This year, the Awards Gala looked a bit different. COVID-19 led the ARIDO Board of Management to form a committee to review the ARIDO Awards format and find ways to boost engagement and submissions from members across Ontario, modernize some of the criteria, and address equity, diversity, and inclusion in projects.

The 2021 ARIDO Awards were live streamed from a studio in Toronto and was hosted by Jennifer Valentyne, a beloved Toronto television personality.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Click on the name of each project to read more about each one.

  • IMPACT AWARD: DS 09 Design Standard

    DS-09 Subway Station Design Standard

    Interior Designer: Greg Parsons, ARIDO
    Design Firm: DEXD (Danaie Experience Design Inc.)








    1. Culture Develops Community (First Gulf Head Office)

      Interior Designers: Suzanne Wilkinson, ARIDO; Tamara Rooks, ARIDO; William Gray, ARIDO
      Design Firm: Figure3
      Design Team: Nicole Hoppe, ARIDO; Anna-Lisa Frank, ARIDO; Alivia Checchia, Intern ARIDO; Bharhavi Selvanathan, Intern ARIDO

      Photographer: Steve Tsai Photography

    1. Innovation Hub

      Interior Designers: Beverly Horii, ARIDO; Angelique Lucas-Witte, ARIDO
      Design Firm: IA Interior Architects
      Design Team: Vera Gisarov, ARIDO; Suzanne Campbell, ARIDO; Jayme Rideout, ARIDO; Regan Harder, Intern, ARIDO

      Photographer: Doublespace Photography (Amanda Large & Younes Bounher)

    1. OPG Workplace Transformation

      Interior Designers: Michelle Berry, ARIDO; Jillian Warren, ARIDO; Daniel Norwood, ARIDO
      Design Firm: Figure3
      Design Team: Michela Kochanski, ARIDO
      Photographer: Steve Tsai Photography

    1. Red Bull Canada

      Interior Designer: Guy Painchaud, ARIDO; Heidi Painchaud, ARIDO
      Design Firm: iN STUDIO
      Design Team: Carl Jo, Intern, ARIDO

      Photographer: Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.

    1. Richardson Wealth

      Interior Designer: Jessica Gozdzierski, ARIDO
      Design Firm: IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc.
      Design Team: Roxanne Van Dam, Intern, ARIDO; Daniel Brandley, Intern, ARIDO

      Photographer: Ema Peter Photography

    1. Smart City Sandbox

      Interior Designer: Jane Juranek, ARIDO
      Design Firm: IBI Group Architects (Canada) Inc.
      Design Team: Michelle Haber, ARIDO; Mahsa Saeedi, ARIDO; Katie McCann, Intern ARIDO; Shana Davies, Intern ARIDO

      Photographer: Ben Rahn – A-Frame Inc.

    1. Spin Master (Floor 1-6)

      Interior Designer: Anthony Orasi, ARIDO
      Design Firm: iN STUDIO
      Design Team: Guy Painchaud, ARIDO; Heidi Painchaud, ARIDO; Rosemary Ratkaj, ARIDO; Vince Zhao, Intern, ARIDO

      Photographer: Gillian Jackson

    1. Spin Master (7th Floor)

      Interior Designers: Annie Bergeron, ARIDO; Jessica Baird, ARIDO
      Design Firm: Gensler
      Design Team: Filo Costa, ARIDO; Nichola Chan, ARIDO; Sarah Taylor, Intern ARIDO

      Photographer: Ben Rahn, A-Frame Studio

    1. The Co-operators, Regina

      Interior Designer: Pia Green, ARIDO
      Design Firm: HOK
      Design Team: Caitlin Turner, ARIDO; Rowena AuYeung, ARIDO; Charlene Isaacs, ARIDO

      Photographer: Klassen Photography

    1. Uber Canada Headquarters

      Interior Designers: Peter Heys, ARIDO; Leslie Tuttle, ARIDO
      Design Firm: B+H
      Design Team: David Zhou, ARIDO; Marianna Ng, ARIDO; Inga Kantor, ARIDO; Abi Kim, Intern, ARIDO
      Photographer: Doublespace Photography



    Intuitive, productive, and enthusiastic Interior Designer and Project Manager with 17 years’ experience, Cara has completed a multitude of new builds and renovation projects of varying scope and sizes locally and abroad, with a strong focus on communication and an integrated design process. She has a range of experience across industry sectors fostering flexibility, creative problem solving, and strategic thinking catered towards the end users. Cara is a true team player who thrives on mentoring, sharing knowledge and experience with others. She promotes collaboration and communication throughout the design process to enhance end results and mitigate risk.


    Known for his fresh style and inventive work, Joe Persia is the Studio Principal, Lead Designer and Co-Founder of Green Tangerine Design Inc., an award-winning interior design and architecture studio specializing in restaurant, retail and commercial environments. He is the recipient of multiple ARIDO Awards, and a Canadian Interiors Best of Canada Design Award.

    Joe holds degrees in both interior design from Sheridan College and sustainable architecture from the Academy of Design. His intellectual curiosity drives him to be a lifelong learner, guest speaker and mentor to the next generation of designers.


    A true northern ontarian in tune with nature and people, Paul has over 30 years of experience encompassing all aspects and sectors of interior design with ergo office plus, the firm he founded in Sault Ste. Marie in 1993.

    Paul is keenly attentive to the client’s business objectives and develops workplace strategies, facility cost options and creative approaches to ensure the project achieves true value to drive growth and improve operational excellence. Paul guides a leadership team of staff who are supported with career growth in LEED and WELL building standards with the objective for maintaining project delivery excellence. Paul advances the firm’s responsibility toward diversity, equity and inclusion by aligning collaborative daily activity to celebrate success for a strong sense of purpose.

    Paul was the Past President of the ARIDO Northern Ontario Chapter, a board member at the ARIDO Board of Management, served on a number of committees with ARIDO, the interior design officer with the Toronto chapter of Construction Specifications Canada, the vice chair of the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown BIA and is a community partner driving a number of social equity initiatives.


    Before graduating from Ryerson University in 1996, David studied industrial design at the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan. David’s professional career was shaped by his experience working at HOK Canada in Toronto, Cromarty Architects in Kingston, Salter Farrow Pilon Architects in Barrie and Marklevitz Architects in Stratford. At these firms, he gained experience in commercial, health-care, and institutional projects as well as small-scale rural architecture.

    David Sheldon Design specializes in sustainable, architectural design suited to a rural context. Our work is rooted in the blending of modern, contemporary architecture within a rural vernacular context. We prefer working through all stages of design and construction with the client to create a simple, unique solution that is tied to a sense of place. By using skillful detailing, we work directly with local craftspeople to create buildings and spaces that are durable and timeless.

    The firm has completed numerous custom residences, specializing in restoration work and additions linking contemporary design with heritage buildings. The firm has also restored a heritage building into a neighbourhood hub that houses a distillery, brewery and other commercial tenants.


    A tenacious leader with a passion for bringing great minds together on complex projects that push boundaries and innovate. Tatiana is highly focused on design research and business strategy. She is a co-founder of Syllable Inc., an award-winning interior design and architecture firm focused on retail, corporate and multi-unit residential spaces.

    Tatiana is passionate about the design profession and is serving as a Director for the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) Board of Management. Having an entrepreneurial spirit, she is also involved with the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) as a Board Co-Chair and Learning Chair for the Business Accelerator program.

    Tatiana graduated from Humber College with a Bachelor of Interior Design, and furthered her education with a Master of Science in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons, The New School of Design in NYC.