The Calibre Design Awards are open to any firm located in Southern California, having at least one Associate or Professional Member of IIDA SoCal. IIDA Memberships must be current through 2023 and in good standing. Self-employed design professionals who are IIDA SoCal Members may also enter.
2023 Calibre Design Awards
Who Can Enter
How to Enter
The online submission form is now closed.
Projects must be located in Southern California and must have been completed between January 1, 2022 and December 31, 2022. Projects previously submitted are not eligible to be resubmitted a second time. Absolutely no changes will be accepted once the project is submitted, including adding or deleting team members. Photography must be included with the submission and cannot be submitted separately or later than the due date.
Due to numerous submissions and our recent consideration to expand the project completion timeframe due to project photography access during the pandemic, we have revised our competition dates!
The project completion timeframe has been expanded to include projects completed between June 1st, 2021 through December 31, 2022 (19 months)
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.
Regular submissions from January 1st to January 20th, 2023
First submission $350
Subsequent submissions $275
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 implemented. 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 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.
Date and Time
Work Large: 75,000 + sq. ft.
Work Medium: 20,001 - 74,999 sq. ft.
Work Small: under 20,000 sq. ft.
Public & Community Spaces: Government, institutional, courts, transportation, worship, museum, galleries, public libraries, community centers.
Education: Pre-school, elementary, secondary educational facilities, colleges and universities, long distance learning facilities, trade schools and institutes.
Healthcare: Hospitals, clinics, hospice/palliative care, cancer centers, pediatric care, long term care facilities, medical office buildings, mental health facilities, healing and wellness centers, therapy care.
Hospitality & Retail: Hotels, retail (point of sale, store, boutique, dispensaries), restaurants, country clubs, spas, and salons.
Multi-family Housing: Lobbies, communal and amenity spaces (indoor/outdoor).
Un-Built/On the Boards: Un-built projects including projects 'on the boards' including, design, strategy, and research. The project must be currently contracted by a client (no hypothetical projects allowed) and include a minimum of 3 team member firms.
Transformation: The Transformation award is for any project (regardless of type) that has transformed a space from one typology to another, repositioned a space, and/or converted from one use to another use.
People's Choice: People's Choice for any submission entered in the 10 categories. Voting will be online by all current IIDA SoCal members during a designated timeframe. To be considered for People's Choice, the entrant must complete an additional 50 word summary narrative that briefly describes the project challenge and team's solution. Winner will be announced live during the awards program.
Innovation: The Innovation award reflects a design solution that's based on new thinking and problem solving, advances the profession of interior design, and/or advancements in regenerative/sustainable design and wellness; and social/societal impacts in equity, diversity and inclusion. Any submission entered in the 10 categories will be given consideration for this award by our jury panel.
Best of Calibre 2022: Best of Calibre selected by the Jury from the 10 category winners.