Design Awards Judges

Andrea Mayhew Hanson | David Mackler | James O’Neill | Robert Varden

Andrea Hanson, Starnet Design Awards JudgeAndrea Mayhew Hanson, AIA, WELL AP
Senior Principal-in-Charge of Interior Architecture for Dekker/Perich/Sabatini

Andrea is the Senior Principal-in-Charge of Interior Architecture for Dekker/Perich/Sabatini. She uses a collaborative design process from programming and concept development through brand integration to create healthy, high-performance environments. She has developed strategies for workplaces that support all workforce generations, patient-centric healthcare environments and spaces to support higher education learning and collaboration. She ensures a cohesive and collaborative design process between architecture and interior design teams. Andrea’s creative approach has contributed to the firm’s reputation for excellence in design.

Andrea holds a Bachelors and Masters of Architecture from Tulane University, and a Lighting Certificate from UC Berkeley. She is a registered architect in Arizona and Louisiana and a licensed interior designer in New Mexico, Texas, and Nevada. She has taught and lectured on design at several institutions including Texas Tech University and the University of New Mexico. She has spoken on a variety of topics at conferences for the International Facility Management Association, Commercial Real Estate Women, the Association for Learning Environments, and the Association of Texas College & University Facilities Professionals.

David Mackler, Starnet Design Awards JudgeDavid Mackler AIA
President, Mackler Echt + Associates, Inc.

David Mackler brings more than three decades of experience to MEA’s projects, as an architect and interior designer, and previously as a contractor. Born and raised on the East Coast, he studied Fine Arts at NYU before pursuing a career in high-end residential and commercial construction. Building on his love of architecture, David moved to Los Angeles and enrolled in graduate school at UCLA, after which he worked for a number of LA-based firms, including WWCOT.

An independent spirit, David ventured out on his own in 1992. He eventually partnered with David Echt to found Mackler, Echt + Associates, Inc. The two Davids grew the studio from modest beginnings to a major player in the California architecture and design world, working in the public and private sectors.

David is particularly proud of his projects that support the local community. Most recently, his team completed the Murphy Sobering Center, a unique and cross funded project in cooperation with City, County and State Agencies, intended to address the cycle of recidivism on Skid Row in Downtown LA.

jim-oneill-webJames O’Neill
Founding Principal Inventure Design

Founding Principal Jim O’Neill combined his passion for people and proclivity for technology to create Inventure Design in 1997. He wanted a company that would be the industry expert in client services, stay at the forefront of the technology sector, and offer the design creativity of a large organization without the bulk of one. He, along with the other Principals, would be involved in every project, day in and day out, to design unparalleled spaces for each client.

To this day, these ambitions hold true. Inventure Design uses the power of technology to convert clients into collaborators while creating innovative and elegant spaces that improve lives. This process allows Jim and his team to provide an elevated level of service to all of Inventure Design’s clients, and the balance between technology and people is the heart of the firm.

To keep Inventure Design at the leading edge of the profession, Jim dedicates firm resources to encourage team development through technology. Jim believes in collaboration and building strong relationships, maintaining strategic alliances that allow Inventure Design to work with the best in the industry. As the firm grows, Jim continues to prioritize going above and beyond in client services.

Jim, a Licensed Architect in three states, is a graduate of both Harvard University and the University of Notre Dame. He is also a member of the AIA and Rice Design Alliance.

Unique Installation Honorary Judge

Robert VardenRobert Varden
Vice President of Certified Flooring Installers

Robert Varden is the Vice President of Certified Flooring Installers, a division of the World Floor Covering Association. In his role Robert provides vision, voice, and operational oversight for the CFI which represents professional installation throughout the world. Robert started his flooring career as a commercial flooring installer and expanded his expertise into inspection, training, consulting, speaking and writing, in addition to running a commercial workroom. With 40 years in the flooring industry, Robert brings a unique perspective to the installation trade that focuses on the individual installer and improving installation.

The International Certified Floorcovering Installers Association (CFI) is a division of the WFCA that is devoted to installation training and certification through a team of dedicated trainers who share their experience and knowledge to help others help themselves. CFI provides educational resources for the industry through inspection, installation, estimating, product knowledge, and patterned and woven carpet, hardwood, ceramic, laminate and resilient flooring training and certification. CFI provides teams of skilled craftsmen to assist when called upon for installations by dealers and manufacturers.