Herman Miller Liveable Office Awards 2015

Enter now for your chance to win $5,000 USD cash prize | 12.Oct.15 - 31.Mar.16

Herman Miller Asia-Pacific is pleased to announce the return of Liveable Office Awards. Entries can be submitted from 12th October 2015 – 31st March 2016. An independent panel of judges will shortlist entries in April and winners will be announced in May 2016.

The objective of this competition is to raise awareness around the importance of good workspace design for companies to leverage broader organisational goals. The first edition was launched in 2013 with entries received from award winning design firms across Asia Pacific. The winning entry from 2013 was GPT Group, Sydney designed by Woods Bagot and Geyer for their Herald Weekly Times project.  Shortlisted entries included Ergon Entry, Adidas China, SAP Singapore, Harley Davidson Japan and many more.


Commercial Business - Workspace Design Award
*Winner receives 5,000 USD cash plus 4 Tickets to Chicago for Neocon 2016
(4 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodations and main hospitality)

People’s Choice – Workspace Design Award
*Winner receives 3,000 USD plus 2 Tickets to Chicago for Neocon 2016
(2 economy round trip tickets, hotel accommodations and main hospitality)
People's Choice Award Survey

Small Medium Business / Co-working Space
*Winner receives 1,000 USD cash plus 6 CBS Cubert Lamp

Work is no longer a place we go. It’s a thing we do – anywhere and anytime.
Workspace design used to revolve around how to accommodate technology and power rather than the user. With almost ubiquitous access to wireless data and diminishing sizes of devices, the role of the office is shifted to positively human-centered. The office needs to enable healthful work for individuals with high performance ergonomic environment as well as the broader encouraging collaborative activities of various nature.

“We find meaning and fulfilment in work. Working is about living your passion, and the workspace should empower everyone to be active contributors”
Jeremy Hocking
Vice President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific

“The GPT Group are pleased to accept the Herman Miller Asia Pacific Liveable Office award for our workplace at MLC Centre.  We are very proud of the work environment we have created for staff which transforms the way we work and supports our culture and values.  Our employees have access to cutting edge facilities and technologies, which help them perform their best work by promoting innovation, collaboration and workplace flexibility.”
Lisa Kent, Work Environment Manager
GPT - Winner of Liveable Office Awards

The discipline of workspace design has entered a new phase. The role of the designer as well as facility or workspace manager is quickly changing. Beyond just simple planning designers are now part - curators, scientists, psychologist with a good understanding of business strategy and organisational design. More than ever before, the workplace is a strategic lever for driving change, designers and facility managers are at the forefront of bringing this to the attention of the C-Suite.

How to win

An independent panel of judges will rate each submission based on the five broad criteria

• Sense of Belonging – Building Corporate Culture
• Me-time - Enabling focus work in an open space
• Together - Supporting various forms of collaboration
• Human centered – Health-positive working environment
• Stewardship - Environmental responsibility

How to Participate

It’s simple. Complete the submission form on hermanmillerreach.com between 12th October 2015 and 31st March 2016 for your chance to win. Submit your work in either the Commercial Business Category or the Small Business Category. Projects must be based in the Asia Pacific region and entry is open to companies, not an individual within the company. Projects must be based in Asia Pacific, completed between 2014 - 2015.

Design firms may submit more than one submission with the permission of your project client.

Enter now

The Jury

Raj Nandan
Managing Director and Publisher, Indesign Group (Australia)

Raj Nandan purchased his first magazine, Architectural Review Australia, at age 22 – a prelude to his boutique publishing house Indesign Media Asia Pacific (IMAP), which he launched only 7 years later. IMAP found immense success with Indesign magazine, which now circulates in 41 countries worldwide – one of a stable of highly respected design and architecture titles that also includes DQ (Design Quarterly) and Habitus. Adopting a cross-platform approach, IMAP is the driving force behind numerous design events including Sydney Indesign, and the highly successful website Indesignlive. A prominent and highly active member of the international design community, Nandan also sits on several boards, including the Strategic Advisory Board of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers, and the Advisory Board for Emergency Architects Australia.

William To
Senior Consultant, Hong Kong Design Centre Director, Creative and Programme, PMQ

William spent 18 years working in the advertising industry in Hong Kong. In 1992, he founded his own agency - Vision Integrated Communications Ltd. Later on in his career, William became brand consultant to some of his clients, helping them launched their brands and products in Hong Kong and China.

William joined Hong Kong Design Centre in 2005 and was responsible for their flagship events – Business of Design Week (BODW), Knowledge of Design Week (KODW 2006 - 2012) and Design for Asia Awards (DFAA 2006-08).

In Aug 2012, while retaining his role as a senior consultant to Hong Kong Design Centre, William joined PMQ – a newly launched creative platform for design entrepreneurs. He is responsible for curating events and programs on site and collaborating with overseas partners. Since its opening in April 2014, PMQ has recorded 4 million visitors and quickly became the most talked about destination of our city.

