2016 DHDA: Judges

2016 Design Awards

Judges | Details | Exteriors | Interiors | Commercial Design
Homes | Rising Star | Reader’s Choice

Reginald L. Thomas

Reginald L. Thomas, AIA, has some 30 years of design-field experience. After graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, Thomas worked at Bond Ryder James Architects, where he was involved with the Paul Newman residence and the renovation of The Schomburg Cultural Center, among others. Later, while working with some of the most prestigious residential architectural firms in the city — David Easton/Eric Smith, Juan Montoya, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Ferguson, Shamamian and Ratter — he studied at the Institute of Classical Architecture. In 1998, he created Reginald L. Thomas Architect, LLC, based in New York City. He specializes in historically-based, high-end residential projects. His work has been featured in The New York Times, and on “Law & Order” and HGTV’s “Innovation Renovation


Kevin Alter

Texas-based Kevin Alter is a graduate of Bennington College and Harvard University. He is the Sid W. Richardson Centennial Professor of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as academic director for architecture programs and associate dean for graduate programs from 2001–2014.  His professional practice, Alterstudio Architecture, llp, has received some 95 design awards, including a 2013 national AIA Housing Award. A book on his work, Alterstudio Architecture: 6 Houses, was published in the fall of 2014.  Alter’s writing has also appeared in professional journals. He was  a visiting professor at Columbia University and the Catholic University of America, and he was the Favrot Visiting Professor at Tulane University. He has also been a visiting critic, reviewer, and lecturer at dozens of institutions worldwide.


Stephen Chung

Stephen Chung, AIA, LEED AP is a Boston-based architect who received an architecture degree from Harvard.

In 2009, Casas Internacional published a monograph dedicated to his residential projects. His studio focuses on both residential and hospitality projects. Chung has also taught design and drawing at several institutions, including Syracuse, Cornell, Rhode Island School of Design, and Yale University. Over the past several years, the architect has been committed to bridging the gap between the architectural profession and the general public. To this end, Chung has appeared as on-air talent for many design programs on HGTV,  the Travel Channel, and Showtime Network. Chung is also the creator and host of the Public TV  series entitled “Cool Spaces:  The Best New Architecture.” You can check out the series at coolspaces.tv.


Lisa Jarvis

Lisa Jarvis’ aesthetic sensibilities reflect a childhood in which she was fascinated by Art Deco and Mid-Century style. Her love of clean lines and luxurious comfort led to a decade of interior design experience in New York and Paris, but in the last three years she’s only had time to meet the explosive growth of her decorative hardware collection, LISA JARVIS – Jewelry for Furniture.

Select design stores drive retail distribution in her home base of New York, as well as Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, and Dallas.  Custom work is a large part of the company; Jarvis recently designed a 4-foot version of her Barre pull for some doors in Florida and Texas. “There’s nothing more satisfying,” says Lisa, “than the photos we get every week from designers (who are) thrilled with the impact our hardware has on their work.”


Mary Rossi

Although Mary Rossi Designs is an interior styling company based in Minneapolis, her design style has reached clients from the Palm Beaches to Scottsdale, Ariz. Rossi studied textiles at Parson’s New School in New York City and Paris, and her love for textiles and design launched her career in the international fashion industry. She worked with a wide array of talented peers to develop her personal design sense for beauty, balance, and the importance of the “wow factor.”

Rossi’s approachable, elevated philosophy and casually elegant design have transformed many homes and influenced her clients’ lifestyle choices.  She believes we should pay attention to our surroundings and make them inspirational, livable, and lovely. She will be launching a new soft goods line this spring.


Christina Sullivan Roughan

Roughan Interior Design, based in Connecticut, is the international design firm of celebrated interior designer Christina Sullivan Roughan, whose experience and graceful style have enabled her to create warm, sophisticated interiors that are timeless and elegant, yet welcoming and approachable. She has designed interiors throughout the world, and her client range is as diverse as their locations. Her talent for combining modern and traditional interiors in unexpected ways garnered the attention of clients such as Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan, and Takashimaya.  With a reputation for attention to detail and discretion, Roughan has become a favorite of international celebrities and design editors at Interior Design magazine, House Beautiful, Elle Décor, CT Cottages & Gardens, and Quest, among others.


Caleb Anderson

Caleb Anderson is one of the  creative forces behind the brand-new, New York-based Drake + Anderson, which is the merging of (Jamie) Drake Design Associates and Caleb Anderson Design. From compact New York apartments to expansive country homes, Anderson’s portfolio is diverse and extensive. His emphasis on unique and inspired custom-designed furnishings creates a truly elegant space. His services include interior design and decoration, construction design, project management, and custom furniture design. In 2014, Anderson was a recipient of the International Furnishings & Design Association’s “Rising Star of Interior Design” award. In 2015, he was recognized as a Rising Star in the April issue of New York Cottages & Gardens, and as a Next Wave designer in the September issue of House Beautiful.