To celebrate a decade of outstanding design + art, this list draws from returning jurors from the past 10 years of the CODAawards. They represent some of the most esteemed and influential individuals that have honored us with their participation.
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 and actively participates in a variety of panels, juries, roundtables, speaking engagements, and industry events worldwide. Recipient of the 2010 Circle of Excellence Award from IFDA and the 2009 Alpha Award by Alpha Workshops, Allen has served as juror for the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards and the Gensler Design Excellence Awards, and she is a board member for Design Trust for Public Space and Alpha Workshops.
Jorge S. Arango is a freelance design writer, editor and stylist. His work has appeared in many publications, including Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor, Robb Report, Luxe, Coastal Living, 1stdibs.com, Interior Design, Interiors and others. He is the co-author of thirteen books on design, most recently Soul: Interiors by Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, to be released by Rizzoli in fall 2023. He is also the art reviewer for The Portland Press Herald in Portland, ME, where he resides.
Irish-born, New York-based designer Clodagh has been ahead of the curve with eco-friendly designs since she began her career. She is acclaimed for her life-enhancing minimalism and “wellness by design” tenets. She embraces healing modalities, using both ancient and cutting-edge methods to energize and balance space. Clodagh was one of the earliest adopters of feng shui, incorporating chromatherapy, aromatherapy, biophilia and the science of light. Her focus is sustainability, well-being and comfort.
Jeremy Crandell is a project manager at Urban Art Projects (UAP). Previously, he was a co-lead of the Art Department for Burning Man, where he managed large-scale and technical art installations destined for Black Rock City. He has worked on collaborative art teams bringing large-scale public art to both Burning Man and municipal settings. Jeremy has worked as a producer for AOL and as the co-founder of an email protection platform. He is an active supporter and contributor to nonprofits serving the arts, environmental conservation and astronomy, and he currently serves on the board of The Crucible, an industrial arts school in Oakland, CA.
Jamie Drake is co-founder of the award-winning, multidisciplinary interior design firm Drake/Anderson. Arguably the foremost colorist of our day, Drake brings his singular, exuberant design sensibility—which he has developed over 30 years—to every project. Drake is also a prolific designer of luxury products for the home.
Drake’s work has been featured in virtually every design publication of note, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Interior Design, and more. Among accolades too numerous to mention, he has held a spot for several years on the prestigious Architectural Digest AD100 list and the Elle Decor A-List.
Jessica-Christin Hametner is a German-Canadian writer and editor. She is currently the Editor in Chief of ICON magazine in London. In recent years, she has written for high-end design and lifestyle publications including Wallpaper*, SUITCASE and NUVO, and edited quarterly magazine OnOffice. Her work was also featured in Frame and Dezeen, among other international design and architecture publications. Furthermore, she has collaborated with brands such as Flos, Artemide and Menu, as well as judged various design and film competitions, including the Caesar Design Film Award (CDFA) 2020 and Ennesimo Film Festival.
Gisue Hariri is the Co-founder and Principal Creative Director of Hariri & Hariri- Architecture, a New York-based architecture & design firm established in 1986 by Iranian-born Cornell-educated sisters Gisue and Mojgan Hariri. Their projects are holistic, boundary-less enterprises ranging from architecture and interior design to furniture, lighting, and jewelry. Gisue has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia University and a Visiting Critic at Cornell University.
Awards include the 2015 American Architecture Award and the 2005 Academy Award for Architecture. They were inducted into the Design Hall of Fame in 2006 and named as one of today’s greatest talents by Architectural Digest in 2010. Ms. Hariri was included on the DESIGN POWER-100 list in 2014.
An award-winning architect, his buildings are acknowledged for their evocative nature, technical vision and singular character. Over the course of his professional career, has completed more than 125 building projects. An industry expert, Malcolm is a member of the Interior Design Magazine Hall of Fame and the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows, and a recipient of the Pratt Institute Distinguished Alumni Award. In addition to enhancing the built environment, he regularly contributes to national design publications.
Following Malcolm’s graduation from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, he founded Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates and, in 2004, established Holzman Moss Architecture, now Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board.
2013 Liturgical Winner 2014 Juror
Combining fine art and architectural ornament, Guy Kemper is a painter and sculptor who creates distinctive spaces using color and light. Celebrated for their strength and emotional expressiveness, Kemper's projects have won widespread acclaim, including three CODAawards. He has been the subject of two half-hour documentaries, one broadcast nationally in the US, the other in Germany. His work has been exhibited and commissioned in Asia, Europe, America, and the Middle East, and featured in over 80 publications worldwide.
Debra Lehman Smith is the founding partner of LSM, which celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2021. With projects that are lauded as models of design excellence and catalysts for promoting organizational vision and change, LSM advises developers, architects, and major corporations as they execute the world's most innovative commercial real estate developments. The firm’s accolades include awards for design, workplace, and real estate strategy excellence from British Council of Offices, the US General Services Administration, and the American Institute of Architects. LSM’s work has been featured around the world in Interior Design Magazine, Wallpaper Magazine, Architectural Record, and Domus. Ms. Lehman Smith was named Designer of the Year by Interior Design Magazine and inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame. She is an advocate for public art and design education and has served as an advisor to universities and institutions worldwide.
