Design Excellence Awards

Entry Fees – $50.00 per entry


  • Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2019
  • Participants MUST be ASID Alabama members in good standing


  • There are 3 possible awards for each category. However, the judges will determine award level based upon how well a project meets design standards; therefore, there may not be one of each level presented in every category. In other words, the judges may chose to award Silver and Bronze awards should there not be a project they feel warrants Gold level designation, or  Gold and Bronze awards in the absence of a project they feel warrants a Silver level.
  • Possible awards in each category are:
    • Gold – receives a trophy
    • Silver – receives a wall plaque
    • Bronze – receives a wall plaque
  • Gold level projects will be published in ALDesign, the quarterly newsletter of ASID Alabama. Silver and Bronze levels may, or may not, appear in the newsletter; if photos of the projects are not published, an announcement or mention will appear instead.
  • Additional Awards:
    • Best of Competition - There will be two Best in Competition awards; one for commercial and one for residential.


  •  All forms, entries and payments must be received no later than midnight June 12th, 2020.

Online Entry:


  • Remove all project or firm identification from all parts of the entry except the appropriate forms. If anonymity is not preserved, the entry will be disqualified.


  • Awards can be presented to either individuals or firms, the choice being that of the primary entrant.
  •  A project can only be entered into one category, except for the Industry Partner’s Choice category which can be any project whether entered into another category or not.

Entry Requirements:

  • Form A: Concept Statement - A written explanation of the client’s criteria (aesthetic & functional), problems, challenges, and specific goals. State exactly what was done and include details relating to furniture, finishes, lighting, flooring, architecture, etc.
  • Form B: Release & Consent - All drawings and photographs submitted must be cleared by the entrant AND the client for exhibition or publication purposes.  ASID shall assume no responsibility for copyright or photographic fees.
  • Form C: Industry Partner Utilization - To be submitted only if entering the Industry Partners Choice category
  • Project Photographs:
    • Submit clear high-res photos suitable for publication (300 dpi or higher). Any one image must not exceed 10,000 MB.
    • If photos are not of professional quality the project may not appear in the newsletter or other forms of publicity.
    • Provide a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 photos for each entry, except for “Large” categories which will be allowed a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 15 photos. No PowerPoint presentations will be accepted.
    • All photos must be submitted as single pictures (do not combine multiple photos into one), and should be in .jpg, .jpeg, or .png format. Photos must be high-res quality suitable for publication.
    • Be sure that your images are oriented correctly.
  • Floor Plan - Provide a clear and legible floor plan of your project.

Jury and Judging Criteria:

  • All entries will be judged by a third-party to enable an "arm's length" approach to the competition.  Projects will be judged against the design criteria, not other entries.
  • Each criterion will be worth 10 points, with a possible overall score of 100 points. The criterion is as follows:
    • Success in meeting the client needs as stated in the Concept Statement.
    • Creativity and innovation
    • Scale and proportion
    • Color composition
    • Relationship of the materials, and their textures and patterns
    • Functional Use of Space
    • Effective Use of Lighting
    • Use of space planning to achieve functional objectives.
    • Attention to detail
    • Overall quality of project

Post Judging:

  • Submissions remain the property of the Chapter
  • If an entry is awarded Gold level, the entrant agrees to Alabama Chapter of ASID sending all entry-related materials to ASID National for national entry and publicity if applicable
  • Each entrant receiving an award agrees to follow publicity guidelines as established by ASID and authorizes ASID to use photographs and submitted content in publicity releases.