FAB Awards

IIDA Northland Chapter awards region's most Fresh, Artistic and Brilliant design work at the annual FAB Awards.

Event Details:


11th Anniversary IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Design Awards


April 17th, 2014


5:30pm - 7:00pm Registration and Networking
7:00pm - 9:30pm - Dinner and Program


McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street SE.
Minneapolis, MN 55455


The University Avenue Ramp will be available for $8 per vehicle; Cash only, paid upon entrance to the ramp. No card will be needed to exit the ramp.
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IIDA Members: $90
IIDA Student Members: $50
Non-Members: $90
Student Non-Members: $50
Table of 10: $900


430 people


Dinner is provided; Cash bar.
IIDA Northland chapter office will follow-up to get names for all ticket holders as there are no physical tickets for the event.

This event is SOLD OUT and no walk-ins will be accepted.


See this year's FAB Award winners


See last year's FAB Award winners

11th Annual FAB Awards – April 17

The region's most outstanding interior design work was recognized at the 11th annual FAB Awards the evening of April 17th.

Congratulations to our 2014 FAB Award Winners:

See photos and learn more about all of the winning projects

Grand Award Winner:
Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center- Phase One
HGA Architects and Engineers

Small Commercial:
Purina Conference Center Renovation + Expansion

Large Commercial:
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity

Restaurant & Retail:

Millennium Hotel Minneapolis
RSP Architects

Mercy Health – West Hospital

Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center – Phase One
HGA Architects and Engineers

Residential Housing:
BKV Group

Excellence in Sustainability:
Madison Central Library
MSR (Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd.)

Members Choice:
Coup d'Etat
Elness Swenson Graham Architects


Reiko Lewis of Ventus Design, Honolulu, Hawaii
Margo Jones of Atlanta, Georgia
Mark Harbick of NBBJ, New York, New York

Meet our Jurors▼

Reiko Lewis, ASID, LEED AP, CAPS

Reiko Lewis is the principal of Ventus Design, a Honolulu based interior design firm. She has over a decade of worldwide experience as a staff designer for some of the biggest names in the high‐end hospitality interior design industry (HBA and WATG) and has worked with a number of hotel and resort owners and chains.

Her designs of the Royal and Presidential Suites at the Hotel Grande Bretagne in Athens, Greece were nominated for the prestigious Gold Key Award in 2004 and were featured in Architectural Digest magazine.

Expertise in furniture, carpet, and fixture design, as well as art consulting are all part of the portfolio she brings to each job. She has demonstrated her ability to not only advise but to realize the client's aesthetic vision.


Based in Atlanta for a twenty-five year career in interior design, Margo Jones' experience spans a wide range of projects located throughout the southeastern United States. Through her leadership positions within design giants Gensler, Heery International and TVS&Associates, now tvsdesign, and in her own studio, M. Jones Associates, Margo's expertise in strategic planning, programming, workplace analysis and interior design has been demonstrated in Fortune 100 corporate headquarters, product marketing centers, computer/data operations facilities, convention centers and cancer treatment facilities.

A member of the College of Fellows and a professional member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Margo was honored by the IIDA Georgia Chapter as its honoree at the chapter's inaugural Leaders' Breakfast in 2013. She has held national and chapter offices within the organization and currently serves as Co-Director of Membership for the Georgia Chapter. A LEED Accredited Professional of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), Margo is also a professional member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) and of the International Coach Federation (ICF).

Mark Harbick, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

Named Contract magazine's 2006 Designer of the Year, Mark Harbick brings great enthusiasm and a unique ability to bridge inspired ideas with business objectives. Mark is a Design Principal in NBBJ's New York studio with a focus on workplace design and hospitality. He translates a company's vision, purpose, and culture into environments that integrate interiors with building structure and character.

Mark brings more than 25 years of experience at all levels of the design process and project management, having led projects for clients including APCO Worldwide, NBC Sports, A+E Networks, Pixar Animation Studios, and Mercedes-Benz. These projects have included new construction, renovations, and historic preservation worldwide.


Cheryl Durst, Honorary FIIDA, LEED AP
Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA

About Cheryl Durst ▼

Cheryl is currently the Executive Vice President and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and has overall responsibility for guiding the efforts of the 12,000 member Association.

Joining the Association as a Headquarters Project Manager in 1997, Cheryl rapidly rose through the ranks, becoming Senior Director of Education and Professional Development, and in that capacity had supervisory responsibility for continuing education, government and regulatory affairs and conference management.
As EVP and CEO, Cheryl has successfully navigated the Association and its Board, through a serious debt crisis and 18-month financial turnaround, and has implemented policies, procedures and an operational structure that has put the Association on firm financial footing.

Cheryl has extensive background in product and program marketing development and implementation, and has created sales and marketing programs for Reff, Inc. and the Federal Sales division of Knoll. She headed Meeting Planning for the Washington Design Center/Washington, D.C. (a division of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc.). In 2001, in recognition of Cheryl's accomplishments within the Association and her contributions to the industry at large, the IIDA Board of Directors conferred Honorary Member status to her.

Cheryl is a former Docent for the Museum of African Art and Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and is an active member of the Organization of Black Designers. She is past President of the Kohl Children's Museum Women's Board. She is a graduate of Boston University, where she received dual bachelors in Print Journalism and Economics. Cheryl is a LEED-accredited professional and a past Executive Board Member of the Chicago Chapter of the US Green Buildings Council.



Judging Criteria ▼

Each entry in the FAB Awards program is judged for the success with which the project has met its individual requirements and exhibits a Fresh, Artistic, and Brilliant approach to interior design. Entries are weighted individually, not in competition with each other. Because of the number of entries, it is incumbent upon the submitter to indicate to the jury the category within which the submission should be assessed.

It is necessary to explain to the jury the characteristics that distinguish your entry. Any lengthy written descriptions of factors already clear from your graphic presentation should be avoided. All projects will be evaluated on the information contained in the completed submission package. Jurors will not visit the site.

Submissions should demonstrate design resolution or advancement, societal advancement, technical advancement, and/or environmental advancement. Submissions that are an interior renovation or restoration should demonstrate skill, sensitivity and thoughtfulness in preservation, restoration, or the alternative reuse of existing interior spaces regardless of their original architectural intentions.

The authorship of each project will remain concealed throughout the deliberations of the jury. If the authorship is revealed on any of the JPGs, PDFs, prints or narrative, the jury may chose to disqualify the entry.

Entry Qualifications ▼
  • All entries must be submitted by the designer or design firm responsible for design of the project, not the design firm of record.
  • Project must be completed after January 1, 2012.
  • Entrant must have a separate Registration Number for each project.
  • All entries and materials become the property of IIDA Northland and may be used for publication. Entrant certifies that permission has been obtained from the owner(s) and the photographer(s) to publish the project and photographs.
  • IIDA is not responsible for any loss or damage incurred during the entry process.
  • If any qualifications or requirements are not met, or entry rules are not followed, the submission is subject to disqualification at IIDA Northland's discretion.
  • IIDA Northland reserves the right to re-classify a project into a different category, if deemed necessary.
  • IIDA Northland reserves the right not to award a winner in any category.



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