Meet the international Jurees

Alain Gilles (B)

President of the Jury

Design as a second life. After studying Political Sciences and Marketing Management, Alain Gilles went on to work in the financial world. But one has to live his own life. So, thanks to the moral support of his wife, he went back to studying Industrial design in France. He opened his own studio in 2007 in order to pursue his own dreams and develop his personal approach to product design, furniture design, art direction and interior architecture. He has since started to collaborate with several international editors such as  as  Ligne Roset (FR), Bonaldo (IT), Buzzispace (BE), Varaschin (IT), Casamania (IT), Zee (BE), Green Mood (BE), XL Boom (BE), Verreum (CZ), Evolution (FR), La Chance (FR), Vincent Sheppard (BE), Another Country (UK), Miniforms (IT), …   

Named  “Designer of the year”  in 2012 by the Biennale Interieur.

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Victoria Milne (USA)

Victoria Milne is principal of 6¢ Design. Her firm improves the public sphere and other real estate through design.  Current projects include developing and directing the Times Square Design Lab which commissions furniture from NYC designers for the Times Square Alliance, and overseeing a small real estate portfolio. She is a long-term member of the NYCxDesign executive committee which guides New York City’s design week. 

She has taught at Parson’s New School in the Master’s program for Industrial Design. 

Prior to 6¢ she served as Director of Public Art and Design Initiatives at the NYC Department of Design and Construction where her many design policy projects included starting the Built/NYC program to commission custom furnishings for public capital projects. 

She also ran an award-winning communications and environmental design team for the City of New York, and her office managed a $10 million portfolio of percent for art commissions. She is also proud to be on the Baldwin Design Council, contributing to new directions for this prestige hardware maker. Recent jurying roles include the Breakout Grant from NYCxDesign and the Better Bin jury for a new garbage can for the City of New York.  

Her career started in design criticism as editor in chief of Glass Magazine, and as New York contributing editor at Dwell and Blueprint and journalist for other publications. She has a Masters of Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and her BA from Vassar College.

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Ian Rose (UK)

Ian Rose is a chartered landscape architect with more than 20 years professional experience working in different roles on a wide range of projects at all stages of the design and delivery process having studied landscape design and plant science at Sheffield University in the UK. He has 20 years experience in UAE and MENA region working on many prestigious projects including Green Riyadh, Wadi Hanifah, Al Ain Zoo and Abu Dhabi Corniche. Currently he works as senior associate landscape architect with Cracknell.
Ian has extensive experience of working with clients, contractors and suppliers in the UAE and has been approved to undertake design and to supervise construction of landscape projects on behalf of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai Municipalities and has extensive practical knowledge of both hard and soft landscape materials suitable to the region.

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