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Steve Dumez FAIA - Jury Chair

Principal | Director of Design, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple

In over 25 years of professional practice, Steve Dumez has led the design of complex projects in a wide range of building types. As Director of Design, he oversees the design of all projects from concept to construction documents, working closely with a team of senior designers in ensuring the consistent quality level that drives the firm's design-first practice. His engaging design process concentrates on first developing a detailed design program for clients including building image and brand goals, program compliance and ultimately physical design drivers. Under his design leadership, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for design excellence, including more than 25 national design awards and an additional 100+ awards at the local, state and regional levels.

Steve is a Past-President of AIA Louisiana and AIA New Orleans and serves as an active professional mentor within the region. He has also chaired AIA design awards programs at the local, state and regional level and has served on numerous design award juries across the country. He is actively engaged in many local civic organizations and currently serves on the board of the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans. His projects have been recently published in several books as well as numerous national architectural and design magazines such as Architect, Architectural Record, Contract, and Interior Design.

Yale University
Louisiana State University 


Marianne Desmarais 

Adjunct Lecturer | Tulane University School of Architecture

Marianne Desmarais is an architect and artist with a focus on structural pattern and materiality. A graduate of Tulane University and Cranbrook Academy of Art, she is an Adjunct Lecturer and LEED Accredited Professional with built work in New Orleans, New York and Florida. She has designed and managed projects with a diverse range of scales in residential, commercial, and medical fields. Focus on detailing and sustainability guides her equally through large healthcare projects, adaptive reuse developments and even a simple house constructed from the trees felled to clear the site. She has collaborated in the founding and construction of a teaching garden with children in Detroit's historic Black Bottom, participated in public art projects in Detroit and New Orleans. Currently she is collaborating on a public art façade installation in Cleveland. 

Most recently, she exhibited her work in LA Contemporary, a group show at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Other exhibits of note include American Beauty South, a mural art project inspired by Highway 61, DesCours 2008, Abstracted Landscapes at the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and Living Light on the Land: Prototypes for Sustainable Architecture and Design, an exhibition at Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her collaborative work has been exhibited as part of Metropolis Magazine's editors' picks, traveling to the International Furniture Fair in New York and Neocon World’s Trade Fair in Chicago, and has also been featured in FiberArts and Azure.

Cranbrook Academy of Art 
Tulane University 


David Waggonner FAIA 

Principal | Waggonner and Ball

David Waggonner is president of Waggonner and Ball, an award-winning, internationally active architecture and planning practice located in New Orleans. The firm’s architectural work varies from historic preservation to modern institutional projects. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, David saw an opportunity for New Orleans to reinvent itself as a sustainable city that embraces its lifeblood, water. He championed a process that examines history, soils, biodiversity, infrastructure networks, and urban space, along with the forces of water. This combination serves as a holistic foundation for design, first developed during the Dutch Dialogues and continuing through the Greater New Orleans Urban Water Plan. 

Yale University
Duke University




Ed Zeigler FAIA - Jury Chair

Principal | President and CEO, Craig Gaulden Davis

When Ed Zeigler joined Craig Gaulden Davis in 1983, he sensed he was where he was meant to be: surrounded by a group of creative, respected individuals who were dedicated to collectively providing great architecture.

Within two years, he became a principal, which involved him in conversations about the firm’s future.  Described by his contemporaries as an encourager and a “consensus-builder who is strong enough to make decisions,” Ed has since helped to build a cohesive leadership team designed to take the firm to new creative heights.

An avid gardener, reader and soloist, Ed is heavily involved in the community.  He is a former president of AIA South Carolina and served as a South Atlantic Regional Director on the American Institute of Architects’ national Board of Directors from 2008-2010.  Ed was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2014.

Clemson University


Paula McEvoy FAIA

Associate Prinicipal | Co-Director of Sustainability, Perkins + Wills Atlanta 

As Co-director of Perkins+Will’s firmwide Sustainable Design Initiative (SDI), Paula assures that sustainable ideas are an integral part of the firm’s projects and practices. She coordinates sustainability efforts across the international firm's offices, teaches sustainable design workshops and speaks frequently on sustainable construction, business practices and visioning.

Paula has been instrumental in defining sustainability at Perkins+Will and shaping the firm’s commitment to leadership in sustainable design. Paula is a registered architect (RA) and demonstrates an involved, hands-on attitude in all phases of the design and construction process with expertise in the design of healthy, high-performance buildings and communities. She is a Fellow of The American Institute of Architects, is the 2016 Chair of the AIA National Committee on the Environment (COTE) and immediate past co-chair of the AIA National Materials Knowledge Group. She is also a LEED Fellow and USGBC LEED Faculty member.

Auburn University


Robby Johnston AIA

Partner and Founding Principal | The Raleigh Architecture Company

Robby Johnston is a co-owner and licensed architect of the Raleigh Architecture Co. With a BArch from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Johnston has worked at Michael Ross Kersting Architecture, Tonic Design & Tonic Construction, and Clearscapes Art+Architecture. His involvement with designing and building the first LEED-certified structures in North Carolina has earned him many awards, including the 2012 AIA NC Design Honor Award and COTE Award. Johnston, an active member in the AIA, has been recently appointed to the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission.

University of North Carolina at Charlotte