Spark Juries

Every year Spark is honored to present a fresh group of very talented judges. Each bench of jurors is gathered with the help of our Jury Chairs, Advisors and Community members. The Jurors come from across the spectrum of design disciplines, media, educators and experts.  Each Jury has teams of experts who specialize in specific disciplines and act as reference guides for the larger multi-disciplinary unit. 

2016 Team In Action

The Jurors become Spark advisors as the judging sessions roll on, concluding each day
with a robust and useful discussion of the Spark jury process and Spark in general. We’ve
also been blessed with several “Jury Mentors” who take especial interest in exploring and
establishing best practices for the jury process. These great friends of Spark include
Tania Aldous, VP Design at Corelle and  Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO.

2020 Spark Spring Semester Student Jury (June, Global)
Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO (Jury Mentor), Palo Alto
Brent Oppenheimer, Principal, O+CO, NYC
Sahar Madanat, Design Director & Founder, TWELVE Degrees, Amman
KwanMyoung Kim, Dean, Graduate Industrial Design, UNIST, Ulsan
Antonio Borja, Director, Industrial Design, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
Hari Nair,  Professor, Design Management,  Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah
Gary- Sheng Hung Lee, R.A., MIT AgeLab; Course Experience Designer, MIT xPRO, Boston
Claudya Piazera, CEO, Smart8, Wintergarden
Elena Raho, Founder & CEO, HERE CREATE, Hong Kong
Ryan Jongwoo Choi, Senior Industrial Designer, McLaren, London
Andrea Ruggiero, Principal, Andrea Ruggiero Design, NYC

2019 Spark Spring Semester Student Jury (June in San Francisco)
(From Left to Right in Photo Above)
Mary Katica, Program Director, (Health)
Jochen Backs, Principal, Studio Backs (Product)
Willy Carteau, Senior Industrial Designer, Google (Product)
Peter Kuchnicki, Spark Director
Fariba Marnani, Industrial Designer, Eichleay, Inc
Lisa Sullivan, Principal, L.Sullivan Design & Communications (Spaces)
Irina Kozlovskaya, Director, Industrial Design, Fitbit (Product)
Nichole Rouillac, Founding Partner, level design sf (Product)
Mathias Hintermann, Industrial Designer, Snap Inc. (Product)
Sally Darby, Senior Strategist, Frog design (Spaces)
Earl Gee, Partner, Gee + Chung Design (Graphics)
2019 Spark Juries (November 18 in San Francisco)
Including: Product, Graphics, Experience, Health, Digital & Transport

(From Left to Right in Photo Above)
Sam Lucente, Principal, Lucente Design (Product)
Antonio Borja, Director, Industrial Design, Academy of Art University (Transport)
Hugo Eccles, Creative Director, Special Projects Office (Product)
Claude Zellweger, Director of Design, Google (Experience),
Jochen Backs, Principal, Studio Backs (Product)
Peter Bristol, Head of Industrial Design, Facebook VR/AR/Portal (Product)
Claudio Ribeiro, Chief Experience Designer, VSN Mobil (Experience)
Julien Rouillac, Principal Industrial Designer, Innovation Design Lab., 3D SYSTEMS (Product)
Arin Bhowmick, VP & Chief Design Officer, IBM Cloud, Data and AI Practice (Digital)
Peter Kuchnicki, President, Spark Design Awards
Mike Nuttall, Co-Founder, IDEO (Jury Mentor)
Emida Natalaray, Director, School of Technology for the Arts, Republic Polytechnic (Digital)
Ryan Jongwoo Choi, Industrial Designer, McLaren Applied Technology (Transport)
Eric Chan, President & Founder, Ecco Design (Product)
Damien Lock, Director, School of Tech, Republic Polytechnic
Norio Fujikawa, Executive Creative Director, ASTRO Studios (Product)
Robert Hubler, Senior Industrial Designer, Intuitive (Health)
Kate Freebairn, Director of UX, Google Nest (Product)
Steven R. Umbach, Principal, Umbach Consulting Group (Experience)
Colin Owen, Design Director, Elroy Air (Product)
Clark Kellogg, Professor, Design Thinking, UC Berkeley Haas, Spark Director

2019 Spark Juries (December 3 in Hong Kong) Including: Spark Student Design & Spaces Design
(From Left to Right in Photo Above)
Ame Engelhart, Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Fabienne Munch, Executive Director Global Initiatives & Strategy, The University of Chicago
Ryan Jongwoo Choi, Industrial Designer, McLaren Applied Technology
Tang Chen-Chuan, Director, Tang Designs
Cheol Woo Park, Chief Design Officer, Royole Corporation
Edmund Ng, VP & Co-Founder, KONCEPT Lighting
David B. Frank, Senior Associate & Design Director, Gensler
Elena Raho, Founder & CEO, HERE CREATE
Peter Kuchnicki, Director, Spark Awards
Matio Conti, Senior ID Manager, Motorola Mobility (not pictured)

Poul Henningsen’s Artichoke Lamp, courtesy DWR