Student Portfolio Competition Jury 2024

Benjamin Moore

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, CENTURY®, Ultra Spec®, Natura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designer more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Rebecca Costakis  
Benjamin Moore Architecture & Design Rep, Benjamin Moore  

Rebecca Costakis is the Benjamin Moore Architecture & Design Rep for the Rocky Mountain Region. She graduated in 2010 from Harrington College of Design in Chicago with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design. She brings over 10 years of commercial interior design experience to her role, having worked in the Chicago and Denver markets. Her goal is to provide architects and designers with the reliable support and excellent service she desired from reps when she was a designer. Since starting her role as an Architecture & Design Rep, her passion for color has been complemented by a passion for coatings and paint. She feels strongly that these are elemental components of every project, and they are some of the most important decisions to make when designing a space. Rebecca lives in the Denver area. During her free time, she likes to get outdoors as much as she can with her husband, her daughter, and her dog. Some of her favorite hobbies include baking, cooking, climbing, practicing yoga, listening to records and traveling.

Gensler

Art Gensler founded our firm in 1965 and today we’ve spent half a century committed to thoughtfully informing the ways employees work and organizations operate. Our approach reflects a deep knowledge and understanding of how people use and experience space, creating places that are relevant, memorable, and distinct.

Our success and growth have afforded us extraordinary diversity and unparalleled perspective. We are interior designers, strategists, architects, and creatives. Our size has granted us the opportunity to explore divergence while remaining unified in our core, empowering us to uncover new opportunities and exhaust more options on your behalf.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Leonardo Caion-Demaestri, ASID, NCIDQ, WELL AP
Senior Interior Designer | Account Lead Designer

Born and raised in São Paulo - Brazil, Leonardo moved to the US to further his education and professional opportunities. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Leonardo worked in highly-acclaimed design firms and gathered a wide project experience base. Leonardo also achieved his MBA to provide a holistic approach to his design practice.  

As a licensed award-winning Senior Interior Designer and ASID’s Ones to Watch Winner of 2021, Leonardo's practice focus has been in mid-to-large scale workplace projects, focusing on technology companies, professional services and creative media companies, creating a well-rounded approach to all types of spaces and client-centric experiences and demands, which align with his WELL AP Certification. He has demonstrated high design innovation and sensibility, great client relationships and dedication to his career. Leonardo is a Senior Associate at Gensler where he has been for the past 14 years and has served as Regional Technology Workplace Practice Area Leader, Design Realization Leader and Key Accounts Interior Design Lead.  

Outside of the office, Leonardo is on the Board of Directors at IIDA and a member of CIDQ’s Exam Writing Committee and DEI Scholarship Committee. He is a professional member of AIA, NOMA, ASID and IIDA. 

HDR

HDR is an employee-owned design firm specializing in engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services. HDR is ranked No. 7 among the world’s design firms and we’re the largest healthcare design firm. We’re also proud to be ranked No. 35 on Forbes magazine’s list of America’s Best Large Employers for 2019. Led by the strength of our values and a culture shaped by employee ownership, we network with each other, build on each other’s contributions, and collaborate to make great things possible.  HDR believes that the way we work can add meaning and value to the world. That ideas inspire positive change. That coloring outside the lines can illuminate fresh perspectives. And that small details yield important realizations. Above all, we believe that collaboration is the best way forward. So while HDR is most well-known for delivering architecture and engineering services – for adding beauty and structure to communities through high performance buildings and infrastructure – we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include the firepower of archaeologists, economists, builders, analysts, artists, and scientists. Our 1,715 employees, working in locations around the world, push open the doors to what’s possible each and every day.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID
Design & Brand Strategy Principal, HDR

Elizabeth Von Lehe is a director at HDR leading hospitality, retail, brand, and experience-driven environments. A seasoned design leader with professional experience across multiple industries, she leads the architecture firm’s efforts to advance a holistic approach to design, embracing not only the built form, but branding, curation and the development of user experience from every angle.  Von Lehe previously worked at ICRAVE Design, where she served as director of strategy, brand and architectural design. Before that, she worked in design for both Target and Lands’ End developing a wide variety of consumer products. Her experience includes developing product collections for both fashion and furniture industries as well as guiding master plans and interior design concepts. 

Based in New York City, Von Lehe is well known throughout the design professions as a leader in the field of experience design. She is a regular keynote and workshop speaker at the national and chapter levels for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), advocating for experience design to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and integration beyond what most designers usually practice. Von Lehe currently serves on multiple initiatives within ASID, was a director at large on the national board from 2019-2023, and is currently leading an international course in brand design through the Institute Paul Bucose in Paris. 

