Communications Design Judges & Advisors
Marcos Chavez is a founding partner of TODA and has led the New York office since its establishment in 1999. As Creative Director of Visual Communication, Marcos has worked with a variety of projects and clients including Samsung, Johnson & Johnson and American Crew. Prior to establishing TODA, Marcos was the design director for Liska + Associates. Marcos is a part-time faculty member at Parsons The New School For Design and at The Art Institute of New York City. His work has been recognized for excellence by leading design publications and institutions.
Michael DelGaudio is a Senior Interaction Designer at frog. His focus is on the creation of better brand experiences with technology through design. Valuing a user centered approach to design, his work is driven by a belief that digital literacy is changing how people experience and interact with products and services. Outside of frog, Michael is an Associate Professor at the School of Visual Arts and also a passionate rock climber.
Jeffrey Garofalo is a freelance graphic designer, specializing in print and interactive communications, who has worked with a mix of clients ranging from small independent publishers and book designers to larger organizations, including the Producers Guild of America and New York University. Garofalo creates, design and develop meaningful brand systems. He studied design first at NYU in an Urban Planning program, and then later at Parsons.
J F Grossen is currently Creative Director at frog design’s NYC studio, where he works with the world’s influential organizations and innovative minds to help them create and bring to life meaningful products, services, and experiences.
Isa Gouverneur is an integrated designer, art director and creative director with 10 years interactive and print design experience. She was most recently the creative director for The New School University working for the Communication and External Affairs Department, overseeing design and brand strategy for its seven divisions: Parsons, Mannes College of Music, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Public Engagement, The New School for Social Research, The New School for Drama, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.
Chelsea Mauldin is director of the Public Policy Lab, a New York City nonprofit dedicated to improving public services. She works with public agencies to identify service-design challenges, then assembles teams that translate complex policy considerations into pragmatic, replicable solutions through research, design prototyping, testing, and documentation. Previously, Chelsea led urban-design and economic-development initiatives as director of the Montague Street BID; as deputy director of the Design Trust for Public Space, she oversaw strategic design-policy projects with New York City agencies. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and the London School of Economics.
Gabriela Mirensky has been collaborating for the past sixteen years, with teams of designers on projects ranging from books to exhibitions for AIGA. Prior to joining AIGA, she worked as a graphic designer in Mexico City and moved to New York in 1988 to complete a Masters degree in Printmaking. A big supporter of integrating multiculturalism in every aspect of education, Gabriela teaches in the “Hablas diseño?” program at SVA, sharing her expertise in project management with creatives, in Spanish.
Fernando Music is co-founder of The Rooster Design Group, a New York City-based design and branding studio. He is a 2010 desigNYC designer and a returning advisor. Fernando specializes in understanding client and brand goals, pulling them into sharp focus and using that clarity to develop elegant strategies and marketing solutions. Prior to starting Rooster, Fernando worked at Arnell Group Brand Consulting and Criterion Collection. He loves The Next Big Small Brand Contest, his annual block party, his wife and two young sons.
Mark Randall has been, for more than 15 years, principal of Worldstudio, the New York City marketing and design agency, which serves major clients in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. Worldstudio’s unique area of expertise is in creating projects for corporate clients that support their social responsibility platform. Worldstudio has won leading industry awards and been featured in books on graphic design such as Conscientious Objectives: Designing for an Ethical Message and Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility.
Georgianna Stout is a founding partner and Creative Director at 2×4. The studio develops brand strategy and design systems for clients worldwide. Stout leads diverse projects, from extensive retail and packaging projects to large-scale identity, exhibition and environmental graphics/wayfinding programs. She also collaborates with her husband, designer David Weeks, in his design studio, David Weeks Studio. Stout holds a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design.
Scott Stowell has been doing business as Open since 1998, and as such has grown by not growing, specialized in not really specializing in anything in particular, and (according to the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum) embraced “an open notion of the term ‘office,’ inviting different participants to every project.” In 2008, Scott was named the winner of the National Design Award for Communication Design.
Lucille Tenazas is both an educator and graphic designer. Her studio, Tenazas Design was based in San Francisco for 20 years but relocated to New York in 2006, returning to the city where she originally began her practice in 1982. She is the Henry Wolf Professor in the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design where she is developing a graduate concentration in Design, Craft and Technology.
Built Environments Judges & Advisors
Robert Balder is Executive Director of Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning in New York City. Prior to joining Cornell in April of this year, Bob worked for Gensler as the Director of Planning and Urban Design where he led the planning group’s commercial, cultural, entertainment, and waterfront projects. Bob’s previous experience also includes extensive work with the City of New York, where he served as the Executive Vice President of Real Estate for the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Sara Bengur is the founder of Sara Bengur Interiors, a design firm which enjoys a reputation for sophisticated spaces that reflect the multi-cultural background of its founder. Sara comes by her particular brand of Yankee-inflected exoticism naturally: the daughter of a Turkish economist with the International Monetary Fund, she spent her formative years in Washington DC; Istanbul, Turkey; and Maine.
