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Calibre Awards 2019 Recap Video

The 31st Calibre Design Awards was a smashing success, returning to the Beverly Hilton this past May 17th. With a ballroom full of over 850 attendees, the Friday evening celebration was thoroughly enjoyed by our Southern California community. A video recap has been created to summarize this fantastic festivity, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elgpwcOvMaI&feature=youtu.be


For event professional photo gallery, please visit:

Eight nominated projects were awarded winning status by the 2019 judging panel. For full list of 2019 Calibre Design Award Winners, please visit:

Congratulations to all the winners!

We would like to also thank our wonderful judging panel for their time, engaging participation and contribution to the judging process:

  • Kelly Bauer, FIIDA – Partner, White Baux Studio
  • Felice Silverman, FIIDA, LEED ID+C, WELL AP – President/ Principal of Silverman Trykowski Associates
  • Guy Geier, FIIDA, FAIA, LEED – Managing Partner of FX Collaborative Architects


Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA, CID, LEEP AP of Hollander Design Group was honored as the Circle of Excellence 2019 nominee for her passionate devotion to the interior design industry and IIDA organization. Serving as a previous Southern California President and IIDA Fellow, Viveca spoke on behalf of her journey and career transformation.

Thank you to all who attended, we hope you enjoyed the program this year! We are appreciative of the 2019 Calibre Design Awards sponsors:

Environmental Contracting Corporation

Clune Construction Company
Corporate Contractors
JDM Contractors
Swinerton Builders

AMA Consulting Engineers
ARC Engineering
Light Bover
Warner Constructors, Inc.


Congratulations to the 1st place student winners of the 2019 IIDA Southern California design charrette:

  • Micayla Brewer, Saddleback College
  • Suchada Eickemeyer, Design Institute of San Diego
  • Tania Mercado, Mt. San Antonio College
  • Trista Su, Otis College of Art and Design


Calibre Design Awards – One Week Left!


Only a Few Tickets Remain!

Don’t miss out on the biggest event of the year! A limited number of tickets are still available. They can be purchased hereTicket Sales Close Monday, May 13TH at 5pm.

Congratulations to our Student Charrette and Portfolio Winners
Portfolio Competition
The IIDA Southern California 2019 Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 9th at the Herman Miller showroom in Culver City. Taking part were 11 extremely talented and diverse students from four participating Southern California Schools.

The students arrived carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their projects. There were two categories of competition this year – Social Relevance and Innovation – and $16,000 in scholarship awards up for grabs. Social Relevance in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that best addresses social or cultural issues through creative design. Innovation in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that shows the highest level of innovation through design solutions.

The Winners Were:
Social Relevance
Andres Zavala / ArtCenter College of Design
$5,000 Scholarship


Chahn Sung / ArtCenter College of Design
$5,000 Scholarship

2019 IIDA Student Portfolio Awards

Honorable Mention
Melissa Ochoa / California State University Long Beach
$500 Scholarship

2019 IIDA Student Portfolio Awards

Student Design Charrette
The 2018 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was held on Saturday, November 3th at Tangram Interiors in Newport Beach. Twenty-nine students who gathered from all around Southern California broke into six teams to design a concept for a creative co-working space. The project-setting being “The Block”, a redesigned “anti-mall” in the heart of the historical Financial District of DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles), the students had just 4.5 hours and limited resources to collaborate and create a space that included an arrival area, a lounge, a flexible conference room, and enclosed, modular offices spaces.

First Place
From left-to-right:
Suchada Eickemeyer / Design Institute of San Diego
Micayla Brewer / Saddleback College
Xiaoling Su / Otis College of Art + Design
Tania Mercado / Mt. San Antonio College
Mili Del Castillo / VP Student Affairs
$10,000 Award


Second Place
From left-to-right:
Karina Gonzales / California State University Long Beach
Isabella Pina / California State University Northridge
Soon-Young Kwon / Interior Designers Institute
Sean Diaz / Saddleback College
Maricela Gomez / Chaffey College
Mili Del Castillo/ VP Student Affairs


A Special Congratulations
Congratulations to Tania Gonzalez who will be going on to the National Charrette!

Join us to see who takes the prize!
Congratulations to all the nominated teams! Click here to see them all.

Mark Your Calendars!
Gala Event is Friday, May 17th
Cocktails at 6pm; Calibre Design Awards from 7 – 9:30pm
Beverly Hilton Hotel | 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Circle of Excellence Honoree
Viveca Bissonnette, FIIDA, CID, LEED AP
Co-Founder and Design Principal, Hollander Design Group


2017 Calibre Design Awards Video


IIDA SoCal is proud of this year’s Calibre. Our great community came together to the sold out event and celebrated the design excellence that continues to grow! Congrats to all the amazing winners & thank you to all our sponsors who help make this event possible. We look forward to next year’s 30th anniversary!

