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Meet the Kitchen Design Contest Judges

Kitchen Design Contest Meet the Judges

Kitchen Design Contest Meet the Judges

Sandra Agurto

2014 second place global Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest winner Sandra Agurto

Sandra Agurto has been called one of Orlando’s leading specialists in kitchen design by many of the area’s most prominent builders, architects, and interior designers. She obtained her interior design degree, specializing in kitchens and baths, from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. A designer at Cabinetry Creations, Inc., in Orlando, Florida, Sandra is a 2014 second-place global Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest winner. She is also a two-time regional winner and has received numerous awards for her outstanding kitchen designs. Leading architects and designers love working with Sandra’s upbeat and collaborative spirit.  She continues to design kitchens that are nothing short of true works of art. 

Stacy Eisenmann

Recurring Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Judge Stacy Eisenmann

As principal of Eisenmann Architecture, Stacy leads a talented team focusing on residential design in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe regional areas. With more than 20 years of professional experience, she is dedicated to working with clients to achieve their architectural dreams through thoughtful design solutions. Using insight gained while completing her own award-winning home in 2005, Stacy launched Eisenmann Architecture with the commitment to help others successfully navigate the process of improving the way they live. Her approach guides clients through the complex design process as partners, which results in architectural languages that are unique to each project.

Stacy is a four-time winner of Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove’s KDC Regional Design Award, as well as a recipient of CA Modern’s Best Kitchen Remodel Award, and her own home was distinguished by being selected for the AIA Tour of Homes. She is a recurring judge for Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove's Kitchen Design Contest, and has served her community as a Planning and Zoning Commissioner, a design critic for Virginia Tech’s San Francisco Studio, and as a member of the American Institute of Architects. Her work has been published in books and magazines, and she contributes to regional periodicals and trade journals. 

Stacy earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech's College of Architecture and Urban Studies, a program based on Bauhaus principles. Building her career at Skidmore Owings & Merrill, Polshek Partnership, and Nick Noyes Architecture, Stacy pursued a range of projects from international airports and museums, to high-end residences. She then shifted her focus to kitchen design at Arclinea San Francisco. Through her education and range of work experiences, Stacy has cultivated an aesthetic judgement, which she brings to her designs.

Living throughout the United States and Eastern Europe, Stacy grew up experiencing cultural differences, in addition to exploring materials from an early age in her grandfather’s carpentry workshop. She lives with her filmmaker husband, two creative daughters, and a Labrador Retriever, chosen because she coordinates with the ebonized oak flooring.

Martin de Sousa

Toronto based Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Judge Martin de Sousa

Martin de Sousa is principal designer and co-owner of Designström, a Toronto-based interior design studio. Trained in Toronto and Germany, he has established a reputation for designing award-winning kitchens and bathrooms. With a keen sense of spatial awareness and technical expertise, he understands the importance of details both big and small. 

“Getting it right is a matter of balance and flow.”

Despite personal challenges with vision and hearing loss, Martin has overcome his condition, confident in his ability to provide his clients with beautifully designed spaces. With over 15 years of experience and numerous design accolades, Martin has developed a recognizable style that is both unique and timeless.

Martin Holliday

UK award-winning Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Judge Martin Holliday

Martin Holliday is the Design Director of the UK award-winning company Chiselwood, founded with his wife, Mel, in Lincolnshire, UK in 1989.

Martin originally trained as an engineer on gas turbines, however, in his early 20’s, followed his passion to design and manufacture furniture. Using the knowledge and pension he gained in engineering, he found he could design furniture that not only looked beautiful but provide practical solutions for everyday life. This led, in time, from the creation of individual pieces to the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom industries.

Chiselwood is a design and manufacturing company based in Lincolnshire, UK. Chiselwood employs a team of designers and cabinetmakers, with Martin heading up the design of full room sets for any area in the home, specialising in kitchens. Martin loves colour, texture, and mixing materials. With his practical background, he only designs furniture that he would be comfortable making himself, creating confidence that his team at Chiselwood can make anything he designs in their workshops in Lincoln. His designs are totally bespoke and unique to the client and project. He is passionate about design and loves a challenge.

Martin is one of the leading designers in the UK. He has won may UK accolades over his 31 years in design, culminating with a win as the only UK and European award from Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove’s Kitchen Design Contest in 2017.

