This year as I viewed the architecture and interior design submissions, it was like a wave of optimism, hope and ingenuity poured over us jurors. I could not believe how thoughtful every design was. The way designers took such a difficult moment in time (pandemic) and used it to create projects that brought life and innovation to the very essence of their vision was truly inspiring. The submissions this year had something incredibly unique versus years passed. It felt like each of them put love into their work. It was evident in the way they valued community, shared spaces, and design that integrated more than just a contemporary slant. It felt deeply personal and beautiful and hopeful. It was an honor to view each and every one.