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2017 Judges

Scott brown

Scott Brown

Company Co-Founder and Co-Owner - Hipgroup


My career began in hotels and resorts, but it's the restaurant and cafe industry that has been my more recent focus. In 2004 I cofounded Hipgroup with the opening of our first site, Cafe on Kohi. The company now operates 16 sites, providing the freshest, most sustainable, local fare we can.

Design excellence

I think design should compliment the intrinsic story of a space - it should feel natural and harmonious within its setting. Ultimately, good design should catalyse a positive emotional response from its users.