Joanna Sikes, Director of External Affairs at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington joins the jury for the first year.  The Museum of Glass provides a dynamic learning environment to appreciate the medium of glass through creative experiences, collections and exhibitions.  For more than 20 years, Sikes worked with Dale Chihuly, an internationally know glass artist renowned for his ambitious architectural installations around the world in historic cities, museums and gardens.  Sikes is a regular lecturer on the world of glass and the works of Dale Chihuly.  She has an exceptional reputation within the studio glass community and has worked at the Phoenix Fine Arts Museum, the Crocker Museum of Art as well as with the American Federation of Arts where she collaborated with more than 20 museums across the country.


Angelo Derenze, President of Casa Cor in Sao Paulo, is welcomed to the jury for his first year. Casa Cor is considered the most comprehensive display of architecture, décor and landscaping in the Americas. More than 620,000 people in Brazil and Latin America attend Casa Cor each year, making it second only to the Milan Furniture Fair in its attendance.  With a 26-year tenure at Casa Cor, Derenze has been instrumental in developing the quality and exposure of the Casa Cor program within 21 Brazilian franchises and across Chile, Panama, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

Prior to his role at Casa Cor, Derenze began his career in communications and publishing, working with the April Group for 20 years to launch Elle magazine in Brazil and the website. In 2007, Derenze was honored for his work with the publication Casa Claudia by receiving the prestigious Caboré Award for excellence in advertising.

As one the most renowned decor specialists in Brazil, Derezne’s role as president of Casa Cor Group has brought the design event into the international spotlight during his four years of leadership. A native to Brazil, Derenze is married with two children.


Andrew Moor, Principal of Andrew Moor Associates in London and author of The Colour of Architecture returns to the jury for a third year.  For 30 years, Moor has been an ‘architectural glass art consultant’ and project manager for works in the retail, office, hotel, leisure and private sectors.  He also acted as the international agent of the legendary Derix Glass Studios of Weisbaden.  A renowned author and regular lecturer at architectural practices, conferences and colleges, Moor has a unique understanding of what can be achieved with glass, including how it can contribute to space and enhance a building’s appearance both inside and out.  His first book, Contemporary Stained Glass, 1989, (US edition ‘Architectural Glass’) is widely thought to be a landmark work on the state of the art at that time.  His book, Architectural Glass Art, 1997, which is still available on Amazon, documented many of the changing techniques and artistic styles beginning at that time.  His most recent book, Colours of Architecture – Glass and Colour in Contemporary Buildings, 2006, documents the recent changes in methods and usage of coloured glass by artists and architects throughout the world.


Abin Chaudhuri, Founder of Abin Design Studio (ADS) in India, joins the jury for the first year.   His International Management Institute project in Kolkata, India was a winner of the 2012 World of Color Awards Exterior Division.  The building had a brilliant spectrum of glass windows in many vibrant colors, which spanned the entire façade of the structure.  Abin’s studio, recently named in an industry web article as one of the top 42 young design firms in the world, has become one of the best-known design firms in the country and the most celebrated firm in Eastern India.  ADS has earned numerous recognitions for their projects and have been published in international and national magazines many times in the eight years since the studio’s October 2005 inception which includes winning: the International Property Awards 2011 in Public Service Architecture, Design Firm of the Future, Architect of the Year, IIID MK Interior Awards, Lafarge ARC Design Awards, Best Pavilion Design Award and various other accolades and being shortlisted among the Top 43 international design firms for World Architecture News.  Chaudhuri is an architecture graduate from Jadavpur University (J.U.) with a specialization in Industrial Design from Domus Academy, Milan.


Kiku Obata is part of the jury panel of the World of Color Awards® for the first time. She is Founder and President of Kiku Obata & Company, a St. Louis and London based research and design studio that creates brand identities, communications, and experiences across print, interactive, and the built environment.  She joins the jury for the first year.  Obata brings over 30 years experience to a highly diverse portfolio having led successful schemes for museums, communities, shopping districts, retailers, and sports stadiums.  Her studio’s work takes into consideration all aspects of an experience to intimately engage individuals at every moment and through each point of contact. This approach is rooted in the belief that one’s surroundings and immediate interactions greatly impact their mood, health, and emotions.  She is a graduate of Stanford University.

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