2023 ADAC Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Finalists

April 10, 2023

The Atlanta Decorative Arts Center (ADAC) has announced this year’s finalists for the 2023 Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards (SEDY). The 26 finalists represent the most creative and innovative minds in the business across the fields of residential design, contract design and architecture. Entries were received from across the Southeast, spanning nine states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. 

The featured finalists were selected by an esteemed panel of top industry professionals including Veranda Editor-in-Chief Steele Marcoux, Ike Baker Velten founder John Ike and award-winning designer Jean Liu, principal at Jean Liu Design LLC. 

The 2023 Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards return to ADAC’s spring market, Design ADAC, co-sponsored by Veranda, taking place April 18-20, where winners will be announced at a private awards gala on Thursday, April 20. All are welcome to join ADAC and Veranda to meet and celebrate the 2023 finalists at R Hughes in Suite 320 at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19.

“This year, we are thrilled to have a record-breaking number of first-time finalists,” said Katie Miner, general manager of ADAC. “As the Southeast Designers & Architect of the Year Awards continue to grow, I’m both proud and thrilled at the amazing talent we have and continue to discover throughout the Southeast. It truly is a wonderful celebration for design in the region.” 

The 2023 Finalists for Residential, Contract and Architecture include: 

Residential Design Finalists 

  • Alecia Stevens Interiors | Charleston, S.C. 
  • Atelier Davis | Atlanta 
  • Brad Ramsey Interiors | Nashville, Tenn. 
  • Christy Dillard Kratzer of CDK Interior Design | Atlanta 
  • David Frazier | West Point, Ga. 
  • Lathem Gordon & Cate Dunning of GordonDunning | Atlanta 
  • Jason Arnold Interiors | Nashville, Tenn.
  • Kristin Kong of K Kong Designs | Atlanta 
  • Laura W. Jenkins Interiors | Atlanta, GA o Lauren DeLoach Interiors | Atlanta 
  • Melanie Turner Interiors | Atlanta 
  • William Peace of Peace Design | Atlanta
  • Bronwyn Ford of Pursley Dixon Ford Interior Design | Charlotte, N.C. 
  • Rachel Halvorson Designs | Nashville, Tenn. 
  • Shirlene Brooks of Re:View Design | Franklin, N.C. 
  • Robin Rains Interior Design | Nashville, Tenn. 
  • Aliesha Porto of Stevie Interiors | Milton, Ga. 

Contract Design Finalists 

  • Harris Interiors | Atlanta 
  • William Peace of Peace Design | Atlanta 
  • Smith Hanes Studio | Atlanta 
  • Square Feet Studio | Atlanta

Architecture Finalists 

  • Chris Reebals of Christopher Architecture & Interiors | Birmingham, Ala. 
  • Herlong Architects | Sullivan’s Island, S.C. 
  • Historical Concepts | Atlanta 
  • Richard & Lynielle Long of Long & Long Design, Inc. | Homewood, Ala. 
  • Pursley Dixon Architecture | Charlotte, N.C. 
  • Summerour Architects | Atlanta 

“We’re extremely grateful to this year‘s incredible panel of judges,” said Miner. “Their job selecting the 2023 finalists amongst all the wonderfully creative and qualified submissions was a daunting exercise. We can’t thank them enough for their expertise, participation, leadership and guidance.”