Honor Awards

The IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards celebrates design through the recognition of outstanding project work in all practice areas of interior design. We gather together each year at the Fox Theatre as a community to not only encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces but to salute our chapter’s mission to push past the status quo and lead as an innovative force.  The Honor Awards is open to design firms of all sizes, focus, and interest practicing in the IIDA Northern California Chapter.

In 2019, a total of 110 projects were submitted with a total of 9 Honor Award winners. The winning projects were judged by the esteemed jury for suitability to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior forms, finishes, and furnishings

event details

Location | The Fox Theatre

1807 Telegraph Ave, Oakland, CA 94612

Date & Time | Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

5:30 PM – 9:30 PM PST


Call For Entries

Submissions are officially open for the 2020 IIDA-NC Honor Awards! Please visit this link to register your projects. First time registering? Make sure to create an account. If you are returning, log back in for this year’s submissions. After you’ve completed your registration, you may return at any time to complete your packet. Please refer to notable dates and deadlines below.

Registration Opens | December 9th, 2019

Project Registrations | Due January 15th, 2020

Entry Submissions Packets | Due January 22nd, 2020

Please note that we have provided a longer window this year for registration and completion of submissions and will not be able to accept any late entries or grant extensions.

new award and announcment

Starting this year, we will have a new category that celebrates the work of the makers in our community – The Craft Award. This award will honor 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.

sponsorship and tickets

Sponsorship opportunities will open in January. If you are interested in learning more about sponsorship prior to the new year, please reach out to an Event Co-Chair for more information. All sponsorship opportunities and individual tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite once available.

people’s choice

Check back in next year for the 2020 People’s Choice!


Our 2020 jurors will be finalized shortly so make sure to check back in soon to read more or stay up to date on Instagram @iidanorcal.  This year we are excited to share a diverse curation of jurors from all over the country!

STay up to date

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2020 event committee

Event Co-Chair: Bailey Mourning, Herman Miller
Event Co-Chair: Zoe Marse, CRI
Event Co-Chair: Ashley Greenwald, AECOM
Tom DiRenzo, CRI
Amy Thomas, Interface
Emily Burchill, Gensler
Darius Zubrickas, Herman Miller
Carmen Seger, Wolf Gordon
Cristina Tularak, Nemschoff
Jennifer Lawson, Callahan+Co.
Jessica Gelin, KI
Karen Kennedy, KI
Michele Dunnigan, Steelcase
Korri O’Connor, Knoll
Lesley Ray, Revel Architecture and Design
Michael Stark, Everlane
Susan Quinton, Carnegie Fabric
Nicole Egan, Gensler
Katie Clifford, Gensler
Heather Williamson, Clune Construction Company
Yoko Ishihara, Wilson Ishihara

Questions? Email us at: honorawards@iidanc.org


The 15th Annual Honor Award Winners


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD |  One project in any category chosen by the general public through online voting.

LONG VIEW | Design with the future in mind and minimal environmental impact.

GIVE | Social Responsibility


PLAY | Where We Entertain Ourselves

LIVE | Anyplace We Call Home

SERVE | Where We Meet

HEAL | Where We Flourish


Work Small | Projects under 20,000 useable square feet

Work Medium | Projects over 20,000 useable square feet and under 75,000 useable square feet


Work Large | Projects over 75,000 useable square feet

Best of Show | One project chosen by the jury to exemplify the best overall design of the entries.



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