Kitchen Design Contest Judges
Kitchen Design Contest Judges
Sandra Agurto is recognized as one of Orlando’s leading specialists in kitchen design by many of the area’s most prominent builders, architects, and interior designers.
Sandra 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 was a second-place Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest global winner in 2013-2014. She has received numerous additional awards for her outstanding kitchen designs, including prestigious grand and silver Aurora Awards from the Southeast Building Conference.
From the time she was a young child, Sandra had a knack for space planning and design. As a busy mother of four, she understands the importance of creating kitchens that are as functional as they are stunning.
As principal of Eisenmann Architecture, Stacy leads a talented team focusing on residential design in the San Francisco and Lake Tahoe regional areas. Stacy is a four-time finalist in the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest as well as a recipient of CA Modern’s Best Kitchen Remodel Award, and her own home was selected for the AIA Tour of Homes. 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 before launching her own firm.
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 before launching her own firm.
Mick de Giulio
Mick De Giulio is an internationally acclaimed American designer, known for his distinctive interiors and innovative products for the home.
In 1984, Mick founded his eponymous firm with a studio and workshop in Chicago and an artisan metals studio in Michigan. Some of his most celebrated projects include the Better Homes and Gardens Test and Showcase Kitchens at Dotdash Meredith headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa; Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove showrooms in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago; and the company headquarters in Madison, Wisconsin.
Mick was recognized in 2005 by Kitchen and Bath Business magazine as one of the 50 most influential people in the kitchen and bath industry over the last 50 years. In 2012, one of his projects was named the House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year. Mick has been a finalist multiple times and a first-, second-, and third-place global winner in the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest.
Martin de Sousa
Martin de Sousa is principal designer and co-owner of Designström, a Toronto-based interior design studio. His education at the Ontario College of Art and Design in interior design provided him the opportunity to explore his artistic and technical design abilities. He later attended the SieMatic Academy in Germany, where he trained in kitchen planning and design. With a keen sense of spatial awareness and technical expertise, he understands the importance of details both big and small.
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 more than 15 years of experience and numerous design accolades, Martin has developed a recognizable style that is both unique and timeless. Martin was a 2015-2016 Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest finalist.
Martin Holliday is one of the leading kitchen designers in the UK. He has won many accolades over his 30-plus years in design, including being honored as a finalist in the 2015-2016 Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest.
Martin is the design director of the award-winning design and manufacturing company Chiselwood, which he founded with his wife, Mel, in Lincolnshire in 1989. Originally trained as an engineer on gas turbines, Martin eventually followed his passion to design and manufacture furniture that not only looks beautiful but provides practical solutions for everyday life. His designs are fully bespoke and unique to the client and project. He is passionate about kitchen and furniture design and loves a challenge. Martin’s most recent adventure is designing and building six eco-houses in Lincolnshire.
Mark D. Stumer
Mark D. Stumer is one of the founding principals at Mojo Stumer Associates Architects in New York. A graduate of Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, Mark sits on Pratt’s Board of Trustees and is chair of the Institute’s Building and Grounds Committee.
Mark sees architecture as an entire design process in which 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.
Mark is a three-time finalist and 1996-1997 first-place global winner in the Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest. As a respected design leader in the field, he has been asked to lecture at many design and institutional functions. He has also donated his time to educate elementary school students to the wonder of architecture.
For as long as he can recall, Davy Swanenberg has been surrounded by design. For nearly 25 years, he 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, and in 2006, Davy and his brother, Twan, assumed leadership of the family business and developed a high-end brand for Culimaat Kitchens.
Davy and Culimaat High End Kitchens have won several international design awards, including multiple Benelux Design Awards. Davy was a first-place global winner in the 2010-2012 Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove Kitchen Design Contest.