JUDGES

SAM GRAWE – Editor-in-Chief of Dwell Magazine
Sam Grawe has served as the Editor-in-Chief of Dwell since November 2006, and is responsible for the editorial and creative direction of all the media brand’s extensions—including print, online, and live events. He joined Dwell in October 2000 as the Editorial Assistant, and served as an Editor on the team which garnered a General Excellence Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors in 2005. Under his leadership Dwell magazine completed a successful redesign in 2008 and website redesign in 2009, and became a finalist in the 2009 National Design Award for Corporate Excellence. In addition to his duties for the media brand, Grawe regularly speaks about design issues, has served as a juror for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, the American Society of Landscape Architects Professional Awards, and the American Institute of Architects National Honor Awards, and co-taught a design workshop at University of Art and Design Helsinki with Erwan Bouroullec.



SUSAN S. SZENASY – Editor-in-Chief of Metropolis Magazine
Susan S. Szenasy has been the Editor in Chief of the award winning architecture magazine  METROPOLIS since 1968. She has lead the magazine in landmark design journalism, achieving domestic and international recognition, and is internationally recognized as an authority on sustainability and design. Susan sits on the boards of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation, FIT Interior Design, the Center for Architecture Advisory Board, and served for 5 years on the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She is currently working with ASLA as a reviewer of its CEUs, the ASID on its research grants, and she sits on many design juries. She has been honored with two IIDA Presidential Commendations, is an honorary member of the ASLA and AIA NYC which also gave her a Special Citation, the 2008 recipient of the ASID Patron’s Prize and Presidential Commendation, and the SARA Medallion of Honor. She holds an MA in Modern European History from Rutgers University, and honorary doctorates from Kendall College of Art and Design, the Art Center College of Design, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

TIM STEVENS – Editor-in-Chief of Engadget

Tim Stevens is a writer based in Upstate New York. He got his start writing professionally in the mid ’90s, covering the gaming world while in college, and has since written on topics including business process management, software development, and of course lots and lots about gadgety type things. He’s an avid gamer, amateur motorsports enthusiast, lover of most outdoor activities, and proud creator of the first (and possibly only) two-player game for the Sega VMU.

 

 

 

 

 

GRAHAM HILL – Founder of Treehugger & VP of Interactive Media, Planet Green

An entrepreneur, Graham has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University in Ottawa and also studied Product Design at Emily Carr inVancouver. In 2003, he founded both TreeHugger.com and ceramic cup business WeAreHappyToServeYou.com. TreeHugger later became part of Discovery’s Planet Green initiative and is where he currently puts his efforts promoting the idea of “Less but Better” via LifeEdited.org.

 

 

 


ALLAN CHOCHINOV - Co-Founder of Core77
Allan Chochinov is a partner of Core77, a New York-based design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts. He is the editor-in-chief of Core77.com, the widely read design website, Coroflot.com design job and portfolio site, and DesignDirectory.com design firm database. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a guest critic at various design schools in including Yale University, NYU, IIT, Carnegie Mellon, RISD, University of Minnesota, RIT, Emily Carr, Ravensbourne, and RMIT. Prior to Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. He has taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Pratt Institute since 1995, and graduate classes at the School of Visual Arts since 2007. In 2012, he will launch a new graduate design MFA program in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, focusing on the purposeful, systemic role of artifacts and design offerings in multidisciplinary contexts.

 

 

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LEA BOGDAN - Contributing Writer Inhabitat
A Chicago-based industrial designer and self proclaimed master multi-tasker, Lea is most excited that her career has been riddled with such a variety of opportunities. She is LEED GA accredited, and has had a passion for green design for as long as she can remember. Her design for sustainable footwear was internationally awarded the First Place Professional Winner of the International Design Resource Awards and winner of the Saint Etienne International Design Biennial in 2002. She has been published in the Eco Design Handbook, and is also a part of the permanent collection of the Huxley College of the Environment at West Washington University. Lea spends her days designing energy efficient lighting, kitchen and bath fixtures, and a range of other products. She also stays busy with her hobby of amateur photography.




JILL FEHRENBACHER – Founder, Editor-in-Chief Inhabitat
Jill Fehrenbacher is the founder of Inhabitat.com, as well as a freelance designer and green design consultant. She created Inhabitat in the Spring of 2005 as a way to catalog her ongoing search for new ways to improve the world through forward-thinking, high-tech, and environmentally conscious design. Educated at Brown University, where she received a B.A. in Art Semiotics, and Columbia University, where she studied architecture, she currently resides in New York City, which so far has aligned nicely with her goals to escape the suburbs and live life car-free.







MIKE CHINO – Managing Editor Inhabitat
Mike is the Managing Editor for Inhabitat. He is a writer, researcher, and musician based in San Francisco. He left sunny UC Santa Cruz with a B.A. in French and Modern literature and delved into publishing through a stint at ReadyMade Magazine. Inspired by the impact that forward thinking can have on the present, he has cultivated a voracious appetite for developments in sustainable architecture, design, and technology. Mike likes to bike, blog, and build things, and in his spare time he also cooks, produces music, and rocks out.