This is the jury of edition 22

Design is a broad discipline. The Henry van de Velde Awards therefore highlight a diverse range of design disciplines. To detect the best of each of the nine categories, we rely on a professional jury that assists us in both scouting award entries and assessing their impact.

This year's Henry van de Velde Awards jury consists of fifteen members with a rich and diverse experience in just about every field of design. Under the watchful eye of jury chairman Klara De Smedt, they weighed up the more than 400 entries and came up with a thorough list of three winners per category.

Jury
Jury
Klara De Smedt
Manager of De Winkelhaak | House of C, Jury chairman
Klara De Smedt

Klara De Smedt is the manager of De Winkelhaak. After obtaining a master’s degree in product development, she worked as a designer and then at Design Flanders for two years before moving to De Winkelhaak. In 2008, Klara De Smedt came up with the co-working concept Bar d’office. Since 2014, she has been one of the driving forces behind ANTWERP. POWERED BY CREATIVES.

Chris Baelus
Professor Design Sciences University of Antwerp
Chris Baelus

Chris Baelus is a professor of product development at the University of Antwerp. He graduated in 1981 as an industrial designer from the NHIBS/Henry van de Velde Institute. After working as an independent designer for several years, he opted for education and research in product development. Since then, he has been affiliated with the Faculty of Design Sciences.

Ronald Bastiaens
Academic Director Howest University Applied Science
Ronald Bastiaens

Ronald Bastiaens is an Industrial Product Design Training Coordinator at Howest and a professor of industrial product design, prototyping, sustainable design, design methods, materials and manufacturing. He is also the team leader of the Howest Industrial Design Center and a researcher in the projects Protolab, Protolight, Design for Impact, Innowiz, myMachine and Pro-Fit.

Eveline Borgermans
Audiovisual Communication - Team Bedrijfstrajecten VLAIO
Eveline Borgermans

As the coordinator of ikinnoveer, Eveline Borgermans of VLAIO tries to bring the Flemish SME manager one step closer to a future-proof innovative company by putting together and providing innovation training courses and webinars. As a product designer, “design” with the associated methods continues to form a common thread in her life and work.

Max Borka
Art & design journalist and curator
Max Borka

Max Borka was mainly active as a lecturer, journalist, radio producer and art critic when he became the director of the Interior Foundation in 1999 and co-founded DAMn° magazine. In 2011, he launched Mapping the Design World, an international social design platform. He also taught at KASK Ghent, La Cambre Brussels and Fachhochschule Potsdam and became the director of Berlin Design Week. He returned to Belgium in 2017.

Wim Buts
Head of the Department Productdesign LUCA School of Arts (Genk)
Wim Buts

Wim Buts is a product designer and researcher and was head of the Product Design programme at LUCA School of Arts Genk until September 2021. He recently started a PhD study, “Design 4.0: a research into strategies for designers in the 4th industrial revolution”, in which he examines which new roles designers can take on and wants to discuss the abstract conceptual framework with the various stakeholders via tangible future scenarios.

Francis Carpentier
Curatorial Project Coordinator - Architecture & Design at Bozar
Francis Carpentier

Francis Carpentier is the Curatorial Project Coordinator for the architecture and design programme of Bozar. As the exhibition coordinator, he was responsible for, among others, Ado Chale (2017) and Richard Venlet (2019). Francis trained in the Conservation of Monuments and Sites and serves on the boards of directors of the Horta Museum, Docomomo and Europa Nostra Belgium.

Jynse Cremers
Academic Director Devine (HOWEST) - Digital Design and Development
Jynse Cremers

Jynse Cremers is the academic director of the Digital Design & Development Bachelor’s programme. She has been teaching Digital Design for over 12 years and passionately guides the next generation of digital makers through our complex and extremely connected world. She is convinced that digital innovations have great added value for our society.

Siegrid Demyttenaere
Creative director, co-editor, co-owner DAMN° Magazine
Siegrid Demyttenaere

Siegrid Demyttenaere is a founding partner, publisher and creative director of DAMN° magazine, and she heads an international visual communication agency, Waterproof. Siegrid Demyttenaere also carries out a number of private assignments as an art director and curator for companies and institutions, works as a design researcher and consultant and teaches at LUCA Ghent.

Elien Haentjens
Art & design journalist and curator
Elien Haentjens

Elien Haentjens studied art science and journalism. As a journalist, she mainly writes about art, lifestyle and design, and she has curated and organised exhibitions and residences for designers since 2012, particularly in Brazil. She founded Joias and curates the Belgian section of Adorno, through which she wishes to promote Belgian design and stimulate valuable multicultural encounters.

Bie Luyssaert
Head Public communication Design Museum Gent
Bie Luyssaert

Bie Luyssaert started as the Head of Public Relations & Communication at the Design Museum Ghent in 2020. At Design Flanders since 1999, she discovered her love for design in all its aspects. Promoting and supporting Flemish designers for more than 20 years has provided a thorough insight into the Flemish design landscape.

Brigitte Mouligneau
Transition manager Circular Economy, Vlaanderen Circulair
Brigitte Mouligneau

Brigitte Mouligneau studied law and worked for the Leuven Faculty of Law and the Flemish Government. Her interest in sustainable transitions and network management grew from her focus on the more complex long-term challenges. For example, she was able to work at Vlaanderen Circulair in 2016, where she has been focusing on the transition to a circular economy in Flanders as the Transition Manager since 2018.

Dieter Van den Storm
Creative & Communication Director, MAD Brussels
Dieter Van den Storm

Dieter Van Den Storm specialises in content creation and communication in the field of the creative industry. After fifteen years as a project coordinator at the Biennale Interieur, he joined MAD Brussels in 2021, the centre for fashion and design, where he takes on the creative leadership as the Creative & Communication Director.

Nansi Van Geetsom
Coordinator postgraduate Space & Service Design at Thomas More / ID&A
Nansi Van Geetsom

Nansi Van Geetsom is the coordinator of space and service design (Thomas More) and a senior lecturer and researcher in services design and service environments. She studied interior architecture and teaching and education sciences and, as the international coordinator of ID&A, founded the GIDE network. Design thinking in education and design for social challenges are important topics for her as well.

Heleen Van Loon
Curator talent at Z33 House for Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture
Heleen Van Loon

Heleen Van Loon works as a project manager at Z33 in Hasselt. Among other things, she coordinates FORMAT, a path for promising designers and architects. In addition, she helps product design students at LUCA School of Arts Genk formulate their identity as designers.