2014 New York Design Awards


Panel members are recognised voices in the design economy sourced from leading studios, industry bodies and design commissioners. The panel members curate nominations, rate programs, contribute content and provide advocacy. 

The panel is broad based as the programs cover multiple markets and design areas. Additional panel members are appointed throughout the year to provide specialised input and ensure diversity. Our reachout is driven through the advocacy of the programs by the panel. Panel members do this though mentioning the awards via social media, advocating to partners and speaking about the awards at forums or during private conversations. 

Michael Arad
Partner, Handel Artchitects

Michael Arad’s design for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, titled “Reflecting Absence,” was selected by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation from among more than 5,000 entries submitted in an international competition held in 2003. Mr. Arad joined the New York firm of Handel Architects as a Partner in April 2004 where he worked on realizing the Memorial design as a member of the firm. In 2006, Mr. Arad was one of six recipients of the Young Architects Award of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, he was awarded the AIA Presidential Citation for his work on the National September 11 Memorial. In addition, he was also honored in 2012 by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council with the Liberty Award for Artistic Leadership.   


Peter Barna
Provost, Pratt Institute

Peter Barna is an engineer, author, designer, educator, entrepreneur, and administrator. His experience ranges from individual consulting to contract manager for a major construction company, from classroom teacher to academic adminstrator, from president of an international lighting design firm to magazine editor. He is presently Provost at Pratt Institute and Principal of the award winning New York lighting design consultancy Light & Space. Clients have included AT&T, GE, NBC, Guggenheim Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution.   


Jake Barton
Principal, Local Projects

Jake Barton is principal and founder of Local Projects, which is creating the media design for the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and the Frank Gehry designed Eisenhower Presidential Memorial. Local Projects is a 2013 National Design Award winner for Interaction Design, and was named second of the top ten most innovative design firms by Fast Company Magazine for its redefinition of emotional storytelling. Jake is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. Clients include SFMOMA, StoryCorps, GE, Johnson & Johnson, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Cleveland Museum of Art, Seaworld, Microsoft, the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, Paley Center for Media and the Sugar Hill Museum of Children’s Art and Storytelling.  


Rick Bell - Architecture
President, Fredric Bell LLC

Rick Bell is an architect and urban strategist consulting to organizations and institutions on matters of design excellence, design build, sustainability, resilience, accessibility and urban design. He served as executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapters from 2001 to 2015 where he helped create the Center for Architecture on LaGuardia Place. Previously Rick worked in the public sector at the NYC Department of Design & Construction, serving as Assistant Commissioner of Architecture & Engineering. He has also worked in the private sector in New York, France and Switzerland, and was a design partner at WBTL Architects & Planners. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2000 for his work in public facility design, Rick has received numerous honors, most recently the AIA’s 2014 Kemper Award and the rank of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.  


Mark Bergin - Experience Design

Courage is the root of all creative projects, courage of the sponsor, courage of the project team and courage of the creative team. design100 celebrates courage through 11 design awards programs. All programs are marketplace centric and offer an opportunity to recognise those that are defining tomorrow. When I'm not advocating or celebrating design, I work as an adviser to projects on the client side, providing expert input on how to structure projects, develop creative ideas and engage the best of market suppliers to deliver exceptional project outcomes. At the heart of my work is a focus on experience design. Always with one simple question - are we making something that is Made for People? Specialties: creative direction, experience design, project guidance, project direction   


Matteo Bologna
Partner/President, Mucca

Matteo is the founder and principal of Mucca Design. His multidisciplinary background in architecture, graphic design, illustration and typography facilitated his early business successes and inspired his decision to create a New York branding and design agency. As creative director, he oversees and inspires every project with energy, intellect, and a quick wit. Matteo is the Vice President of the Type Directors Club, and is frequently asked to lecture about branding and typography around the world.  


