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2018 Judges

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Kristina O’Neal

Partner - AvroKO


Kristina O'Neal along with her 3 partners - Adam Farmerie, William Harris and Greg Bradshaw - founded design-and-concept firm AvroKO in 2001. The award-winning company's multifaceted design mission has led them to explore new ways to apply their hospitable thinking expertise to a multitude of disciplines creating thoughtful, provocative architecture, brands, products, and environments.

Design excellence

Design excellence is connecting with people physically and psychologically. The hope is that end-users become co-collaborators in the creative process, resulting in a vision that’s forever changing in shape. Ultimately, the goal of connectivity in design is to ensure that projects are not passive spaces, but that they form emotionally transcendent experiences, however tiny or even subliminal, allowing the energy of the spaces to shift according to those inhabiting them.