Design Excellence Awards 2020


The 7th edition of the Interior Designers Confederation Singapore’s (IDCS) Design Excellence Awards 2020 (DEA), is one of the region’s most anticipated interior design competitions, is now open for entries.

The DEA sets to recognise the best of commercial, residential, hospitality and public design in Singapore and Asia Pacific, endorsing, celebrating and recognising the achievements of practitioners and students alike. This year we introduce the ‘Designers’ Choice’ category, where the Jury and the Public vote for the Interior Designer of the Year, replacing the Designer of the Year category. There are cash prizes, media promotions, keynote speaking engagements to be won.

This year, for the Design Excellence Awards, IDCS President Mr Cameron Woo would like to encourage practitioners and students to submit interior design projects that reflect ‘Conscious Connections to our Community’ that give us a moments pause and provide visual delight in our hectic, busy lives.

Submit Your Entries

Early Bird Submissions pricing: 10 Jan – 10 March 2020
Submissions closing: 15 May 2020
Judging: 18 – 29 May 2020
Shortlisted winners notified: 1 – 3 June 2020
Gala Dinner: 26 June 2020

Quick Links on This Page: Categories & Prizes / Jury Panel / Entry Fees / Gala Dinner / Enquiries


Categories & Prizes

IDCS launches DEA 2020 with 23 Award categories and the NEW Designers’ Choice category. IDCS Council will nominate a shortlist of six leading Interior Designers practitioners/firms that have a body of acclaimed interior design projects in Asia Pacific that meet the hallmarks of international design excellence recognised by their industry peers in the region. This shortlist nomination will be open to public voting by interior design professionals whom will select the “INTERIOR DESIGNER OF THE YEAR 2020”, one of the highest accolades to be bestowed in the interior design industry.

These Awards are considered a seal of excellence and proof of outstanding achievements in the design field, acknowledged by a professional jury panel. Benefits for the DEA 2020 participants include:

  • regional media publicity
  • all shortlisted winners will receive a ticket to the prestigious DEA Gala Dinner.
  • $2,500 cash prize for the winner of the Project of the Year category
  • Winners of the Designers’ Choice and Project of the Year category will be given a Speaking Opportunity at IDCS’ Professional Development Program (PDP) Seminar to present their winning projects and be promoted on IDCS’ Social Media platforms.

Past winners of the following categories have received significant coverage and support from local and regional Design media and in 2020 greater media coverage and support will be given in recognition of the winners of the following notable IDEA categories: Project of the Year, Emerging ID Firm of the Year and Top 3 ID Firms of the Year.

Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA)

  • Open to design firms and/or designers practicing spatial design-related discipline globally.
  • Submission entry must be a completed built project between 1st January 2018 – 31st December 2019.

Total of 23 main categories including sub-categories:

  1. Retail Design*
  2. Hospitality Design*
  3. F&B Design*
  4. Workplace Design*
  5. Residential Design*
  6. Public Design
  7. Exhibition Design
  8. IDEA Colour Award
  9. IDEA Project of the Year
  10. Emerging ID Firm of the Year
  11. Top 3 ID Firm of the Year
  12. Designer’s Choice Award

*With sub categories defined by size or type of project.

Spatial Design Awards (SPADE)

  • Open to students currently enrolled in a Design Institution pursuing spatial design-related disciplines globally.
  • Submission entry must be a completed institutional project between 1st January 2018 – 31st December 2019.

Total of 9 categories:

  1. Retail Design
  2. Hospitality Design
  3. F&B Design
  4. Workplace Design
  5. Residential Design
  6. Public Design
  7. Exhibition Design
  8. Sustainable Design
  9. Best Student Award


Jury Panel

IDCS has invited a prestigious Jury Panel to judge the DEA 2020 entry submissions:

Mr Cameron Woo

Current President of IDCS and Principal of Cameron Woo Design

Cameron Woo, President of IDCS and Principal of Cameron Woo Design (CWD) was featured in Dec 2019 by Coveted Magazine, London as one of the Top 100 Interior Designers in the World. He has also been chosen by Andrew Martin Interior Design Review, the Oscars of the interior design world as one of the world’s best interior designers.

