Judges 2021

About DOTY Judges

The panel comprises several industry influencers who bring vast experience from their respective industries. Each judge’s area of expertise offers a unique take on the judging criteria, which will contribute to the overall judging criteria such as creativity, design concept, space planning and design statement.

Credible Judges

Judges are selected based on their experience, credibility and leadership role in their respective industries. All judges are decision makers of their own design in business – be it hospitality, beverage, retail, service or product – and they keep abreast of consumers’ wants and needs in the market.

Accountability

All judging is implemented and recorded to demonstrate accountability. We take stringent and painful measures to ensure a proper outcome of the judging process. Nothing is being taken for granted as we view DOTY as an important ingredient in the design industry.

Authentic Judging

The judging process is done in a professional manner through discussions and a point system at an official venue. All inputs from the judging will enable us to improve the scoring system to reflect a better and fairer result.

Industry Recognition

DOTY is a media-based design industry award that appeals to consumers nationwide and internationally. It sets a precedent to recognise outstanding designers in the field of design.

2021 Judges

Ar Duangrit Bunnag

The brainchild behind The Jam Factory and other award-winning hotels such as Hotel de la Paix in Luang Prabang, Laos and Naka Phuket in Thailand.
Ar Duangrit Bunnag is also sometimes referred as Thailand’s “hottest architect”.

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Melinda Looi

Melinda Looi, a manufacturer of fine art and antique chic, is Malaysia’s answer to avant-garde fashion, an exuberant master of meticulous detail and unique style. Her signature is the gothic heritage of ‘avant-garde,’ and her calligraphy is eclectic antique.

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Datuk Lai Voon Hon

The Group Managing Director of Ireka Corporation Berhad, Datuk Lai Voon Hon who is also a Director for several of Ireka Group’s subsidiaries and Nam Long Investment Corporation in Vietnam has recently launched The RuMa Hotel and Residences

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Joanne Kua

Joanne Kua, Managing Director of KSK Land. As Managing Director of KSK Land, Joanne founded the company as a future-forward player in the international real estate scene, with a focus on lifestyle, tech and placemaking, underpinned by sustainability.

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Tyler Wisler

Tyler Wisler is an international, influential and sought-after designer. His spaces are fashionably aspirational with hints of the unexpected. He’s been featured on hit shows including HGTV’s Design Star, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s George…

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2020 Judges

Ar Duangrit Bunnag

The brainchild behind The Jam Factory and other award-winning hotels such as Hotel de la Paix in Luang Prabang, Laos and Naka Phuket in Thailand.
Ar Duangrit Bunnag is also sometimes referred as Thailand’s “hottest architect”.

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Datuk Lai Voon Hon

The Group Managing Director of Ireka Corporation Berhad, Datuk Lai Voon Hon who is also a Director for several of Ireka Group’s subsidiaries and Nam Long Investment Corporation in Vietnam has recently launched The RuMa Hotel and Residences

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Datuk Edmund Kong

An expert with 30 years of experience in property development and the construction industry. He kicked start his career as a Senior Architect in BEP Arkitek Sdn and later became a Director of Project and Product Planning at Perdana Park City Sdn Bhd from 2003…

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Chef James Won

Changing the Malaysian gastronomical landscape with his astounding culinary skills, Chef James Won is chef-patron at Enfin by James Won which is home to Asia’s only Krug Chef’s Table. He is also a ‘Chevalier’, conferred by the Ordre des Coteaux de Champagne…

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Shahnaz A Muztaza

She was both a barrister and solicitor for litigation & arbitration matters, for more than 10 years at top 3 law firms in UK, New York and Malaysia. She has also worked at one of the largest international construction companies and financial regulator in UK.

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2019 Judges

Ar. Ethan Lai

Project Director of Peridot Development Sdn Bhd and a committee member of REHDA Youth.

Elizabeth Marini

Vice President of the Marini's Group.

Ross Cameron

Area Director Asia & Japan
Cosentino Southeast Asia.

Shanaz A Muztaza

Director of Fairview Development Sdn Bhd & Committee Member of REHDA Youth.

Sr. SM Koh

General Manager of Setia EcoHill Sdn Bhd

2018 Judges

B.S Kumar

Director of Rosa Hotel Sdn Bhd

Benjamin Yong

Group CEO of The BIG Group

Dato' Winnie Lim

Council Member of MRCA

William Brand

Owner and Chief Designer of Brand Van Egmond

Joseph Yeoh

Vice President of YTL London Development
& YTL Hotels

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