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2011 Interior Design & Will Ching Competitions Judges


Anita Barnett, FIIDA

Anita Barnett, FIIDA, began her career in Indianapolis with CSO, an architectural, engineering and interiors firm that she helped grow into the largest design firm in Indiana.  At the age of 26, she was named a partner in the firm.  In 1995, Anita moved to Minneapolis to join HGA as a Principal and was entrusted in 1999 with the leadership of the Corporate Practice Group. As a board member, she also helped position the firm to expand geographically by adding offices in California. In addition, she contributed to the firm's growth in innovation and expertise. In 2007, Anita joined Gensler as a management leader and opened their Twin Cities, Minnesota office, working with clients including 3M, Edelman, and Deloitte.  In 2008, she joined Perkins+Will as a Principal and headed their Minneapolis office Corporate Community and Civic Market Sector.

She is a past IIDA National President, IIDA Foundation President, and a member of the College of Fellows. Anita has served on numerous boards including the NEOCON Advisory Board and the NCIDQ Board. She has been an advisor to various college design programs, and juror for many state AIA and IIDA design competitions. Most recently, she was a contributing author to The State of the Interior Design Profession published in 2010 by Fairchild Books and also had her work featured on CNBC in England. She was presented in 2007 with IIDA’s first Lifetime Achievement Award.

Carl D'Aquino, Principal
D'Aquino Monaco

Carl D'Aquino's ability to apply his modernist sensibility to contemporary and period design has been the key to his success. In addition to producing a large body of work, Metropolitan Home and House Beautiful cited Mr. D'Aquino as one of the Top Designers in America. Currently he is a member of the Design Council for the Museum of Arts and Design, and a member of the Global Color Research Panel. He served on Benjamin Moore's Design Advisory Council in 2005-2007 and was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2007.

Mr. D'Aquino is a Principal at D'Aquino Monaco, a firm with an all-encompassing client roster  that includes residential, hospitality, and commercial projects. Over the years the firm's work has been published in numerous national and international design publications. The Robb Report named it Best of the Best.


Stanford Hughes, IIDA, FAIA, Principal
BraytonHughes Design Studios

Prior to establishing BraytonHughes Design Studios in 1989, Mr. Hughes was Associate Partner and Director of the Interior Design Studio in the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

As Design Principal at BraytonHughes, Mr. Hughes’ work includes numerous award-winning projects for hotels, executive offices, private clubs, residences, and historic properties. In 1996, Mr. Hughes was honored with the Designer of the Year Award from Interiors magazine and his work has been featured in numerous publications. He has taught design at numerous colleges and universities and is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. He sits on the advisory board for the University of California’s Extension Program for Interior Design. From 1991 to 1993, he was Chairman of the California College of Arts and Crafts Interior Architecture department. Currently, he is a member of SFMOMA’s acquisitions committee for the Architecture and Design department. 


David Grout, Principal

Gary Lee Partners

David Grout is the Design Principal for Gary Lee Partners, an internationally recognized interiors firm, and Gary Lee Studios, a product design firm. 

David’s portfolio includes an array of notable interior design projects for commercial, hospitality, and residential clients around the world including Park Hyatt, YMCA of the USA, United Airlines, Charlie Trotter, Samsung, Winston & Strawn, and The Elysian. As a product designer, David has created pieces for Halcon, Knoll, Holly Hunt, Cumberland Furniture, Bloomsburg Carpet, and Chai Ming Studios. His most recent work, the Halcon Proximus casegoods collection, has received a number of awards and accolades since its 2010 launch including a GOOD DESIGN Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studios, a NeoCon Gold Award, and an Interior Design BOY nomination.