CID AWARDS 2017: Meet the judges

Taking place on 13 September 2017 in the Joharah Ballroom at the Madinat Jumeriah, the 11th edition of the Commercial Interior Design Awards is just around the corner. With just over two months to go until the winners of the CID Awards are announced, it’s time to introduce this year’s judging panel.

Ensuring a balanced and independent approach, all of our judges are selected based on their experience and qualifications. The judges are all highly respected experts in their fields from across the private and public sectors and will provide unique perspectives from various angles in the design industry. We have an eclectic mix of individuals from different parts of the industry, all of whom will focus their expertise on the projects submitted for the awards.

Our panel of judges includes: Fouad Mirza, principal and design director at Tawazun Interior Design; Juan Roldan, assistant professor at the College of Architecture, Art & Design at the American University of Sharjah; Kristin Lee, associate professor of interior design and interim chair of the Interior Design Department at the American University of Dubai; Laura Bielecki, senior interior design manager at Ellington; Linsey Thomson, interior design assistant professor at Heriot-Watt University Dubai Campus; Lotfi Sidirahal, managing partner and founder of Atelier PodMaliha Nishat, former design director at dwpMelani Sabhaney, partner and design director at Interspace; Patrick Bean, director of interior design at Lacasa, and Veena Kanchan, interior architect an founder of VS Design Studio.

In the following weeks, the judging panel will come together to go through shortlisted submissions and decide winners in 17 categories for individuals and projects that push the boundaries beyond ordinary. We asked some of our judges what they’re most looking forward to (see p60).

The Commercial Interior Design editorial team would like to thank everyone who has entered this year’s awards.

We wish you all the best, and if you would like to enquire about booking a table, please contact and for sponsorship opportunities.

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