Judges 2014
 
    • Annie Bergeron   BID, ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP
       
      Design Director - Gensler Architecture/Design Inc.
      Annie Bergeron's work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. Recently joining Gensler as Design Director, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design caliber and create notable risk-taking solutions.

      Annie's awards include an Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, several ARIDO design awards for various advertising agencies, financial, insurance and high-tech companies, four furniture industry awards at NEOCON for product design work, and two VMSD awards for visual display and merchandising on retail work.

      Away from the job, she says "I have been a hard-core cycling commuter for 22 years - neither heat, rain, sleet nor snow keeps me off my bike. I also love to read French literature, but these days, you're more likely to see me out with my boys - my husband and two sons - at the hockey arena or dangling from monkey bars."

    • Angela Bourne   PhD., M.Sc., M.Ed, Educator ARIDO, IDC, ASID, IDEC, EDRA
       
      Educator - Fanshawe College of Applied Arts and Technology
      Dr. Angela Bourne is an Interior Design educator/Professor with over 25 years of teaching and design planning experience. She is also the President of Neuro-Environments, an interior/environmental design company that specializes in the design of built and natural spaces for individuals with neuro-diversities.

      Her research and teaching pedagogy reflects her conscientious approach to developing effective and socially sustainanble environments. The pragmatic approach she uses to conduct research and create therapeutic spaces is supported by her diligent use of evidence based design. Throughout her life she has volunteered her time helping special needs populations of all ages. Her compassion for designing therapeutic living and learning environments stems from the lifelong support she provided to her brother with Down's syndrome and her involvement with his peer group. Recently she completed her PhD in Environmental Design with a research trajectory in Neuro-Architectural Design for vulnerable populations.

      Dr. Bourne's on-going contributions to the advancement of the profession of interior/environmental design exemplifies her commitment to designing spaces that enhance the quality of life of people in vaiours cultures.

    • Bill Birdsell   B.E.S., B.Arch, OAA, MRAIC
       
      Principal - J. William Birdsell Architect
      Bill Birdsell was re-elected to office on January 23, 2014 as President of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA). He is now serving his second term.

      Mr. Birdsell was appointed to OAA Council in 2009 and elected the following term. He served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer in 2011 and 2012, and served on the Human Resources and Governance Committees. In 2010 he was the Vice President, Practice and served on the Complaints Committee and the Experience Requirements Committee.

      Mr. Birdsell is the principal of J. William Birdsell Architect in Guelph, Ontario which is a full service architectural firm working with institutional and private clients on a wide range of projects including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional; as well as adaptive re-use of many existing structures.

      After receiving his Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in 1982, he completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 1984. In 1987 he joined the OAA and opened his own practice. Three years later he merged with William R. Jarrett to form Jarrett + Birdsell Architects Inc.

      Mr. Birdsell has been an active volunteer having served on numerous OAA Committees. He also served on the Board of the Pro-Demnity Insurance Company and the OAAAS Board of Representatives. He is a member of City of Guelph, Committee of Adjustment. In addition to his speaking engagements he is a contributor to several publications.

    • Chen Cohen   ARIDO, IDC
       
      Interior Designer - Moriyama & Teshima Architects
      As the Director of Interior Design at Moriyama & Teshima Architects, Cohen's background in both Interior Design and Architecture allows her to combine both disciplines in her holistic and detailed approach to every project.

      She has created interiors that span the design spectrum, from community facilities to residential towers; from academic buildings to corporate headquarters.

      Her National and international award-winning work is characterized by exceptional quality of light, careful material choices, innovative use of color and the selection of furnishings that work harmoniously to elevate the overall spatial experience of every building.

      Her recent interiors include the new corporate headquarters for Cannon Canada in Brampton, Ontario, the Qatar Faculty Club in Doha, Qatar, as well as a myriad of major athletic and community facilities such as the Regent Park Aquatic Center in Toronto and the Commonwealth Community Recreation Center in Edmonton, Alberta.

      She is the recipient of five ARIDO Awards and five Canadian Interior Awards for her refined design and delivery of clean, crisp and elegant contemporary interiors.

    • Anna Stranks   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP
       
      Principal - Studio A Design Collaborative
      Anna Stranks is Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on Human Centered Design Solutions. Her portfolio of work includes design in national and international markets for corporate, large scale residential, Institutional, and healthcare sectors. In 1998 Anna received ARIDO’s Gold Award for Designer of the Year.

      Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design as well as universal design principals to interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED on behalf of the CAGBC and on Healthy Environments sponsored by Azure Magazine.

      In 2002, Anna was invited by the Merchandise Mart Properties to lead the design of the first GREENLife Exhibit at IIDEX NeoCon. Anna and her team’s efforts successfully helped influenced manufacturers to accelerate their initiatives towards sustainable design principles within their own practice standards and product lines.

      As a registered member of ARIDO and IDC, Anna has held a past role as President of the ARIDO GTA Chapter and has participated on ARIDO’s Continuing Education Committee as a course reviewer. In 2006, She represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a task force to help develop a Masters Program for Interior Designers across North America. Anna was a founding team member of ARTxDesigners Exhibition (AXD).

      After graduating from Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) and recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing, Anna has been a part-time instructor at RSID and is currently an adjunct professor at Humber College School of Applied Technology. She has participated on the RSID Advisory Council from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chair of Strategic Planning and currently participates on the Advisory Board at Humber College.

 
Anna Stranks   ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP
 
Principal - Studio A Design Collaborative
Anna Stranks is Principal of STUDIO A Design Collaborative, a design firm focused on Human Centered Design Solutions. Her portfolio of work includes design in national and international markets for corporate, large scale residential, Institutional, and healthcare sectors. In 1998 Anna received ARIDO’s Gold Award for Designer of the Year.

Anna is a LEED Accredited Professional, actively involved in promoting sustainable design as well as universal design principals to interior environments. She has been a guest speaker at IIDEX on the subject of LEED on behalf of the CAGBC and on Healthy Environments sponsored by Azure Magazine.

In 2002, Anna was invited by the Merchandise Mart Properties to lead the design of the first GREENLife Exhibit at IIDEX NeoCon. Anna and her team’s efforts successfully helped influenced manufacturers to accelerate their initiatives towards sustainable design principles within their own practice standards and product lines.

As a registered member of ARIDO and IDC, Anna has held a past role as President of the ARIDO GTA Chapter and has participated on ARIDO’s Continuing Education Committee as a course reviewer. In 2006, She represented ARIDO and Canadian practitioners on a task force to help develop a Masters Program for Interior Designers across North America. Anna was a founding team member of ARTxDesigners Exhibition (AXD).

After graduating from Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) and recognizing the importance of knowledge sharing, Anna has been a part-time instructor at RSID and is currently an adjunct professor at Humber College School of Applied Technology. She has participated on the RSID Advisory Council from 2002 to 2005 as President and Chair of Strategic Planning and currently participates on the Advisory Board at Humber College.