Contest Judges

The Design Council, along with select Dacor executives will serve as the judges in awarding the Dacor National Design Contest

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Celeste Robbins

Celeste Robbins is the Founder and Principal of Robbins Architecture, an award winning residential firm in Chicago’s North Shore. A graduate of Cornell University, Celeste started her practice over 20 years ago. Her work has become known for its modern livability, warmth and timeless beauty. While Robbins Architecture has grown to include a talented team with commissions across the United States, Celeste remains personally involved with each project – a hallmark of her passion for design and dedication to her clients.

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Laurie Anastos

Laurie Anastos, Founder and Principal of Interior Design Concepts, Inc, is a member of ASID and Interior Design Society. Laurie is an award -winning interior designer of residential and commercial spaces. Laurie strives to design unique interiors that will have a positive impact on her clients’ lives. With more than 15 years of extensive and wide-ranging experience, she possesses an innate desire to create and design interiors that exceed clients’ expectations. With an eye for quality, a superior sense of style, and being versed in construction as well as design, Laurie Anastos has proven herself as an innovative designer.

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Micah Tipler

Micah Tipler, founder of TIPLER Design, is an innovative force in the design, architecture, procurement, showroom, development, and build industries, whose "outside of the box", turnkey approach to large-scale projects has garnered fast-paced growth. Micah’s diverse portfolio showcasing her skills and big-picture mentality has cemented her stellar design reputation. Recognized as an industry-leading designer, Micah currently manages a team of 80 talented designers, architects, project managers, procurement professionals, and construction teams, who handle all aspects of design, procurement, and construction, across 9 office and showroom locations. 

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Michelle Doherty

Michelle Doherty developed a passion for design at an early age and over her career, has created press-worthy kitchens for high-profile clients in a wide variety of spaces. A graduate of NYSID and current design manager for the premier Italian Brand, Scavolini, Michelle is continually at the forefront of the industry both as a trend spotter and trendsetter.  The Kitchen is the heart of the home and an amazing gathering place for friends and family alike; and for more than a decade, Michelle has been capturing that essence in every project she leads. 

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Nazgol Seyedi

Nazgol Seyedi, allied ASID, the founder and principal designer of Nazgol Designs discovered her "gene" for art and design at a very young age. Nazgol started her career as an interior designer in 1998. Her ancient Persian heritage and her deep passion for traveling have made her familiar with different cultures and lifestyles in Europe, Middle East, India, and the United States; which inspire her eclectic yet edgy and contemporary designs. She graduated as the valedictorian of her class with a BA in Interior Design from Interior Designers Institute, in Newport Beach, California. Nazgol served as President of the American Society of Interior Designers, Orange County Chapter (ASID OC) in 2017-2018, and is currently serving as an ASID Chapter Support Team Advisor 2018-2020. 

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Patricia Davis Brown

Interior designer, Patricia Davis Brown is a 33-year veteran in the design industry. She is a professional interior designer, a certified kitchen and bathroom designer, and is also known for her intricate lighting designs. Patricia has become an influencer for the design community and is a sought-after writer and speaker on topics such as Smart Home Technology, Design Trends, Lighting Design and more.  In 2016 Patricia was selected as one of the K & B Insiders for the National Kitchen and Bath Industry where she traveled the world recognizing the latest trends and reporting on them at industry shows. In 2017 she was elected as a director of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) that owns the Kitchen & Bath Association Show which has 14,000 affiliated companies, representing tens of thousands of members in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry.

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Ryan Saghian

With an extensive portfolio ranging from multi-million dollar homes to custom furniture pieces, Ryan Saghian is famed for his keen eye for design and elegant interiors. Born in Los Angeles, Ryan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design from the Art Institute of California’s CIDA design school. With over 10 years of experience in the design space, Ryan has worked with a variety of projects including luxury residential, hospitality and commercial spaces. He continues to stand as one of the youngest designers at the top of his industry. To add to his extensive portfolio of interiors projects, Ryan has also launched a custom furniture collection, Ryan Saghian Collection, and a wallcoverings collection in collaboration with Bijou coverings.

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Timothy Bullinger

Branded the “Luxury Lifestyle Architect” Timothy Bullinger is the visionary founder of Arca3 Design Studio Inc., an international Architectural, Interior & Environmental Design Firm creating bespoke residences, estates, restaurants, spas, yachts and private aircraft interiors for a global clientele. Offering allencompassing design, lifestyle and management services packages, with 35 years of international experience and residency in multiple countries, Timothy has built an extensive alliance of international partners and relationships with iconic luxury brands, establishing a collaborative network of global resources, purveyors and artisans.