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Students and Educators Take Center Stage at the 24th Annual PAVE Gala

Updated: Aug 10, 2023

The IAC Building illuminated by the PAVE Gala

After almost three years, the PAVE community of industry luminaires, distinguished professors, and up-and-coming student designers came together at the Frank Gehry-designed IAC Headquarters in New York City for the return of the traditional PAVE Gala!

In honor of PAVE Global's 30th Anniversary and mission to mentor, inspire, and connect, students, educators, and professionals involved in the creation of consumer environments- the evening's award ceremony recognized and celebrated the accomplishments of a multitude of students, educators, and professionals.

Jerry Fox (right) and Joe Baer (left) welcome guests.

After a warm welcome and special thanks to our fantastic sponsors from PAVE President Jerry Fox (CEO, Bish Creative Display) and PAVE VP of Events Joe Baer (Founder, ZenGenius, Inc.) the award celebration began with the full and undivided attention of the audience.

City Relief's CEO Josiah Haken and Fashion Institute of Technology's Glenn Sokoli representing PAVE's Education Committee presented the first awards for the evening honoring the winners of the 2022 PAVE Student Design Competition in which students globally were challenged to reimagine a mobile/pop-up outreach center for City Relief to provide services for our unhoused neighbors and friends.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winners of the 2022 PAVE Student Design Competition in collaboration with City Relief, proudly sponsored by edesign:

  • Hadeel Sinjab & Stephanie Martinez - Interior Design - Fanshawe College

  • Willow Cook & Sofia Alves - Interior Design - Louisiana State University

  • Claire Van Horn & Emily Miklowski - Interior Design - University of Cincinnati

2022 PAVE Student Design Competition Winners - Left to Right - Stephanie Martinez, Hadeel Sinjab, Sofia Alvez, Willow Cook, and Emily Miklowski (Not Pictured: Claire Van Horn)

Next, PAVE Board Member Karen Pearse of Karen Pearse Global Direct took the stage to introduce her close friend and creative mind behind the next PAVE award- Kevin Roche of Roche Design Strategy.

Karen Pearse introducing Kevin Roche

In discussing the success of the first Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship recipient, Kevin shared with the audience how motivated he has been to continue to mentor, inspire, and connect students. He also shared how for this year's iteration of the KRR Scholarship he couldn't select just one student. Their applications so inspired him that he awarded 4 students each with a $2,000 scholarship and 20 hours of one-on-one mentorship with him to help jumpstart their careers.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winners of the 2022 Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship:

  • Mary Therese Conway - Architecture - University of Cincinnati

  • Kaylor Mead - Interior Design - Appalachian State University

  • Parker Blessing - Interior Design - Florida State University

  • Andrea Valet - Interior Design - The New School, Parsons School of Design

The winners of the 2022 Kevin Roche Recognition Scholarship - Left to Right - Mary Therese Conway, Parker Blessing, Kevin Roche, Andrea Valet, and Kaylor Mead

The final award to be presented before dinner has recognized and honored innovative, young leaders within the consumer environments industry for the last 15 years! The PAVE Rising Star Award proudly sponsored by ASI | Architectural Systems, Inc. was presented by ASI's President Andrew Cooper, and Managing Director Rachel Cooper.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winner and finalists of the 2022 PAVE Rising Star Award:

  • 2022 PAVE Rising Star - Matthew Almendarez - Associate, MBH Architects

  • Finalist - Emily Bowers - Associate Principal, Design Practice Leader, Bergmeyer

  • Finalist - Marta Abás - Senior Associate, MG2

2022 Rising Star - Left to Right - Marta Abás, Emily Bowers, Andrew Cooper, Matthew Almendarez, and Rachel Cooper

After a delightful meal and light networking, the audience returned to their seats. The award ceremony resumed with the presentation of PAVE's inaugural Educator of the Year Award proudly sponsored by Tag Worldwide. The newest award to be presented at the PAVE Gala honors and celebrates full-time educators for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to design education.

Presenting this momentous award was Lyndon Neal, Chief Operating Officer, Retail & Activation, Tag Worldwide, and PAVE's Immediate Past President Cindi Kato, Principal, Global Retail Practice Area, CallisonRTKL.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winner of the inaugural PAVE Educator of the Year Award:

  • Professor Nea Maloo - Professor of Architecture - Howard University

2022 PAVE Educator of the Year - Left to Right - Cindi Kato, Professor Nea Maloo, and Lyndon Neal

Following Professor Maloo's awe-inspiring acceptance speech, VMSD Magazine's Carly Hagedon (Managing Editor) and Eric Feigenbaum (New York Editor) took to the stage to honor this year's VMSD's Excellence in Visual Merchandising and Store Design in New York Awards and present the winning retailers with their coveted crystal apples.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winners of the 2022 VMSD Excellence in Visual Merchandising and Store Design in New York Awards:

  • Hermès

  • NHL Flagship

  • House of Showfields

Carly Hagedon, Alec Zaballero representing NHL Flagship and Eric Feigenbaum

Always a favorite, the final award for the evening celebrates the very essence of the holiday season. Presented by Retail TouchPoints' and design:retail's VP of Content Alicia Esposito, design:retail's Winning Windows recognizes and celebrates beautiful and whimsical holiday window displays in New York and beyond.

Please join us in once again congratulating the winners of the design:retail's 2022 Winning Windows:

  • Platinum - Bergdorf Goodman

  • Gold - Macy's

  • Silver - Bloomingdale's

  • Judges' Choice - Saks Fifth Avenue

Demetrios Argyropoulos representing Bergdorf Goodman and Alicia Esposito

As the award celebration wrapped up, Jerry Fox and Joe Baer returned to the stage with PAVE Board Members David Terveen (DK Display Corp.) and Roya Sullivan (Harlequin Design) to once again thank our sponsors, guests and Gala committee for supporting the future of our industry through PAVE. All of the students in attendance were then invited onto the stage to introduce themselves and toast together in celebration of PAVE's 30th Anniversary.

Student Gala attendees introducing themselves to the PAVE community

As our first major fundraising event since 2019, the 24th edition of the PAVE Gala has been remarked by guests as being "the best PAVE Gala yet" and we tend to agree! With the support and generosity of our fantastic sponsors, table hosts, and guests, the 2022 PAVE Gala raised almost $110,000 to fund and further develop PAVE's student programs that provide access to mentorship, enriching experiences, networking, and financial support for college-level students globally who are pursuing degrees related to the design and creation of consumer environments.

Thank you once again to all of our amazing sponsors, supporters, and guests who supported the future of design and our wonderful industry by attending the 24th Annual PAVE Gala!

If you would like to help further our mission of mentorship, inspiration, and connection here are a few ways you can get involved and give back:

  • Sponsor a student design challenge or competition.

  • Create a scholarship.

  • Join the PAVE Board or a committee.

  • Mentor a student.

  • Volunteer as a judge for a PAVE scholarship, award, or competition.

  • Encourage colleagues, mentors, students, and friends to get involved.

  • Follow us on LinkedIn or Instagram to stay up to date on the latest PAVE news and programs.

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About PAVE Global

Founded in 1992 as The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, PAVE Global is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, with all proceeds benefitting PAVE’s educational programs. The organization enables young talent to build successful careers designing and creating consumer environments. Our vision is to cultivate relationships with students, educators, and the design industry through financial assistance, top-industry thinking, inspiration, and mentorship.

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