IIDA BESTaward Judges Announced


The BESTawards recognize Colorado’s top interior designers. Hosted by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), the BESTawards—Brilliantly Executed Spaces and Thinking—honor the remarkable projects of local interior design firms in categories residential and commercial, large and small. But identifying the best of the BEST is no small feat. So the IIDA has recruited some of the top names in design to help judge this year’s competition. Meet the judges below, and be sure to get your tickets for the award ceremony! 

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Felice Silverman, FIIDA is the President of the International Interior Design Association, and the President and a Principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc., in Boston, Massachusetts. She has been practicing interior design for the past 25 years, with a focus on the design of spaces for education, children, healthcare, fitness and commercial office interiors. Silverman is NCIDQ certified, and was the 2006-2007 President of the IIDA New England Chapter. She serves as an Overseer for the Boston Architectural College and is a member of the Massachusetts Interior Design Coalition Advisory Committee. She served on the Board of Trustees of the Boston Architectural College from 2012-2013, and was the Chair of the BAC’s Interior Design Advisory Board and Student Development Committee. She has been an educator and guest critic at the BAC, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mt. Ida College, and the New England School of Art and Design / Suffolk. She earned her BFA from Harvard University and a degree in interior design from Boston Architectural College.


suzanne_tick-profileSUZANNE TICK
Suzanne Tick is the founder of Suzanne Tick Inc., specializing in materials brand strategy, product design, development, and direction for commercial interiors. Currently the Creative Director for Teknion Textiles and Design Consultant for Tandus Centiva, Tick has maintained a distinguished career as a textile designer and studio Principal in New York City. Her work is exhibited worldwide, including MOMA and Art Basel, as well as collected by private and corporate clients. Recently two of her upholstery fabrics, Line Language and Bonded, both for Teknion Textiles were officially acquired for the permanent collection of the Copper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. Her recent awards include a 2015 NeoCon Best of Year Gold Award and Interior Design’s Hip Award for Tandus Centiva’s Indent. Her Teknion Textiles Collection: Textured Edge also picked up a 2015 HIP Award and a Metropolis Likes at this year’s NeoCon. Suzanne was also honored in 2013 with the IIDA Titan Award, given in recognition of significant contributions to the interior design profession.


“Everything is designed,” said Creative Director Brian Graham who, conversely, designs almost everything. Perhaps best known for elegant casegoods and office furniture systems, Graham is involved in a wide range of genres, consulting across disciplines and crafting integrated design programs for his clients. In 1999, he established the Graham Design Studio in San Francisco to offer a strategic approach to the design, development and marketing of furniture, lighting, and related products for the contract market. Today, Graham is widely respected for his work with industry leaders, including Knoll, Halcon, and Metropolitan (now Coalesse). With deep roots in architecture and interior design, Graham has developed successful sales environments for companies as diverse as Apple Computers, Collins & Aikman, Mottura and Martin Brattrud. Graham’s design solutions have been recognized by American Institute of Architects (AIA), The International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture & Design, The International Facilities Management Association and The Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA).


As the Design Director and Co-Managing Principal of NELSON’s Minneapolis office, Hierlinger serves as an expert in corporate design with 23 years of experience. His strong interior design background has allowed him to provide creative and integrated project services to regional and national high profile interior design projects. He is responsible for all aspects of the design process including programming, space planning, design development, construction documentation, and project management. Within NELSON, Scott Co-Chairs the NELSON Design Consortium and is the Minneapolis lead of the NELSON Legal Practice Team.  Scott remains active within IIDA on a local and national level and currently serves as President on the International Interior Design Association Board of Directors.



Primo Orpilla is the award-winning co-founder, with Verda Alexander, of Studio O+A, the San Francisco design firm responsible for groundbreaking workplace designs at Facebook, AOL, Microsoft, Yelp, Levi Strauss, and many other companies. A leader in the field of “democratic design,” Orpilla’s expansive, open-plan environments—which stress sustainability, accessibility and careful coordination of function and form—have become a signature look for some of the West Coast’s most forward-thinking tech innovators. Orpilla and Alexander established their firm in 1991 with an eye to bringing the agility, creativity, and speed of execution then prevalent in the Bay Area’s entrepreneurial economy to the offices in which that economy was being hatched. Studio O+A’s design for the new Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto received the International Interior Design Association’s 2010 Northern California Honor Award and was a finalist in Frame Magazine’s 2009 Great Indoors Awards in the “Concentrate and Collaborate” category. 

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