IDEA 2017 Call for Entries - Extended

    May 01, 2017 5:00 PM to June 05, 2017 5:00 PM
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    Deadline to submit an entry is extended to monday, june 5.

    The deadline to submit your project is extended to Friday, June 9. 

    Please note: there is a technical issue when trying to submit more than one project. If you are submitting more than one project, please contact Kathy Tinker at so additional projects can be assigned a number.

    WHAT IS "IDEA"? 

    IDEA stands for Interior Design Excellence Awards.  The competition’s purpose is to celebrate outstanding examples of designed interior spaces.  It is in recognizing the work of our peers that we have the opportunity to promote public awareness of design excellence, elevating the interior design profession.


    Any IIDA Delta Regional Chapter member (Professional, Associate, Student, or with membership pending) may enter.

    The submitting IIDA member is included in the team count and must have worked on the project.  Submitting firms must practice in the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, or Mississippi.  However, projects maybe located outside of the Delta Regional Chapter area.  

    Submitted projects must have been completed no earlier than January 2015.  Each entry must recognize all firms and individuals involved in the design process. It is the responsibility of the entrant to give proper credit for joint ventures, firm name changes, and former partnership involvement. 

    Prior IDEA winning projects are not eligible for re-entry. Prior publication, non-winning entry to the IDEA Awards competition, or entry to other competitions does not affect eligibility.


    A panel of three Professional IIDA members from outside the Delta Regional Chapter will review entries and select winners based on established criteria.  Judges have discretion over appropriate categories for project placement, and to recognize and award winners.  Special recognition for incorporating sustainable design into a project will be given at the judges’ discretion. 

    There is no guarantee awards will be given in all categories.  Judges’ decisions are final.


    Professional Categories:

    Corporate – Under 10,000 Square Feet

    Corporate – Over 10,000 Square Feet

    Institutional (Government, Religious - Any Square Footage)

    Education (Any Square Footage)

    Healthcare – Under 10,000 Square Feet

    Healthcare – Over 10,000 Square Feet

    Hospitality, Retail, Restaurant - Under 10,000 Square Feet 

    Hospitality, Retail, Restaurant - Over 10,000 Square Feet

    Residential – Small or Large Residence

    Student Categories: 

    Best Overall to Receive Trophy, Individual Categories to Receive Certificates 

    Commercial: Corporate, Government, Institutional, Healthcare, Hospitality, or Mixed Occupancy 

    Residential: Residence, Kitchen, Bath, or Single Space

    Other: Portfolio, Hand Rendering, Digital Rendering, Special Project 


    IIDA reserves the right to publish any or all of the entries and photographs submitted by winning design teams. 

    If project photography requires a release by the photographer to be published, please include with entry materials. 

    IIDA is not responsible for securing releases.  All entries and materials become property of IIDA and will not be returned. 


    Project Registration is open until May 31, 2017.

    Submissions (photos and floor plans.) deadline is June 5, 2017 - ALL entries are due by 5:00 pm. Thank you.

    Awards announced at Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) 2017 Gala* on Saturday, August 19, 2017, 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM, The Riverview Room, 600 Decatur Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.

    *winners will not be notified prior to event 


    $70 first project entry 

    $50 each additional project

    $50 per late entry after June 5, 2017

    $30 each student entry

    Projects entered in multiple categories must pay a separate entry fee for each category entered. 

    Other Fees

    Duplicate awards (after the first award) can be purchased for an additional cost.
    Additional Certificates: $35 each
    Additional Trophies: $100 each


    When you register, the system will prompt you for the project name and category. We ask that you pay online if possible to help us with administrative time. Entries that are not paid will not receive submission instructions until payment is received. 

    There is no limit to the number of entries a firm or individual may submit. 


    Photo and floor plan submission instructions will be emailed to you after the registration is processed and payment is confirmed.



    Competition Information

    Heidi Meibaum, IIDA


    Technical & Submission Information

    Kathy Tinker, IIDA Administrative Office