ARIDO Awards Submissions 2024

  • Published on: Apr 15, 2024

It's that time of year again!

Since 1982, ARIDO has held an annual awards program for all Registered members. The ARIDO Awards is one of the most highly regarded honours in the interior design community.

The ARIDO 2024 Awards submissions are now open and we are excited to continue the celebration and recognition of work by Registered Interior Designers!

Submissions are open until May 31, 2024 with early bird pricing ending May 17, 2024. The winning projects will be celebrated at the ARIDO Awards Gala on October 3th, 2024.

Submission Information

Submissions are only accepted via the online forms. Photos, plans, and sketches are uploaded directly on the second page of the form.

Note on photography: The refreshed awards program prohibits design firm employees from appearing in submission photos. In 2021 and 2022, this policy was relaxed to account for the understanding that projects may have already been photographed.

Now in 2024, submission images should not contain any design firm employees. Submissions which contain images of design firm employees will be flagged and firms will have an opportunity to submit corrected photos if done so by the timeline provided.

The maximum number of entries per design firm is as follows:

  • 3 entries per category
  • 4 entries per year total

Project submission form | IMPACT Award submission form | Submission guide | Info session recording | Award categories for 2024 | Important dates & deadlines | Copyright consent forms | Refreshed ARIDO Awards program

Project Submission Form

This year we are recognizing projects in the following categories: SHOP, GATHER+PLAY, LIVE, LIVE TOGETHER, PRESERVE+RESTORE, DISTINCT, CRAFT.

IMPACT AWARD Submission Form

The winning project must demonstrate a significant impact on an occupant or end user, neighbourhood, community, project team etc. It need not be built space.

The project submission must clearly explain how it has shaped or will shape an outcome or direct benefits, and address issues such as equity, diversity, or inclusion, advocacy, sustainability, economic considerations or several interrelated issues.

Submission Guide

Read the Submission Guide for instructions and tips on creating and submitting your project to the ARIDO Awards.

Award submissions info session recording

We prepared a short zoom presentation on the ARIDO Awards program, hosted by Sharon Portelli, ARIDO Executive Director and Registrar.

Passcode: #TuA#KL5

The ARIDO Awards Task Force prepared a 2024 ARIDO Awards program submission info slide deck which is available here.

Categories for 2024

GATHER+PLAY - From artful exhibits to serene spa retreats and energizing workout spaces, this category celebrates designs that elevate the senses and nourish the soul.

LIVE - Whether it's a tiny house or a luxe penthouse the residential projects in this category wow with their creative layouts, jaw-dropping decor, and spaces that reflect the unique personalities of their inhabitants.

LIVE TOGETHER - From inviting lobby lounges to model suites that set the standard for chic urban living, this category is all about honoring the most fabulous lobbies, common areas, amenities, and model suites in the world of multi-family living.

SHOP - This category is all about the most innovative and boldest retail spaces out there. From flagship stores and funky boutiques to stylish and eye-catching store fronts and pop ups, these designs blend creativity with functionality for an unforgettable shopping experience.

CRAFT - This category is all about recognizing the little details that make a big impact - from custom furniture to bespoke lighting, we're celebrating the designs that showcase the beauty and artistry of craftsmanship in all its forms.

DISTINCT - From the sky to the sea and everywhere in between, the category celebrates interior design that breaks the mold and challenges our assumptions about what an "interior" can be - whether it's a luxurious yacht, a cutting-edge outdoor space, or something completely groundbreaking.

PRESERVE + RESTORE – This category recognizes designs that preserve and restore historic spaces with a creative and modern twist, because sometimes the past is too cool to leave behind!

IMPACT AWARD - The IMPACT AWARD is all about recognizing interior design projects that make a difference, from improving the lives of individual occupants to transforming entire communities. Whether it's advancing sustainable design, advocating for social justice, or fostering diversity and inclusion, this award celebrates designs that leave a lasting positive impact on the people and places they touch.

Important dates and deadlines:

Submissions open
Monday, April 15, 2024

Early Bird Entry Deadline
Friday, May 17, 2024 Midnight $150 + HST (per entry)

Final Entry Deadline
Friday, May 31, 2024 Midnight $250 + HST (per entry)

ARIDO Awards Gala
Thursday, October 3, 2024
at Rebel, Toronto

Copyright consent forms

Click here to download additional Copyright Consent Forms.
COPYRIGHT CONSENT FORM SECTION I: To be completed by copyright owner
Copyright owner can be a firm or individual. If there is more than one copyright owner, each owner should complete this section.

COPYRIGHT CONSENT FORM SECTION IITo be completed by individual photographer/author who created the work.
This must be a person. If there are co-authors, each co-author completes a copy of this section.

Refreshed ARIDO Awards Program

In 2020, ARIDO halted the existing Awards Program, undertook a review of the existing program and developed a new, improved program for 2021 and beyond.

The improved Awards Program focuses on engaging ARIDO membership equally while celebrating our diverse community of Interior Designers in all they do.

The Task Force responsible for the review and redevelopment focused on three primary goals:

  • Membership engagement through broader outreach and increased percentage of member engagement;
  • A public facing awards program that will be embraced by a wider audience, fully demonstrates the value of professional interior designer to business and the public, and is showcased in various forms of media;
  • The celebration of equity, diversity, and inclusion within ARIDO.

Recognizing there is a gap of projects submitted with the halting of the program in 2020, eligibility dates for projects in the first two years were be based on a 3 year period for project completion and occupancy.

Now, in 2024, the submission window will be a 2 year period.

The new program also groups categories by year, alternating categories each year.

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