Final Selection jury revealed for Golden Pin award group in 2017
Aug 17, 2017

10 global design industry luminaries including Kazuo Tanaka (GK Design), Rossana Hu (Neri&Hu), Martin Darbyshire (tangerine), Kristof Crolla (LEAD), and Shikuan Chen (Compal) to gather in Taipei in September

The Golden Pin Design Award–an annual award organized by the Taiwan Design Center that seeks to raise global awareness for design created for and within huaren (Chinese-speaking) communities–and the Golden Pin Concept Design Award–a sister award of the Golden Pin Design Award that focuses on conceptual design not yet in the marketplace–today announce their 2017 Final Selection jury line ups.

International design professionals, scholars, and business leaders make up the 15-member strong collective judging team, who together will be responsible for the mammoth task of evaluating hundreds of Design Mark recipient entries and, through a rigorously managed voting system, selecting this year’s Golden Pin award group Finalists and Best Design winners.

Final Selection judging for the Golden Pin Design Award will take place at the National Taiwan University Sports Center in Taipei’s Da’an District on September 27 (Wednesday). On September 28 (Thursday), four members of the Golden Pin Design Award jury will also participate in the Final Selection judging for the Golden Pin Concept Design Award alongside leading members of Taiwan’s design community.

Leading the judging teams as Jury Chair for both awards is Kazuo Tanaka, who is CEO of the innovative Japanese design consultancy, GK Design Group Inc. Founded in the 1950s, GK Design Group has been at the forefront of the design field in Japan since the post-war period to today.

“Applying to a design award and being awarded is a great honor. However, at the same time, a win is an indicator that tells us what is important to today’s societies,” says Tanaka of his involvement in the Golden Pin award group this year. “In that sense, even in the case of an applicant who doesn’t become a winner, the event may be a big chance for him or her to learn so many significant things.” He also notes that, together with the other jurors, he hopes “to find ‘guidelines for tomorrow’” through the contemplation of the social significance of the entered designs.

The other international judges in this year’s collective jury team reflect the increasing internationalization of design and business in the Asia region. Originally from Belgium, Kristof Crolla left a position as Lead Architect at Zaha Hadid Architects in the UK to take up a teaching position in Hong Kong. He also founded his experimental studio, Laboratory for Explorative Architecture & Design, in the city.

Martin Darbyshire, CEO of pioneering UK design consultancy tangerine, names Japan, South Korea, and China among his company’s key markets. Taiwanese-born Rossana Hu, Founding Partner of Neri&Hu and Design Republic, arrived in Shanghai over a decade ago after many years studying and working in the USA.

The six Taiwanese members of the Golden Pin Design Award 2017 Final Selection jury include Prof. Cheng-Neng Kuan, Vice President, Shih-Chien University; Shikuan Chen, Senior Vice President, Corp. Marketing & Innovation, Compal Electronics, Inc.; Apex Pang-Soong Lin, Chairman, Chinese Industrial Designers Association; Wei-Hsiung Chan, Founder, Business Next Magazine; Jacqueline Lai, Exclusive Official Representative, Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; and Shu Chang Kung, President, Chinese Society of Interior Designers.

Taiwanese jurors for the 2017 edition of the Golden Pin Concept Design Award include Walter Wang, Chief Designer, Gogoro Taiwan Limited; Andrew Wong, Founder, Onion Design Associates; Ke-Ping Gan, Design Director, Seedesign; Effie Huang, Design Director, EHS ArchiLab; and Quake Hsu, Co-founder, zeczec.

In 2017, the Golden Pin Design Award attracted almost 3,000 entries from 14 countries and regions. Preliminary Selection for the Golden Pin Design Award 2017 wrapped up in mid-July, with 56 percent of total entries making it through to the Secondary Selection judging round. Taiwan’s Golden Pin Concept Design Award 2017 closed its call for entries on June 28, with a record-breaking 4,359 entries from 25 countries and regions. Preliminary Selection took place in early July, with the Taiwan Design Center announcing the Secondary Selection shortlist of 190 projects online.

Secondary Selection jury sessions, in which Design Mark recipients are selected for both Golden Pin awards, will take place in four cities in China and Taiwan–including Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Taipei–from late August to early September. The lists of the 2017 Golden Pin Design Mark recipients for both the Golden Pin Design Award and Golden Pin Concept Design Award will be announced on the award group’s official website ( on August 31 (Golden Pin Concept Design Award) and September 7 (Golden Pin Design Award).

Best Design winners of both awards will receive their trophies on stage at an invitation-only ceremony held in Taipei, Taiwan in early December.


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