These distinguished thought leaders will review and select projects in ten design categories, shining a spotlight on successful collaborations between artists, design professionals, and other members of the project team.
Lauded as "one of the most influential advocates for the interior design industry," Allen has been Editor in Chief of Interior Design for 15 years. Since her editorship in 2001, Allen has established herself as a force in elevating the publication’s importance and exposure—strengthening its credentials as the main ambassador of design while proving it the vehicle of growth and success for the industry it represents. She has published nine books on design. It doesn’t stop at the printed page; She is an early adopter of media as a communications tool, and has made over 70 short documentaries featuring the giants of design. She also actively participates in a variety of panels, juries, roundtables, speaking engagements, and industry events worldwide.
As the Director of Cultural Affairs for the City of San Jose since 2008, Kerry Adams Hapner leads the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA), and serves as Assistant Director of the Office of Economic Development and Cultural Affairs. Cultural equity is central to her team’s work, contributing to their policy and strategies. Her portfolio includes public art, creative placemaking, special events, cultural funding, creative entrepreneurship, convention and cultural facility operations and maintenance, conventions and visitor bureau, and the creative economy. Her office promotes and supports all aspects of the creative community: nonprofit art organizations, artists, event organizers, creative entrepreneurs, for profit arts-based businesses, and collectives.
Hervé-Armand BECHY is an art theoretician, specialized in the field of public art. The wide range of activities he develops stimulates debate on ideas and concepts. Since 1976, he has followed a unique path that has led him to explore many countries in Europe and North America, meeting artists and discovering their works. In 1983, he founded Les Dossiers de l'Art Public, the first magazine entirely dedicated to art in public space. In 1997, he launched the website art-public.com, an international database of contemporary public art. He is the author of: Le Mouvement muraliste aux Etats-Unis – Regard sur la peinture murale et l’Amérique des années 1970 / The Mural Movement in the USA – A Perspective on Mural Painting and American Society in the 1970’s, published in 2014. Introduction à l’art public contemporain – Essai critique sur les fondements de l’art public / Introduction to Contemporary Public Art – A Critical Essay on the Origins of Public Art, published in 2018. L’art public contemporain – Toute une histoire (1970-2020) / Contemporary Public Art – A Whole Story (1970-2020), published in 2022.
Kris Collins, AIA, LEED AP serves as a Managing Director of Cultural projects for MGAC, an Owner’s Representative and Project Management firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Toronto. Since 2006, Kris has been working as a project coordinator for commissioned public artworks, working directly for artists to advocate for their business interests. He uses his experience in the design and construction industry to make a bridge between project developers and the artists they wish to engage. Kris has over 29 years of professional experience leading the management and delivery of complex building projects. His portfolio includes a mix of complicated commissioned sculptures, museum/entertainment projects, TV network broadcast projects, historic preservation work, build-to-suit projects and base building construction. Kris is a registered architect, a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Alliance of Museums and a LEED Accredited Professional.
Kimberly has devoted her entire professional career to laying the foundations for architects to create positive social change on a local, national and global scale. She has built bridges connecting diverse pillars of our society, from architectural firms and their clients to professional organizations, commercial developers, government agencies and academia. As a skilled relationship-builder, she fosters a more collaborative and inclusive approach to architecture, paving the way for a brighter future for all. Kimberly’s impact reaches far beyond HOK’s clients and partners, as she frequently speaks at conferences and events and mentors emerging leaders within the firm and throughout the industry. She co-chairs HOK’s Diversity Advisory Council (DAC) and co-founded HOK Impact, the firm’s social responsibility arm.
Co-founder, President of Functional Biosciences, Inc. located in Madison, WI. Functional Biosciences is a research and service company in the field of genomics servicing the biotechnology industry and academic institutions since 2003. The company uses a novel technology that allows genomic analyses and DNA sequencing to be conducted much faster and in higher quantities than is generally available.
He is also the owner of Flanagan Financial Inc, an Investment Advisory Firm, based in Onalaska, WI. He is an avid art collector and investor in art companies.
Barry serves as a mixed-use and urban design practice area leader within the firm and leads one of Gensler’s lifestyle studios carefully calibrated to improve the places we live, work, play, stay, and learn.