Frederic Bonn
Executive Creative Director, JWT New York

Frederic Bonn was recently appointed Executive Creative Director JWT New York overseeing digital creative across the agency’s flagship New York office whose clients include PUMA, Nestle, Energizer personal care or Google. Prior to JWT Frederic was Executive Creative Director at Razorfish New York. During his tenure, he helped double the size of the creative department, and, in the process, helped Razorfish become the first digital agency to be featured on Advertising Age’s A-List two years in a row. He oversaw creative across all agency clients, including Mercedes-Benz, Citibank, UNIQLO, Ford, Smart Car and Morgan Stanley, and drove innovative efforts such as the world’s first tweet race for Mercedes-Benz and the first graphic novel written by and starring its readers for Axe Anarchy.  


Shala Burroughs
Founder & COO, CloudPeeps

Shala Burroughs is the COO and co-founder of CloudPeeps.com—a marketplace that connects businesses with experienced, remote, online community managers. Prior to CloudPeeps Shala was active in the startup world through Women Innovate Mobile, Quartz, and Lerer Ventures. She is a 2013 Startup Leadership Program Fellow, and a member of Barnard College’s Athena Management Masterminds. Prior to her foray into tech, Shala was a Senior Intelligence Officer with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) where she coordinated the activities of 76 intelligence officers across the US. Working for the government was a natural extension of her earlier work as a Senior Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton where she supported clients within Homeland Security while simultaneously pitching, building, and growing a Social Media Mentoring Program to pair social media experts with Senior Vice Presidents within the company. This idea brought her to the Aspen Ideas Festival to support Booz Allen’s emergence into new media platforms and her work was eventually published in one of the leading security industry professional publications. Shala Burroughs holds a BA in Government from Dartmouth College where she was a 2007 Rockefeller Center Leadership Fellow and continues to serve her alma mater as a member of Dartmouth’s Young Alumni Advisory Board.  


Sam Cannon
Executive Creative Director, North America, Razorfish

Sam oversees multi-disciplinary creative teams working on digitally born campaigns, products, and experiences for brands such as Kraft, Delta Airlines, Samsung Mobile, Target, AT&T, and Bridgestone Tires. Their work has been awarded at The One Show, Webbys, and Effies and covered by publications such as New York Times, Wired, Inc., Mashable, and Contagious. He has spoken at numerous conferences, judged the ADDYs and Effies, and conducted workshops at the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity. Before Razorfish, Sam was Executive Creative Director at Organic, where he led award-winning work for global clients such as Jeep, Hilton Hotels, and Kimberly-Clark. There he also co-directed Camp Organic, a week-long boot camp in ideation and customer empathy, for over five years. A former music journalist, Sam still obsesses over discovering music – new and old – and sometimes writes about it at 3hive.com, a music blog he has been running with friends for almost a decade.   


Steve Cornwell
Creative Director, The Howard Hughes Corporation

Steve Cornwell was CEO and Founder of Cornwell Design one of Australia's leading desgin studios. After working with Steve at Cornwell Howard Hughes Corporation made the decision to launch their own in-house design studio, appointing Steve as the Creative Director. HHC Studio is now the corporation's in-house design, marketing and branding group.   


Grant Davidson
Managing Director, Davidson Branding

Graduating from Swinburne International School of Design in 1989, Grant has pursued his love for ideas beginning his career as an Art Director at Ogilvy & Mather. It was there that Grant was presented with the opportunity to accelerate his skills in strategic and creative thinking. After a couple of years of intensive training, a desire to revel in the detail and craftsmanship of design and an entrepreneurial attitude; Grant saw the opportunity to form his own business which brought these disciplines together: strategy, creative thinking and craftsmanship – a vision that combined the best of all worlds. Over the past 20 years Grant has built a multi-award winning branding business, attracting some of the best talent from around the country and across the globe. A self-confessed knowledge junkie, Grant is passionate about acquiring and sharing knowledge. As such Grant is an esteemed lecturer at RMIT, Swinburne, Victoria University and the Australian Federation of Advertising as well as being sought after for numerous speaking engagements as a guest speaker. Grant loves the industry and has a strong desire to see it develop and prosper – a desire that drove him to become Vice President of the Melbourne Advertising and Design Club in 2003. His efforts were recognized with an honorary life membership and Grant now looks forward to being apart of influential initiatives that will continue assist this industry in the future.  


