Interior Design Month 2023

This October, the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) will broaden the conversation on interior design by hosting Interior Design Month, a major province-wide design event.

This year’s edition is presented in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, the national advocacy body for interior design.

Interior Design Month

Interior Design Month is a celebration of interior design, kicking off with the ARIDO Awards Gala, a student design charrette with high school and Bachelor of Interior Design students, and culminating in the IDC Design Symposium on October 25-27.

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ARIDO is your connection to qualified, experienced, and innovative Interior Designers.

Only Registered ARIDO members can use the title ‘Interior Designer’ in Ontario.

In fact, it’s against the law to use the title if you have not met ARIDO’s standards. Registered Interior Designers have met and continues to maintain a high level of qualifications and standards.

Interior Design Month Events

ARIDO Awards Gala

ARIDO Awards Gala

The ARIDO Awards Gala continues to be the industry’s premier design awards event in Ontario. We are thrilled to announce the ARIDO Awards will return to an in-person format this year on October 5th, 2023!

Taking place at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto, the 40th edition of the ARIDO Awards will recognize projects in the categories CARE, EAT + STAY, LEARN, WORK, and the annual categories of CRAFT, DISTINCT, and PRESERVE + RESTORE.

We will also take some time to reflect on the past 40 years and celebrate the rich history of the Awards.

Read more about the ARIDO Awards Gala.

Student Design Charrette

During these hands-on workshops high school students will learn how they can impact their environment through interior design interventions, and the ways design and design thinking show up in daily life. Led by post-secondary students, these workshops will demonstrate to high school students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors that a career in interior design engages technical, communication, and problem-solving skills.

In line with ARIDO’s commitment towards diversity and belonging, the Association is focused on demonstrating to underrepresented communities and newcomers to Canada that the interior design field offers many viable and rewarding career avenues.

IDC Design Symposium

Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) is preparing its sixth Design Symposium this fall. Participants from the design and architecture community across Canada are invited to the Teknion showroom in downtown Toronto, to learn together, connect and network at IDC’s sixth Design Symposium. Read more.

What is Interior Design Month?

Now in its second year, this celebration of interior design will provide a multitude of places for Ontarians to learn more about the value of interior design and gain perspectives on the importance of working with a Registered Interior Designer. Building on the week-long event that took place in 2022, this year’s edition is presented in partnership with Interior Designers of Canada, the national advocacy body for interior design.

Throughout the province, Interior Designers create functional, accessible, and beautiful design solutions for homes, businesses, and offices in a collaborative process which considers a client’s vision, lifestyle, and budget. By engaging more Ontarians in this conversation, ARIDO will showcase the value of hiring a Registered Interior Designer and that services and designs provided by Registered Interior Designers offer greater value than the cost within a renovation budget.

The celebration kicks off October 5, during the 40th ARIDO Awards Gala at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The ARIDO Awards celebrate interior design excellence by Registered Interior Designers and are one of the most highly regarded honours in the interior design community. The 2023 ARIDO Awards Gala will recognize completed interior design projects in the awards categories CARE (healthcare and wellness spaces), EAT + STAY (restaurants, bars, hotels, nightclubs), LEARN (education spaces including postsecondary facilities), and WORK (commercial offices spaces from 0 to 50,000 square feet), as well as the IMPACT AWARD which celebrates the vast and positive impacts of interior design.

Interior Design Month will end with Interior Designers of Canada’s Value of Design Awards (VODA) during their Symposium from October 25 to 27.