JUROR 2013

Dr Brandon Gien

Chief Executive Officer
Good Design Australia

Australian International Design Awards

International Council of Socieities of Industrial Design (ICSID)


Brandon is the CEO of Good Design Australia and Chair of the Australian International Design Awards. In 2011, Brandon was elected to the position of President-Elect of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), the first Australian to hold this position in the organization's 55 year history.

ICSID is a non-profit organisation that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of Industrial Design. It has members in over 50 countries and represents the interests of some 200,000 designers worldwide. Brandon will take over leadership of the world organisation for Industrial Design at its next General Assembly in November 2013.

Prior to founding Good Design Australia, Brandon was General Manager of Design Strategy and Head of Corporate Services at Standards Australia, recognised by the Government as Australia's peak Standards body.

Through his work on the ICSID Executive Board, Brandon has been instrumental in creating the World Design Impact Prize, a new prize to honour Industrial Design driven projects that make a positive impact on our social, economic, cultural and environmental quality of life.

Brandon studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Newcastle where he later graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Design. He holds a PhD in Environmental Design from the University of Canberra's School of Design and Architecture. His Doctorate focused on design assessment methodologies used by design promotion organisations around the world.

Brandon is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia (DIA) and a professional member of the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). He sits on the Advisory Board of the Design Research Institute of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) where he chairs the Design Challenge program.

Brandon sits on the Executive Committee of the International Design Alliance (IDA), a strategic venture between the three international organisations representing design and was recently made a Design Ambassador to Japan, an international design advocacy role organised by the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).