Kelley Cheng
Founder/Creative Director – The Press Room, Singapore

3-time SOPA (Society of Publishers Asia) Award winning Editor and Creative Director Kelley Cheng is literally a Jill-of-all-trade – a pop culture junkie who abandoned her honours degree in architecture to pursue her dream in making a magazine. She was the Editor-in-Chief of Singapore Architect magazine, runs her own publishing & design consultancy The Press Room. Ex-editorial Director of Page One Publishing, she was the creative mind behind many Page One books published worldwide.

Kelley also sits on the advisory panels for educational and design institutions (Singapore Polytechnic’s School of Design, Design Development Committee etc). She is a regular speaker at international design conferences and sat on numerous judging panels for local and international design competitions such as Red Dot Awards and Design for Asia. She was recently awarded the title "Great Women of Our Time" by Singapore’s Women Weekly magazine.

Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi
Dean, College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University

Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai. He is a full professor at Tongji, Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Architecture at Aalto University in Finland, and Visiting Professor at the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Lou has been the pioneer in China for design-driven innovation education that connects design, business, and technology. He advances these issues through his leadership of two institutions at Tongji University: the College of Design and Innovation, and the Sino-Finnish Centre. Lou's design works include the United Nations Pavilion of World Expo 2010, the LiangPing New Jindai Sustainable School and the TsingTao Horticultural Expo 2014.

Lou is Vice President of CUMULUS, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design, and Media. In 2014, the President of Finland honoured Lou with the Order of the Lion of Finland as a Knight, First Class.

Jeremy Hocking

Jeremy Hocking
Vice – President, Herman Miller Asia Pacific

Jeremy joined Herman Miller in 1984. He has held many different roles in Sales and Marketing in Europe including VP of UK and Central Europe, VP of International Marketing. Today he is responsible for Herman Miller in India, South East Asia, China, Japan and Australia. He has set out to speed up new product introductions designed and manufactured in Asia, making Herman Miller’s world class portfolio more accessible to companies and individuals through a fast growing network of dealers and retailers across Asia Pacific. He is also the co-founder of Workplace Intelligence Unit with Forward Thinking, which has quickly established itself as a valuable “think tank” on all aspects of the workplace.

Winners’ Circle

Shortlisted submissions will be published in a coffee table book. Invitations will be extended to the Award Ceremony in March 2016 with the announcement of winners. Winners stand to be part of a strong regional PR campaign promoting the importance of good workspace design.

Liveable Office Awards 2013 Project Highlights

Winner of the SME Category
Geyer for their Herald Weekly Times project.

Winner of the Commercial Business Category
GPT Group for their groundbreaking Sydney headquarters fitout.

It is with great pleasure that we highlight the top 12 entries: The panel of judges – in itself a ‘who’s who’ of design leaders from the Asia Pacific region – nominated twelve finalists.

  1. Ergon Energy, Australia, by BVN Donovan Hill
  2. Adidas China, by PDM International
  3. Maxus, Australia, by The Bold Collective
  4. SAP, Singapore, by HBO+EMTB
  5. Cisco, Singapore, by Space Matrix
  6. GPT Group, Australia, by Woods Bagot
  7. Harley Davidson, Japan, by TRIM Arquitectura- Comunicación and The Design Studio
  8. Herald Weekly Times, Australia, by Geyer
  9. Serviceworks, Australia, by Linear Design
  10. Microsoft, India, by DSP Design Associates
  11. Boston Consulting Group, India, by Adrianse Group
  12. Boston Consulting Group, Australia, by Carr Design Group

Project GPT, Australia designed by Woods Bagot
“The project features a finely nuanced interior that exhibits control, consideration and clear insight into the workings of the company. It avoids sweeping solutions and is a relevant model for the offices of today and as well as the future. “ Raj Nandan, Managing Director, INDESIGN group

Project Herald and Weekly Times
“Geyer created a new vision that challenges the paradigm of what a news company workplace should be, by demonstrating that today’s workplace needs to catch up with new media and alternative ways to be productive. The design is truly a refreshing take on alternative workplace design.” Hissam Youssef, Director, AIA Shanghai

Project Haley-Davidson Tokyo Office Project 2012/2013
By Trim Arquitectura / Comunicacion and The Design Studio

“I would like to give the design team. full credit for the concept and his solutions. The concept is focusing on the interaction with each other based on Harley Davidson culture. This concept makes all people who works in this office can communicate each other very well whenever he wants, and it also helps their clients well-understand the company’s corporate philosophy. Designing a multi functional space such as “Town Hall” will be good solution for having communication effectively. “ Toshi Kita

Statement from Winner – GPT Group
“The GPT Group are pleased to accept the Herman Miller Asia Pacific Liveable Office award for our workplace at MLC Centre.  We are very proud of the work environment we have created for staff which transforms the way we work and supports our culture and values.  Our employees have access to cutting edge facilities and technologies, which help them perform their best work by promoting innovation, collaboration and workplace flexibility.”

Lisa Kent, Work Environment Manager

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