Student Portfolio Competition Jury 2019

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. Recognized as industry leaders, the Benjamin Moore Color & Design team focuses on all aspects of color, trend, and design. The team annually forecasts color trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. This journey results in the highly anticipated announcement of the Color of the Year & Color Trends each Fall. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® Select, Natura®, and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers 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.

Andrea Magno, Allied ASID
Color & Design Expert, Benjamin Moore

Andrea Magno is a color & design expert for Benjamin Moore, North America’s favorite paint, color, and coatings brand. As part of the Benjamin Moore Color Studio, Andrea plays an integral role in the development of color tools, and color and design research that further positions Benjamin Moore as a color and product leader for both professionals and consumers.

During her tenure at Benjamin Moore, Andrea has been intimately involved in various aspects of color, interior design, and the paint industry. She has played an integral role in the development and advancement of designer and architect-focused events, educational programs, and trend research. Andrea serves as a reference on color and design inspiration for a variety of publications, including Apartment Therapy, Better Homes, Chicago Tribune, Country Living, Durability & Design, Family Circle, HGTV Magazine, Refinery29, Real Simple, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more.

Andrea began her career at Christie’s Auction house in the European Furniture Department and later was a part of numerous high-end residential design projects while working at Ingrao, Inc. in New York City. She graduated from Lafayette College with a B.A. in Art History and English, and earned a degree in Interior Design with high distinction from the New York School of Interior Design. Andrea also earned her MBA at the University of Scranton. She is an Allied member of ASID.


At HDR, We believe 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.

We specialize in engineering, architecture, environmental, and construction services. While we are most well-known for adding beauty and structure to communities through high-performance buildings and smart infrastructure, we provide much more than that. We create an unshakable foundation for progress because our multidisciplinary teams also include scientists, economists, builders, analysts, and artists.

Our employees, working in more than 200 locations around the world, push open the doors to what's possible each and every day.

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

Elizabeth Von Lehe serves as design and brand strategy principal for HDR, based in the New York office and developing projects internationally. With design experience that bridges interiors, architecture, graphics, and product design, Elizabeth works across sectors and specialties to hone user experience that transcends touchpoints. Her design and consulting work has helped form the spaces and strategies of companies across the spectrum – from startups to leading tech giants, retailers to healthcare innovators, and beyond.


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.

Jennifer M. Kolstad, ASID, Assoc. AIA
Director of Interior Architecture, Principal and Senior Vice President, HKS

Jennifer’s global perspective is rooted in her native Canada and the many international cities where she has lived and practiced design. She has developed a diverse international portfolio of hospitality, retail, institutional, government and corporate interiors projects. With an emphasis on conceptually driven design and collaboration among all disciplines at the outset of the project, her objective is to deliver the big idea through “total design.” “I am very interested in material innovation, integrated technology, digital design and fabrication and how they provide the framework for an ever-evolving studio and delivery method for the built environment,” Jennifer says about her approach. With experience as a client-side owner and operator, she considers the full equation when designing to elevate her client’s business and brand.


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 aspect 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.

David Taglione
Executive Team Leader, ICRAVE

David serves as Team Leader at ICRAVE, and has been a part of the ICRAVE team since 2005. David has managed several large scale projects including Delta Terminals C and D at La Guardia Airport, Terminal G at Minneapolis St-Paul Airport, MSK's Josie Robertson Surgical Center and MSK's David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care. He has been a forefront of thought leadership at ICRAVE working in numerous sectors influencing thinking such as transforming the passenger experience in airports, shaping the future of Cancer Care, creating a vision for the future of retail, building the next evolution of the food hall and creating numerous unique brand experiences.

During his tenure at ICRAVE, David has worked with numerous brands and including MSK, HSS, Delaware North, WeWork, The New Stand and Le District. Bringing this multi-sector approach to his thinking has allowed for exciting cross pollination of ideas and a unique perspective to design.

Since his first project at ICRAVE as a project manager for Max Brenner, through several recent projects, David has taken this expertise into creating client specific solutions across sectors.