He brings decades of diverse and deep architectural, placemaking, and planning leadership experience in local and international markets where he has developed an expertise directing large teams and complex projects. Keen attention to client service, design, project budgets and technical/jurisdictional requirements are the foundation of his management approach; and allow him to successfully orchestrate complex project processes and components.
Catherine Heath is the Founder and CEO of HYL Architecture, providing strategic direction for the firm’s vision and operations in their two offices in Washington, DC and New York City. A member of the IIDA College of Fellows, Catherine is recognized by her industry peers. Her focus is workplace strategy and design for clients in the professional services, financial and corporate sectors, as well as building repositioning for landlords. Her projects range in scale from boutique offices to more than 4 million sq ft across the US and internationally and have won numerous awards.
Necole S. Irvin leads the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) in the country’s fourth largest and most diverse city since May 2021. She is a philanthropic professional with legal, art, public health, cultural, policy and international experience working to advance the quality of communities and the advancement of long-term sustainable change. Her extensive experience as a strong leader and strategic thinker was the driver to her municipal public service implementing the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan as the first Cultural Tourism Officer. Prior to joining the City of Houston, Necole served as a Program Officer with several private foundations working in health, racial, social, and economic equity across the South. Necole holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory University and a Juris Doctorate and Masters in Public Health from Tulane University.
Elizabeth Lowrey is a designer, industry leader and mentor. She has been responsible for Elkus Manfredi’s interior architecture studio since the firm’s founding and is a part of the firm’s leadership. Mentoring the next generation of industry professionals and active involvement with charitable organizations has garnered Elizabeth recognition from peers. Recognized as a “silo buster” for her industry-crossing approach to design diversity, Elizabeth’s combined approach of workplace strategy and design for office environments to enhance organizational performance and firm culture is an award-winning combination. Boston Magazine, for the fifth consecutive year, names her among the Most Influential Bostonians. Interior Design includes Elizabeth on a list of “20 Inspiring Women who make up the new face of the design industry.” Boston Real Estate Times includes Elizabeth on its list of 10 Outstanding Women in Commercial Real Estate. Elizabeth is a guest columnist for Fast Company, Commercial Observer, and Banker & Tradesman.
Michael Claudius Mayer, mosaicist and Managing Director of the glass design enterprise Mayer of Munich, is trusted with grand plans. He maintains the 176-year-old company’s reputation by employing only the highest quality standards to continuously develop new artistic and architectonic expressions in the field of stained glass and mosaic. Over the last decade, Mayer has transitioned clients from religious institutions to leading contemporary artists and designers, including Ann Hamilton, Peter Marino, William Wegman, Kiki Smith, Nick Cave and Diana Al-Hadid — creating unique contemporary projects and making the artists’ visions come to life. In the process, the Studio has transformed public spaces around the globe.
Each project of Joe Nahem‘s brings out another aspect of his talented eye. His design signature lies in the ability, from the first meeting on, to dig deep into his client’s minds, to realize their ideas, needs, and individual tastes. The results are luxuriously comfortable, elegant, and livable homes for active families: spaces that reflect the people who dwell in them.
Born and raised in New York City, Joe and his late business partner, Tom Fox, started Fox-Nahem Design in their early twenties. After three decades of experience, Joe, along with his dedicated team, have loyal vendors who help bring to life his original designs, specific to each and every project. Changing accordingly with the times, without falling victim to fads, he curates rare vintage pieces, as well as works with artists, craftspeople and artisans from all over the world. He has commissioned hand loomed fabrics from Switzerland, custom woven rugs from South Africa, and beautifully crafted metal cabinetry
made in Brooklyn.
Terrence Schroeder joined TenBerke in 2003 and became a Partner in 2019. He leads the hospitality and workplace design studios. He has worked on the firm’s most noted and successful hospitality projects, including the full portfolio of award-winning 21c Museum Hotels. In addition to a deep knowledge of how to create an innovative and refined hospitality experience, Terrence has a range of experience designing contemporary offices that embody best practices in how we work today. He’s particularly interested in how elements of hospitality can enrich workplace design, elevating the daily experience of going to work, boosting productivity, and enhancing collaboration and effectiveness. Terrence earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University.
