2021 DDA: Judges

2021 Detroit Design Awards – Meet the Panel


Maryland-based Iantha Carley has been energizing homes with her passion for color and patterns since 2005. Her philosophy is to transform and elevate her clients’ cherished possessions within an environment that’s invigorating, yet personal. Having worked at Century Furniture, Kravet, and Lee Jofa — companies run by American families — Carley puts a premium on craftsmanship that’s produced at home. “It’s important to support American manufacturers and craftspeople,” she says. ianthainteriors.com


From clothes to cars to spaces, Kayla Cooper has designed it all. Although her styles and practices have evolved over the years, her love for design and the creative process hasn’t waned. She began her career in Washington, D.C., but now travels to create modern, minimalist spaces with sustainable influences. Based out of Pennsylvania, Cooper loves clean lines and strong architecture. kaylacooperdesign.com


Utah-based Kinley C. Puzey, AIA, has a portfolio that ranges from humanitarian efforts on a Navajo reservation to multimillion-dollar custom homes. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Utah, where he was awarded the College of Architecture’s highest award, the AIA School Medal and Certificate for Merit and Excellence. In 2015, he founded Onyx Design Collective. onyxdesigncollective.com


Florida-based interior designer Jamie Herzlinger is a sought-after and well-respected member of the industry. She was born in New York City and grew up in the world of fashion; her mother was one of the top talents, along with Anne Klein, in the 1960s and ’70s. Although Herzlinger is known for her polished yet exuberant style, and embraces color and bold statements, the fact that her aesthetic is rooted in the classics renders her designs timeless. jamieherzlinger.com


Reginald L. Thomas, AIA, has worked with architectural/design firms in New York City for almost 30 years, and is the principal of his own studio. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, and also studied at the Institute of Classical Architecture. In addition to AIA, Thomas is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and serves on the Historic Preservation Commission of Plainfield in Plainfield, N.J.


Renée Gaddis has been recognized as one of Naples, Fla.’s top interior designers for more than a decade. Her designs attract and inspire the area’s top architects and home builders, and her work can be found in leading residential properties. Gaddis is known for her diverse styles, ranging from coastal to contemporary to transitional. Her work has been featured in numerous national publications, including The Wall Street Journal and Architectural Digest. reneegaddis.com


Brinsley Matthews is the executive vice president and director of design and operations at Dorothy Draper & Co. He’s constantly creating new designs for hotels, resorts, and private residences, as well as prints and textiles, carpets, furnishings, and lighting. He’s also responsible for the firm’s global operations across four locations, and leads the Dorothy Draper Fabrics & Wallcoverings and Carleton Varney wholesale and retail businesses. dorothydraper.com


Since 1983, Chicago-area designer Anthony Michael has specialized in classical, contemporary, and eclectic interior design. An extensive knowledge of architecture, art, and design history, as well as an education at the acclaimed L’Ecole Des Beaux Arts in Paris, adds dimension to his work. Michael has been the recipient of accolades such as the Designer of the Year and Retail Designer of the Year from the Chicago Tribune. anthonymichaelinteriordesign.com


Connecticut-based designer Karen Davis has more than 26 years of experience, including 19 years as the founder/owner of Davis Raines Design. Her work has been featured on the pages of Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, New England Home, and Architectural Digest. Her work was also featured in episodes of Treehouse Masters. Davis has served as Connecticut’s president of the board of directors for the American Society of Interior Designers. davisrainesdesign.com

Detroit Design Awards 2021

Commercial Design
Rising Star
Readers’ Choice