SE Architect of the Year!



The 2017 Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards were presented last Thursday April 30th by ADAC and VERANDA to the region’s most outstanding talents. Judged by top industry professionals, the awards were presented at a gala held at the Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens. The announcement of the three winners, culled from a field of 99 submissions and 16 finalists, marked the culmination of a week of annual industry events known as DESIGN ADAC.

The 2017 Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Winners include Jeffrey Dungan architect of the year, Phoebe Howard for residential interior design and Elizabeth Ingram for contract design.

“ADAC is honored that so many elite professionals submitted their projects for consideration this year. These honorees absolutely represent the highest level of design in the southeast today,” stated Katie Miner, ADAC’s General Manager. “The gala was extraordinary because the room was filled with such talented people who are passionate about the design community. This is our biggest night of the year. No one, including myself, knows in advance who will win; this always adds to the excitement of the evening!”

Finalists and winners were selected from nearly 100 entries by a panel of three esteemed judges including VERANDA Editor in Chief Clinton Smith; interior designer Darryl Carter of Darryl Carter, Inc.; and architect Anne Fairfax, AIA, RIBA of Fairfax, Sammons & Partners Architects, each of whom brought a unique perspective on architecture and interior design to the judging process. Remarks from the judges on each winner’s work included:

“Madly disciplined use of color palette and textures resulted in swoon-worthy sleeping quarters.” Anne Fairfax explains Phoebe Howards’ work. “Single moments of restrained detail inform the best architecture and interiors,” said Darryl Carter on Jeffrey Dungan of Jeffrey Dungan Architects. “Glamour isn’t often easily discernable, but this project is the epitome of it. The room is evocative and dazzling. It captures the romance of another era, while being modern at the same time – no easy feat,” said Clinton Smith commenting on Elizabeth Ingram Studios’ work. Interviews with the winners and photos from the 2017 Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards are available upon request.