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Welcome to the

IIDA Northern California Honor Awards

2024 Online Entry Portal

Thank you for participating in IIDA Northern California's celebration of acheivment in interior design!

Entry Deadlines

Early Bird Registrations are DUE November 30, 2023 11:59 PST (registrations are will still be accepted though pricing increases after this deadline)

Entry Submissions are DUE December 22, 2023 11:59pm PST

All submissions are now due Friday, December 29, 2023 11:59 PST 

Submission Requirements

The IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards aims to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces while recognizing and honoring outstanding interior design completed in the Northern California Chapter.


IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards is open to design firms of all sizes, focus, and interest practicing in the IIDA Northern California region of Northern California. For entries from firms with multiple offices, there must be substantial participation* by the regional office. There are no restrictions on square footage, no limit to the number of projects that can be entered and projects can be located anywhere in the world. Individual projects can only be entered once in any one year. Non-awarded projects submitted in previous years may be reentered as long as they still meet all other requirements. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2020. 

*Substantial participation is constituted by 85 percent of the project team being located within the IIDA Northern California Chapter territory.

Judging Criteria

Submissions will be judged for suitability to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior forms, finishes and furnishings. From the qualifying entries, one Honor Award will be awarded in each category.

Awards Catergories


Where we flourish: hospitals, medical facilities, clinics, assisted living, laboratories.


Where we indulge: retail, wellness, hospitality, healthcare, and other experiential destinations on a smaller, more intimate scale. Projects under 5,000 usable square feet.


Anyplace we call home: homes, condominiums, townhouses, apartments, mobile homes or houseboats (full or partial renovations acceptable).


Where we entertain ourselves: hotels, restaurants, theaters, spas, casinos, stores, showrooms, malls, tasting rooms, sports arenas.


Where we meet: public spaces, libraries, schools, non-office government facilities, transportation centers, places of worship, museums.


Where we work: corporate workplace environments.

  • Small: Projects under 20,000 usable square feet.
  • Medium: Projects over 20,000 usable square feet and under 75,000 usable square feet.
  • Large: Projects over 75,000 usable square feet.


For each of the following supplemental awards, enter the project selecting the most appropriate category above. Additional information will be required for selected categories.


Achievement in Sustainable Design

The award honors long-lasting, sustainable designs and projects with minimal environmental impact. Include applicable information about the extraordinary solutions (beyond code requirements) that encourage reuse, avoid landfills, and improve environmental wellbeing.


Achievement in Custom Design

This award recognizes an outstanding creative collaboration between the designer and craftsperson/fabricator. Entrees may include but are not limited to such functional or decorative elements as ceilings, stairways, wall treatments, work settings, furniture and lighting. 


Achievement in Partnership

This award celebrates success, promotes best practices and acknowledges the efforts of teams that create extraordinary designs through the power of their collaboration.



The top submissions in each category will be publicly announced after judging is complete. From that list, the top 4 Finalists and Winner for each category will be announced at the awards celebration on March 14, 2024. Additionally, winners will be featured on IIDA NC’s website.

Use of Submittals

The project materials become the property of the IIDA NC Chapter. IIDA NC will use images from all submitted projects in multimedia presentations at the Honor Award event, IIDA NC's website & social media sites. IIDA NC reserves the rights to use the submissions for publicity and public relations.

Submission Requirements

Confidential Entry: List all Design Firm, Client & Team information and acknowledges IIDA NC use of submission information and images as outlined. Here is a link to a gogle doc with the questions from the submission to help gather your submission content.

Project Statement: Include client objectives, design program, square footage, and any other information the design team feels is relevant to the solution.

Client Statement (optional): Optional statement from the client discussing the client’s perspective on their experience with the design team as well as the success of the process.

Project Team: List all design team and other contributors that helped make the project a sucess.

Project Images: Provide a minimum of three and a maximum of ten digital images. Multi-image, collage photos are prohibitted.

Floor Plan: With each image keyed to the plan.


Submissions are to be entered online only at https://iidanc.secure-platform.com

Entry Fees

Early Bird (before Nov 30)
IIDA Members: $225
Non-IIDA Members: $350

Extended (after Nov 30)
IIDA Members: $325
Non-IIDA Members: $450


Email: media@iidanc.org