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2021 Interior Design Competition
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2021 Interior Design Competition
Honoring achievement in outstanding interior architecture and design that encourages and uses innovative interior design ideas, techniques, and furnishings.
Important Dates
The Interior Design Competition takes place annually.
Finalists Announced
Apr 22, 2021
Submission Open
Dec 07, 2020
Submission Closed
Mar 15, 2021

All fees must be submitted electronically. Apply for IIDA membership to take advantage of our member pricing!

Early Bird Price through January 29, 2021 - IIDA Member
IIDA Member Price after January 29, 2021
Early Bird Price through January 29, 2021 - Non-IIDA Member
Non-IIDA Member Price after January 29, 2021
Competition Guidelines
Submission Requirements

All submissions must be completed electronically. No hard copy submissions will be accepted. There is no limit to the number of eligible projects a firm may submit; however, each project may only be submitted once. 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

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.


Winners will be honored and the best of competition announced at the winners celebration. Winners will be featured on IIDA.org, and published in Interior Design magazine. 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.