Design Awards Judges

Tracy Herzer | Chi-Thien (CT) Nguyen | Jane M. Rohde | John T. McGrath, Jr.


Tracy Herzer, Starnet Design Awards JudgeTracy Herzer, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, WELL AP | Senior Associate, Senior Interior Designer

Tracy is a Senior Associate and Resource Manager, with over 30 years of experience in the Interior Design Studio for The S/L/A/M Collaborative. She approaches the interior environment with a passion to make users healthy, happy and productive through design, safety, and well-being. Tracy works with architectural teams across the country on all types of education projects, including K-12, Independent Education and Higher Education. Working in this market has enabled her to use her personal interest in health and fitness to create balance and functional design, as well as beautiful aesthetics, for many multi-disciplined and athletic oriented facilities. Tracy has also been the Health Promotion Coordinator at SLAM for over 20 years, leading the Wellness program to win a number of recent awards as one of Connecticut’s Healthiest Employers.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of Connecticut. Tracy has presented at the Association of Boarding Schools Conference and is a WELL Certified professional, who speaks on WELL Standard Building design at industry events. She was recently featured as a Guest Designer of the Month by Creative Materials Corporation for a deep knowledge of health and well-being in both her design work and personal passion, having recently moved up in the ranks to #1 in the world for Spartan Women Obstacle Course Racers in her age group.


CT Nguyen, Starnet Design Awards JudgeChi-Thien (CT) Nguyen, LEED GA, Associate AIA | Associate, Elkus Manfredi Architects

Chi-Thien (CT) Nguyen is an Associate with a focus on interior architecture working on projects across the United States, the Middle East, and Asia. His multi-cultural, multi-lingual life experience contributes to his vibrant and distinctive aesthetic, making his design work current and unique. CT grew up traveling the world with his diplomatic family, so he especially values the subtleties of hospitality environments that ensure the best possible experience.

Boutique Design magazine recognizes CT as an “up-and-coming designer to watch.” He has served as a judge for the World Interiors News awards and the Retail Design Institute invited him to join a panel discussion with representatives from Marriott, Dash Design and Rottet Studio on the “Crossover of Design: Interweaving Hospitality, Contract and Retail.” CT studied in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Florence, Italy, before receiving his Bachelor of Science and Masters in Architecture from Roger Williams University.

At Elkus Manfredi Architects, he brings his creative vision, enthusiasm, and collaborative nature to a rich variety of projects—from the repositioning of historic landmarks to boutique resi-mercial offices.


Jane M. Rohde, Starnet Design Awards JudgeJane M. Rohde, AIA, FIIDA, ASID, ACHA, CHID, LEED AP BD+C, GGA-EB | Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.

Jane Rohde is the Principal and Founder of JSR Associates, Inc. and believes that people are the center of solutions to provide a global cultural shift toward person-centered care within healthcare and long-term care settings. She sits on various healthcare and sustainability committees supporting research, advocacy, and humanistic approaches to care.

In 2015, she received the first Changemaker Award for Environments for Aging from The Center for Health Design and in 2018, she received the ASID Design for Humanity Award, has been recognized as an Honorary Alumni of Clemson University’s Architecture + Health program, and has been honored as one of the top ten Women in Design demonstrating leadership in healthcare and senior living design.

Jane is a technical consultant for the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI), participates on the ASHRAE 189.1 and 189.3 sustainability committees, is a Green Globes assessor for existing buildings, completed the first resident-centered care nursing home in Hangzhou, China and consulted on the first Eden Alternative nursing home in the State of Tennessee.

Jane Rohde’s overall areas of expertise include person-centered care model development, strategic planning and design for the aging population in senior living and related healthcare settings, sustainability initiatives supported by performance characteristics, education to peers, regulators, and care providers, guideline development and licensing code, focus groups and primary research, demographic studies, and development expertise. Jane speaks internationally on senior living and healthcare design and various sustainability topics, including material health, life cycle, embodied carbon, and building service life requirements.


Unique Installation Honorary Judge

John McGrath, Starnet Design Awards JudgeJohn T. McGrath, Jr. | Executive Director of INSTALL

John T. McGrath, Jr. is the Executive Director of INSTALL – the International Standards and Training Alliance, which is the construction industry’s best industry-endorsed floor covering installation training and certification program.

McGrath has helped to increase installation standards and expectations in the flooring industry by playing a leading role in facilitating communication and cooperation among mills, manufacturers, specifiers, contractors and installers. All of these groups regularly come together to review and revise the INSTALL curriculum and certification standards. He was a significant contributor in creating the ANSI S600 Carpet Installation Standards and has served as a returning judge in the Starnet Awards, Canadian Apprenticeship Contest and the Schonox Worst Subfloor in North America Contest.

A three-decade flooring installation professional and accomplished speaker, McGrath conducts seminars regularly for architects, interior designers, building owners and facility managers to increase their knowledge of flooring installation issues. He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering concerns. These annual exhibitions bring together decision-makers for the flooring industry from around the world. Learn more about INSTALL at