The inclusion of craft and local craftspeople can add layers of complexity and depth to our built environment. Working across all scales, these thoughtful considerations are where we’re seeing boundary-pushing design. What does it mean to engage in craft in design?

Discussion Panel

Aleesha Callahan

Aleesha Callahan is the editor of Indesignlive.com, bringing together a breadth of experience in design, digital, and publishing.

Aleesha started her career as an interior designer practising in Brisbane after graduating with Honours from the Queensland University of Technology. While living and working in Berlin, Aleesha was the curator for Architectuul’s Architects in Love video series, which debuted as an Associated Project for the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. Aleesha’s writing has appeared in the pages of Indesign, Habitus, Details, Mezzanine and Studio. Over the past eight years, she has honed a passion for all things design and digital having worked in roles with the Australian Institute of Architects and various digital agencies.

In her role at Indesign Media, Aleesha is able to get to the bottom of design by interviewing the brightest talent, and exploring the themes that are shaping the design and architecture industry today.

Stephen Burks

Stephen Burks is both a traveller and a designer. Believing in a pluralistic vision of design that is inclusive of all cultural perspectives, Stephen has channelled this into activists design in the Man Made project. Stephen Burks Man Made bridges the gap between authentic developing world production, industrial manufacturing and contemporary design.

Independently and through association with the non-profits Aid To Artisans, Artesanias de Colombia, the Clinton Global Initiative, Design Network Africa and the Nature Conservancy, Stephen has worked as a product development consultant with hundreds of artisans in across the developed and developing world. In 2018, in recognition of the design eye and activism, Stephen received the Harvard Loeb Fellowship.

Stephen Burks has been on the INDE.Awards Jury since its inception in 2017.

Claire Scorpo

Claire Scorpo a the director of Agius Scorpo Architects; a collaborative studio that uses research and analysis to design buildings which will not only accommodate, but enhance the lives of occupants, and the wider community. Claire’s approach to design is grounded in the belief that our external environment and landscape shapes the way we plan our living spaces. She is passionate about challenging notions of what can be achieved on modest budgets and finding opportunities for generosity within tight urban sites. As well as co-directing the practice, she leads design studios at RMIT School of Design, is an active member of the Australian Institute of Architects and her work has been exhibited and awarded nationally.