There are seven Primary Categories, one Optional Category and five Automatic Categories. In addition, there is the Award for Interior Design Impact, which is entered by invitation only.
Choose the Primary Category (or Categories) most appropriate for your project. Where relevant, projects may be entered into more than one Primary Category. Each entry requires a separate entry submission and fee.
The sole Optional Category, for Emerging Interior Design Practice, is free when entering a Primary Category. To be considered you must supply the relevant details when you prepare your Primary Category submission/s.
The five Automatic categories are free when entering a Primary Category. These include the Premier Award for Australian Interior Design.
1. Retail Design: shops, retail outlets, showrooms, department stores, food markets, shopping centres and hairdressers.
2. Hospitality Design: cafes, bars, restaurants, accommodation premises, hotels, day spas, swimming pools, casinos, clubs, cinemas, fitness centres etc.
3. Workplace Design: offices, studios, warehouses, factories, doctors and dentists rooms.
4. Public Design: galleries, museums, concert halls, theatres, exhibition venues, places of worship, educational institutions, medical institutions, libraries, community centres, consulates, law courts, parliamentary buildings, airports, railway stations etc.
5. Installation Design: gallery exhibitions, museum exhibitions, promotional displays, set design, trade exhibitions, display suites, marquees, installations, merchandising, temporary installations etc.
6. Residential Design: apartments, private houses, housing developments, multi unit dwellings etc.
7. Residential Decoration: apartments, private houses, housing developments, multi unit dwellings etc.
Emerging Interior Design Practice: where the principal of the practice is no more than 35 years old at the time of project completion, based on projects submitted into Primary Categories 1 to 7.
Best of State Awards for Commercial Design: given at the jury's discretion and based on projects submitted into Primary Categories 1 to 5.
Best of State Awards for Residential Design: given at the jury's discretion and based on projects submitted into Primary Categories 6 and 7.
Best International Design Award: given at the jury's discretion and based on international projects submitted into Primary Categories 1 to 7.
Award for Sustainability Advancement: awarded and commended projects from primary categories 1 to 7 are considered for this award.
Premier Award for Australian Interior Design: winners of Primary Categories 1 to 7 are finalists for this overall award.
Award for Interior Design Impact: This award recognizes the transformative effect that design can have on a building’s occupants and the wider community within the Australian context. Awarded projects deliver exceptional outcomes, made possible by the optimism of good design thinking and thoughtful collaboration between the design practice and client groups.
In 2019 the jury will invite selected awarded and commended projects from the 2016 program to nominate for this accolade. Nominated entrants will be asked to describe how the project transformed the activities of the building’s occupants and, more broadly, how it has affected or influenced specific communities or society at large. This may include reference to key organizational measures such as profit, sales, client and staff retention, environmental performance and cultural impacts. The evidence provided may be qualitative or quantitative in nature. Projects will be visited at the jury’s discretion and may incorporate client and user interviews.