HGA

HGA is a national interdisciplinary design firm rooted in architecture and engineering. We believe that the best design results from deep insight into the people and passions that animate each unique environment. More than 900 people in 12 offices from coast-to-coast work to make a positive, lasting impact for clients in healthcare, arts and culture, community, corporate, education, government, science and technology, and energy markets.  

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Haley Nelson, ASID, LEEP AP, WELL AP
Design Principal

Haley Nelson is a Design Principal in the Los Angeles office of HGA. With expertise as a workplace designer and strategist, Haley focuses on the cultivation of original insights that support the creation of places for people and organizations to thrive. Haley is currently serving as National Interior Design Expertise Leader at HGA, where she is responsible for connecting and empowering designers while elevating interior design excellence for all project types across the firm. Many of Haley’s projects have achieved the highest levels of certification, have been published, and have won design and sustainability awards. 

Mari Ansera, CID, ASID, NOMA 
Associate Vice President, Interior Design Department Leader 

Mari Ansera is an Associate Vice President and Senior Interior Designer based in the Minneapolis office of HGA, where she leads projects for workplace, education, cultural, and healthcare markets. Mari is national co-chair HGA’s Equity group and Interior Design Department Leader. She believes interior design is envisioning beautiful and functional space that bring dignity and equity to the built environment. Many of Mari’s projects have won design awards and she is a frequent presenter and jury member. She was named an ASID Ones to Watch Scholar in recognition for her contributions to the profession to cultivate a diverse design field. 

HKS

To those wanting to make an impact with design, HKS is the architect where focused people consistently deliver the extraordinary. We are passionate, knowing that people live, work, play, and inhabit the spaces and places we imagine and envision for our clients. We are responsive, understanding that we are in a service business and the vision is that of our clients – never of ours alone. We are global, creating exceptional spaces across the globe through our connected network of offices and people. We are one, with tremendous talent across a wide spectrum of expertise, believing that the value of talent, experience, and knowledge is multiplied when shared. We are thorough, balancing extraordinary design with technical expertise and construction administration backgrounds for streamlined, on-time, within-budget projects. We are HKS. We create places that enhance the human experience. Each and every day.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Gracie Andraos, ASID, RID
Design Director, Associate Principal, HKS

A forward-thinking design leader, Gracie transforms ideas and concepts into harmonious workplace environments and experiences. Every aspect of her designs is thoughtfully executed with passion and attention to detail using an interdisciplinary approach. Gracie’s client-driven work ethic and collaborative attitude have propelled over 20 years of success leading teams for notable projects such as Expedia, JPMorgan Chase, and Sterling Bay Developers.  

She brings a modern understanding of architecture with an appreciation for a variety of design styles that are client and user-focused, infusing research, sustainability and universal design approaches. The end results are top-performing workplaces that transform organizations and the employees inside them. 

Gracie is truly passionate about the next generation of leaders in our industry.  Her approach to the design process is one where mentorship can happen anywhere, anytime and for anyone regardless of tenure, expertise or experience level.  She fosters an environment and culture of diversity where every voice matters, with transparency and empathy as the foundation to successful team building. 

ICRAVE

Driven by nearly two decades of experience, ICRAVE is an experience design brand that translates ideas into experiences that work in today’s world, and sets the stage for tomorrow’s. As a thought leader in strategy, interior, and experience design, we aim to work at the intersection of the digital, physical, and operational aspects of design. We approach each project as a problem to be solved in order to provide desirable solutions for our clients. We reinvent businesses through strategy and insight, and turn that experience into a brand. We’re leading the pack in food hall design through innovative and strategic measures. More than anything, we’re just a group of innovators creating cool shit together.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

David Taglione
Managing Director, ICRAVE

Joining ICRAVE in 2005, David Taglione has been at the forefront of experiential design in high impactful areas.  Serving as Managing Director of ICRAVE, David has developed numerous brands across hospitality, healthcare, travel, and entertainment.  ICRAVE designs at the intersection of physical and digital experience, continuing to innovate and respond to the changing world around us. 

David's portfolio boasts triumphs such as Sphere, TSX, MSK's Josie Robertson Surgical Center, David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care, and the pioneering St. Jude Family Commons.