Click here to watch the video of the event.

Congratulations to the 2017 Calibre Design Award Winners


The 29th Calibre Design Awards Winners were announced at the Gala Event on Friday, May 19th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Click here to see all the 2017 nominated projects including all the winners. All the photos from the event are now up on our flickr page!


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Supplyframe Design Lab

Boutique Firm

Nominated by
Cory Grosser + Associates

A Single Tree
CalAsia Construction, Inc
SG Engineers, Inc
Supply Frame

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Loyola Marymount University Life Sciences Building


Nominated by
CO Architects

IBE – Ideas for the Built Environment
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll
Thornton Tomasetti
Vantage Technology
Whitin Design Works

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Saban Media Center


Nominated by

ARC Engineering
Charles Salter
MATT Construction

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Roberts Pavilion

Health & Wellness

Nominated by
John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

Buro Happold
KGM Architectural Lighting
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

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Drago Petersen


Nominated by
Felderman Keatinge + Associates

ARC Engineering
Drago Brothers
Mata Construction
Oculus Light Studio


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Temple Beth Sholom

Public & Community Spaces

Nominated by
Berliner Architects

Del Amo Constrution
Fusio Studio
JR van Dijs, inc.
Newson Brown Acoustics
Temple Beth Sholom

Edmunds.com Headquarters

Work Extra-Large

Nominated by
M+M Creative Studio

Cherry & Mandel
Corporate Contractors, Inc.
John Labib + Associates
Lewis / Schoeplein architects
Syska Hennessy Group

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Beachbody Headquarters

Work Large

Nominated by

ARC Engineering
Environmental Contracting Corporation
Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting, Inc
Lengele Associates
Sheridan Group



Work Medium

Nominated by
H. Hendy Associates

Brandow & Johnson
Moen Woodworks

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The Pritzker Group

Work Small

Nominated by

Becker Innovation
Building Solutions Group
Environmental Contracting Corporation

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Turelk Downtown Los Angeles

Work Small

Nominated by

California Lighting Sales
Madrid Ceiling
Nabih Youssef

Announcing the 2017 Circle of Excellence Honoree

The IIDA SoCal Calibre Design Awards 2017 committee is excited to announce this year’s Circle of Excellence honoree:


Joey N. Shimoda FAIA, FIIDA
Chief Creative Officer
Shimoda Design Group

As Principal of Shimoda Design Group, Mr. Shimoda founded a Studio based on a multi-disciplined platform that seeks to bring quality design, innovation and technical excellence in projects of every scale. Contract magazine named Mr. Shimoda Designer of the Year in 2013 and in the following year was elevated to the College of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects. In 2015, Mr. Shimoda was elevated to the College of Fellows for the International Interior Design Association. He joins less than 20 Designers in the United States that share the distinction of Fellow as both an architect and interior designer.

Joey will join a prestigious group of past Circle Of Excellence winners including Carl Magnussen (2010), Ed Friedrichs (2011), Ray Anderson, (2012), Lauren Rottet (2013), Pam Light (2014), and Barbara Dunn (2016) amongst others.

Sponsorships and Tickets are now available!

Click here for more information about the Calibre Design Awards, to sponsor the event or to purchase tickets.

Mark Your Calendars!
Gala Event is Friday, May 19, 2017
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Cocktail Hour 5-7pm
Calibre Design Awards 7-9:30pm


Congratulations to the 2016 Calibre Design Award Winners!

Congratulations to the 2016 Calibre Design Awards winners! Click here to see more photos of the winning projects. Thanks again to our generous sponsors, we couldn’t do it without you! See the all photos from the Calibre Design Awards here.


Learn & Serve
Zev Yaroslavsky Family Support Center
Nominated by HKS Architects, Inc.
Charles Pankow Builders
Interior Office Solutions
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works
Nabih Youssef Associates


Shop & Play
Music Box
Nominated by Gensler, San Diego
Christopher Konecki
Christopher Puzio
Product Etcetera


Work Large
Kennedy Wilson
Nominated by Wolcott Architecture | Interiors
Coffman Engineers, Inc.
L.E. Waters Construction Co.
L.H. Hajnal & Associates


Work Medium
Brookfield Residential
Nominated by Gensler, Newport Beach
Howard Building Corporation
Irvine Company


Work Small
Opus Bank
Nominated by Gensler, Newport Beach
Anderson Audio Video
Corporate Business Interiors
Turelk, Inc.


Judges Choice
Playa C (Work Large)
Nominated by Gensler, Newport Beach
AFD Furniture
Sierra Pacific Constructors, Inc.
Wiedenbach Brown

Join Us for the Calibre After-Party!

Announcing the first Calibre Design Awards After-Party! It will be held right after the Awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton. Open to Calibre ticket-holders only. You asked for more networking time and we listened! Stay tuned for information about other changes in the coming weeks.

