Design Contest

Contest Winners, Design Contest, Remodel-Addition

Award-Winning Condominium Remodel from The Queen of Colour, Gabriele Pizzale

Portrait of Gabriele Pizzale of Pizzale Design Inc.

By: Kerry Hansen

Gabriele Pizzale designs spaces that reflect the people who enjoy them, perfectly tailored down to the last detail.

“Gabriele Pizzale is the founder and principal designer of Pizzale Design Inc. in Oakville, Canada. She graduated with a degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson University in Toronto and then started her firm 25 years ago. Gabriele is known for creating spaces that are, above all, fashionable. Her love of fabrics and meticulous detail is always evident in her designs, as is her talent for mixing colors and patterns to create perfectly curated spaces. In the realm of interior design, she is known as the Queen of Colour.”

“Gabriele is always eager to learn new things. She purchased Chief Architect software over 18 years ago and taught herself how to use it. One day she hit the camera button by accident and it changed her life!  The 3D option was a revelation. Now that this feature was revealed, she took the online tutorials and live course. This has quite literally changed her business. Showing clients what their space will look like before it is built is a magical tool!”

Chief Architect has quite literally changed my business. Showing clients what their space will look like before it is built is a magical tool!

Gabriele Pizzale, Pizzale Design Inc.

Gabriele recently placed first in the August 2019, Chief Architect Remodel and Addition Contest with her Oakville, Ontario condominium remodel. “The wishlist from the client was to upgrade their existing space with a transitional style and offer more space to socialize. Utilizing their large windows and fireplace, along with an addition to expand their existing space, we focused on maximizing their current space with an open concept layout between the kitchen and living room setting. It was also important to focus on the small details by incorporating custom pieces such as the pillows, drapery, and millwork with an integrated built-in bench under the window.” 

Winning Design

We are thrilled to be a part of Gabriele’s design process. Thank you to Gabriele and her team for sharing your story with the Chief Architect community. View more elegant interior designs from Gabriele of Pizzale Design Inc. below.

A bathroom design that incorporates clean lines, uncluttered counter spaces and geometric shapes with African inspired artwork.
The Fern Bathroom Design
A bathroom design that incorporates clean lines, uncluttered counter spaces and geometric shapes with African inspired artwork.
The Fern Bathroom Design
Open concept kitchen and dining room with a modern feel.
The Modern Streb Kitchen Design
A welcoming kitchen that mixes rich fabrics with clean white cabinetry and sleek counter tops.
The Crase Kitchen Design
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Design Contest

Design Contest – Kitchen/Bath & Interiors

Chief Architect Kitchen Bath and Interior Design Contest graphic with a kitchen rendering.

Chief Architect Design Contests are a fun way to share your designs, build credibility and expose your brand.  Share one of your Kitchen/Bath or Interior Designs for a chance to win Chief Gear. Use any Chief Architect or Home Designer software product to create your original design.


  1. Email a single image or a 360° image of your design to
  2. Include your name, company information, and the software you used.
  3. Describe your design and planning process for your submission including any background information about the project.
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Bathroom Design, Design Contest, Featured Customers

12-Year-Old Christian Dewitt’s Award-Winning Spa Bathroom

Small, rectangular bathroom with a waterfall shower and sunken tub.

By Kendra Dorosh

Christian Dewitt is a passionate 12-year-old who placed 2nd in the Chief Architect Kitchen/ Bath & Interior Design Contest. He has a natural eye for design that shows through his renderings.

Boy sitting on brick steps.
Christian Dewitt

“My name is Christian Dewitt and I have been designing since I was two. I would draw plans and put families in front of the homes. I have been doing this for ten years now. I helped design our current home in North Carolina about 8 years ago. This experience really helped me increase my knowledge in the construction part of designing a house.

“I found Chief Architect’s Home Designer Software when I was looking for software that could perform the task that I needed to, at a great price, so I could stop having to sketch or draw my designs. I had compared other design software programs like SketchUp and Virtual Architect with Chief Architect Home Designer Software. I found that SketchUp was too pricey at the moment and you couldn’t own it outright. Virtual Architect’s graphics were very pixelated, also it didn’t offer the customization that Chief Architect’s Home Designer did.”

I have been using Chief Architect’s Home Designer for about three years now and it has done so many important projects that I wouldn’t have been able to complete without it.

“I started out with Home Designer Suite and it was so simple to upgrade to Architectural. I have had one true project that I have used Chief Architect’s Home Designer software for, and it really helped my client visualize how she wanted to layout her space. I wouldn’t have been able to complete the project to the best of my ability without it.

“Hopefully, this contest win will help me increase my recognition to be able to use Chief Architect in many more projects to come. I hope that someday people see the true potential in young people like me, and I’m hoping that I can change people’s perspectives about the younger generation.”

Winning Design

More from Christian

It’s a pleasure to be a part of Christian’s design process. We look forward to seeing the great things he’ll accomplish in the industry with his enthusiasm and grit!

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Contest Winners, Design Contest, Featured Customers, Professional, Residential Home Design

Jeff Burns is the 2018 Residential Design of the Year Contest Winner

2018 Design of Year Contest Winnning Design: Residential Category

By Jake Murray

Congratulations Jeff for taking 1st place in our Design of Year Contest – Residential Category! Jeff was also a finisher in our Residential Design Contest back in July.

Jeff and his wife Julie
Jeff and his wife Julie

“I am a father of 4 awesome children Jacob, Jordan, Jackson, and Jude, and I married my high school sweetheart Julie. And yes, we are all J’s!! “The girls are J.A.B’s and the boys are all J.R.B’s which does get tricky at times! I was born in Fort Walton Beach Florida, being in a military family we moved several times before settling back in Alexandria, Louisiana where I reside today.

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