Meet Our Judges

To ensure fairness and neutrality, a panel of Cleveland-based professionals in the design and architecture industry handled the blind judging process.

With more than 25 years experience, Stephen M. Schill of Schill Architecture, LLC, is a preeminent architect in northeast Ohio. Schill’s residential projects have a strong influence from his studies of architecture at Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy, where he developed his understanding of scale, proportion and details. Since Schill Architecture was established in 1991, Schill has designed luxury multimillion-dollar lakefront and estate homes throughout northern Ohio. His work has been featured in several regional publications.

A graduate of Miami University and Kent State University, Stephanie Schill Hayden is a registered architect at Schill Architecture and a designer at House of L Interior Design. While she has known she wanted to be an architect in the family business since she was a girl, she appreciates the opportunity to work collectively on shared projects between both luxury residential firms. By completing both the architectural and interior drawings for residential projects, Schill Hayden can ensure the design intent is followed through from the foundation to the millwork details.

Jodi van der Wiel is a design director at Vocon, an award-winning Cleveland architectural firm that focuses on corporate, residential, educational and wellness projects. Throughout her tenure, van der Wiel has earned a reputation for creating thoughtful, site-specific solutions influenced by her understanding of constructability, sustainability and detailing. She serves as President-Elect for AIA Cleveland and is a member of the Cleveland Downtown Flats Design Review Committee.

A project designer at Vocon and co-director of programming for AIA Cleveland, Crystal Knapik lends her combined passion for sustainability and technology to many of the firm’s most transformational projects, including corporate, residential, educational, commercial, civic and hospitality building and renovation projects. She has been influential in developing office-wide sustainable initiatives, both through design and in practice. Her affinity for the digital arts is reflected in her work at Vocon and has led her to become a firm leader and mentor in design technologies. Crystal has an undergraduate degree in architecture from University of California, Berkeley, plus a master’s degree in architecture from The Ohio State University.

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