2017 Tree Judges

Each year, a panel of judges from creative fields is invited to review all the the tree entries and award places based on excellence in defined categories. Examples, which are subject to change (based on each year's applicable types of submissions):
Best in Show, Most Festive, Best Use of Materials, Most Clever Idea, Most Whimsical, Most Creative, Best Handmade, etc.

This year's panel of distinguished tree judges come from the fields of architecture and fine art. 


Maura Newell Juan

Maura Newell Juan

Maura Newell Juan, Managing Principal Architect, AIA, NCARB seventy2architects

Maura attended State University of New York at Buffalo for her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture and went on to earn a Master of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is a member of the AIA: American Institute of Architects, and is NCARB Certified: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Maura is a registered Architect in Connecticut and New York. She is also a registered Interior Designer in Connecticut and a licensed Building Official in the state of Connecticut.


Emmanuel R. Juan

Emmanuel R. Juan

Emmanuel R. Juan, Design Principal Architect, AIA, LEED AP seventy2architects

Emmanuel studied at State University of New York at Buffalo for his Bachelor of Professional Studies in Architecture and went on to obtain his Master of Industrial Design at Pratt Institute. He is LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and is member of the AIA: American Institute of Architects. He is a registered Architect in the State of New York. 


Sabrina Marques

Sabrina Marques

Sabrina Marques, Assistant Professor of Art, Painting/MFA Program, Western Connecticut State University

Sabrina received her BA in Visual Arts from Columbia University and studied painting and drawing at the International School of Art in Umbria, Italy. Following graduation from Columbia, she worked in New York with theatre and movie director Julie Taymor. Sabrina attended the Yale School of Art, where she received a MFA in Painting and Printmaking. She has had numerous exhibitions and received a Golden Educator Award from the National Art Education Association. 


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