Martin’s most recent adventure is designing and building six eco-houses due for completion at the end of 2020.

Jean Stoffer

Michigan based Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Judge Jean Stoffer

Jean is the principal designer of Jean Stoffer Design, Ltd, a kitchen-centric full-service interior design firm. Since the early 1990s, Jean has worked to finely craft her design skills and aesthetic in the kitchen. She has won the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest multiple times. Her work has been published in national magazines and books and is well-known on Instagram and Pinterest. Clients across the country trust Jean and her team with their homes; whether it is a full gut remodel of a beautiful old home or brand new construction, each project yields a uniquely classic home with modern elements while every detail is uniquely thought through and expertly executed. With her daughter, Grace Start, at her side, Jean leads a team of designers out of her Grand Rapids, Michigan based studio and retail home decor store. Family is an important part of her life. Her husband, four children and their spouses, and many grandchildren bring joy to her, as well as an understanding of what is required to make a home beautiful, interesting, current, and highly functioning for real life.

Mark D. Stumer

New York based Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Judge Mark D. Stumer

Mark D. Stumer is one of the founding principals at Mojo Stumer Associates Architects. He has practiced architecture as a principal for over 30 years. Before the formation of Mojo Stumer Associates Architects, he worked for a New York City architectural firm where he was lead designer on many award-winning projects.

Mr. Stumer sees architecture as an entire design process where the architectural design does not end with a building form but must include the function and aesthetics of the interiors for the project to be complete. His expertise in architectural design, interiors, and project management enabled Mojo Stumer Associates Architects to develop into the organization it is today. His responsibilities, besides his architectural projects, include design development and interior design, marketing, social networking, public relations, and firm management. He was instrumental in starting the Interiors Department at Mojo Stumer Associates Architects 22 years ago, takes pride in its present status, and has an active role in its design direction and daily management.

Mr. Stumer graduated Pratt Institute in 1974 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree and became a Registered Architect in 1979. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Association; American Institute of Architects, New York/Long Island Chapter; New York State Society of Registered Architects; and Architectural League of New York. He is a member in good standing with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is registered in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania.

As a firm principal and respected design leader in the field, he has been asked to lecture at many design and institutional functions. He has donated his time to educate elementary school students to the wonder of architecture.

Mr. Stumer presently sits on the board of the Architectural Landmarks Commission for Kings Point, New York, and in 2013, he was appointed to the Planning Commission. He serves as a board member of the Great Neck Arts Center and was a Trustee for nine years and head of the Building Committee at Temple Beth El of Great Neck, one of the largest Reform Congregations in the country. He was a board member of Engineers Country Club for over six years and led their construction campaign as trustee and architect.

In 2005, Mr. Stumer was very proud to be appointed to the Board of Trustees of Pratt Institute, one of the nation’s leading architectural schools and his alma mater. In 2010, he was appointed chair of the Building & Grounds Committee.

He has been recognized for his charitable work by being the honoree of the Tilles Center “Swing for Kids” Golf Outing, the Great Neck Arts Center Gala, and the Temple Beth El Golf Outing.

In recent years, Mr. Stumer has revitalized his passion for photography and has become an accomplished photographer, photographing many Mojo Stumer projects. His architectural photographs have recently been widely published.

Davy Swanenberg

Former Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest Winner and Current Judge Davy Swanenberg  

For as long as he can recall, Davy Swanenberg has been surrounded by design. For nearly 25 years, Davy frequented prestigious international design fairs in Milan, Amsterdam, and Kortrijk with his family, and returned to join the family business, Culimaat Kitchens, upon completing his studies in Marketing Management at Fontys University, Netherlands.

Though his career in the kitchen industry began in marketing and technical engineering, his creativity and passion for design shone brightly. After several years of hard work, he was promoted to designer, where he began to create successful models and extreme concepts. In 2006, Davy and his brother, Twan, assumed leadership of the family business and developed a high-end brand for Culimaat Kitchens.

At present, Davy spends his days designing and developing remarkable kitchen concepts that are known worldwide. In addition, he designs furniture and home products for various labels.

Culimaat High End Kitchens has won several international design awards, including the 2010-2012 Sub-Zero and Wolf Kitchen Design Contest, and multiple Benelux Design Awards, and continues to grow its portfolio with clients from around the world.

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