IDCS’s Design Excellence Awards 2020 Call for Entries

Plus a look at this year's VIP Jury Panel

The 2020 edition of the Interior Design Confederation Singapore’s (IDCS) Design Excellence Award (DEA) is one of the region’s most anticipated interior design competitions, and is now open for entries.

The Design Excellence Award recognises the best in commercial, residential and public design in Singapore and Asia Pacific, and endorses and celebrates the achievements of practitioners and even students alike.

Now in its seventh year, IDCS is bringing back 23 of its most popular award categories across two competition tracks: Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) for practicing interior designers and firms, and Spatial Design Awards (SPADE) for students.

Shortlisted finalists of DEA 2020 will reap a host of benefits, including:

  • Regional media publicity with media partners for select Awards categories
  • Keynote speaking engagement for Designers’ Choice Award winner
  • $2500 cash prize for the winner of the ‘Project of the Year’ category
  • One ticket to attend the prestigious DEA 2020 Gala Dinner, with opportunities to meet the celebrity jury panel
  • And other additional benefits to be announced

New to DEA 2020 will be the Designers’ Choice category. The IDCS Council will nominate six leading interior designers practitioners/firms that have a body of acclaimed ID projects in APAC that meet the hallmarks of design excellence recognised by industry peers in the region. This category is opened to public voting to choose the ‘Interior Designer of the Year 2020’, as one of the highest accolades to be bestowed within this industry.

The theme for this year is ‘Conscious Connections to our Community’ and should reflect pauses in time that provide visual delight in hectic and busy lives. Entries can be submitted through the idcs.awardsplatform.com from now till 15 May 2020. 

IDEA Categories:

  • Retail Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • F&B Design
  • Workplace Design
  • Residential Design
  • Public Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • IDEA Colour Award
  • IDEA Project of the Year
  • Emerging ID Firm of the Year
  • Top 3 ID Firms of the Year
  • Designers’ Choice Award

SPADE Categories

  • Retail Design
  • Hospitality Design
  • F&B Design
  • Workplace Design
  • Residential Design
  • Public Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Best Student Award

Judging this year’s DEA 2020 is a VIP jury panel consisting of five of the industry’s most respected individuals:

Mr Cameron Woo – Current President of IDCS & Principal of Cameron Woo Design
Cameron Woo was featured in December 2019 by Coveted Magazine, London as one of the Top 100 Interior Designers in the World, and was also chosen by Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, considered the Oscars of the ID world, as one of the world’s best interior designers. His firm has won multiple awards and has collaborated with brands, such as Dulux, Louis Vuitton and Philips Lighting.

Mr Paul Tange – Senior Principal Architect / Chairman of Tange Associates
Paul Tange began his architectural career with Kenzo Tange Associates, the firm headed by his father, well-known international architect Kenzo Tange. Paul began President of Kenzo Tange Associates in 1997 and founded Tange Associates in 2002, and Tange Associates Asia in Singapore in 2008, heading the firm as CEO. He became Chairman of Tange Associates in Japan in 2016. Paul is a registered architect in both Japan and Singapore.

Mr Russel Wong – Celebrity Photographer
Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia, who has been described as a ‘celebrity photographer who also photographs celebrities’. He enjoys acclaim as being the first Singaporean to break into the Hollywood movie industry, photographing stars like Richard Gere, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh and even President Barack Obama. He has worked with Oscar-winning directors Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou, creating images for their movie posters. He is also part of an elite group of photographers assigned to shoot covers for Time magazine – 17 to date.

Ms Lea Aziz – President of APSDA and Founder, Principal & Director of Elenbee Design
Influential interior designer Lea Aziz from Indonesia is well known for her works that include commercial airports and hospitality and public projects. Her experiences in public space design has led her to be selected as one of nine best designers in Indonesia in CASA Magazine 2017.

Mr Tyler Wisler – Celebrity Designer
Internationally sought after Tyler Wisler is a celebrity designer whose spaces are often fashionably inspired. He has been featured on hit shows, including HGTV’s Design Star, ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s George to the Rescue and Lifetime’s The Way Home, and stars as judge and mentor on Asia’s biggest design competition show, The Apartment. Tyler’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Washington Post and more.