dsm Magazine has selected seven local expert judges to determine the finalists and winners of the first-ever dsm Home Design Awards, a new annual feature recognizing and showcasing Greater Des Moines’ best interior designers, architects, landscape architecture, craftspeople and builders during a virtual ceremony on March 9, 2021. 

“Our panel has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in home or design-related projects, and I couldn’t be more pleased,” said Suzanna de Baca, president of Business Publications Corp. and publisher of 
dsm. Business Publications Corp. owns dsm and the Business Record. “The judges’ experience and process we have in place will ensure high standards of review. I can’t wait to see what projects they deem the best,” de Baca said.

The panel of Central Iowa judges will review submissions included in four categories — interiors, exteriors, details and homes — each with numerous subcategories. The judges will grade the submissions in an anonymous process to ensure impartiality. 

This year’s panel includes:

  • Kim Augsburger, president and owner, Saxton Inc.: Augsburger has owned and operated Saxton Inc., a Des Moines-based commercial interior design company, for four decades.
  • Claudia Cackler, executive director, Iowa Architectural Foundation: Cackler has led the Iowa Architectural Foundation for four years, helping connect the state’s designers, educators and students.
  • Jeff Fleming, director, Des Moines Art Center: A local leader in the arts, Fleming has an eye for quality design through his many years at the Des Moines Art Center.
  • Angela Jackson, owner, The Great Frame Up: Jackson is a local arts and civic leader, owning an art gallery and serving on numerous boards like the Iowa Civil Rights Commission, West Des Moines Chamber and the Des Moines Art Festival.
  • Jae Hwa Lee, assistant professor, Department of Interior Design, Iowa State University: With a doctorate in interior design, Lee has almost a decade of experience in design education in both South Korea and the United States.
  • Stephen Orr, vice president and editorial content director, Meredith; editor-in-chief, Better Homes and Gardens: As a leader for one of the country’s foremost home design magazines, Orr is recognized as an expert tastemaker throughout the design community.
  • Neil Ward, associate professor of graphic design, Drake University: An expert in home design, Ward has more than a decade of teaching experience.

For more than 15 years, dsm Magazine, a city publication telling the stories of Greater Des Moines, has covered arts, culture, food, philanthropy, people and more. It has also long brought local readers stunning coverage of Greater Des Moines’ most luxurious, creative and intriguing homes and gardens. 

For more information on the dsmHome Design Awards and categories, go here.

To submit entries, click here.