Eleven new Australian Design Honourees

Australian Design Centre (ADC) has honoured eleven outstanding individuals for their achievements and contributions to the design sector.

The Australian Design Honours program was launched in 2015 to recognise the leading lights of designers, thinkers, and makers. The program is dedicated to promoting and advocating for Australian contemporary craft and design on the world stage. There are currently 122 individuals in the Australian Design Honours program and we plan to grow this over time to demonstrate the breath of talent and contribution.

The eleven new Australian Design Honourees are:

  • David Clark for his passionate support for Australian interior design.
  • Sacha Coles for his work with Aspect Studios to make the urban environment liveable and accessible.
  • Multi¬≠disciplinary designer Emma Elizabeth for her support for Australian designers by providing a platform for many to show at Milan Design Week.
  • Professor Ross Harley is recognised for his work as Dean of UNSW Art and Design educating a new generation of creatives.
  • Designer Mark Harrison is an alumnus of WORKSHOPPED and recognised for his approach to sustainable design and the creation of bio¬≠composite materials.
  • Trent Jansen for the exceptional scholarship he brings to his design practice that deepens the experience of what Australian design can be.
  • Karen McCartney for her championing of Australian design through her writing and curatorial work.
  • Dolla Merrillees for her commitment to supporting Australian design through the Museum of Art and Applied Sciences and for the creation of the MAAS Centre of Fashion. 
  • Kate Stokes is an alumnus of WORKSHOPPED and we honour her consistently original and innovative design work.

Explore all of the Australian Design Honourees on the website here.


Image: Karen McCartney. Photo: Michael Wee. Trent Jansen. Photo: Lee Grant. Dolla Merrillees, Courtesy of Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Photo: Daniel Boud.