IIDA Great Plains Chapter

idea awards



Amanda Balhorn, Industry IIDA
VP of Special Events


The IIDA Great Plains Chapter annually invites all IIDA Chapter Members in good standing to submit their exceptional projects to the Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) Competition.  IIDA GPC is honored to present this annual event that recognizes Interior Design work represented by the Des Moines, Omaha and Eastern Iowa City Centers.  IIDA Members from various design firms submit projects from numerous market sectors and compete for outstanding recognition among their peers.  Those selected as award winners are honored for their exceptional quality of work within the A&D industry and profession.  As part of the Chapter’s ongoing commitment to excellence in interior design, IIDA GPC hosts the IDEA ceremony each Spring to recognize the projects submitted, announce the finalists and award winners.

Entry Requirements

Professional, Associate, Affiliate and Student Members in good standing with the International Interior Design Association may submit entries. No unbuilt projects will be accepted as submissions. A project may only be submitted once. There are no limits on the number of projects a firm may submit. Projects previously published, submitted for other competitions, or previously submitted but not selected for the IIDA Great Plains Chapter Design Awards, may be submitted. Projects previously awarded in the IIDA Great Plains Chapter are not eligible and will be disqualified.

Judging Criteria

Each submission will be juried on the success with which it has met its individual requirements as well as concept, innovation and execution.  Submissions will also be juried on clarity of the project statement, appropriate and innovative use of materials, color and light as well as furniture (if applicable). Entries will be weighed individually and not in competition with others. Jury decisions will be made solely on the materials submitted. The authorship of each project will remain concealed throughout the deliberation of the jury.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of impartial professionals. Judges reserve the right to not select a winner from the entries submitted. In the event of a dispute, the IIDA Great Plains Chapter President and non-participating IIDA Board Members reserve the option to disqualify an entry.

Project Categories

When registering to enter, you will be prompted to select the category or categories for your project submission(s).

CORPORATE:  Offices, Workplaces

EDUCATION:  Elementary, Secondary, Colleges, Universities

HEALTHCARE:  Medical, Spa, Fitness, Hospital, Long Term Care Facilities

COMMUNITY & CIVIC:  Government, Institutional, Transportation, Worship & Museum Galleries

HOSPITALITY:  Hotel Main Spaces, Point of Sale Retail, Restaurants, Country Clubs

PRODUCT DESIGN:  Light Fixtures, Furniture, Art, Wallcovering, Fabric

Honor Award

Honor awards will be selected among all projects submitted. Selecting the winner(s) is heavily dependent on the judges discretion to issue one or multiple honor awards. Examples of Honor Award winners can include (but are not limited to) the examples listed below:

  • Innovative Use of Space

  • Innovation in Sustainable Design

  • Creative Use of Materials

  • Integration of Concept

Idea Student Member Chapter Award

Student Members of the IIDA Great Plains Chapter are encouraged to submit student work to the Chapter’s annual Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition. School projects completed by graduate or undergraduate Student Members may be submitted. In the case of a group project, all team members must be listed as participants on the online project submission form and at least one student on the team must be an IIDA Student Member. Winner(s) are determined by IIDA Great Plain Chapter Members. It is the Chapter Board’s discretion to award one or multiple winners. Winner(s) are announced at the Chapter’s annual IDEA ceremony in April.