DIXIE ROBERTS JUNK is co-founder of Kansas City, Mo.–based Junk Architects. The 17-year-old firm works with private residential clients and corporate entities such as the Bayer Corp., National Medical Enterprises, and Chrysler Motors Corp. Junk was named one of Kansas City's top 25 “Women Who Mean Business.”

ROBERT P. JUNK co-founded Junk Architects of Kansas City, Mo., in 1987. Junk has experience with commercial, health-care, multi-unit residential, and academic buildings. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects and participates in civic activities such as the Rotary Club 13 of Kansas City and the Kansas City Area Development Council.

PAULA KRUGMEIER joined BARArchitects, a San Francisco firm, in 1990 and became a principal in 1997. Krugmeier was principal-in-charge of four of the Phase 1 parcels of Santana Row, the Builder's Choice Project of the Year in 2003. Krugmeier is noted for winning contested approvals on controversial projects; she has a strong focus on innovative solutions for complex sites.

MICHAEL LANDER is founder of The Lander Group, which specializes in urban infill projects. The Minneapolis-based real estate development firm's projects show a commitment to retaining the unique character of neighborhoods and to green space and street-level activity. Lander is a member of the Urban Land Institute and the Congress for the New Urbanism.

RICHARD D. NEWMAN is vice president of architecture for Platinum Homes, a Scottsdale, Ariz.–based design/build firm. Newman, a registered architect, oversees the firm's high-end custom residential projects. Platinum won a Pacesetter Award in 2002 from Builder's sister publication, Custom Home magazine, and a Builder's Choice award in 2003.

H. LAWRENCE WEBB is CEO of WL Homes, a Newport Beach, Calif.–based builder. Webb leads a team responsible for divisions in California and Colorado that do business under the name John Laing Homes. Webb's philosophy is that the customer comes first. In 1999, he was recognized as a Legend in Residential Marketing by the National Sales and Marketing Council. He serves on the board of directors of Interval House, a home for abused women and children.

J. ROBERT WHITE is founder and principal of ForestStudio, a Laguna Beach, Calif., design firm. White formerly served as principal and director of design at Scheurer Architects. There, he was principal designer for HomeDestinations, Builder magazine's 2003 show home.

MARK D. WILSON is president and founder of Naples, Fla.–based London Bay Homes, which specializes in luxury custom homes in Southwest Florida. Wilson's firm takes pride in the team design process, a concept in which team members work together from design inception through project completion. Wilson's firm has won more than 200 awards for design, construction, and management.

If you are interested in being a judge for the Builder's Choice Design & Planning Awards in 2005, or would like more information on the contest, please e-mail Loretta Williams at lwilliams@hanleywood.com, or call 202-736-3455.

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