Introducing our inspiring judges....


Daphna Tal

Daphna is an in-house sustainable interiors consultant and Director at Australian Living. Daphna has been involved in designing residential interiors for over 15 years. When designing interiors, Daphna focuses on obtaining environmentally friendly and sustainable products that suits client’s lifestyle and taste. Daphna has the knowledge, passion and a strong desire to create healthy environments and ethical work places.


Kate St James

Kate is an interior designer and the Editor-in-Chief of Universal Magazines’ Home Design and Living  Series of magazines including Grand Designs Australia, Home Design, Home Renovation, Outdoor Rooms and a number of Australia’s other leading residential architecture and design publications. Along with qualifications in interior design, Kate also studied journalism. Her specialty is architecture and design.


David Baggs

David (FRAIA, Green Star AP, LEED AP) is a multi-award winning architect, sustainability, life cycle assessment (LCA) consultant and integrative design facilitator with over 30 years green building design & product assessment experience. A passionate advocate for a sustainable future in the built environment, David heads up Global GreenTag Green Product Certification Program, Integreco Consulting and is co-founder of the Ecospecifier.

Caroline Pidcock

Caroline has genuine interest and experience in sustainable built environments. Caroline is director of PIDCOCK - Architecture + Sustainability and Origination | &U; board member of the Living Futures Institute of Australia, South Australian Forest Industry Advisory, and Sacred Heart Education Ministry Boards; and ambassador for both the Al Gore Climate Change and 1 Million Women projects.


Sophie Solomon

Sophie has been recognized for her positive enhancement of the built environment through innovation and design excellence. Sophie is a Registered Architect and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects. Within the Institute Sophie actively promotes excellence in urban design through her ongoing engagement and contribution to the Built Environment Committee.

Megan Norgate

Megan is an Interior Designer, Permaculture Designer, Sustainable Design Consultant and the founding director of multi-disciplinary design practice Brave new eco.  She uses a holistic design approach that integrates the built, interior and ecological environments. Megan is endlessly curious about the potential of interior design as a tool for ecological resilience and social change.

Chris Knierim

Chris is the Managing Director of Code Green with over 25 years experience in the construction industry, Chris has shaped a reputation for providing a unique service in award winning contemporary design and construction in both residential and commercial projects. His projects have been featured on documentaries and televisions series around the world, whilst regularly featured in print media.


Helen Edwards

Helen is an ex social worker and charity founder, turned writer, blogger, speaker and podcaster at Recycled Interiors & The Sustainable Home Hub. Helen was a state finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards 2016 and the Telstra Business Women’s Awards 2015 and is a passionate and genuine lover of people and planet. She wants to inspire you to think before you buy, reduce your waste and lighten your footprint on the planet.

Meryl Hare

Meryl formed Hare + Klein Interior Design in 1988 and has had many years of experience in the Industry.  She is an Accredited Designer and a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia, has received a citation for services to the Design Industry and was inducted to the DIA Hall of Fame in 2011.  Currently she is President of the SIDA Foundation.Work undertaken includes residential, commercial and hospitality projects.