Judges

EJ Meade - Principal Architect, Arch 11

As the firm’s design principal, E.J. oversees project design and direction. He practices with the aspiration that buildings can inform us about place and landscape. Believing that the best architecture is a response to site and time, he draws from experience that includes studying philosophy and American Studies at Colby College, a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, and years of building experience.

After graduating from Colby, E.J. worked in carpentry in New England, learning traditional building methods and finish carpentry. Inspired by a summer studio at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, E.J. studied architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, and earned his Masters from the University of Colorado in 1991. He was the recipient of the Alpha Ro Chi Medal for Design Excellence and the Emerging Impressions Award from the AIA.

As part of his practice, E.J. was a senior instructor at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado from 1993-2005. He is still involved in the academic community, regularly participating as an invited design critic at the University of Colorado and other universities around the country. E.J. is an invited jury member on national and international design juries. He has presented the work of Arch11 at several universities and lectured at the Denver Art Museum. His work is published in a variety of academic and professional journals globally. Under his direction, Arch11 has earned twenty-four AIA design awards including firm of the year from the north Chapter AIA in 2009.

And in spite of it all, he maintains an obsessive interest in the meaningful detailing of building.

E.J. Meade is a registered architect in the State of Colorado and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

Gilda Zaragoza – Principal, Invalesco Real Estate

Gilda Zaragoza likes to tear things down and build them back up. For a living. We’re talking about houses. Building. Buying. Selling. Dealing. Investing. The whole package. Gilda is fast becoming an influencer in the Denver Real Estate market and is developing an amazing team of individuals who share her enthusiastic entrepreneurial spirit and vision. Gilda didn’t set out to be in the Real Estate Industry.   After graduating from New York University(NYU) she went to work in the world of finance for BlackRock.  While she excelled in the Management Group working with International Institutional investors, her heart just wasn’t in it. But she did take her love for numbers with her when she left. Gilda wanted to be part of something more tangible, and she found her passion in Real Estate. She enrolled in the University of Denver(DU) for her graduate studies earning her MS in Real Estate and Construction Management. During her studies she did her first “scrape” – turning an old home into a magnificent, modern duplex and hasn’t looked back since.  She has created a niche for Invalesco in the Denver market as a “Development and Realty Boutique.” Gilda is on the founding board of the Young Leaders Council of the Metro Denver Home Building Association. She is also a Certified New Homes Sales Professional.

Kimberly Timmons-Beutner, IIDA, ASID, NEWH – Principal, Director of Interiors; Kimberly Timmons Interiors

Kimberly Timmons-Beutner IIDA, ASID, NEWH has built a distinguished practice whose designs for hospitality, residential, commercial, and interior merchandising have garnered more than 100 awards and are frequently published. In 2018 KTI was recognized as one of ColoradoBiz Magazine’s Top 100 Woman owned companies.  Kimberly’s passion for design is contagious, spreading throughout the firm as teams transform each owner’s vision into a uniquely designed experience. Her leadership, honesty, and commitment to artistic excellence has resulted in long-lasting collaborations with the nation’s premier builders, developers, restaurateurs, and architects. Kimberly graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Colorado, where she was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008, and awarded a Doctorate of Humane Letters in 2010. She is an active board member of the HBA of Metro Denver’s Sales & Marketing Council; a member of the NEWH (Network of Executive Women in Hospitality); and a devoted supporter of the arts and local design schools.

Dan McFaden – President, PB Kitchen Design

Dan McFadden, President of PB Kitchen Design, joined the family business after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder. His easygoing demeanor belies his talent as a designer and his ability to steer a renovation project along its proper course. Dan is a believer in building lasting collaborative relationships with trade partners and his clients who share his standard for excellence, value and reliability. A recipient of numerous design awards, Dan’s designs have been highly regarded, including a submission for the National Kitchen and Bath Association that simultaneously won two awards in their annual design contest: Best in Category and Best in Show. Dan’s work has been published in dozens of separate trade and consumer titles such as Traditional Home, Veranda, Kitchen & Bath Business, and Midwest Living Magazine. His showroom and brand have also been featured on HGTV and the Food Network. In 2018, Dan will participate as a judge for the Kitchen & Bath Business Design Awards.

Chris Withers – Founder and Owner, Old Greenwich Builders

As founder (1999) and co-owner of Old Greenwich Builders in Denver, Chris has 30 years of experience in the residential construction industry. A 1985 graduate of Syracuse University, Chris has a Bachelors degree in M.I.S and Marketing. Resident of Colorado since 1993, Chris relocated here for the beauty of Colorado and the chance to ski and bike with regularity. Chris remains very active in the day to day operations at Old Greenwich Builders.

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