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Judging Criteria

Judging will be performed by three industry professionals using the following criteria.

Category appropriate: Entries that are obviously in the wrong category may be re-assigned or disqualified at the judges’ discretion.

Exterior: Curb Appeal ● Proportion and scale ● Market relevance

Floorplan: Use of space/flow ● Sightlines ● Consideration for logical furniture arrangement ● Market relevance ● Details

Functional Strengths: How well the design meets client criteria and overcomes challenges as stated in the project description ● Whether the design fills a particular niche or demonstrates innovation in its category

Presentation: How well the presentation materials (including documentation, description, and imagery) help them to understand and evaluate the project according to the criteria listed above

Green Design Category: How the building is situated to benefit from environmental influences ● What measures were taken to reduce the project’s environmental impact ● How well those measures were carried out and how they impact the function and aesthetic of the project

Working Drawings Category: How well the working drawings communicate the details of the design to the tradespeople that will use them ● Organization ● Drafting technique and proficiency ● Detail

Indoor Living Category: Does the interior space’s design serve the space’s function in a particularly unique or pleasing way? ● Whether the merit is in the work of the designer in terms of space planning, permanent finishes, and details, rather than transient elements (such as furnishings) that may represent the tastes of a client or interior decorator.

Design Detail Category: The purpose and function of the detail, as well as its aesthetic merit

2017 ARDA Judges:

Stephanie Henley, Principal and Co-Owner of Beasley & Henley Interior Design, leads the firm’s marketing and  financial success. Her dedication to the building industry includes serving as a member of the NAHB’s coveted Design Committee, speaking at South East    Building Conference, the International Builder’s Show, serving as MAME chair and four times chairing SEBC’s AURORA AWARDS.

Sean Sullivan, owner of Living Stone Design+Build in Asheville, NC, started out as a remodeler and subcontractor with numerous small projects. He slowly transformed Living Stone into the award winning company it is today. He is currently serving on NAHB’s Design Committee and is slated to Chair the Committee in 2018.

Lyle Breeze started his own design firm in 1987 and has had a prolific career designing custom homes for individual clients. His home designs exist in built form across the United States and on several of the Caribbean Islands. Lyle has been an active participant in promoting the profession of Residential Design, having served in many capacities within the American Institute of Building Design. In 2015 he received the honor of being inducted into the Institute’s College of Fellows.

Program Chairperson:

Karen Kassik-Michelsohn is a Certified Residential Designer and a Fellow of AIBD. She has been designing custom homes and remodeling existing homes for over 25 years. Karen is a partner in a Design / Build firm in Anchorage, Alaska. Karen was AIBD’s 2014 Designer of the Year and currently holds the office of First Vice President.


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