Design Excellence Awards 2020

The judges have decided! View the finalists gallery below, and join us on 2 Oct as we announce the results.
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Quick Links on This Page: Awards Night / About DEA 2020 / Categories & Prizes / Designers’ Choice / Jury Panel / Entry Fees / Media Coverage / Sponsors & Supporters / Enquiries


Awards Night Virtual Event

Winners will be announced on the 2nd October 2020 at the online Gala Awards virtual event from 7.30pm - 9.00pm and we will send out the registration link prior to the night.

We have a fabulous line up with Guest Judges such as Cameron Woo, Paul Tange, Lea Aziz, Russel Wong, and Tyler Wisler. There will be special guest interviews with the ID of the Year 2020 Nominees such as Andre Fu, Anouska Hempel, Bill Bensley, Jean Michel Gathy, Joyce Wang, LTW Designworks, Tony Chi and Yabu Pushelberg. Plus we will also be announcing the winner of the title ID of the Year 2020.

Update 14 July 2020: Due to the COVID-19 Singapore Government Measures and with Phase 3 yet to be announced, IDCS has to revise our planning for the upcoming Awards Gala Dinner scheduled on 2 Oct 2020 to become a virtual online event.

Update 27 March 2020: Due to COVID-19 and the recent government containment measures that no large events are to be held till 30 June 2020, we are rescheduling our Awards Gala Dinner to Fri 2 October 2020. As a result, we are extending the Award submission date from 15 May 2020 to 31 July 2020. For the many whom have submitted their early bird entries we will providing complimentary PR for your submitted entries on IDCS’ social media handles to thank you for your trust and support. We will be contacting you individually to co-ordinate this.

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About DEA 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.

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.

Important Dates:
Early Bird Submissions pricing: 10 Jan – 10 Mar 2020
Submissions closing: 31 Jul 2020
Judging: 5 – 21 Aug 2020
Designers’ Choice Voting closes: 21 Aug 2020
Shortlisted winners notified: 31 Aug – 4 Sep 2020 (All finalists to provide a short 20sec video about their short-listed project and themselves/their firm.)
Awards Night Virtual Event: 2 Oct 2020 7:30pm – 9:00pm (SGT)


Categories & Prizes

IDCS launches DEA 2020 with 23 Award categories and the NEW Designers’ Choice category. IDCS Council has nominated a shortlist of eight 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.

Shortlisted Winners will receive:
  1. One entry ticket to Award Gala Dinner (valued at $180) Annual IDCS Professional Membership (value $120)
  2. New: 3-month Marketplace posting on IDCS Website (value $600)
  3. One Award Certificate
  4. One Award Trophy
  5. Winners banner for email signature
  6. Winners mention on IDCS website
  7. Event photos (available for download on IDCS website)
  8. Media Coverage
    Home & Décor will feature the winner of the Residential category
    Epicure Magazine to feature the winner of the F&B category
    JetGala Magazine to feature the winner of the ID of the Year 2020 Designer’s Choice Public Vote.
  9. $2,500 cash prize for 'Project of the Year' category winner only.

IDEA Finalists Gallery

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
Shortlisted Winners will receive:
  1. One entry ticket to Award Gala Dinner (valued at $180) Annual IDCS Student Membership (value $10)
  2. New: 1-month Marketplace posting on IDCS Website (value $200)
  3. One Award Certificate
  4. Winners banner for email signature
  5. Winners mention on IDCS website
  6. Event photos (available for download on IDCS website)

SPADE Finalists Gallery


Interior Designer of the Year 2020 – Designer’s Choice

IDCS is delighted to announce the 8 nominees for the Design Excellence Awards 2020 category: Interior Designer of the Year 2020 – Designers’ Choice. The nominees have been shortlisted by IDCS Council for their world acclaimed, award winning interior projects both in Asia and abroad.

The 8 nominees are:

  1. Andre Fu | AFSO (Hong Kong based)
  2. Anouska Hempel | Anouska Hempel Design (UK based)
  3. Bill Bensley | Bensley (Bangkok & Bali based)
  4. Glenn Pushelberg & George Yabu | Yabu Pushelberg (Canada based)
  5. HL Lim & Su Seam Teo | LTW Designworks (Singapore based)
  6. Jean Michel Gathy | Denniston (Kuala Lumpur based)
  7. Joyce Wang | Joyce Wang Studio (Hong Kong based)
  8. Tony ChiTony Chi Studio (US based)

Please click on the link below to register to vote and to cast your three (3) votes for the three interior designers you deem most deserving of the title “Interior Designer of the Year 2020 – Designer’s Choice”. Only one vote per nominee is allowed. The nominee with the highest votes will be crowned the winner and announced at the Awards Gala Dinner evening on Friday 2 October 2020 at the Shangri-la Hotel.

Voting closes on 21 August 2020, 23:59 Singapore time. Registration to vote is accepted for interior design practitioners, students, associates working in the interior design industry, design media and suppliers in the interior design industry. For further enquiries please email [email protected]

Vote for the ID of the Year 2020



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.



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