Georgia Design Awards recognize excellence and highlight top residential and commercial projects

Designers were presented gold, silver, and bronze awards at the inaugural gala

Photograph by SKAY Photography + Design

Top designers from across the state were honored December 1 at the inaugural Georgia Design Awards Gala, produced by Atlanta magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME. The event, held at the Starling in Midtown, brought together all segments of the design community—architecture, interior design, homebuilding, remodeling, and landscape design—to recognize excellence and highlight outstanding residential and commercial projects.

Entrants submitted a wide variety of projects ranging from single rooms and product installations to entire homes and public spaces. The entries were judged by an independent panel of design professionals from outside of Georgia. The judges were blocked from seeing which professionals submitted which entries, and all identifying information was removed from project names. After reviewing and scoring hundreds of entries, the judges selected gold, silver, and bronze winners in each of four categories: interiors, residential architecture, outdoor spaces, and contract design. One of the contest’s top awards, the Reader’s Choice Award, was selected by the readers of

The following designers and design firms won Gold awards: A Classical Studio; Artisans of Atlanta; Carson McElheney Landscape Architecture & Design; Copper Sky Design + Remodel; Cooper Carry; Design Galleria Kitchen and Bath Studio; Fogarty Finger; Gilstrap Edwards Interior Design; Habachy Designs; Hedgewood Homes; Intuitive Dwellings by Enwright Design; Lew Oliver, Inc.; Mark Williams Design; Meg Herlihy Home; Norman Davenport Askins, Architect; Pineapple House Interior Design; Robert Brown Interior Design; Rothman + Rothman Design; Rule Joy Trammel Rubio; Seiber Design; Sims Patrick Studio; Smith Hanes Studio; Splice Design; Square Feet Studio; Stevie Interiors; Susan B. Bozeman Designs; T.S. Adams Studio, Architects; Terracotta Design Build; Tish Mills Interiors; and XMETRICAL.

In addition to the individual category awards, Best in Show awards were presented for the residential and contract projects with the highest overall scores from the judges. Winners were Carson McElheney Landscape Archicture & Design, Rule Joy Trammell Rubio, and Square Feet Studio. The Reader’s Choice Award went to Fogarty Finger. The awards program is the first to involve both the Georgia design community and consumers, leveraging the audiences of Atlanta magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, along with the extensive reach of

Sponsors for the awards show included the Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC), AmericasMart Atlanta, Construction Resources, Circa Lighting, the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), the Starling, and Sub-Zero, Wolf, and Cove. Emcees were Sean McGinnis, president and publisher of Atlanta magazine and Atlanta Magazine’s HOME, and Betsy Riley, editor in chief of Atlanta magazine and editorial director of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME.

Judges for the Georgia Design Awards were: Lindsey Coral Harper of Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design in New York and Stonington, Connecticut; Ellen Gefen, co-founder of Gefen Marketing, Gefen Productions, and in High Point, North Carolina; Charles L. Hudson Jr., owner of Hudson Designs in Johns Island, South Carolina; NeKeia McSwain, principal designer at Kimberly + Cameron Interiors in Denver; Daphne Nikolopoulos, editorial director of Florida Design in West Palm Beach; Juan Poggi, owner of Poggi Design in Miami; Ken Pursley, partner at Pursley Dixon Architecture in Charlotte; and Lauren Tolles, founder of Maison Birmingham in Birmingham, Michigan.

The Winter 2022 issue of Atlanta Magazine’s HOME features the winners of the Georgia Design Awards. A complete list of winners, along with their projects, also can be found at