FAB Awards

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

Event Details:


13th Annual IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Design Awards


Friday, April 8, 2016


4:30pm cocktail hour
6:15 dinner
7:00 program begins
8:30 dessert celebration


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


Please note: audience photographs and/or video may be taken at this event. By nature of your attendance, you are granting permission for your image, voice and likeness to be used for marketing purposes.


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13th Annual FAB Awards – Friday, April 8, 2016

The region's most outstanding interior design work will be recognized at the 13th annual FAB Awards the evening of April 8th.

Congratulations 2016 FAB Award Winners!

See all of the winners

Grand Award

HGA Architects and Engineers

Surly Destination Brewery

Thank you to our 2016 FAB Award Jurors:

Tim Cowell

Susanne Molina

Christian Schnyder

Learn More about Tim ▼

Tim began his career at Seeberger and Associates in Houston, Texas after completing his education at the University of Houston. Following, he spent ten years as Vice President of Interiors for Professional Design Group where worked with design and construction of corporate office spaces all across the country. Tim also worked for five years at Gensler in Los Angeles before being recruited by the University of Southern California. At USC he oversaw new construction and remodels of research and academic buildings. Since 2012 Tim has been with The Walt Disney Company where he heads up the "in-house" Design and Architecture teams for Corporate Real Estate, which includes approximately 18.5 million square feet world-wide.  "Our task is to guide the design components of all new and remodel of existing Disney Real Estate worldwide." Tim explains.  "Our portfolio does not include any "themed" environments, like the Parks, or Resorts. Our properties are all the corporate spaces that support the Company and its other Divisions, like ABC, ESPN, Marvel, Disney-Pixar, Lucasfilms and Maker Studios.

Learn More about Susanne ▼

Susanne Molina is Principal and Co-founder of K2S Studio, a new Los Angeles based interior design firm. She received her degree in Environmental design from Parsons School of Design and has over 20 years of professional experience with several respected design firms. Throughout her career, she has been heavily involved in Operations and Business Development and is trained in all aspects of interior design including Programming/ strategic planning, design and project management, construction documentation and detailing, and construction administration. She has focused her practice on commercial interiors with an emphasis in corporate. Susanne has served in several positions for IIDA, AIA, USGBC, and others. In addition to her extensive design organization involvement, she also provides student and young professional mentorship and is actively involved in legislative efforts within the state of California related to design.

Learn More about Christian ▼

Owner and Principal of Beleco, Christian Schnyder has more than 30 years of experience as a design director and interior designer for world-renown hospitality, restaurant and high-end residential projects. Prior to Beleco, he served as a Principal designer at an award-winning Los Angeles design firm. His solid architectural roots, down-to-earth demeanor and passion for uniting people through design make him a truly effective leader and sought-after collaborator. Christian has an M.A. in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and a B.A. in Architecture and Interior Design from his native country of Switzerland.



Marty Peterson, GoodLINES

Learn More about Marty ▼

Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, Marty began his career in this industry in 1982 with a local office furniture dealer. In 1995 he joined KnollTextiles as a sales representative for the Minneapolis region. He became the Minneapolis Regional Manager for KnollOffice in 2007 responsible for 8 states in the Midwest.

In 2012 Marty joined HighTower as Vice President of National Accounts working closely with Google, Microsoft among several other Silicon Valley companies.

He most recently partnered to launch GoodLINES, a multi-line rep group covering several states in the Midwest representing Camira Fabrics, LUNA Textiles, HighTower, Pulp Studio Architectural and Decorative Glass and Resolute Lighting.

Marty considers it a privilege to have spent his entire career as a resource to the creative class.




Awards were presented in the following categories:


(office, financial institution, third workplace environments, etc)


(pre-K-12, high ed, dormitory, etc)


(hospital, clinic, assisted living, senior housing, etc)

Community & Civic

(sports & recreation, religious, municipal, government, institutional, library, museum, etc)


(restaurants, retail, spa, hotel, residential, etc)

Excellence in Design Award

In acknowledgement that the field of interior design cannot always be contained to prescribed project categories, we have included the opportunity for design recognition through the Excellence in Design Award. This category is heavily dependent on the judges discretion to issue one or multiple Excellence in Design Awards (maximum of three awards given). All projects submitted, regardless of category, are eligible to win an Excellence in Design Award. Applicants are also invited to submit projects and designs that do not conform to the predetermined categories.

Examples of Excellence in Design Award submissions can include (but are not limited to) the examples listed below.

    Innovative Design Feature
    Innovative Use of Space
    Innovation in Sustainable Design
    Creative Use of Materials

Grand Award

All projects submitted, regardless of category, are eligible to win the Grand Award and will be selected by the judges.

Members Choice Award

IIDA Northland members will have the opportunity to preview select photos and a short description of each entry (without design firm identified) before the event and place a vote for one project to receive the Members Choice Award.

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, 2014.

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 Northland 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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