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2020 Global Excellence Awards
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2020 Global Excellence Awards
Honoring excellence in originality and creativity in international interior design and interior architecture projects across 15 categories.
Important Dates
The Global Excellence Awards take place annually.
Submission Open
Oct 26, 2020
Submission Closed
Dec 02, 2020

All fees must be submitted electronically. Apply for IIDA membership to take advantage of our member pricing! Pricing is per entry and reflected in USD.

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Competition Guidelines

All submissions must be completed electronically. No hard copy submissions will be accepted. To enter a project into this competition, you will need to prepare and submit the following:

Written Component
Your firm's contact information including name, address, phone number, and email
Your design project's information including name and location
Project description: a brief project summary (50-word maximum)
Challenge statement: a description of your design challenge (250-word maximum)
Solution statement: a description of specific solutions to project challenges (250-word maximum)

Please submit color images of your completed project, in JPG or JPEG format with a maximum file size of 1MB. You may submit captions to your images, not to exceed 50 words. Take note of the following additional guidelines:

Submit 7-10 color images total - of these images only one (1) exterior image is permitted, and a maximum of three (3) floorplans
No composite images allowed - only one photograph per image upload
Use numbers to name your image files, in order of uploads (01, 02, 03, etc). Please use the following format for floor plans: "floorplan1, floorplan2, floorplan3"
Do not reference or include your design/architectural firm name/logo in the images.
Images may be edited to improve contrast ratio, color balance, and composition through cropping only.
Images may not be edited to add, remove, or alter any aspect or element of the project including its context. Images should represent the project as it exists in the built environment.
Conceptual renderings will not be accepted

Projects must be submitted in one of the categories below. Categories may be renamed, consolidated, or eliminated (and projects reclassified) at the discretion of IIDA and/or the jurors.

Corporate Spaces - Large (1,000 square meters and above)

Corporate Spaces - Small (under 1,000 square meters)
Education (elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities)
Entertainment (casinos, performing arts centers, sports arenas, theaters)
Healthcare (hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical facilities)
Hotels (at least 1 guest room image required)
Institutional (cultural, government/municipal spaces, libraries, religious spaces)
Public Spaces and Commercial Lobbies
Residences - Large (125 square meters and above)
Residences - Small (under 125 square meters)
Restaurants, Lounges, and Bars
Retail (stores, boutiques)
Sales Centers and Show Flats
Showrooms and Exhibition Spaces
Spas, Fitness Centers, and Gymnasiums


The winning design projects will be selected by a jury of design professionals. Submissions are judged on excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, and function as well as the suitability of the design solution to the project challenge and the successful integration of the elements of design. The jury reserves the right not to select a winner from the entries submitted. A maximum of two (2) winners in each category will be selected. It is at the jurors' discretion to not select a winner in each category. A "Best of Competition" winner will be selected from the category winners.


2020 winners will be honored at a virtual awards presentation in January 2021. Winners will also be featured on IIDA.org, and featured in the official Winners Brochure. Winners will also receive official digital assets, including competition winner logos for self-promotion, coverage and mention on IIDA’s social media accounts and in an official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media partners.

For questions or more information, contact Clare Socker at csocker@iida.org