His firm CWD has won multiple awards from the International Property Awards, London for World’s Best Interior Design, Asia Pacific’s Best Interior Design and for Singapore.

Cameron has been invited to speak at international interior design conferences such as 100% Design, China International Interior Design Cultural Festival, One to One with World Class Designers and the Housing Industry Association.

CWD has collaborated with brands such as Dulux, Louis Vuitton and Philips Lighting. Cameron is a panellist on Akzonobel’s Colour Futures and has regularly appeared as a guest judge and mentor on the hit international interior design reality television show The Apartment TV.

Mr Paul Tange

Senior Principal Architect / Chairman of Tange Associates

Paul Noritaka Tange attended Le Rosey, in Rolle, Switzerland and received both his AB (1981) and Master of Architecture (1985) from Harvard University. Immediately after graduation, he began his architectural career with Kenzo Tange Associates, the architectural firm headed by his father, well- known international architect, Kenzo Tange.

Paul became President of Kenzo Tange Associates in 1997 and founded Tange Associates in 2002. In 2008, he founded Tange Associates Asia Pte. Ltd. in Singapore, heading the firm as Chief Executive Officer and becoming Chairman of Tange Associates in Japan in 2016. Paul is a registered architect of both Japan and Singapore.

Mr Russel Wong

Celebrity Photographer

Russel Wong is one of the most profiled photographers in Singapore and Asia. Described as a ‘celebrity photographer who also photographs celebrities’, Wong enjoys the acclaim of being the first Singaporean to break into the notoriously difficult Hollywood movie industry.

He is also one of an elite group of photographers assigned to photograph covers for Time magazine, 17 to date. He has also worked with Oscar winning directors like Ang Lee, and Zhang Yimou and have created images for their posters and publicity on movies like the Oscar winning Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and House Of Flying Daggers and Golden Lion winner in Venice Lust Caution.

Popularly noted for his photographs of celebrities like Richard Gere, Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi, Isabella Rossellini and even President Obama. His limited edition prints have also been sold at the prestigious Christie’s auction house. Russel also had a cameo in the box office hit Crazy Rich Asians and played himself!

Ms Lea Aziz

President of Asia-Pacific Space Designers Association (APSDA),
Founder, Principal & Director of Elenbee Design

Lea Aziz is a well-known and influential interior designer in Indonesia whose works include commercial airports, hospitality and public projects.

Lea has designed over five International airports in Indonesia and MRT stations including the executive port merak - bakauheni. Her experiences in public space design with a unique focus on transportation design has led her to be selected as one of nine best designers in Indonesia, as reported in CASA Magazine 2017.

Lea is frequently invited to be a guest speaker at design conferences, seminars, academic and Government events. She graduated at Academy of Art University, San Francisco in 1985. Upon graduation Lea joined PT Tetra Hedra and in 1989 she established her company Elenbee Design.

Mr Tyler Wisler

Celebrity Designer

Tyler Wisler is an international, influential and sought after designer. His spaces are fashionably aspirational with hints of the unexpected.

He’s 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.

He currently stars as a judge and mentor on Asia’s biggest design competition show, Sony Channel Asia’s The Apartment where he is known for tough love and sound, practical advice.

His work has been seen in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Elle Décor and Better Homes and Gardens. Companies like Kohler, 3M, TIKI Brand, BRIZO, Cosentino, AGA/Marvel, Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore have all collaborated for his edgy aesthetic and authentic narrative.


Early Bird, Multiple Entries & Members Discount

Early Bird Submissions before 10th March 2020 receive 10% off standard pricing.

Single Entry:
Non-member: $580/entry
IDCS Member: $520/entry
Students: $60/entry

3 Entries (10% off):
Non-member: $1,566 at $522/entry
IDCS Member: $1,404 at $468/entry

5 Entries (15% off)
Non-member: $2,465 at $493/entry
IDCS Member: $2,210 at $422/entry
Multiple-entries Discount is only applicable for projects submitted in one single payment.

Submit Your Entries



Awards Gala Dinner

Join us at the Gala Dinner and network with fellow designers! All shortlisted winners will receive a ticket to the dinner.

26 June 2020, 6:00pm – 11:30pm
Shangri-La Hotel, Tower Ballroom

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