MEET THE JUDGES

A little more information the judges for this year’s grant ‘Deepening Human Connection’. Deadline for submissions is September 13, 2015. (APPLY HERE! )

In alphabetical order:


Stefani Bartz was the first recipient of the SDF grant for her campaign & A Lady, focused on women redefining femininity within the creative industries. A recent graduate from the University of Washington design program, Stefani has designed for Lippincott, CG&H and Smart Design in New York City before moving back to Seattle where she currently works for Microsoft as a visual/UX designer.


Tyler Engle, AIA, is the principal of Tyler Engle Architects PS, established in 2000. A native of Seattle, Tyler received a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University with honors and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. Over 30 years of architectural experience includes work in Seattle, San Diego, New York, and Madrid. Projects include the Alhambra Visitors Center in Spain, JFK Japan Airlines Terminal, Kings County Hospital in New York and numerous residences in the Pacific Northwest. Tyler is a past trustee of The Intiman Theatre (2000–2003) and is currently President of the board at On the Boards, an experimental performance theater.

Balancing a passion for art and culture with the pragmatics of construction, Tyler has chaired AIA committees for design recognition, code reform and process improvement, and has worked to integrate the education of the design disciplines. Tyler’s work has been recognized by international publications and awards for design excellence.


As a co-founder and principal of digital experience innovation company Artefact, Rob Girling is responsible for setting the company’s strategy and vision — to design exciting products and experiences that inspire positive changes in human behavior. Rob’s design career spans some of the leading agencies and design brands in the world, such as Apple, Microsoft, IDEO and Sony. Rob obtained his Masters degree in Interaction Design from the Royal College of Art inLondon, graduating with distinction. He is a recognized thought leader who has shared his point of view on the role of design in driving positive changes at national and global innovation conferences such as SxSW, Future Travel Experiences, World Forum for Democracy, and more.


David Mikula is a creative partner to ambitious leaders who want to act on meaningful opportunities and create prosperous markets.

Being a self-taught designer and technologist from the golden-age of the Internet: Mikula fits into the rare category of specialists that learned, at an early age, how crucial experiments and exploits are in our efforts to positively impact our world through technology.

In the past twelve years, David has been recognized for award-winning innovations in digital and tangible products, marketing and experiences for notable brands like Nike, Google, Sesame Street, NASA, Whole Foods Market, Microsoft, Foursquare, Coca-Cola and Electronic Arts.

Aside from his work, he applies his learnings through teaching and public speaking and is a contributor to the EFF and ACLU.


Jennifer Navva Milliken is Curator of Craft at Bellevue Arts Museum. Before joining BAM, she established INTER ALIA projects, a private curatorial practice dedicated to generating independent initiatives serving an interdisciplinary agenda focused on contemporary art, conceptual craft, design, and new media, in Tel Aviv. She has participated on the creative teams of a number of cultural institutions and museums, including the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), New York, and The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and has written and spoken on contemporary art, craft, and design topics for a number of international publications and venues.


The grants are moderated by Seattle Design Foundation board member and Creative Director for Microsoft HoloLens and Windows Holographic Nicholas Kamuda. Email any questions to hello [at] seattledesignfoundation.com

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