Limited availability for Gala tickets – to be added to the wait list, please contact Amy Staszkow at Blue Room Events at 310-491-1401 or amys@blueroomevents.com.

Congratulations to all the nominated teams! See the list of 2016 nominated projects.

Gala Event is Friday, May 13, 2016
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Calibre Celebrates the Winners of the Student Design Charette

Every year at the Calibre Design Awards, IIDA celebrates not only the best teams in design, but some of the up and coming talented students soon joining the local workforce!

The IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette is an opportunity for IIDA student members enrolled in a Southern California Interior Design college program to participate in a charette challenge. All Southern California schools are invited to participate on a first-come, first-served basis, sending three students to the all-day event. This year’s event was held on November 14th, 2015 at LPA in Irvine. Teams gained collaboration and teamwork experience, while challenged to develop a design presentation based on a program assigned at the beginning of the day. A panel of judges from the local design community viewed and selected the top presentations to move onto a verbal presentation round.

The first place prize of $10,000 will be divided among the winning team of students which included, (from left to right) Ashley Achleithner (Art Institute of CA, San Diego), Ghadeer Alburaiki (Otis College of Art & Design), Jackiemae Apolinario (Mt. San Antonio College), Rina Velasco (Cal State University Northridge) and Christine Oiwake (Cal State University Long Beach). Congratulations to these IIDA Student winners!

The winning team of students will receive their check at the Calibre Design Awards Gala on May 13, 2016 and will be representing the IIDA Southern California Chapter at the next round, West Coast Design Student Charrette, which will be held in Seattle, Washington in April.

Tables are selling out as the event is fast approaching. Only 2 months away! Very limited General Seating left, secure your seats now! Click here to purchase tickets and become a sponsor.

Gala Event is Friday, May 13, 2016
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210


Calibre Award Winner – OKB Architecture

swatframe by OKB Architecture

The focal point in an installation is very often an expensive addition to a project. High grade finishes and fabrics are seen as a necessity when giving the piece that polished look, but what if that same effect could be created with a standard mixing bowl and fabric? This technique is what OKB Architecture devised to create an eye-catching wall on a $1000 budget for their swatfame project, which recently won a 2013 IIDA Calibre Award.

The Assignment
Shawn Bleet of OKB Architecture and his team of designers were approached by swatfame, a large clothing manufacturer looking to redesign their space in order to make it more efficient for their business and employees. This 280,000 sq./ft. building featured sewing rooms, offices, shipping docks, and a large manufacturing area, but the space was quickly becoming cluttered and cramped. Open plans were the goal, but employees also needed a place to do “heads down” work. The building has a visually intriguing entrance — a narrow tunnel that opens to reveal a bright room bustling and buzzing with pattern printers, sewing machines, and sample clothes, along with a creative staff.

Creative Solutions for a Creative Environment
OKB creatively approached their client’s needs by designing an open plan with a useful layout that could be easily re-arranged to accommodate workers’ needs. The largest area created was a Design Center that allowed multiple clothing labels, pattern makers, and fashion and graphic designers to work in a space that invited them to share ideas in an inspiring setting.

“When the client is a creative company we get to be more creative ourselves,” Shawn explained. OKB used a number of unique approaches including removing moveable clothing racks and installing permanent fixtures that could double as walls for each designer. As the season ramps up, the clothes fill the racks creating “walls” then once everything goes to market, the racks will empty allowing creative collaboration to occur all over again. Shawn explained that acoustic ceiling tiles couldn’t be removed due to cost, so to soften their unappealing look a system of rotating suspended lights helped obscure the tiles. For the focal point wall, Shawn and the design team ventured to IKEA to source standard kitchen bowls that would serve as the dimples for the façade which was then covered in fabric to create a clean finish. This area became one of Shawn’s favorite locations, not only because it was an innovative solution on a tight budget, but also because it became a hands-on exercise between the client and the architect. Other areas of the building were completed with inspiring graphics and quotes that were meaningful to the company and the fashion industry. A trim library was added which that allowed employees to work efficiently.

Collaboration and a Final Surprise
After receiving the Calibre award Shawn and his team promptly ordered a second award to present to their clients believing that it was a group effort which needed to be shared with the entire team involved, including swatfame. A final memory that Shawn added further highlighted the excitement of the project after he explained that the Senior V.P. strived to keep the entire renovation a surprise to his employees. The building was revealed at a ribbon cutting ceremony where the staff and the designers were welcomed into the new space. The entire project included unique elements, creative approaches, and a fashion-worthy design, but as Shawn explained, working with the client was what made this project so meaningful.

Calibre Award winner interviews were conducted by Jaclyn Giuliano of Herman Miller and Jolene Ballard of HBF.