David studied Architecture at the University of Buffalo and went on to receive his Masters of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004.

Rockwell Group

Based in New York with a satellite office in Madrid, Rockwell Group is an interdisciplinary architecture and design firm that emphasizes innovation and thought leadership in every project. Founded by David Rockwell, FAIA, and led by David and partners Shawn Sullivan and Greg Keffer, the 250-person firm merges performance and architecture to create extraordinary experiences and built environments across the globe. Inspired by theater, technology, and high-end craft, the firm creates a unique narrative for each project, ranging from restaurants, hotels, airport terminals, and hospitals, to festivals, museum exhibitions, and Broadway sets.

Projects include Union Square Cafe and Daily Provisions (New York); The Shed (Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Lead Architect, and Rockwell Group, Collaborating Architect); Nobu Downtown and Nobu hotels and restaurants worldwide; NeueHouse (New York and Los Angeles); TED Theater (Vancouver, BC); the restoration of the Hayes Theater (New York); W Hotels (New York, Paris, Madrid, Singapore and Vieques); the New York EDITION; Dream Hollywood; the Elinor Bunin-Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center; the Imagination Playground initiative; exhibition design for the Center for Civil and Human Rights (Atlanta); set designs for Tootsie, Kiss Me Kate, the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park, She Loves Me, Kinky Boots, Hairspray, and the 2009 and 2010 annual Academy Awards; and product collections for Knoll, Stellar Works, Rich Brilliant Willing, and The Rug Company.

Honors include a Tony Award for Best Scenic Design for She Loves Me; the 2015 AIANY President’s Award; the 2008 National Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for outstanding achievement in Interior Design; the 2009 Pratt Legends Award; the Presidential Design Award; induction into the James Beard Foundation Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America; Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame; and inclusion in Architectural Digest’s AD 100. Rockwell Group was named by Fast Company as one of the most innovative design practices in their annual World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies issue in 2009, 2014 and 2015.

Greg Keffer, AIA, LEED AP
Partner and Studio Leader, Rockwell Group

Greg Keffer is a Partner and Studio Leader at Rockwell Group, where he oversees a wide variety of project types, including hospitality, retail, residential, and workplace environments. Greg's combined strengths in architecture, interiors, graphics, and branding allow him to develop innovative and holistic design solutions for a global roster of clients.

Current projects include Moxy Chelsea in New York, Nobu Hotel Barcelona, 15 Hudson Yards in collaboration with Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Warner Music Group Headquarters in Los Angeles, W Nashville, and the Kempinski Hotel Chengdu. Greg also has extensive luxury residential experience, including 111 Murray in New York, Sky in New York, and Station House in Washington, D.C. Other notable projects include the iconic New York restaurants Nobu Downtown and Union Square Cafe, NeueHouse in New York and Los Angeles, Chefs Club in New York, The Time hotel in New York, Hotel EMC2 in Chicago, the MGM Cotai, the Doheny Room and Nightingale Plaza in Los Angeles, Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Quebec City and Five50 Pizza Bar at the Aria in Las Vegas.

Studio O+A

For 27 years Studio O+A has created environments that have changed how work and workplace are defined. We understood early that every company’s working culture is unique to its history and to the people who represent it. Our long roster of internationally recognized clients—from Microsoft to Facebook, Nike to Yelp, Cisco to McDonald’s—attests to our ability to translate those individual cultures into physical space.

O+A’s focus has always been on the economic and sociological forces that transform the way people work and live: the blurring boundaries between home and office, the ever-increasing mobility of the workforce, the fluid movement of information—and the impact of it all on health and wellness in the work environment.

Mindi Weichman
Design Director, Studio O+A

As Design Director, Mindi Weichman guides the teams at O+A through every phase of a project—from high level conceptual development to in-the-trenches problem solving. She credits years of hard-hat experience monitoring construction sites with giving her an instinctive understanding of how a design turns into space and what the impact is when lines become walls. It is this enthusiasm for the nuts and bolts of design that makes Mindi an effective leader at O+A—and a strong mentor for young designers just beginning their careers.