“It gave me the confidence to keep doing what I’m doing,” say IDEA winners

With the deadline for IDEA 2020 fast approaching, we spoke to last year’s victors to find out how winning has helped them win business, feel validated by their Australian architecture and interior design peers and enjoy the “icing on the cake” after a completing a project. IDEA 2020 is open for entries until 5 June – enter […]

IDEA 2020 judges looking forward to “projects that keep them pondering” as deadline approaches

IDEA 2020 judges Brendan Wong and Simone Haag have described what they’re hoping to see from entrants ahead of the 5 June entry deadline. “Projects that keep me pondering and wanting to ask questions are usually those that excite me most!” says Wong. “This is my first time judging – but in a word – […]

Herman Miller joins as IDEA 2020 sponsor

IDEA 2020 has a new sponsor in American furniture company Herman Miller. The more than 100-year-old brand will be sponsoring the Workplace Under 1000sqm category. Herman Miller is credited with the invention of the office cubicle (originally known as the Action Office) in 1968 under then-director of research Robert Propst. Over the decades, it has worked with numerous […]

30 days left to enter IDEA 2020

Early bird entries for IDEA 2020 closed last week, but there is still time for you to get your best work seen by our star-studded jury. Entries close on 5 June 2020 – so make sure you start your entry today! This year IDEA turns 18. As one of Australia’s oldest architecture and interior design awards, […]

One day left to save $90 on your IDEA 2020 entry

You have just over 24 hours to complete your IDEA 2020 entry and save $90. Early bird entries close at midnight tomorrow, Thursday 30 April, so you still have one more day to get your entries in. To help, we’ve designed the online entry form to be as simple as possible, and kept our entry fees low. We’ve […]

Enter IDEA if you’re brave enough to “depart from precedent and tradition,” says Anna Spiro

With just one week to go until IDEA 2020 early bird entries close, we asked our judges what they’ll be looking for when choosing winners for this year’s Interior Design Excellence Awards. Early bird entries close on 30 April, so enter now to make sure that you don’t miss out on saving $90 on you entry.  Read on […]

Adele McNab walks us through her award-winning workplace design

We chat with New Zealand-born, Sydney-based architect Adele McNab about her IDEA 2019 winning workplace design, the Marrickville Warehouse. Before the coronavirus outbreak was a reality, I caught up with McNab in a bakery cafe on the outskirts of Sydney, and over lemon tarts and coffee, she walked me through the project that earned her […]

With 50 days to go, here are some important numbers about IDEA 2020

Today marks 50 days to go until the final IDEA 2020 entry deadline. Read on for more vital numbers about our architecture and interior design awards! 800+ is the number of entries to IDEA 2019. See the winning projects here. 550 is the number of architects, interior designers, product designers and industry aficionados who attended last year’s […]

Two weeks left to save $90 on IDEA 2020

With our extended early bird entry discount for IDEA 2020 ending in just two weeks, we thought we’d share the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about this year’s awards. When does the early bird entry end? Thursday 30 April 2020. How much can I save by entering before 30 April? If […]

Designers share highs and lows from their first solo projects

Striking out on your first solo project is an exhilarating, but also terrifying experience. Steep learning curves come alongside the freedom of being your own boss, whether they be underquoting your rate, dealing with a slashed budget mid-project or reconciling your own aesthetic with that of your client’s. ADR asks six of the shortlisted emerging […]

Meet the 2020 IDEA Jury: Anna Spiro and Andrew Parr

Anna Spiro, director and head interior designer at her eponymous studio, and Andrew Parr, founding director of SJB Interiors, bring their 20 years of experience setting the standard of Australian interior design to the 2020 IDEA Jury.  Together with Brendan Wong, The Stella Collective’s Hana Hakim, Alexander & CO.’s Jeremy Bull, Luchetti Krelle’s Rachel Luchetti […]