Library Design Awards 2017 judges


Janine Schmidt (Chair) has led and managed libraries in Australia and Canada, focusing on the development of client-centred plans and strategies, innovative applications of  information technology, and refurbishment of physical facilities. Janine is Trenholme Director of Libraries Emerita at McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, and Director, Mukurta Solutions, Brisbane, Australia. She has undertaken library design projects at the State Library of New South Wales, the University of Queensland, and McGill University; been a member of selection panels and architectural teams for library design projects; advised libraries on library design; and been a Member and Corresponding Member of the IFLA Standing Committee on Library Buildings and Equipment.   Janine has also published and presented on library design and recently edited: High quality design on a low budget: new library buildings


Susan Ashcroft is currently the University Librarian at Murdoch University. Before joining Murdoch in 2015, she held positions as the Director: Client Services and Director: Public Library Services at the State Library of WA. Susan has worked in a variety of libraries in Australia and overseas, running a large multi-branch public library service in inner London as well as the library services of Statistics Canada. 
Marisa Della Ca is Asia Pacific Library & Research Manager at Ashurst, a leading global law firm. A solution focused team leader, Marisa has been involved in a range of library 
design projects, including the recent relocation of Ashurst's Sydney premises to the historical 5 Martin Place building. 
Philip Follent was honoured with Life Fellowship of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects in 2007 for his exemplary contribution to the architectural profession, particularly in the area of social, environmental and heritage advocacy, design expertise and an inspired approach to urban development. He was the City of Gold Coast’s first City Architect (2003) and was appointed Queensland Government Architect in 2008. He became the inaugural chair of the Queensland Board for Urban Places, Ambassador for the former Queensland Design Council, Fellow of the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences and Councillor on the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and is currently co-Chair of the Gold Coast and Northern Region Rivers Region of the Australian Institute of Architects. In August 2012 Philip was appointed as the founding head of the Abedian School of Architecture at Bond University and received the Sustainable Students’ Association Excellence in Teaching Award. His practice has won over 20 architectural awards and open competitions.

Anne Girolami is Head of Information Services at Mercy College, Coburg, a catholic girls secondary school, in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, that follows the Mercy Charism. She has been a teacher librarian for over 20 years, with experience in both primary and secondary school settings. Anne is also the Convenor of the ALIA Schools Group and Chair of the ALIA School Libraries Advisory Committee.





Anne Kovachevich is an Associate in Arup’s global Foresight + Research + Innovation team and leads Foresight + Innovation for the Australasia region. Anne has a technical engineering background with a PhD in Hypersonics and is an experienced sustainable building’s design engineer as well as completing executive training in futures thinking and strategy development. She recently developed a set of Cities Alive cards focused on Brisbane City (Brisbane Alive) as part of the World Science Festival Brisbane. The cards were developed through an iterative workshop process and used at the Transforming Transit workshop which developed prototype ideas for improving urban mobility in Brisbane. Anne is currently working on a variety of projects including Future Libraries (part 2) and Future of Schools and running a masters course in Strategic Foresight for the University of New South Wales.


 Karen Latimer started her career by working as a library building consultant at the University of Houston in Texas, where she also worked with a community group on the design for their new public library.  For much of her career she was the subject librarian for architecture and planning at Queen’s University, Belfast and is now the AFBI & Medical Librarian there.   She currently chairs the UK Designing Libraries Advisory Board, is a member of the LIBER European Research Libraries Architecture Group and past Chair of the Standing Committee of the IFLA Library Buildings & Equipment Section.  She also chaired the Hearth Housing Association and Revolving Fund, a building preservation trust which restores historic buildings for social housing or resale, from 2000-2015. Karen has published widely on various aspects of librarianship and architectural conservation and contributed to and co-edited the IFLA publications IFLA Library Building Guidelines  and Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Library Buildings. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), an honorary member of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, and was awarded an OBE in 2007 for services to architectural heritage.  


Kylie Legge is a leading voice in the evolving profession of placemaking. She is an architecture graduate, planner, author, facilitator, curator, entrepreneur, and a founding Director of Place Partners, a multidisciplinary placemaking consultancy based in Sydney Australia. Her interests lie in the relationship between people and their urban environments and how we can work better collaboratively to create the kinds of places people want to spend time in. Her commitment to understanding the trends and external factors influencing decision-making ensures that projects she works on are fit for the future. Kylie is the author of the Urban Trends book series, and has published ‘Doing it Differently’ and ‘Future City Solutions’. She is an internationally regarded speaker having presented at the World Green Building Congress, Venice Architecture Biennale, UN Habitat’s ‘Future of Places’, Green Cities, for Monocle Magazine and others.



Christine Mackenzie is the Executive Officer of Public Libraries Victoria Network. She has had a long career in public libraries and retired as CEO of Yarra Plenty Regional Library Service in January 2016 after 12 years in that role. Previously she was Manager of Brisbane City Council Library Service and Mornington Peninsula Library Service. Christine is currently the Treasurer and Governing Board member of IFLA and an Executive Committee member of INELI-Oceania. She has been a member of the Australian Government’s Public Lending Rights Committee; the Library Board of Victoria’s Advisory Committee on Public Libraries; the Victorian Government’s Ministerial Advisory Council on Public Libraries; the Executive of the Public Libraries Victoria Network, a juror for the Intelligent Communities Forum and a mentor for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Global Libraries INELI Leadership Program. She has held a number of roles in ALIA including President in 2003/4 and was awarded a Fellowship in 2008; and received the Robert D Williamson Award from VALA in 2012.