Design Awards Judges

Kay Sargent | Gable Stubbs | Miriam Ganesh | David Gross

Senior Principal | Director of WorkPlace

With 38 years of experience, Kay is a recognized expert on workplace design and strategy issues and an award-winning designer. Kay is Global Co-Director of HOK’s WorkPlace team and sits on HOK’s Board of Directors. In 2020 she was named ASID’s Designer of Distinction. Kay currently serves on the ASID’s Foundation Research Taskforce; George Washington University Advisory Council; the IWBI Mind Advisory Team and the Advisory Boards for I+S and WorkDesign magazines. During her career she has also served on the International Boards of CoreNet Global, AVIXA, IFI – International Federation of Interior Designers /Architects, ASID, IIDA, NCQLP and the Advisory Board of Virginia Tech School of Architecture and Design and NVCC. She is an active member of IFMA and co-founder of the IFMA Workplace Evoluntionaries, WE community and serves as an Executive committee for WE. In 2021 she was selected from her field of peers to provide Congressional Subject Matter Expert Testimony to the U.S. House of Representatives on “Federal Real Estate Post-COVID-19: A View from The Private Sector.” Kay also serves on the GSA Diversity taskforce and is an advisor for the HOK Diversity Advisory Council.

Gable Stubbs, AIA
Vice President, Architecture
Goodwyn Mills Cawood

Gable is a Vice President, Architecture at Goodwyn Mills Cawood, one of the largest architecture and engineering firms in the Southeast. With over 30 years’ experience as an architect, Gable has been intimately involved in planning, designing, and building large scale projects, mostly in the recreational, educational, institutional, and commercial sectors, including new construction, renovation, and adaptive reuse of a wide range of facility types. As a firm principal, partner and founder, Gable is passionate about the role of architecture in all levels of society and energetic in his pursuit of successful outcomes.

Director of Interior Design | Associate
RLF Architecture Engineering Interiors

As a licensed and certified Healthcare Interior Designer, Miriam has a profound passion for design and a strong commitment to promoting patient and staff well-being. With a career spanning over 18 years, Miriam’s extensive experience enables her to approach each project with a comprehensive perspective, taking into account the unique requirements of diverse healthcare facilities to create exceptional healing spaces. Throughout her career, Miriam has dedicated herself to designing healthcare interiors that go beyond aesthetics, focusing on the holistic experience of patients, their families, and the dedicated healthcare professionals who serve them. She firmly believes that a well-designed healthcare environment can significantly contribute to the healing process and enhance the overall well-being of all individuals involved.

Unique Installation Honorary Judge

David Gross
Executive Director

David Gross is the new 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. David began his new position on December 1, 2022, upon the retirement of John T. McGrath Jr., who held the leadership role for 16 years.

Prior to assuming this position, Gross served as a full-time flooring instructor at the Northeast Carpenter’s Apprenticeship Training Fund in Hammonton, N.J. for 8 years. During this time, he honed his expertise in lesson planning and training program development tailored to the field of floorcovering installation, achieving Advanced Instructor Certification through the UBC’s workforce development program created in partnership and with accreditation from Penn State University.

Additionally, Gross holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Business Administration from Pittsburg State University and is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), as well as an Authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer and UBC Level III Instructor.

He has been a featured presenter for AIA, IIDA, IFMA and CSI professionals to help increase their knowledge and awareness of many floorcovering related issues. Learn more about INSTALL at