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Meet the Designers


Meet the Designers
John Hoogendoorn
Creative Design Manager

John’s 30 year career as a designer has been recognized internationally in major design awards including the International Red Dot, iF Design Awards, Bombay Sapphire Design Discovery Award and the Osaka Design Prize. His products have featured in Vanity Fair (Italy), Icon Magazine (UK), Design Interiors (Norway) and the Melbourne Design Guide. His work has been exhibited widely, including at the 2009 International Furniture Fair in Milan. In 2010 he received the Volgren scholarship to study his PhD in Design and has presented at design events AGIdeas and the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Dr. Patrick Yao

R&D Manager

An eminent expert in the field of fluid dynamics, Patrick has extensive experience working for many top tier firms worldwide. Patrick is spearheading Phoenix's cutting edge research into water delivery and resource management.

Andrew Cocks

Senior Designer

Andrew’s long and acclaimed career as an industrial designer and vast body of work has been punctuated by international design awards including the coveted Red Dot design awards in 2017 and the iF Design Awards in 2002 and 2014. His work for important international clients and major architectural projects nation-wide distinguishes him as one of the leading product designers in Australia. His work has been shown in many Australian design and architectural publications. 

Ban Liu

Design Lead

As one of our senior designers, Ban is responsible for some of the industry’s most recognisable designs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from National Taipei University and a Master’s degree in Design from RMIT University. Ban has been recognized internationally in major design awards including the 2017 Red Dot, the 2014 iF Design Awards, Gold in the Liteon Awards and in 2006 First Prize in the Bicycle Victoria Research Awards. His products have featured in many major international publications.

Maria Dawson


Maria holds a First Class Honors Degree in Industrial Design from Monash University where she was nominated for the Australasian Student Designer Awards. As a 3D visual design specialist, Maria's cutting-edge image making and immersive visual environments are highly acclaimed in the industry and feature in distinguished publications worldwide.