Judging Criteria

Each entry is judged on its own merit, by a panel of representatives from business, media, and interior design. Judging is based primarily on three main categories: Strategies Employed, Overall Creativity, and Project Results. The weights assigned to each category are as follows:

30 per cent Strategies Employed
30 per cent Overall Creativity
30 per cent Project Results
10 per cent Juror's Interpretation
100 per cent Total Possible Points


The judging process is confidential and facilitated by staff. Judges will not know the identity of entrants. Individuals who submit projects for consideration are not permitted to sit on the ARIDO Awards jury.


Awards are presented in each category as follows:

Award of Merit: 75 to 89 per cent
Awards of Excellence: 90 to 100 per cent

Special Honours:

In addition, a Project of the Year award may be given to an Award of Excellence winner at the discretion of the judges. A Project of the Year must demonstrate comprehensive, in-depth and innovative use of interior design disciplines, and recognize the health, safety and well-being of the public.


All ARIDO members on the project team will be recognized on every certificate and will receive a copy of the certificate. receive a copy. Three award certificates will be framed: one for the lead interior designer, one for the design firm, and a third for the client. No other certificates will be issued.

Winners will be notified prior to the presentation ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. This will give winners an opportunity to invite clients and team members to the presentation ceremony.