2012 Celebration of Design Awards

Deadline for all Entries: Friday, June 22, 2012


The 2012 Design Excellence Awards are open to all ASID and IIDA Illinois Chapter Members and registered interior designers in the state of Illinois. If an interior designer is employed by a firm, he/she must be the primary interior designer on record for the project.


  1. Completed Entry Form and signed Release Statement
  2. Design Statements (Mandatory)
    – A brief statement of the design concept to include the design problem and solution. If the design was restricted by a low budget, or involves remodeling, this should be noted.
    – A separate paragraph consolidating your design concept into a two to three sentence statement to be read by the Master of Ceremonies – limit statement to 50 words.
  3. Complete residential or commercial plan(s) showing placement of furnishings and location of all architectural features. Plans must be drawn to scale. Square footage is based on residential livable space or commercial usable space. File format: pdf
  4. In the residential categories below, a complete house plan, to scale, must be included to verify total residential square footage. File format: pdf
    – Under 3,000 square feet
    – Over 3,000 square feet
  5. In the product categories, provide design/working drawings to scale. File format: pdf
  6. Photos should be high resolution jpeg images of no less than 300 ppi. File size no larger than 3MB per image. Maximum of 5 photos per project.
  7. We encourage remodeled spaces to include before photos. Before photos do not need to be of professional quality and any size is acceptable. The after photos should show same angle or area for judging.
  8. List of sources used in project.
  9. Optional: Design board with color images of materials and finishes. Pdf file format and file size no more than 2MB.
ONLINE ENTRY INSTRUCTIONSAll entries will be submitted via online entry process. Click on the entry form image here to download the electronic entry form and detailed online entry instructions.
Completed entry forms will be submitted by clicking on the project entry category below.

Deadline for Award Submissions is Friday, June 22, 2012 at 4:00PM. Late entries will not be accepted. No exceptions.
Entry Fees for first/single project are $275 for ASID and IIDA members and $325 for non-members. Entry Fee for each additional project is $150 for ASID and IIDA members and $200 for non-members. Entry Fees will be processed via credit card in the ASID shopping cart below. By submitting, entrants agree to be present at the Celebration of Design Awards Gala. Entry fee for first entry includes the cost of one (1) Awards Gala ticket.
Publicity Release:
Each entrant agrees to follow publicity guidelines as established by ASID Illinois and authorizes ASID IL to use photographs, submitted materials and design content in publicity releases. ASID Illinois Chapter does NOT accept responsibility for errors or omissions in any publicity.

  • Award-winning projects can be recognized with Firm and design team names.
  • A maximum of six entries per firm. Single projects may be entered in multiple categories with applicable fees for each entry.
  • No professional photography restriction. Designer’s own project photos accepted.
  • For more information on Call for Entry email Elizabeth Boaden at asidil@sbcglobal.net

Additional Awards to be Presented:
Best of Design

  • Best Emerging Professional Project
  • Best of Contract Design
  • Best of Residential Design
  • Best of Product Design

Cosentino Honorarium – Two (2) all expense paid trips to Spain, awarded to one Contract and one Residential candidate.
Sub-Zero/Wolf Honorarium – Cash Honorarium, awarded to one Contract and one Residential candidate.


  1. A panel of distinguished interior design professionals will review the entries and select category winners on the basis of lighting, scale and proportion, color and composition, design creativity, function, solutions appropriate to the design criteria, materials and patterns. All entries will be judged by the highest standards of our profession. Projects are judged anonymously.
  2. ASID Illinois selects winners through a closed evaluation process by an independent panel of judges. ASID Illinois reserves the right to not award a category if the projects submitted do not meet the high standards of the independent judging panel.
  3. If the jury sees a code violation on an entry, the entry will be rejected and not awarded.
  4. ASID Illinois reserves the right to not award a category.

Single/Initial Entry:
ASID/IIDA Member $275
Non-Member $325
Supplemental Entry:
ASID/IIDA Member $150
Non-Member $200
Entry fee is non-refundable. By entering, applicant agrees to be present at the Celebration of Design Awards Gala on 9.14.2012. Single Entry Fee includes the cost of one Awards Gala ticket.