Auckland's School of Architecture and Planning. He previously led the Interior Design major of the Bachelor of Design at Unitec. His recent books include Worship: A History of NZ Church Design and Beyond the State: NZ State Houses from Modest to Modern, a 2014 NZ Post Book Awards finalist. He is currently working on a digital outlet and repository for Pacific architecture, as well as on his own PhD.

Lauren Hare

Hare Interiors

Lauren is director of Hare Interiors. She has a background in fine arts and advertising art direction and has won multiple awards for her interior design. Lauren was the recipient of the Supreme Award at the Interior Awards 2016 for her work on M11 Studio and has designed across residential and commercial projects for a number of years. Some of her main projects include the Generus Living Group, the Skin Centre, Edit and Little Wonders. Her design philosophy stresses a close link between architecture and interior decoration.

Federico Monsalve

Editor, Interior

Federico is the editor of Interior and Urbis magazines and this will be his third year as convener of the Interior Awards. Federico is a writer and journalist who has worked in-house and as a freelancer/columnist for local and overseas media including: Los Angeles Magazine, Monocle, ArtNews (New York), The New Zealand Herald and many others. His book, CD and DVD collections are in need of a lot more floor space and, often, he can be found walking or running through the northern coastal and bush tracks.