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Jan 30, 2023 By Veronica Whitaker
IIDA Competitions Calendar
A guide to global recognition with IIDA’s 10 international design competitions
By Veronica Whitaker Jan 30, 2023
Published in Articles

IIDA Design Competitions showcase leading interior design and interior architecture projects to the IIDA community and a global audience. We believe in providing exposure to the innovative and talented design community—and are proud to celebrate their impressive design accomplishments!

With over 10 distinct IIDA annual and biennial design competitions that have a wide range of design categories, design teams and firms of all sizes can participate for the opportunity to be honored on a global scale. Winning projects are celebrated on IIDA.org through articles and galleries, and promoted in newsletters and social media.

Here we share the IIDA design competition calendar guide and encourage innovative designers and firms to submit to be internationally and regionally recognized.

Annual and Biennial Competitions open to Members and Non-Members

IIDA Interior Design Competition

Open annually December - February

This annual award honors achievements in outstanding interior architecture and design that encourages and uses innovative interior design ideas, techniques, and furnishings across 14 categories. Any interior designer or interior architect may submit design project(s). This competition is open to participants worldwide. Winning projects are promoted through Interior Design media.

2023 IIDA Interior Design Competition
2022 IIDA Interior Design Competition Winners

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IIDA Will Ching Design Competition

Open annually December - February

Honoring originality and excellence in commercial design from firms with five (5) or fewer employees. Any interior designer or interior architect working in a firm with five (5) or fewer employees is eligible to enter. This competition is open to participants worldwide.

2023 IIDA Will Ching Design Competition
2022 IIDA Will Ching Design Competition Winners

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IIDA Student Design Competition

Open annually January - February

Honoring the talent and innovative thinking of interior design students and showcases emerging professionals in the interior design industry.

This competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students around the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design or architecture program at time of submission. School projects already completed may be reinterpreted and/or edited to meet the requirements of this competition. If the school project was completed as a group, all members must agree in writing to enter the reinterpreted and/or edited project, and all members must be listed as participants on the entry form. Participants can enter individually, or as a team with a maximum of five (5) team members.

2023 IIDA Student Design Competition
2022 IIDA Student Design Competition

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IIDA HD EXPO Product Design Awards

Open annually January - April

Honoring innovation, environmental functionality, function, and aesthetic or technical advancements in the hospitality industry across 21 categories.

Any product manufacturers exhibiting at HD Expo + Conference may submit design projects. Products must be displayed at HD Expo + Conference and intended for the hospitality environment to be considered eligible for entry.

2023 IIDA HD + Expo Product Design Competition

2022 IIDA HD + Expo Product Design Competition Winners

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ALA (American Library Association)/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards

Open biennially January - April

This biennial competition occurs every even numbered year and honors excellence in library interior design, and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts across nine categories.

Any interior designer, interior architect, or architect may submit design project(s). Projects must be library interior design projects. Additionally, library projects in the design phase are welcome to submit to the “On the Boards” category.

2022 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Competition
2018 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Competition Winners

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IIDA Showroom and Booth Design Competition

Opens annually March - June

Honoring originality of design and visual impact of showrooms and booths at NeoCon, emphasizing use of materials, space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics.

Any permanent showrooms at theMART and/or current exhibition booths at NeoCon are eligible for entry.

2022 IIDA Showroom and Booth Design Competition Winners
2021 IIDA Showroom and Booth Design Competition Winners

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IIDA Latin America Design Awards

Opens annually March - April

Honoring design excellence in interior design and interior architecture projects representing achievement in creativity and innovation across 18 categories.

Any interior designer, interior architect, or architect may submit design project(s). Firms may be based anywhere, however projects must be located in Latin America or the Caribbean.

2022 IIDA Latin America Design Awards
2019 IIDA Latin America Design Awards Competition Winners

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IIDA Healthcare Design Awards

Open annually July - September

Honoring excellence and originality in healthcare interior design that is exemplary of extraordinary innovations in design concepts across 14 categories. Any interior designer, interior architect, or architect may submit design project(s). Projects must be healthcare interior design projects.

2022 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition
2021 IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition Winners

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IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards

Open annually in August - September

Honoring outstanding creativity and design in interior design and interior architecture projects based in Asian Pacific countries across 15 categories.

Any interior designer or interior architect may submit design project(s). The competition is open to participants worldwide, however projects must be located in the Asia Pacific region.

2022 IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards
2021 IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards Competition Winners

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IIDA Global Excellence Awards

Open annually October - November

Honoring excellence in originality and creativity in international interior design and interior architecture projects across 15 categories. Any interior designer, interior architect, or architect may submit design project(s). Projects must be located outside of the United States. The submitting designer/design firm may be based anywhere, including the United States

2022 IIDA Global Excellence Awards Competition Winners
2021 IIDA Global Excellence Awards Competition Winners

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