Madeline Burke-Vigeland, principal at Gensler, brings passion and commitment to every project, both small-scale and large, from landmark preservation and building renovations to new buildings and education and cultural institutions. As a co-leader of the firm’s Education+Culture practice area, Maddy directs the strategic vision for this group, engaging institutions in creating learning environments for the 21st century. Ms. Burke-Vigeland is an active member of New York City’s arts and nonprofit community, serving as a board member of The Storefront for Art and Architecture she was one of the founding members of desigNYC.
Nette Compton is a registered Landscape Architect who has worked for the City of New York Parks Department as a designer, senior project manager for sustainability and, most recently, Director of Green Infrastructure. She served as fellow and project manager for the High Performance Landscape Guidelines, and now works on implementing them throughout the city in partnership with DEP and their Green Infrastructure Plan. She is involved with several sustainability initiatives within the Parks Department, other agencies and the Mayor’s Office of Long-term Planning and Sustainability. She holds a masters degree in Urban Ecology and is an adjunct professor at Fordham University.
Wendy Goodman is the Design Editor of New York magazine and a contributing editor at Departures magazine. Wendy also contributes to French and German Architectural Digest. Wendy’s career has spanned both fashion and design in the magazine industry where she has worked as an editor and journalist since graduating from NYU. She is the author of The World of Gloria Vanderbilt, and co-author of Tony Duquette, also published by Abrams.
Ilana Judah is an architect, educator and advocate for environmentally responsible design. She has over 14 years of experience as a senior architect leading teams and developing solutions for projects of various scales and typologies. As the Director of Sustainability for FXFOWLE ARCHITECTS, her role is to further advance firm wide knowledge and implementation of green and sustainable design. She is Co-Chair of the Committee on the Environment for the New York Chapter of the AIA, an active member of Mayor Bloomberg’s NYC Green Codes Task Force, and a visiting instructor at Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning.
Eve Klein is the Assistant Vice President for Planning and Design at New York University. Prior to arriving at NYU, Eve worked at Polshek Partnership Architects and she also ran her own architectural design practice. She has worked for different non-profits including the American Federation for the Arts and she served as an advisor for the National Design Awards at the Cooper-Hewitt.
Stephen Koren is a registered Landscape Architect, LEED Accredited Professional, and educator. He worked as a designer at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in New York City and currently for NYC Parks, specializing in sustainably designed public open space. He graduated with a BLA in Landscape Architecture and a BA in Integrative Arts from Pennsylvania State University and is an instructor at the New York Botanical Garden.
Adam Lubinsky recently joined WXY architecture + urban design as a Managing Principal. WXY is a multi-disciplinary practice specializing in the realization of innovative planning and architectural solutions in challenging urban contexts. Previous to joining WXY, Adam spent eight years in London, leading several master plans and completing a Ph.D. at the University College London. Adam is a member of the AICP and has a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University.
Gareth Mahon is a Senior Associate at Robin Key Landscape Architecture where he leads projects ranging in scale from single family residences to larger institutional designs. He worked on Serviam Gardens - one of the pilot desigNYC projects – developing a multipurpose landscape for low income seniors in the Bronx. Originally trained as an engineer in his native Ireland, Gareth worked as a new media designer before discovering the field of landscape architecture in New York City.
Anne Rieselbach is the Program Director of The Architectural League of New York, which presents lectures, symposia, exhibits and conferences on architecture and design. For the past twenty-five years Ms. Rieselbach has directed the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers, a nationwide competition, lecture series, exhibition, and publication which features the work of architects ten years or less out of graduate or undergraduate school and annual “Emerging Voices” lecture series brings outstanding mid-career architects to the League to present and discuss their work.
Zack McKown co-founder of Tsao + McKown and desigNYC advisory member, has been widely recognized for his innovations in the fields of urban design and architecture, interiors, furniture and product design. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Design Trust for Public Space, and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. In 2001 Mr. McKown was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, and in 2009 he received the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Interior Design, along with his partner Calvin Tsao.
Richard Vitto is principal at OCV Architects, a firm specialized in innovative, sustainable multi–family housing of both new construction and rehabilitation serving numerous communities in need across the city and state. Trained at the Cooper Union and before founding OCV Architects in 1986, he worked at S.I.T.E. and for William Vitto & Ira Oaklander, PC. Vitto has designed numerous community facilities, social service facilities, and parks. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the first green roof associated with a publically funded supportive housing facility in NYC.
Lisa Green is Chair of desigNYC’s Projects Collaboration Committee. She is a Partner at Selldorf Architects. Previously she served as Assistant Director of the Clark in Williamstown, MA where she managed the planning and design phase of a multi-phased expansion. Prior to that from 1986-2001 she worked as Director of Communications and Archives for Richard Meier & Partners Architects.
Michelle Mullineaux is the co-founder of desigNYC and the VP of Marketing and Business Development for ESI Design, a leading experience design consultancy. Mullineaux is a passionate advocate for creating collaborative, participatory systems to help solve environmental and social challenges. She earned an M.B.A in Sustainable Management from the Presidio Graduate School in 2008.
Laetitia Wolff, executive director, is a design editor, curator and strategist, and the founder of futureflair, a creative conduit through which she produces innovative programming and inter-disciplinary creative projects, including expoTENtial and HeadSpace. She’s been consulting for organizations such as Parsons, EPFL+ecal lab, and Times Square Alliance. She was the editor in chief of Graphis and Surface magazine and authored the award-winning Phaidon monograph Massin.