17th Annual FAB Interior Design Awards

IIDA Northland is pleased to announce the 17th Annual FAB Awards. This event recognizes and celebrates FRESH, ARTISTIC, and BRILLIANT interior design projects, innovative design
solutions, and the integrated industry teams, that continue to redefine what design can be and do. A select jury of industry experts will bestow awards in this year’s project categories.

We look forward to your participation!

Entries Schedule
Registration Opens: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Submission Materials Deadline / Registration Closes and Complete Payments are due: Thursday, March 5, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020
5:00 – 6:00 pm Social Hour
6:00 – 7:00 pm Seated Dinner
7:00 – 9:00 pm Awards
9:00 – 11:00 pm Celebration 


New Location:
The Depot, Renaissance Hotel
225 3rd Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55401



Gala Attire:
Creative Attire Suggested

Members: $85
Nonmembers: $135
Students: $50

New! FAB Emerging Design Professional Award

This award honors a current IIDA Northland Chapter member who has shown exceptional leadership, exemplifies excellence and dedication to their work, made significant contributions to the profession and the community, should be considered ‘one‐to‐watch’ in our Interior Design Community, and has practiced Interior Design for less than 10 years. This award is open to professionals practicing Interior Design, Reps, and/or Dealers. A candidate is not required to have worked on a FAB project entry.

Nomination Submission Criteria
Required: IIDA Northland Chapter Membership (Individual, not Firm Sponsorship)
Required: Letter of Recommendation (maximum one page), written on company letterhead and signed, that are explicit in their recommendation and contain specific reasons supporting the candidate’s nomination.
Optional: Professional resume, including Honors and Awards, Community, Volunteer, Philanthropic, Education, Professional Experience, etc.
Optional: Design Project Examples (up to 5 project highlights, maximum one page)

Evaluation And Notification Of Selection
Submissions will be juried by professionals within our Interior Design community. This anonymous team will review all of the submissions and make decisions based on the candidate’s accomplishments, presentation in supporting documents, and the overall impact of the complete application. The winner will be notified in advance of IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Awards Friday, May 15, 2020, and will be recognized on stage.

Entry Fees
There is no payment for Emerging Design Professionals nominations.

Registration Information

Project Entry Fees
Members: $150 for your 1st entry, $100 per additional entry.
(active IIDA member must have worked on the project team)

Non-Members: $200 for 1st entry, $150 per additional entry.

Deliverables with Project Entry
There are 5 requirements for entry.

Submit the first four items as (1) PDF file, not to exceed 50MB. If needed, you can divide the pages and upload up to (3) 50MB PDF files.

  1. Remove all design firm/company identifying features.
  2. Project Narrative. To be provided in .pdf file format.
    A description will be used in the judging process. Highlight goals, objectives, contributing factors, and key elements that influenced the project design.
  3. Floor Plan. To be provided in .pdf file format. More than one floor can be included if relevant to the project explanation.
  4. Up to 10 Images / Photographs / Diagrams (optional 1 video) To be provided in .pdf file format. All 10 images must be submitted in one file. File size not to exceed 50MB. Option to provide a title and / or caption for each page.
    Optional: 1 Video provided as .mp3, avi, or wmv file. Examples include a virtual walk through, 360, or panorama. File size not to exceed 50MB. Video can not exceed 2 minutes. This will be a separate file upload, not embedded within your PDF.
  5. Winners Slides to be used at the award show. Select ONE of your previously used 10 images to be shown. Include a project summary, word count not to exceed 500 words. The project summary text should be part of the visual and will be read by the Emcee. To be provided as a JPG or PDF. Provide a list of names of the design team AND industry collaborators/contributors to be acknowledged at the award show. Examples include general contractor, real estate, furniture, materials, lighting, acoustics, graphics, etc. To be provided as a Word Document or PDF.

Project Entry FAQ

Questions about FAB entries? Check out our FAQ. Still have questions? Let us know: FAB@iida-northland.org

FAB Interior Design Awards Jurors


Stacy Elliston co-founded Studio 11 Design with the ambition to create a boutique firm where the principals could be involved in every aspect of the design process. With an affinity for maintaining budgets and adhering to timelines, she draws on three decades of diverse experience working with clients such as MGM Mirage, Marriott, Starwood, IHG, Fairmont Hotels and Resorts and more. A pillar in the local design community, Stacy is a NEWH College of Fellows inductee for 2019 and a Silver Stevie Award recipient of the Maverick of the Year title.
Stacy’s multidisciplinary design repertoire and a rich network developed throughout the years have seen the firm grow by leaps and bounds. She most enjoys leading projects that challenge the team to find the tension between spontaneity and rigor, refinement and rebellion.
Under Stacy’s leadership, Studio 11 Design and the firm’s clients have achieved several awards such as the AHEAD Awards, the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, Gold Key Awards, Hotel Management’s Top Design Firm, Carlson Rezidor’s Renovation of the Year recognition and many more.
Prior to co-founding Studio 11 Design, Stacy served as a Principal at RDH & Associates Inc., an architectural and design firm focused on the gaming industry following a stint at Wilson & Associates. She graduated with honors from the Art Institute of Dallas and remains dedicated to inspiring young designers through her position on her alma mater’s advisory board, where she guides the hospitality design curriculum. Stacy continues to chair Dallas’ Make A Wish Night in support of their fundraising goals.


Jeanie Lai is a design principal at Bora Architects in Portland Oregon. As an architect and interior designer, her multidisciplinary approach weaves through fully considered design solutions from ideation, to the craft and materiality of the design. Jeanie is a strategic designer who values creating authentic experiences tailored to the unique stories of her clients. She finds inspiration from the contextual framework of her projects believing that meaningful design must be rooted in people, culture, and place.

Jeanie has led numerous projects in her 24-year career in academic environments, community, civic and cultural projects as well as corporate workspace. Her creativity is maximized to balance design inspiration with functional program needs, budget, and sustainability goals resulting in some of Bora’s most dynamic and innovative work. Recent projects include Oregon State University’s Learning Innovation Center, the University of New Mexico’s McKinnon Center for Management, workspaces for Airbnb, Microsoft, Nike, and Google, and a 21st Century Classroom Building for Texas A&M. Jeanie earned her Master of Architecture at University of Maryland, College Park.


Joseph Rodriguez is a Design Director at Studio O+A, a San Francisco design firm that has changed the way we think about work and workplace. O+A’s process creates a narrative from the culture of the client and then uses that narrative as a framework for developing extraordinary office environments. Joseph has been the creative driver on many such projects for the last five years with groundbreaking designs at Uber, Meraki, Machine Zone, Liveramp, Sloan Kettering, Idea Paint and Happier Camper.

He began his career with Gensler in his native city of Houston. Having worked as a land surveyor since the age of 17, Joseph arrived at the firm with a deep knowledge of site planning, a skill that placed him at the starting point of most of the Houston office’s projects. It was a wide-angle introduction to the world of architecture, and it gave him an appreciation for the organizational logic that must precede every build. Eventually Joseph moved to Gensler’s interiors studio and to the firm’s San Francisco office where he worked on projects in California, New England, Sweden and Japan. In 2015 he joined Studio O+A.

As a Design Director Joseph manages teams of designers and finds himself more and more in a mentoring role, teaching younger staff how to apply their knowledge to practical problems in creative ways. Currently at the helm of a very large corporate project in Los Angeles, he admits to dreaming periodically of small, fun jobs he could design in the trenches from start to finish. “My preference will always be the pen and not the computer when designing,” he says.



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