Judges & Judging

The judging of the Mosman Design Awards is undertaken by the panel of judges. Their decision is independent of Council.

The judging panel consists of three respected architects:

Robert Staas

Robert specialises in Heritage Conservation projects like Wynyard Park, Capital Square, Grace Bros, Broadway, and St Marks Church, Darling Point. He has carried out the Heritage Strategy for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Reserve Bank of Australia. He is heritage advisor to various local councils, including Mosman, and an expert witness in the Land and Environment Court. He is a director at NBRS+Partners leading a team of heritage specialists.

Gabrielle Morrish

Gabrielle is the Managing Director of GMU a leading urban design and architecture practice in Sydney. Gabrielle is a registered architect here and in the UK and has held many senior positions in Government and private practice. She has delivered many of the leading design quality codes and documents used in NSW today including the Residential Flat Design Code and Seniors Living Design Guidelines. She is also an Urban Design expert in the Land and Environment Court and is on a number of Design Review Panels and IAPs including Penrith Council, Ryde Council, Liverpool Council and Manly Council. She has been the chair and juror in many design excellence competitions as well as a juror of many design awards including the UDIA, Property Council and AILA awards. She is the winner of the UDIA Women in Development Leadership award 2010.

Nick Tobias

As founder and Principal of Tobias Partners, Nick Tobias has had thirteen years experience at designing and delivering projects ranging from bespoke residential commissions, to high-end hospitality, retail, and commercial projects. Some of these have involved adaptive re-use and many have involved working with delicate heritage items and/or zones. Current projects range from a school library, temporary retail installations, naval design, and a modular housing system, to the redevelopment of an 80 unit site, Glenview Court, in Tamarama. Nick Tobias has served as a judge on a number of design awards, including the founding panel for the Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award, Belle House of the Year, and the DIA’s Interior Design Awards. He has appeared as an expert witness in the Land & Environment Court of NSW, his particular emphasis being on design quality, urban design and contextual/urban fit.


Depending on the number of entries received the judges will determine the need to short-list the properties. These short listed properties will be inspected on site by the judges in early 2015.