19 March, 2014 (Singapore) – Singapore-‐based firm designphase dba has been named
one of Asia’s Top Design Practices at the Singapore Design Awards 2014. Organised by
the Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) and IE Singapore. The awards also
recognised Joris Angevaare, Partner and Design Director at designphase dba, as one of
Asia’s Top Designers.
Conceived in 1988, the SDA was an initiative by the Designers Association Singapore
(now Design Business Chamber Singapore) and Trade Development Board (now IE
Singapore) to showcase design’s strategic role in Singapore’s overall economic
development. The premiere Awards were unveiled at the first Singapore International
Design Forum by then Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Kuan Yew.
Introduced for the 25th Anniversary of the Singapore Design Awards, the categories for
Asia’s Top Design Practices and Asia’s Top Designers recognise and profile the region’s
best designers and design practices.
designphase dba was joined by just 12 other firms from the region in the list of Asia’s
Top Design Practices. Working in three unique worlds of design – corporate, retail and
hospitality – designphase dba has become known for its consistency of industry-
leading work throughout the region. In recent months, the firm has won praise for its work on restaurant
projects such as Bull & Butcher, Café Melba, FoodGarden and
Zafferano. Corporate clients such as Trafigura’s Global Trading Headquarters and
National Australia Bank have also received critical acclaim. More recently, the team’s
work in the retail sector with Robinsons Orchard department store on Singapore’s
landmark shopping belt, has set new standards in the design field.
designphase dba Managing Director, Mr. Derek MacKenzie, said both honours were a
testament to their focus on quality and the creative talent of designphase dba, both as
individuals and as a team unit. “Over the past 30 years, we have worked towards
building one of the region’s best design teams. In this competitive environment,
innovative ideas and client-‐centric thinking has consistently delivered designs that are
ahead of the curve. These awards are recognition of those efforts and are a great
acknowledgment of the team’s ability to execute with originality while respecting our
client’s core principles.”
Partner and Design Director, Joris Angevaare, who has taken a key leadership role at
designphase dba, was also honoured as one of Asia’s Top Designers with 12 of his
industry peers. Since joining designphase dba in 2007, the Amsterdam native has
created a fresh and intelligent portfolio of work at the firm, including Robinsons
Orchard, Zafferano and FoodGarden at Asia Square. In October 2012, Angevaare
became a Partner of designphase dba to reinforce the continuation of the firm’s values
and extension of its experience.
“It’s an absolute privilege to be named one of the top designers in a region that has
become known for its pursuit of cutting-‐edge design innovation,” said Mr. Angevaare.
“These awards are a credit to the incredible work of our entire team over the years,
and to the leadership of Derek MacKenzie,” he said.
“Joris has been an integral part of our team ever since he joined us in 2007, and the
decision to make him a partner in the firm in 2012 was a natural choice,” said Mr.
MacKenzie. “We’re delighted by his achievements and are looking forward to many
more successes together,” he said.
submission date: 3/19/2014