Simone LeAmon is 2021’s winner of the Women In Design Award. One of the country’s foremost design creatives, LeAmon is the third winner in the award’s history.

The award seeks to address the gender imbalance within leadership roles in the design industry, and champion females who continue to outstandingly contribute to the built environment. 

“The Women in Design Award recognises women at the top of their field and celebrates women who have made significant contributions to the design industry, with a view to encouraging more diversity moving forwards. I am thrilled that Simone has been recognised for her life-long passion and unwavering dedication to the design profession in Australia,” says Dr. Brandon Gien, CEO of Good Design Australia.

LeAmon has been described as ‘petite, pragmatic and ever philosophical’, in the past, yet has created many a wave in Australia’s design landscape. Operating out of her Melbourne-based practice, LeAmon juggles a rigorous and witty creative design practice with the demands of consulting, teaching, public speaking and her career-defining role as the National Gallery of Victoria’s Hugh D.T Williamson Curator of Contemporary Design and Architecture.

The NGV department is the first of its kind for an art gallery in Australia and LeAmon has co-curated an extensive program of acquisitions, exhibitions and events that showcase Australian and international contemporary design with vigour, including the delivery of the annual Melbourne Design Week and the upcoming 2023 edition of the blockbuster Melbourne Now.

The Good Design Awards believe LeAmon’s uncompromising commitment to communicating the importance of design is what sets her apart and ultimately saw her awarded the gong. Championing the importance of design and creativity, and the work of our creative communities for nearly three decades, her field of influence extends far beyond Australian shores.

Good Design Awards conducted a Q&A with LeAmon following the announcement that she had taken out the 2021 Women In Design award. To read it in full, click here.