Judge:

Simon Hamilton

Simon Hamilton Creative

Judging for the Development Interior design Categories

Simon Hamilton is a London born interior designer, lecturer and careers mentor. His experience as a creative, spans more than three decades. After working for several practices as a freelance designer, he set up his first interior design consultancy in 2002. He now runs Simon Hamilton Creative with multiple areas of activity within the creative sector.

During his career, Simon has utilised his industry experience to specialise in design recruitment for architects and designers to clients in the U.K., Europe and Asia. This includes 4 years volunteering as International Director for the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID), hosting events in the US, Europe and Asia as an ambassador for the design body.

Coupled with his passion for sharing his design experience and mentoring talent, Simon established Design Career Consulting in 2019 providing comprehensive career advice services to private clients, practices and universities including Heriot-Watt University, the University of East London and Nottingham Trent University to name a few.

As a visiting lecturer for The Interior Design School, The Royal College of Art and The University of The Arts London, Simon works directly with a variety of design educators.

He is also a consultant and avid campaigner for diversity and inclusion across the industry. In this capacity, he works closely with the BIID as a Committee member and with the University of Plymouth for their Equality and Diversity initiative: The Gateway Project. He also volunteers for United in Design as their Resource Hub Manager and provides supporting services for their Apprenticeship Programme.

In February Simon hosted the Surface Design Show Awards 2022 and is a jury member for the DNA Paris Awards 2022, in addition to being a Steering Group member for the Cockpit Arts and the New Craftsmen Award. As a keynote speaker and presenter, Simon continues his industry activities by regularly participating in The London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week (CDW). This year alone, he will be taking part in 4 events over the 3-day festival of CDW.

In Spring 2022 Simon became a Patron of the Design Museum London to support the industry and celebrate the value of design in everyday life.

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