FAB Awards

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

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12th Annual IIDA Northland Chapter FAB Design Awards


April 23, 2015


4:30pm cocktail hour
6:15 dinner
7:00 program begins
8:30 dessert and after party


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


IIDA Members: $90
IIDA Student Members: $50
Non-Members: $90
Student Non-Members: $50
Table of 10: $900


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12th Annual FAB Awards – April 23, 2015

The region's most outstanding interior design work was recognized at the 12th annual FAB Awards the evening of April 23rd.

Congratulations FAB Award Winners!

See this year's FAB Award winners

Thank you to our 2015 FAB Award Jurors:

Krista Ninivaggi

Tom Polucci


Margaret Sullivan

Learn More about Krista ▼

In her newest venture, K&CO, Krista Ninivaggi strives to encapsulate all of her design experiences to date so that her vision and work process can fully serve her clients. K&CO launched in 2014 as a boutique firm focusing on hospitality and multifamily residential interiors.

In 2011 Ninivaggi joined SHoP Architects as the Director of the Interior Design Group. During her tenure, she completed interiors for projects such as the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, and the New York Corporate office of Shopbop, which was selected as an honoree at Interior Design Magazine's 2012 Best of Year Awards.

Prior to joining SHoP, Ninivaggi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from The Rhode Island School of Design. After RISD, Ninivaggi started her professional career at the Rockwell Group and later joined the firm AvroKO. Ninivaggi is a part-time faculty member at Parsons New School for Design. 

In 2013, Ninivaggi was honored with the title of "Young Gun" by Curbed.com. Most recently, Ninivaggi was named "Designer of the Year," for 2014 by Contract Design Magazine.

Learn More about Tom ▼

As Director of Interior Design for HOK's New York office as well as the Chair of HOK's Interiors Board, Tom's responsibilities and achievements in the firm's high-profile design market are remarkable. He has over 20 years of expertise in managing the design of corporate office projects for some of the most recognizable companies in the world. He has served as the principal designer on hundreds projects. Educated, trained, and licensed as an architect, Tom brings a unique perspective to interior design; he is interested in more than just finishes. His focus is on creating an exceptional three dimensional space for clients.

During his tenure with HOK, he led the Interiors practices in both St. Louis and Chicago. Then in 2010, leaders from the firm asked him to relocate back to New York, his hometown, to further strengthen HOK's design excellence in one of their flagship offices.

Tom serves on HOK's Board of Directors as the firmwide leader of Interiors. Beyond directing interiors projects, he helped establish HOK Product Design, a group with which he is actively involved and where he sits on the Advisory Board. Through his work with this group, Tom has collaborated on the design of multiple textile products, including a highly successful collection for Lees Carpet. Additionally, Tom co-founded Life @ HOK, now one of the industry's leading blogs — one that has had a major impact on our profession.

Learn More about Margaret ▼

Margaret Sullivan is a leader in visioning, programming and designing innovative cultural centers, with a focus on public libraries. She skillfully collaborates with stakeholders and the design team to represent a holistic understanding of the 21st century public library and is a leader in translating these innovations into physical spaces.

She frequently speaks at conferences, most recently at the NEXT Library Conference in Chicago, leading the interactive session: Design for Creativity, Library as Studio at your Library; and at this year's annual American Library Association: Teen Spaces 201.

In 2014, Margaret Sullivan founded Margaret Sullivan Studio, working with cultural clients to re-envision design of their institutions by reinvigorating communities.


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:

  • Workplace (office, financial institution, third workplace environments, etc)
  • Education (pre-K-12, high ed, dormitory, etc)
  • Healthcare (hospital, clinic, assisted living, senior housing)
  • Community & Civic (sports & recreation, religious, municipal, governement, institutional, library, museum, etc)
  • Hospitality (restaurants, retail, spa, hotel, residential, etc)
Additional Awards ▼

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 submited, 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 a single photo and 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, 2013.
  • 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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