Joe Distefano
Head of Operations, design100

Joe has been working professionally in the online industry for over 12 years. His involvement started even earlier while In advertising. He was one of the first to win an award for the newly included interactive/multimedia category at the MADC awards. His work has crossed many streams; design, development, strategy, information architecture, as well as various disciplines including eCommerce, Corporate/Branding sites, CRM software, Intranet. He has been encouraged by the growth of mobile not simply because of the new form factors, but of the challenges it creates in how we communicate with our Users. Specialties: Site and Information Architecture, Interaction modelling, site build, Content Strategy, Design, production, Web Standards  


Jamie Durie
Founder & Principal Designer, Durie Design

Jamie Durie is an international award-winning designer, and founder and Director of Durie Design - now in its 16th year with over 33 design awards nationally and internationally. With offices in Sydney and Los Angeles. Jamie has authored 10 best-selling books (Edible Garden Design, 100 Gardens, Jamie Durie's The Outdoor Room, Outside with Jamie, The Source Book Editions I and II, Inspired by Jamie Durie, Outdoor Kids, The Outdoor Room and Patio Garden Design) and an outdoor lifestyle magazine The Outdoor Room. Largely responsible for completely changing the face of landscape design in Australia, Jamie Durie is the master of the Outdoor Room concept, inspiring a whole new generation to rediscover their gardens and integrate them as extensions of their living spaces. In his mission to bring us back to the earth and reconnect us with nature, not only has his work blurred the boundaries where architecture meets nature, but through his 15 years of work in design, he has organically bridged the gap and seamlessly transitioned between the design disciplines that govern the interior and exterior spaces. Coupling his love of natural spaces with the warmth and comfort of interior spaces without compromising one or the other, he and his team have created residential and commercial spaces that share an equal dedication to transterior harmony. Undoubtedly one of Australia's most successful design exports and recognisable talents, Jamie has featured in over 40 television shows worldwide.   


Dan Formosa
Co-founder, Smart Design

Dan Formosa is a consultant in design and design research. He has developed products and services in a wide range of categories. With a background in product design, he holds a Masters and a Ph.D. in Ergonomics and Biomechanics. His work has received numerous design awards and has been selected for national and international exhibits.  


Eric Gertler
Managing Director/Executive Vice President, Center for Economic Transformation, NYCEDC

Eric Gertler is currently serving as Executive Vice President for the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Managing Director, Center for Economic Transformation (“CET”) for the City of New York. The CET aims to develop New York City’s major business sectors by implementing policy and programmatic initiatives that address current issues faced by each industry, create good jobs, and promote entrepreneurship and economic diversification across the five boroughs. Prior to his role at the NYCEDC, Eric served in leadership roles at a number of technology companies, including Altruik, PrimeAxis Media, and Privista. Prior to these initiatives, Eric worked in the magazine and newspaper industries, with his last position being the President of the three magazines U.S. News & World Report, Fast Company and The Atlantic Monthly. He is also the author of the book Prying Eyes: Protect Your Privacy From People Who Sell To You, Snoop on You, or Steal From You (published by Random House). Eric is a member of Young Presidents Organization (“YPO - WPO”) and recently served as the Chair for the New York Metro chapter.   


Kiel Mead
Founder, American Design Club

Born and raised just east of the midwest, Kiel Mead got rather used to ordinary things. Soon enough, after relocating to Brooklyn, NY, he recognized that while most of the everyday objects we see do not change on their own, our perception and appreciation of them varies greatly in terms of the nostalgic imprints they leave in our minds. Out of matchsticks, car keys, previously chewed gum, string and even onomatopoeias, Kiel fashions jewelry which is overtly non-descript into pieces of desire. His approach to design wields results both remarkable and unexpected. Kiel's innovative designs have been featured in magazines, museums and myriad web sites.  