CannonDesign

CannonDesign is an integrated Living-Centered Design firm focused on helping people continuously flourish. We leverage the heart, passion, and intelligence of our more than 1,200 creative thinkers to design solutions that solve challenges and seize opportunities. Whether designing innovations in health, equity in education, or the “next big idea” in business, we partner with organizations to help them improve human life. In 2021, Fast Company named us #2 Most Innovative Design Firm in the world.  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Margi Kaminski, ASID, RID, NCIDQ, EDAC, CLGB
Principal, Director Health Interiors, CannonDesign

Principal & Health Interiors Leader at CannonDesign, Margi is passionate about making the connection between design and well-being, creating spaces that inspire and uplift the human spirit. She has led a wide range of notable projects for many of the healthcare industry’s leading systems and senior living providers. She is an award-winning designer with a holistic approach to design that ensures all aspects of a project embody the character of her client's brand and mission, while achieving robust human & environmental health. In addition to her leadership role at CannonDesign, Margi’s voice is also heard on the ASID National Board of Directors.

O+A

For over 30 years Studio O+A created environments that changed how work and workplace were defined. O+A understood early that every company’s working culture is unique to its history and to the people who represent it. The firm’s long roster of internationally recognized clients—from Microsoft to Facebook, Nike to Yelp, Cisco to McDonald’s—attests to its ability to translate those individual cultures into physical space. As the COVID-19 pandemic redefines these spaces anew, O+A is again playing a leading role in understanding how work and workplaces will change. The company’s Toolkit for creating a post-pandemic office maintains its focus on environments that allow people to do their best work, now with a heightened awareness of health and wellness and a conviction that returning to work can be joyful and fulfilling. |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

Mallika Kanodia, IIDA Northern California
Designer

Mallika is a designer with a passion for creating spaces that not only meet functional needs but also inspire and delight clients. With over three years of experience in designing corporate and commercial spaces, she excels at conceptualizing dynamic environments that foster productivity and community engagement. Always seeking to push the boundaries of design, Mallika has a keen interest in emerging technology and how it can enhance the design process. As a Philanthropy Chair for the IIDA Association’s San Francisco chapter, she hopes to reduce resource disparities in the design field and promote a more inclusive, diverse, and vibrant design landscape. Mallika brings a distinct perspective that integrates her design experiences and education from both India and the United States. This cultural fusion adds a unique dimension to her work, setting her apart in the industry and making her a valuable asset to any project. 

Perkins and Will

Since 1935, we’ve believed that design has the power to make the world a better, more beautiful place. That’s why clients and community members on nearly every continent partner with us to design healthy, happy places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. We’re passionate about human-centered design, and how design can impact our lives through sustainability, resilience, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and mobility. And we’re committed to advancing design through research. Our global team of creatives and critical thinkers provides integrated services in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and more.

Our New York Studio

In the city that never sleeps, we never stop dreaming. Our studio’s creative energy propels us to innovate at every level. We believe design unites us all by addressing critical social needs and promoting human interaction. We draw from our raw talent, values, and design process to effect positive change. Whether we’re in our own five boroughs or anywhere else in the world, our projects are as diverse and dynamic as the metropolis we call home.                  |  facebook     linkedin     instagram  | 

 

Brent Carpon, AIA
Principal, Design Director of Interiors, Perkins&Will

Brent has always been keenly aware of his surroundings. Even before he knew there was a word for it, he wanted to have a hand in creating, shaping, understanding, representing, and interacting with physical space.

Born and raised in Colorado, the intensity of the natural environment has impacted Brent’s approach to design. He is drawn to spaces that, like nature, have a temporal quality—changing and modifying over time.

Often described as aspirational in his approach, his work reflects a clear ethos, telling a story that supports the user’s experience.

Lara Leskaj, IIDA, LEED AP
Interior Design Director, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

Influenced by her early career in hospitality design, Lara brings an inter-disciplinary approach that combines architecture and design principles across Corporate Interiors, K-12 and Higher Education, and Healthcare markets. In approaching work for clients such as the University of South Carolina, the University of Cincinnati Law School, private equity and law firms, she says each project is unique, informed by client needs. But, she always asks: “How will the space feel – is it warm, comfortable, desirable to be in?” Lara brings a special focus on building teams that “empower younger designers, allowing all voices to be heard and matter.”

A careful listener, Lara uses her proactive problem-solving skills to maximize return on investment for her clients. Recognizing that interior design goes far beyond colors and fabrics, she understands the importance of how interior environments can positively impact business and academic success. Lara has led the interior design process for numerous award-winning projects throughout her career.