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.

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Date: Thurs., September 17, 2020


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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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2020 FAB Awards Planning Committee


2020 Annual IIDA Northland Chapter Sponsors

2020 FAB Interior Design Award Winners

Community and Civic





Building Amenity

Workplace Small

Workplace Large

Design Presentation and Storytelling

Grand Award


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