Judges


Primo Orpilla, IIDA 

Co­-Founder and Principal,
STUDIO O+A

Primo Orpilla is the Co-Founder, with Verda Alexander, of Studio O+A, a San Francisco design firm responsible for commercial environments that have changed the way we think about work and workplace. O+A’s groundbreaking designs for Facebook, Aol, Microsoft, Yelp, Cisco, Uber and many other companies have taken the concept of space as a embodiment of culture to new levels. Orpilla and Alexander established their firm in Silicon Valley in 1991 and moved it to San Francisco a few years later. Drawing on an early interest in engineering and a feel for the growing tech economy, Orpilla positioned O+A to be the designer of choice for start-ups and innovators. O+A’s designs have received awards from IIDA, FX Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Contract Magazine and the Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Program. In 2011 Contract Magazine named Primo Orpilla and Verda Alexander Designers of the Year. 

 

Annhy Shim, Associate IIDA

Senior Design Manager, 
THE RELATED GROUP

A graduate of Ryerson School of Interior Design in Toronto, Annhy Shim has cultivated her design talents working in the US and Canadian interior design and art world based on time spent with award winning firms Yabu Pushelberg, Gensler and Burdifilek. She credits her knowledge of design and its value from her many years with Yabu Pushelberg, acting as their Regional Operations Manager- with her hands in business development to PR to project management. In 2011, Annhy acted as the Design and Construction Manager on the completion of the monumental St. Regis Resort in Bal Harbor Florida. After being sought out by Jorge Perez and The Related Group, Annhy was hired as Senior Design Manager to oversee and steer the interior design of their developments with hired firms Rockwell Group, Arquitectonica, United Designers, Phillippe Starck and Yabu Pushelberg.

 

Joey N. Shimoda, IIDA, FAIA

Chief Creative Officer, 
SHIMODA DESIGN GROUP

After earning a Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and previous work experience for Morphosis Architects, Buros von Bolles + Wilson in London, and Frank Gehry and Associates, Joey N. Shimoda founded Shimoda Design Group. A studio founded on a multi-disciplined platform seeking to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. In addition to the core staff of ten, Joey’s studio has the ability to assemble an optimum team of design professionals according to each client’s needs. They include planners, landscape architects, graphic designers, lighting consultants and marketing professionals. Currently, the firm has ongoing projects across the entire United States.