Debbie Millman
President, Sterling Brands

Debbie Millman is a writer, educator, artist, brand consultant and host of the radio show Design Matters. Debbie is President of the design division at Sterling Brands . She has been there for 18 years and in that time she has worked on the redesign of over 200 global brands, including projects with P&G, Colgate, Nestle, Kraft and Pepsi. Debbie is President Emeritus of AIGA, the largest professional association for design in the world. She is a contributing editor at Print Magazine and Co-Founder and Chair of the world's first Masters in Branding Program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. In 2005, she began hosting, "Design Matters," the first podcast about design on the Internet. In 2011, the show was awarded a Cooper Hewitt National Design Award. She is the author of six books on design and branding. Last year, an exhibition of her visual essays debuted at the Chicago Design Museum.  


Emily Oberman
Partner, Pentagram

A parnter at Pentragram, the world's largest independent design consultancy, Emily is a multi-disciplinary designer whose work encompasses brand identity, motion graphics, publications, packaging, advertising and websites for clients that include hotels and restaurants, publishers, film and television, and nonprofit institutions. Her design is notable for its intelligence, political commitment and sense of humor. Emily’s work has been recognized by the AIGA, the Type Directors Club, and the Art Directors Club, among others. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Augustus Saint-Gaudens Award for distinguished alumni from her alma mater Cooper Union. She has served on the national board of AIGA and as president of its New York chapter. While on the AIGA board she was responsible for two national conferences on design for television, DFTV.001 and DFTV.002. Emily has taught at the Cooper Union, the Yale University School of Art, and Parsons The New School for Design. She currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts.  


Mark Stefurak
Director Architecture & Design, Steelcase



Willy Wong
Faculty, School of Visual Arts

Willy Wong is a creative consultant in New York City. He previously served as Chief Creative Officer of New York City's official marketing and tourism organization from 2006-2014. He built a multidisciplinary team that managed brand NYC and produced cross-agency civic initiatives, public-private partnerships, and integrated global campaigns. Willy is a board member of Center for Urban Pedagogy and Adobe Partners by Design. He is a former advisor to SXSW Interactive and former president of AIGA/NY. At the School of Visual Art, he teaches a BFA senior interaction design course on innovation for smarter living/cities and an MFA thesis seminar on design entrepreneurialism. At Parsons the New School for Design he teaches tourism branding and design as placemaking. He's served as guest critic and visiting lecturer at Yale, FIT, NYU, MICA, Cooper Union, Columbia, and Princeton. Willy received his MFA from Yale University and AB from Dartmouth College.  


Jennifer Zhu Scott
Co Founder and Principal , Radian Partners

Jennifer Zhu Scott is the cofounder and Principal of Radian Partners, an advisory firm focusing on private investments in renewable energy, media, and disruptive tech with 'double bottom lines' - do well and do good. Prior, she was head of business development and strategy in APAC for Thomson Reuters. She co-founded one of the first education companies in China and sold her shares in her 20's before moving to UK as a senior advisor to the education subsidiary of Daily Mail & General Trust. Jennifer is the chairman of Music for the Growing Mind, a charity inspired by Venezuela's El Sistema, which provides free classical music education to underprivileged children in Hong Kong. In 2014, she was appointed as one of the 18 council members of China Council convened by the Global Agenda Council, the World Economic Forum's think tank. In 2013, Jennifer was honoured by WEF as a Young Global Leader. Jennifer studied Applied Mathematics in Sichuan University and holds an MBA in Finance with Manchester Business School, where she earned distinction with her research on PE/VC in China and was awarded as a Distinguished Alumni. Jennifer is a China Fellow of Aspen Institute and a permanent member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.  



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