As part of the Chapter’s ongoing commitment to excellence in interior design, the IIDA Great Plains Chapter invites all IIDA Members in good standing to submit their exceptional projects to the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition each year.

IIDA Great Plains hosts the IDEA Ceremony each Spring to announce the winners, promote interior design, and celebrate the incredible talent across the Chapter.

There are no categories; all projects are judged on the same criteria. Good Design is Good Design, no matter the scale, no matter the sector. IDEA celebrates you and the design profession.

IDEA Submission Process


Best in Show

is presented to the top project selected by the judges

Best Moment

is presented to the best element or feature within a project.

Project Awards

are given to the top 10% of project submissions.

Member of the Year

is presented to a member who has exhibited qualities in leadership, mentorship, and advocates for the interior design profession.

Icon Award

is presented to a member deserving of recognition for career excellence and achievement, exceptional leadership, and extraordinary impact on the interior design industry and Great Plains Chapter.
The Icon Award is the highest individual honor.

Honorable Mention

is presented to projects of specific note by the judges

People’s Choice

is presented to the project that wins the popular vote via social media and website traffic.

Student Awards

is presented to one project submitted by an IIDA Student member.

Judging Process

Projects will be judged in three rounds, using the Judgify platform and discussion to determine the final results.

Judging Round 1 Judges will vote “Go” or “No Go” to each project based on the board submission only.

Judging Round 2 Judges will narrow down projects to the top 40% based on the board submission and narratives.

Judging Round 3 Judges will meet virtually to discuss the finalists and select the Project Award winners, Best Moment winner, and Honorable Mention recipients.

Submission Window

In 2022, IIDA GPC implemented a new awards platform, Judgify, to simply the submission and judging processes.

Registration, project submission, and payment will all be done through Judgify. Once registered, Judgify's confirmation email will include the submission template and criteria.

Be on the look out at the beginning of each year for the submission window dates and deadlines. Good Luck!

IDEA Submmissions

IDEA Common Questions

Have questions about IDEA, judging, or entering your submission.

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On May 6, 2022 IIDA members and friends gathered in Omaha for an entire day of content, embracing the local design community in Omaha’s downtown neighborhoods.

Project tours at RDG Planning & Design and Millwork Commons began the day with inspiration, followed by a CEU with Barb Hoffart with Humanscale. After red carpet arrivals and cocktail hour, the awards ceremony began with host Jenna Ketchen , VP of Omaha City Center and Keynote Speaker, Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA. Attendees enjoyed a Finalist Gallery, champagne toast, dinner, and Sponsor recognition. The day was a long-awaited celebration together with the IIDA community!