Meet the Judges for IDC’s 2019 Value of Design Awards

The Interior Designers of Canada’s second annual Value of Design Awards (VODA) celebrates the best in Canadian interior design, highlighting innovative, purpose-driven spaces that are beneficial to the client.

The awards will be presented in Vancouver on Sept. 13 during IDC’s Design Symposium, which brings together thought leaders, experts and game changers from the wider design, business and media community to explore larger design issues across society. This year’s theme is Design Thinking: Exploring Human Connections.

The judges for VODA 2019 represent a diverse cross-section of the design industry, from interior designers and architects, to sales representatives and professors.

Jane Lawson, Interior Designers of Alberta, Licensed Interior Designer, Alberta Association of Architects, ARIDO, IDC, Principal: Walker Lawson Interior Design Inc.

Jane Lawson has over 30 years of experience in the interior design and architecture industries, and has worked in Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa and Calgary. She currently leads the design team at Walker Lawson, the award-winning, Calgary-based firm specializing in commercial interior design. In her role with Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Lawson was responsible for the design of official residences and chanceries for Canada’s foreign embassies, which enabled her to travel around the globe. In 2013, she won the IDA Silver in Office Space for Blue Spark Energy and in 2011, the IDA Gold in Special Projects for Newalta Corporation’s Discover Y Employee Daycare Center.

Tim Au-Yeung, ARIDO, NCIDQ, IDC, Architect and Design Market Manager: Teknion

Tim Au-Yeung is the past president of the ARIDO GTA chapter and received ARIDO’s Sales Representative of the Year award. With over 21 years of experience in the industry, Tim has provided full interior design and project management services as well as working as a sales representative for Humanscale and currently in the market as A&D Market Manager at Teknion

Dedre Toker, BES (ARCH), M.DES (ID), LEED AP, Principal Partner: Lemay

Dedre Toker is the Principal Partner, National and Strategic Workplace Design at the multi-disciplinary National firm, Lemay. In this role, she leads the firm’s teams across Canada in design and workplace strategy with a special focus on artificial intelligence and future “new collar” work environments. Toker was also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Calgary and is a current advisory board member and part-time faculty member at Mount Royal University.

Erica Wickes, Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia, Principal Designer: 34F Design

Erica Wickes is the owner and principal designer of 34F Design, the Vancouver-based boutique interior design firm. During her over 20 years experience as an interior designer, Wickes has worked on hundreds of commercial projects, allowing her to hone her strong sense of design, technical skills and project management expertise. She served for two years as the president of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia.


Neal Prabhu is a Licensed Architect, Registered Interior Designer and Assistant Professor. He is co-director of the Toronto based Architecture and Interior Design Practice nkArchitect and Program Coordinator for the Interior Design Specialization in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, Toronto.

Since 2008 Neal’s Architectural, Interior Design, Landscape, Graphic and Industrial Design work with nkArchitect has been the subject of over 30 awards, articles, publications, and exhibitions including recognition from The Design Exchange, Canadian Architect, Canadian Interiors, ARIDO, AZURE, Harbourfront Gallery, and The Globe and Mail.

The early bird deadline for VODA submissions is Friday, March 29, 2019. For more information on the award criteria, submissions, and to view 2018 winners, click here.

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