Meet this year’s student design competition judges for Get me 2 the Top Ukraine 2018/19. In keeping with the aim of global design excellence for the next generation, we invited some of the industry’s best professionals and education experts to sit on our judging panel.

Dr Vanessa Brady OBE

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Founding Director of SBID and International Interior Designer

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Vanessa is the Founder of The Society of British and International Design (SBID) and an international interior designer, with over 30 years experience in the design industry. Under Vanessa’s direction, SBID became the UK’s representative organisation at the European Council of Interior Architects (ECIA) in 2009. Vanessa represents the interests of the industry at cross-party government meetings at the House of Commons, the House of Lords and works with the British Consulate overseas to promote the industry of interior design for export.

Vanessa has been acknowledged by a number of high level business and design achievement awards; such as the 2013 Woman in the City, Woman of Achievement Award for the Built Environment and has been nominated three times for the NatWest everywoman Awards.

Diana Celella

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Founding Director of The Drawing Room Interiors & SBID President

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Diana is an internationally award-winning designer and the Founding Director of The Drawing Room Interiors, a successful and established independent design consultancy based in the West Midlands. After completing her Interior Design degree in 1987, she worked continually in the industry, as well as lecturing in Interior Design. Diana now works in the commercial sector specialising in Healthcare projects, including Care Homes, dental practices, assisted living and Retirement Villages. She is recognised throughout the industry as an expert in Retirement living design and implementation of Evidence Based Design.

Nataly Bolshakova

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Interior Designer and Director of SBID Ukraine

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Nataly is the Founder of Nataly Bolshavoka Interiors, Regional Director of SBID Ukraine, and multi-award-winner; winning the European Property Awards 2015, and the SBID International Design Awards 2012. Nataly has a growing reputation in the interior design industry, both nationally and internationally. She offers bespoke services to the residential sector, working closely with a discerning clientele and setting high standards in the creation of the perfect interior. Her unique philosophy and the care and attention to detail that Nataly Bolshavoka Interiors offers clients places them in a category of their own.

Julia Danilova

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Founder of Domio Home Interiors and Director of SBID Ukraine

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Julia is the CEO and Co-founder of interior design studio, Domio. She is the Regional Director of the Society of British and International Design Association for SBID Ukraine, and a guest editor of the publication ELLE Decoration Ukraine.

Domio was founded ten years ago and represents world leaders in the premium interior design market in Ukraine. Their partners include; Poliform, Hermes, Loro Piana Interiors, Gessi, Lualdi, Flos, Dedar, Santa & Cole.

Kateryna Sokolova

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Industrial Designer, Co-founder & Creative Director at NOOM

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Ukrainian industrial designer, Kateryna, was born in 1984. She is co-founder and Creative Director of the brand NOOM and SOKOLOVA design studio. Working across a wide range of disciplines from furniture and lighting, to hardware, electronics and decor, Kateryna graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts and held an internship at German Design University “Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle”.

She is a master of Industrial Design, participating and winning many European design exhibitions and competitions. The most important of them being the Red Dot Design Award 2015. Today, Kateryna is an internationally established designer based in Kiev.

Olena Dobrovolska

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Studio Founder and Head Architect of DreamDesign 

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Elena is a Ukrainian Architect, multi-award-winning designer, and the head Architect and Founder of Dreamdesign Studio. After studying Architecture in Kyiv she moved to Berlin to study at the Technical University of Architecture, Design and Construction. During 16 years of professional work, Elena earned many awards from IIDA 2014, and the SBID International Design Awards, to the European Property Awards. A special place in the studio’s portfolio is reserved for educational design project, NovoSchool, for a school in Kyiv that meets the highest expectations.

Lilia Pustovit

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Founder and Creative Director of POUSTOVIT 

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Lilia is a Ukrainian Designer, creator of the brand POUSTOVIT and the president of the Fashion Syndicate of Ukraine. Lilia was born in Ukrainian city, Vinnytsia in 1968. She studied in Kiev University of Technology and Design and got an internship in Paris at L’Universite de l’Art Moderne. In 1996, she joined Daniel Hechter house as a designer of women’s Pret-a-porter and her brand Poustovit was awarded the Grand Prix “Golden Button” with collections sold worldwide.

In 1997 Lilia returned to Ukraine, becoming a president of Ukraine Fashion Syndicate in 2004, the Head of the expert committee of the Council of Fashion in 2006 and the Chairman of the Jury of the Ukrainian Young Desidners Contest. In 2018 she launched a second brand – SUPPORT by POUSTOVIT aimed to find and support young Ukrainian talents.

Igor Abramovych

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Projects Curator at the Contemporary Ukrainian Art Problems Institute

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Igor is an adviser of the Director of Modern Art Research Institute of the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine. As an art dealer, curator and art consultant with a focus on contemporary Ukrainian art, Abramovych was the editor and curator of the publishing project 25 Years of Presence (Kyiv: ArtHuss, 2018), showcasing Ukrainian art of the independence era. The 2-volume catalogue includes reproductions, essays and interviews of more than 80 contemporary Ukrainian artists in a follow-up to Abramovych’s 2011 project, 20 Years of Presence. He co-curated multiple exhibitions of contemporary Ukrainian art in Ukraine and abroad.

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