Dayton Schroeter is a Vice President and National Design Director at Smithgroup. He is a social activist, artist, exhibition designer and Architect with over 20 years of experience championing ‘Design Justice’ advocacy. As a leader of the firm’s Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee, his charge is to lead design projects that address the systematic injustice that architecture and planning have perpetuated on historically disenfranchised communities of color. Leveraging his tenacious passion for design justice with authenticity and creativity, he is currently leading Antiracism efforts in design projects at all scales; including The National Slavery Museum at Lumpkins Slave Jail, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Expansion and Renovation project, A new interpretive Master Plan for the Whitney Plantation, an interpretive plan for 1315 Duke Street (the historic headquarters of the largest domestic slave trade operation in the United States), Sweatt V Painter (an interpretive initiative built around the intersectionality of race, education, law and scientific racism as practiced at the University of Texas at Austin), a traveling art installation called Society’s Cage that sheds national awareness on the history of anti-Black racialized state violence in the United States, and a traveling fine art exhibition called “The Culture” which will advance a sweeping social art history of Hip Hop.
Tim Sinnaeve is responsible for Barco’s Digital Canvas strategy, where he sees his mission as creating Architectural Digital Canvases that enable the most immersive entertainment and cultural experiences in commercial and residential spaces. He has been particularly passionate about digital and new media art and has written and spoken extensively about the subject. Since joining Barco in 2007, Tim was closely involved in the Digital Cinema conversion from 35mm to Digital, and subsequently started and managed the Barco Residential business unit. He has a broad international experience and has lived and worked in Belgium, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, Australia and Canada. He holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from Erasmus University College, Brussels (Belgium) and a Master’s Degree in International Law & Politics from the University of Hull (United Kingdom). Tim joined Barco in 2007 and is currently based in Atlanta, GA.
2022 Liturgical Winner
Tomasz Urbanowicz is an architect and artist creating large-scale site-specific glass art installations and sculptures in architecture and public spaces. For over 30 years he has been running his public art atelier ARCHIGLASS, designing and realizing unique glass casts in advanced high-temperature kilns. Urbanowicz’s bespoke glass artworks may be found in many prestigious buildings and locations, such as the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, the Holsten Brewery in Hamburg, Germany, the transatlantic Queen Mary II, the Supreme Court in Warsaw, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic in Bialystok or Wroclaw University, Poland.
Sculptures by Urbanowicz have represented Poland at the World Exhibitions - EXPO 2000 in Germany, EXPO 2005 in Japan and EXPO 2008 in Spain. Tomasz Urbanowicz’s permanent glass installations in architecture have been widely recognized by national and international institutions - the Corning Museum of Glass, the CODAawards, the ART in Architecture Festival, the National Chamber of Polish Architects, the Association of Polish Architects and many others.
Julian Weyer was born in Berlin and has lived in Denmark since 1975, where he finished his studies at the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1994. Since then, he has lectured at the School of Architecture, and worked professionally as an architect and at C.F. Møller Architects, before becoming a partner of C.F. Møller Architects in 2007.
Julian Weyer has extensive experience in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, including numerous competition wins and award-winning designs. He is working on projects in Denmark, Germany, and the UK as well as worldwide, with a particular focus on creating integrated and innovative solutions where urban spaces, landscapes, and buildings go hand in hand with social and environmental sustainability. He is also a frequent lecturer worldwide and author of articles and book publications.
Awards include the European Architecture Award, the Iconic Award, the International Architecture Award, Civic Trust Awards, RIBA International Award, Aarhus and Odense Municipality Architecture Awards, Residential of the Year WAN AWARD, Commercial of the Year WAN AWARD, Worldwide Brick Award and the Danish Academy Council prize.
Ilene Shaw has devoted her career to the advocacy of good design. A design marketing consultant who conceived of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair, Shaw worked closely with its show management in its development, and that of Accent on Design. She leads NY NOW’s green initiative, Sustainability: Design for a Better World. Shaw serves as a founding member of the NYCxDESIGN Board of Trustees and Steering Committee, New York City’s official design week, during which Shaw produces Design Pavilion, a 9-day cultural public event intended to increase awareness of the power of design, and NYC Design Talks, offering inspired topics by today’s most insightful design thinkers. Shaw serves on the board of trustees for DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS and co-founded Operation Design, creating mentorships and creative programs between architects, designers, artists and NYC public schools.