Announcing the 2015 CTC&G IDA Judges

CTC&G Presents the 8th Annual Innovation in Design Awards

2015 Judges


Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc.

Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc.

Interior Designer
Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc.

A returning IDA judge, Matthew Patrick Smyth’s firm specializes primarily in residential interior design from Connecticut to New York City and Paris and London, giving careful consideration to blend classic style with comfort. Smyth’s aesthetic illustrates a consistent focus on fine detailing and suitability, within a range of styles. Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc. utilizes high quality craftspeople to provide a finished product that reflects the client’s needs and interest. The firm’s goal is to maintain a long-term relationship with clients. Many of the firm’s clients are on their second, third and fourth projects with Matthew Patrick Smyth Inc. Smyth has branched out into product design with a carpet collection, a line of fabrics, a line of his wall covering designs and a bed collection

Thomas Balsley

Landscape Architect
Thomas Balsley Associates

Thomas Balsley is the principal designer of Thomas Balsley Associates, a NYC-based urban landscape architecture firm whose work has had a profound impact on the built environment and the quality of life in cities across the US. His unique fusion of creativity and innovation with public process has produced extraordinary spaces large and small, provocative and sublime. His firm’s portfolio of award-winning projects and competitions include Dallas’ Main Street Garden, Cleveland’s Perk Park, Tampa’s Curtis Hixon Park, Tokyo’s Gate City, and Seoul’s Leeum Samsung Museum of Art. Closer to home, his highly acclaimed parks such as Riverside Park South, Gantry Park, Hunter’s Point South, and Peggy Rockefeller Plaza have helped to reshape NYC’s public realm. In an unprecedented acknowledgement of his contribution to public space in the City of New York, a park on 57th Street was renamed in his honor as Balsley Park. His teaching and speaking engagements at Harvard’s GSD, University of Pennsylvania, the National Building Museum, Seoul National University, etc., together with a wealth of publications and TV appearances, such as BBC’s “Around the World in 80 Gardens”, have exposed his work to a broader international audience. In the Spacemaker Press monograph “Thomas Balsley: The Urban Landscape”, NYT architecture critic Herbert Muschamp wrote: “Balsley inscribes places with a dual portrait of nature and culture in modern dress.”

Anthony Baratta

Interior Designer
Anthony Baratta LLC

Anthony Baratta is without question one of most celebrated and respected interior designers of the day. Now with a global following of an unprecedented number of loyal and steadfast fans, Baratta began his design career over thirty years ago, after graduating from Fordham University with a degree in art history. Combining his talents with William Diamond, their firm, Diamond Baratta Design, created colorful and luxurious interiors. The duo soon became media sensations capturing over 40 magazine covers, along with countless editorial placements in luxury shelter and lifestyle publications. Features in such magazines as Architectural Digest, World of Interiors, House Beautiful, House & Garden and Veranda have elevated Baratta to global renown. His own homes have appeared in the New York Times Magazine on three separate occasions; in recent years, world class international magazines have honored Tony with numerous awards and accolades for his good works. Baratta’ s signature East-Coast-Chic style, charming demeanor, and gracious humility have solidified his place in design history. In 2003, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum celebrated the firm’s work in their National Design Triennial: Inside Design Now.  Last year, Traditional Home named William and Anthony one of their “20 Design Icons,” and even won Benjamin Moore’s coveted “Hue Award” for lifetime achievement in design. Anthony also joins Annie Oakley and Martha Stewart in the Nutley, NJ Hall of Fame. Baratta has lectured throughout the country at museums, design centers, antique shows, and universities. Additionally, Diamond Baratta created multiple collections for both Lee Jofa Fabrics and Stark Carpet. Looking to 2015 and beyond, Anthony is collaborating with industry leaders to create spectacular branded collections of licensed product; everything from new fabrics, to furniture, to carpets, tabletop and more under the Anthony Baratta brand. Baratta is especially proud of his two books with William: Diamond Baratta Design, Bullfinch Press and All American, Pointed Leaf Press. Upon William’s retirement, Anthony now carries on the work of the firm with his new company Anthony Baratta. He looks forward to many more years of creating jaw-dropping and inspiring interiors around the world, as well as chic, fresh, and affordable home décor for his followers and fans alike.

Karen Stonely 

Founding Partner
SPAN Architecture

Karen Stonely, AIA LEED AP BD+C, received degrees in Architecture, Art and Art History from Rice University. Her work is a part of the permanent collection at the Garrison Forest School, Rice University and is privately collected. Ms. Stonely began independent practice in Maryland and New York in 1991, and founded SPAN Architecture in 2004 with Peter Pelsinski and Jean-Gabriel Neukomm. The studio thrives on a diverse body of work including residential, commercial, hospitality, retail and bespoke fabrications. SPAN has garnered numerous design awards, most recently the 2014 AIA Interior Honors Award, and is internationally published, gracing the covers of Interior Design and Architectural Digest. In addition, Ms. Stonely pursues public service through her passion for architecture and arts, most recently participating in the 2014 Kips Bay Boys and Girls Club Designer Show House. She serves as a Board Member of Open House New York and was a member of the Development Committee for the Architectural League of New York.

Scott Sanders

Interior Designer
Scott Sander LLC 

A graduate of Parsons School of Design, with a degree in Interior Design, Scott Sanders began his professional career at Ralph Lauren, creating the company's interior design department. His highly acclaimed renovation of the Beach House Bal Harbour Hotel for noted art-collector and boutique hotelier clients, the Rubell family, during his last year with Ralph Lauren, reflected Sanders' now evident signature style and was a driving force in establishing Scott Sanders LLC. Founded in 2000, Scott Sanders LLC’s extensive and diverse portfolio includes residential projects all over the world, ranging from ski homes in Aspen; condominiums and homes in Miami Beach; country estates in New Jersey; beach houses in the Hamptons; townhomes and apartments in NYC; and a sprawling adobe home in Arizona. Sanders’ notable designs for hospitality properties range from South Beach's iconic Albion Hotel, to Crown Maple Syrup's corporate offices, headquartered in Hudson Valley, New York. In addition to select residential properties in 2014, Sanders' commercial division grew to include the design of a model apartment at The Printing House, an early-twentieth century iconic building in New York City, and the Art-Deco era, landmark, 440-room Lord Baltimore Hotel for the Rubells.