Who Is Eligible

The Calibre Design Awards are open to any firm based in Southern California, having at least one Associate or Professional Member of IIDA SoCal. IIDA Memberships must be in good standing and current through the end of 2024. Self-employed design professionals who are IIDA Members are also eligible.

How to Enter

The online submission form is now closed. Thank you for submitting your projects! We look forward to seeing you at the Awards Ceremony where the winners will be announced live.

Eligibility Requirements

Projects must be located in Southern California and completed between June 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023. Projects previously submitted are not eligible to be resubmitted again. Unbuilt projects submitted in previous years may be submitted in its built category once completed.

All projects submitted shall exemplify the following principles in their design: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Sustainability.

Entry Fees

There is no limit to the number of entries a designer or design firm may submit. Fees must be paid in full at the time of submission and are non-refundable under any circumstance.

All submissions from December 13th to February 2, 2024
First Submission Fee: $350
Subsequent Submissions Fee: $275/each

Submission Content

The Project Team shall consist of the submitting designer, the client, plus 3-5 additional Team Members who made significant contributions to the project and who are not associated with the submitting design firm.

The following information is required for each Team Member:
Company name, Contact name, Profession/Specialty and Contact email address

Please be sure to enter the correct spelling and full name of each company. Company names cannot be changed after submitting. Examples of additional Team Members are the general contractor, important subcontractors, furniture manufacturers or dealers, or design consultants.

Submissions will be judged anonymously. Submissions are to include answers to 3 questions. The answers may include the name of the client or project, but must not include the names of the design firm or other team members to maintain anonymity during judging. However, if you are submitting your own firm’s office, you may not include the design firm as the client or a team member in either the narrative or the photos.


Question/Requirement #1 – Project Summary Statement (Maximum 50 words)

Please provide a brief project summary to assist our juror’s review of your project. Note, this summary will also be used during the ‘People’s Choice’ award voting. Do not reference your design/architectural firm name in the description.


Question/Requirement #2 – Design Challenge (Maximum 250 words)

Please provide a description of the project’s design challenge and the primary design concept implement- ed. Please highlight any project concepts that take into consideration innovation, regenerative/sustainable and wellness design, and any social/societal impacts. Do not reference your design/architectural firm name in this description.


Question/Requirement #3 – Design Solution (Maximum 500 words)

Please provide a statement of specific solutions to the design challenges, such as: originality, suitability of the design to the project challenges, successful incorporation of highlighted concepts noted in question #1, and how the team collaborated to resolve the challenges. Do not reference your design firm name in this statement.


Up to six high resolution images and a video of the completed project may be submitted. Renderings are not allowed. The images must be supported by the narrative. One of the images must be a floor plan of the space. Images must be high resolution JPEGs at a minimum size of 8” x 10” at 300dpi. You will be asked to choose the featured image to be used in promotional materials – this image must be horizontal aspect. We recommend it be a representative interior shot. Images may contain the name and/or logo of the client. Do not include the design firm name in the photos’ file names.


From the Blog