2016 Public Spaces Winner 2017 Juror
Patrick Marold has been working as an artist and primarily a sculptor since earning a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. His artistic development has maintained an intimate connection to landscape, extending the environmental traditions unique to post-minimalism. Diversity in setting, scale, and technical realization have equipped him with the skill and interest to apply his vision across a broad range of sites while preserving a unity of vision. Marold maintains a studio in Denver, and continues working toward a means of spatial intercession, inviting the viewer to consider new orientations of landscape, materials, physical forces, and their impact on personal and communal perception.
Emre Onur is chief-editor of LICHT magazine. He studied Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Stuttgart and then obtained an MBA in International Management at the University of Applied Science Nürtingen. He has over 12 years of experience in publishing and media and worked for several media companies and magazines in the architecture and lighting field as chief-editor and product manager. Emre lives in Munich, Germany.
LICHT is the largest German-language trade journal in the lighting sector, with articles on lighting planning, technology and research and exists almost for 70 years. LICHT is published 9 times a year and is based at Pflaum Publishing in Munich, Germany.
Yabu Pushelberg is an award-winning global design house specializing in the practical realization of poetic ideas. With studios in Toronto and New York and over four decades of design defined by purpose and curiosity, Yabu Pushelberg has evolved away from a traditional interior design firm and into creative directors of experience, authoring the next era of design through brand strategy, interiors, product, lighting, textiles, and styling. Yabu Pushelberg’s narrative-based approach celebrates that place and personality are inseparable in meaningful settings. Strategic rigor and a deep understanding of new and legacy brands alike guide the design house’s thoughtful consideration of cultural context and emotional experience in actualizing evocative places and products. Enriched by critical thinking and creativity in equal measure, Yabu Pushelberg’s global perspective and demonstrated expertise has earned the trust of international thought leaders in 19 countries to distill, curate, and express the future of design.
Lauren Rottet is a highly accomplished architect, interior designer, furniture designer and art curator with an extraordinary record of awards, publications, lectures, juries and honors. She is the Founding Principal of Rottet Studio, an international architecture and interior design firm, and is the only woman in history to be elevated to Fellow status by both the American Institute of Architects and International Interior Design Association. She also holds the titles of Interior Design Hall of Fame, Interiors Designer of the Year, Boutique Design’s Designer of the Year, and Hospitality Design Platinum Circle inductee. Ms. Rottet’s furniture and product designs have earned her four gold medals for Best of NeoCon and a Chicago Athenaeum Award. Her new furniture company, Rottet Collection, was introduced in 2017 and was met with rave reviews garnering significant awards including an Interior Design Best of Year Among her colleagues, Ms. Rottet is known as an innovator and teacher, devoting significant time to the advancement of the profession of design and architecture.
Carl Thoma is an art collector, philanthropist, and managing partner and founder of Thoma Bravo Private Equity, LLC. An early player in the field of venture capital beginning with Golder, Thoma in 1980, Carl has applied his eye for entrepreneurial talent to the collection of Modern and Contemporary paintings, most recently in the fields of Digital Art and Light and Space.
In his chosen profession, Thoma has been acknowledged in Fortune, The Wall Street Journal and Business Week for his investment leadership. He has chaired the National Venture Capital Association and the Illinois Venture Capital Association, and served on the boards of Illinois Institution of Technology and Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council. Carl Thoma earned his bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Barbara Tober has been Chairman of the Museum of Arts and Design for 15 years and is now Chairman of MAD’S International Council. Elected to the Board in 1989, she has had a major role in shaping what is now one of the premiere art museums in New York City. She is President of The Acronym Fund, a venture capital firm that invests in art-related initiatives including CODAworx. Her Foundation has funded such notable projects as MAD’s Quilts Across America, a national arts education project for children. Having spent over four decades in the corporate advertising and magazine world, she believes that the support of the arts by the business community is essential to a civilized society.
Kevin Walz is trained as artist but has straddled the chasm between art and design throughout his career. Winner of the Rome Prize and an inductee of the Interior Design Hall of Fame, Walz has a studio in Rome, where he lives, and an office in New York. He is known for his work in interior design, product design and art.
2015 Public Spaces Winner 2016 Juror
Catherine’s practice of creating site-specific art works for the public realm spans 35 years and more than 50 works installed in the public realm. Permeable, dematerialized, appearing and disappearing, her works are never the same since it is changing light and the viewer’s participation that determines the art in any given moment. In addition to numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums and many site-specific public art projects, her award-winning artworks have been featured on the covers of Sculpture, Landscape Architecture, Espace and World Sculpture News magazines. Her particular interest and strength is working with communities and teams to create environmental sculptural experiences that respond to the unique spirit, shape and function of a place.
Founding Producer, Design Pavilion
CEO, Shaw & Co. Productions
Producer, New York by Design: Architecture
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 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.
Toni Sikes, Ilene Shaw, and the entire CODAworx team extend a very special note of appreciation to Helene Oberman, Managing Director of Interior Design magazine. Helene has worked closely with us for the past 10 years and her heroic efforts are a big part of the success of the CODAawards.
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