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The NKBA Reveals 2016 Design Competition Winners

Feb 3, 2016

Over 30 outstanding kitchen and bath professionals honored at the Design Competition and Industry Awards Ceremony held during KBIS 2016

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recently announced the winners of the 2016 NKBA Design Competition at the Design Competition and Industry Awards ceremony held January 18 at the Marquee Nightclub in Las Vegas. The awards event, held prior to the opening day of the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS®), opened its doors to nearly 400 industry professionals. Over thirty individuals earned top honors across six main kitchen and bathcategories and eight specialty categories.

“The NKBA Design Competition offers a unique opportunity for our members to demonstrate their design abilities and stand out in the industry.” said NKBA CEO Bill Darcy. “With an emphasis on innovative concepts and creative expression, this competition communicates the value of professional design to consumers and the industry at large.”

Lori Carroll from Lori Carroll & Associates, Tuscon, AZ, won the Best Kitchen award for her stunning large kitchen design. In addition to this award, she was also named the winner in multiple areas including the Powder Room category (First and Third Place) and the Large Bath category (Third Place). A big winner for the night, Lori took home a total of $15,000 in cash prizes.
For her Best Kitchen design, Lori incorporated clean, crisp lines and a mixture of materials and finishes that punctuate her clients’ sense of polish and style. She created an open layout with plenty of room for food prep, cooking, clean-up, and loads of storage. In order to portray the homeowners’ outgoing personalities, Lori included light and airy materials, adding a touch of luminosity and sparkle.

Tanya L. Woods, AKBD, from XSTYLES, Bloomfield Hills, MI, won $10,000 for securing the Best Bath award. Tanya emphasized on the clients’ spirituality and love for the color purple in her design. This large bath is contemporary and linear, but is softened by the sensuous floral curves and arced shower wall. The bath, in all its serenity and calm, creates a sense of togetherness.

For the 2016 NKBA Design Competition, a panel of six, certified industry experts evaluated nearly 400 entries from across the United States and Canada. All participating projects were scored on various criteria, including safety and ergonomics, elements and principles of design, design planning, creativity, and presentation. Each judge was either a Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer (CMKBD) or both a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) and a Certified Bath Designer (CBD).

The 2016 NKBA Design Competition judging panel included Peter J. Albanese, CKD, CBD, Charles R. Beckham, CMKBD, Patricia Davis Brown, CKD, CBD, ASID, NCIDQ, Licensed Interior Designer, Leslie Holland, CKD, CBD,  John Torelli, CMKBD, and  Adel Visser, CKD, CBD, CID .

This year’s competition was generously supported by the following sponsors:

Diamond: Jenn-Air

Platinum: Monogram

Gold: Delta Faucet and The Home Depot

Silver: 20-20 Technologies, Rev-A-Shelf, and DuPont

The winners of the 2016 NKBA Design Competition are:

Best Kitchen
Lori Carroll
Lori Carroll & Associates, Tuscon, AZ

Best Bath
Tanya L. Woods, AKBD
XSTYLESBloomfield Hills, MI

Before & After Kitchen
Sandra Gjesdahl
Bristol Design And Construction, Lynnwood, WA

Before & After Bath
Jaye Gordon
Haddad Hakansso Design Studio, Belmont, MA

Budget-Friendly Kitchen
Cheryl Kees Clendenon
In Detail Interiors, Pensacola, FL

Green Design
Cassandra Nordell-MacLean
William Standen Co., Sarnia, ON,

Universal Design
Bonnie J. Lewis
55+ TLC Interior Design, LLC., Scottsdale, AZ

Clay Lyon Builder/Remodeler Honorary Award
Sandra Gjesdahl
Bristol Design and Construction, Lynnwood, WA

Small Kitchen
First Place: Judith Wright Sentz, AKBD, Judith Wright Design, Seattle, WA

Second Place: Diane Foreman, CKD, CBD, Neil Kelly Company, Seattle, WA

Third Place: David Heide, David Heide Design Studio, Minneapolis, MN

Honorable Mention: Nate E. Ewen, Neil Kelly Company, Bend, OR

Medium Kitchen
First Place: Emily Miller, CKD, Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, West View, PA

Second Place: Tom E. Lutz, AKBD, Just 4 You, LLC., Louisville, KY

Third Place: Mark T. White, CKD, CBD, Kitchen Encounters, Annapolis, MD

Honorable Mention: Peyton C. Edwards, KDW Home, Virginia Beach, VA

Large Kitchen
First Place: Mark T. White, CKD, CBD, Kitchen Encounters, Annapolis, MD

Second Place: Robin R. Fisher, CMKBD, CAPS, Robin Rigby Fisher Design, Portland, OR

Third Place: Peter Ross Salerno, CMKBD, Peter Salerno Inc., Wyckoff, New Jersey

Honorable Mention: Thomas D. Trzcinski, CMKBD, Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Powder Room
First Place: Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates, Tuscon, AZ

Second Place: Stephanie A. Bruntz, CKD, Studio B Design, Kearney, NE

Third Place: Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates, Tuscon, AZ

Honorable Mention: Allie Baxter, CKD, Herringbone Interiors, Toronto, ON

Small Bath
First Place: Laurie Haefele, Haefele Design, Santa Monica, CA

Second Place: Cindy Garten, Unique Techniques, El Dorado Hills, CA

Third Place: Michelle Strausbaugh, CKD, CBD, Reveal Studio, Inc., San Diego, CA

Honorable Mention: Vanessa Pinelli, Troico Home Solutions & Manufacturing Inc., Coquitlam, BC

Large Bath
First Place: Emily Miller, CKD, Kitchen & Bath Concepts of Pittsburgh, West View, PA

Second Place Anne H. Grice, Anne Grice Interiors, Aspen, CO

Third Place: Lori Carroll, Lori Carroll & Associates, Tuscon, AZ

Honorable Mention: Matthew Damian Rao, CKD, Rao Design Studio, Inc., Atlanta, GA


About the National Kitchen & Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is the not-for-profit trade association that owns theKBIS®. With nearly 14,000 member companies representing tens of thousands of members in segments of the kitchen and bath industry, the NKBA has educated and led the industry since the association’s founding in 1963. The mission of the NKBA is to enhance member success and excellence, promote professionalism and ethical business practices, and provide leadership and direction for the kitchen and bath industry worldwide. For more information, visit or call 1-800-THE-NKBA (843-6522).

KBIS® and NKBA® are registered trademarks of the National Kitchen & Bath Association.

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