2015 Interior Design Competition & Will Ching Design Competition Jurors

James Carry - Juror
James Carry

Senior Vice President & Principal, Wilson Associates

James is a licensed architect who brings more than 25 years of experience to hotel design. A specialist in resort design, he has created some of the world’s most iconic properties: Atlantis, The Palm, Atlantis Bahamas, Mazagan Beach Resort, One & Only Royal Mirage, Park Hyatt Dubai, The Peabody Orlando, and MGM Foxwoods, to name a few.

He has won numerous design awards, has been widely published and is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and conferences. Additionally, James considers it a professional responsibility to “give back” and has worked with several universities, participating in student juries, work sessions and lectures. He is a creative problem solver who approaches every project with genuine excitement.

Laura Guido-Clark, Affiliate IIDA - Juror
Laura Guido-Clark, Affiliate IIDA

Principal, LG-C Design

Laura Guido-Clark is an expert in the skin of consumer products – their color, materials, and finish. Laura has spent her life studying the always new and surprising ways that human beings react to the look and feel of any given product. As a result, her insights and honed process have defined her role as an experience consultant to help her clients connect with their consumers in a meaningful way.

Throughout her twenty-plus year career, Laura has analyzed the conscious and unconscious influences that drive buying decisions. Her ability to translate those influences into prescient forecasting and concrete applications of color and finish has helped companies such as Herman Miller, HP, Samsung and Toyota design products that resonate with consumers and succeed in competitive markets. Her textile and pattern design include work for HBF, Pallas, Carnegie, FLOR and Uncommon. Laura’s expertise ranges from textiles to consumer products such as automotive, electronics, and major household appliances.

In 2011, Laura founded Project Color Corps™, a nonprofit organization dedicated to painting urban neighborhoods with color and pattern that impart positive messages of optimism and hope. Laura was honored as the IIDA Northern California Chapter recipient of the 2014 Leadership Award of Excellence. As a result of her expertise, Laura speaks both nationally and internationally on design and the creative process, and was an expert design blogger for Fast Company.

Tom Stack - Juror
Tom Stack

Architect – Planning & Design, D’Addario & Company Inc.

A registered architect, NCARB certified and LEED AP BD+C Tom adds more than 25 years of experience to the industry. His education, a Bachelor Architecture from Syracuse and Master of Architecture from Cornell Universities, brings a formal response as well as practical application to projects. He has designed buildings for Le Moyne College, West Point USMA and private development companies, achieving an AIA Gold Award for a private high school. He has also designed a high end residential complex in an historic suburb of Manhattan. Tom has experience in interior architecture as well designing various projects in Manhattan. He has worked with client types such as law firms, insurance and financial companies. He has designed corporate headquarters for Lufthansa Airlines, Aer Lingus and Leviton. Leviton received a LEED CI Certified Rating in which Tom served as the sustainability manager in addition to leading the design team.

Tom currently has taken his experience in building design and interior architecture to D’Addario & Company a multi-brand, worldwide, family owned business manufacturing strings, drum heads, drum sticks and other musical accessories. Here Tom leads: design vision in layout and planning for office/showroom/manufacturing spaces through organizational strategies and global brand implementation. He is also responsible for the investigation of sustainable opportunities and building assessments for potential offices or factories.

Tom is also passionate about sharing his experience with others by speaking on topics regarding self-motivation and leadership building.


Byron Trotter, Industry IIDA - Juror
Byron Trotter, Industry IIDA

Manager, Advanced Design, 3M Design

As a global design leader at 3M, Byron Trotter partners with multiple, company-wide business leadership teams to set design direction, influence major design strategies, and advise on design processes. During his career as an industrial designer, he has developed numerous high performance products ranging from medical devices to air and water filtration, lighting, furniture and consumer goods. In his most recent assignment preceding his current role managing 3M corporate projects, Byron led design for 3M’s Architectural Markets Business, focusing on the creative application of cutting-edge lighting and surface technologies within the interior design and architecture space. His passion to create new design solutions that harness the emotional impact of design to bring technology to life in new and innovative ways has led to industry recognition on a global scale with multiple design awards.

Byron earned his degree in industrial design at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, and also studied at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim, Germany.