Meet the Judges


A diverse group of professionals – there’s no rhyme or reason, and that’s by design; diversity being the operative word yielding a well-rounded point of view.

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Rob Forbes  |  Design Within Reach and Public Bikes

Rob Forbes has been a professional artist, author, business entrepreneur, photographer, critic and public speaker. He is best known as the Founder of Design Within Reach and as a public advocate and spokesperson for modern design.

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Tom DiRenzo  |  Architecture and Design Director at CRI San Francisco

Tom DiRenzo has been professionally and personally committed to the design community for over 30 years. Prior to joining CRI, a Herman Miller dealership, in 1996 as A&D Director, he worked for Deepa Textiles and Knoll. It was at Deepa Textiles that he first met Laura Guido-Clark and he has been in awe of her ever since. He has a degree in Journalism from Temple University which he still finds invaluable in his ongoing quest to interview every person he meets. Tom’s good deeds have extended to volunteering with the San Francisco Suicide Prevention Center, fund raising for SF AIDS Foundation and participating in SF Library’s Adult Literacy Program. He is the 2015 recipient of the IIDA Northern California Distinguished Achievement Award. 


John Lieu  |  Director Facilities at Rakuten USA

John Lieu is a Director of Real Estate & Facilities, with 19 years of experience in internet media and eCommerce companies. His professional experience includes interior design and construction, real estate strategy, furniture and project management, day to day operations, and security.

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Crimson Rose  |  Co-Founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock arts Foundation and Burning Man Project

As a co-founder of Burning Man, the Black Rock Arts Foundation and Burning Man Project, Crimson Rose’s life passion and work have focused on the arts and artistic expression.

She began participating in the Burning Man event in 1991, and developed the organization’s Art Department, including the infrastructure, financial and other support services that make possible the large-scale participatory art works that Burning Man is renowned for.

With Crimson’s guidance, Burning Man serves as an inspirational limitless canvas, the works of which now find public placement in cities around the world and serve as catalytic sparks for community collaboration.

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Jennifer McDonald |  FF&E/Furniture Strategy Consultant

As a FF&E independent consultant, Jennifer McDonald provides design direction in the conceptualization, exploration and creation of furniture selections and associated finish schemes.  An appreciation of curated solutions, forward thinking, and attention to detail can be seen throughout her work.  Through her relationships with various furniture manufacturers, she is the link to their full resources for each of her clients in providing high performing and engaging spaces.  Her industry experience and innovative approach has led to professional accolades from International Interior Design Association and AIA; with featured publications in Interior Design Magazine, Architectural Record, Contract Magazine to name a few.  Jennifer has been an active member of IIDA Northern California and on the board as VP of Sponsorship from (2013-2017).