Open for entries


Standard deadline: Thursday 20 May 2021
Supported by World Interiors News, this year’s global WIN Awards are officially open for entry. Celebrating excellence in interiors, the Awards recognise the outstanding works of innovative, visionary and imaginative designers worldwide. The Awards welcome submissions from Interior Designers, Architects and Product Designers and offers a fantastic opportunity for you to gain recognition and exposure for your work.

As in previous years, the WIN Awards will judged by an extensive panel of top international experts who will put entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook.
A note from the editor
     

Alison Carter, editor, World Interiors News

"All architecture, and the interiors that lie within, have a vital impact on our lives.  

Despite the current challenges as the world grapples to manage the pandemic, the WAN Awards and the WIN Awards shine a light forward and promote the visions of the creative and outstanding work of innovative and imaginative architects and interior designers worldwide.

The awards are supported by World Architecture News (WAN) and World Interiors News (WIN) which provide a global news platform for architects and designers.  In 2020, the site was regularly viewed by some 221 countries worldwide. 

It’s important to amplify and celebrate the positive news in these global sectors and 2020 saw the launch of Female Frontiers, Powered by World Architecture News.  This new awards scheme, specifically designed to for women in architecture, is supported by the extremely popular Women Build podcast. Each episode highlights inspirational women in the global architecture arena, asks what’s important to them and points the spotlight on outstanding projects. 

Get involved with the WIN Awards 2021!"

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Key information


Entry fees

Main categories
Early Bird - £385 + VAT
Standard - £420 + VAT

Emerging Interiors Practice of the Year
Standard - £195 + VAT

All prices are per entry and exclusive of VAT. VAT will be applied to UK based companies. Entries submitted after Thursday 20 May 2021 are subject to a £75+VAT late fee.

Key dates

Early bird entry deadline: Thursday 29 April 2021

Standard entry deadline: Thursday 20 May 2021

Final entry deadline: Friday 4 June 2021

Shortlist announcement: Late August 2021

Results to be announced: November 2021


Eligibility

The awards are open to all who design or commission interiors, from interior designers and architects to developers, retailers, hoteliers, restaurants, manufacturers and suppliers.

To be eligible, projects must have been completed since 1 January 2018, except pop-ups and temporary exhibitions, which should have been completed since 1 January 2019.

Categories


Education and Learning
We are looking at learning in its broadest sense. The category covers formal educational institutions such as schools, colleges and universities. But it also includes research centres, libraries and training facilities. It combines both public and private sector facilities.
Submissions should include details of the interiors, highlighting any particular design features, materials and lighting.

 

Experiential Design
This category will reward the best use of lighting, audio visual and visual effects for installations, cultural venues, theatre productions, exhibitions and retail, trade show stands, display spaces, pavilions etc.
Submissions should give details of the project and its context, highlighting and explaining in simple terms the technologies used and the impact they had.

 

Lighting Projects
This category is looking for projects that have utilised light in a purposeful and meaningful way to transform the space. From decorative lighting to integrated lighting systems, the judges will be looking for excellent design, innovation and evidence of energy-efficiency.

 

Cultural Venues
We are looking for the best experiences for visitors to concert halls, museums, galleries and the like and the permanent and temporary exhibitions they offer. Submissions should include an outline of the interiors, highlighting any particular design features, materials, lighting and special effects.

 

In a Covid-19 aware world, we are seeing continued growth in the healthcare and wellbeing sectors. As hygiene remains more critical than ever before, designers must look beyond pure aesthetics and instead focus on how to effectively create clinically safe spaces that are welcoming as well as being better places in which to work.

Submissions should include details of the interiors, highlighting any particular design features, materials and lighting.

 

Hospital and Clinics
Residential Care Homes
Healthcare Design: Response to Covid-19
This category is open to those projects which have demonstrated excellence how they have responded and adapted design for the Covid-19 crisis . Judges will be looking for initiatives that have created covid-secure healthcare spaces where patient well-being, social distance caring and frontline worker safety are paramount. Pop-ups and temporary structures will be eligible as well as more permanent design features.

 

We have brought together categories from previous years under the hospitality umbrella. There may be crossovers within hospitality projects, but submissions may be made into three subcategories. New projects as well as projects that are responding directly to covid will be considered.

Submissions should give details of the project, highlighting any particular design features, materials, lighting or special effects.

 

Bars and Clubs
Restaurants and Cafes
Hotels and other overnight accommodation
This includes hotels (of any size), bed and breakfasts, hostels, aparthotels, casino hotels, gastro pub accommodation, motels, holiday rental homes, guest houses etc.

 

This umbrella category covers permanent and temporary environments and one-off events.
Submissions should give details of the project and its context, highlighting and explaining in simple terms the technologies used and the impact they had.

 

Cinemas, theatres and music venues
Sports stadiums and sports centres
Spas, health clubs and gyms
We are looking here for residential interiors that respond to their particular context and surroundings. They need to be appropriate for the person or people living there, but have an
enduring quality that transcends fashion. Submissions may be made into two subcategories.

Submissions should give details of the project, highlighting
any particular design features, materials or lighting aspects.

 

Residential developments
This category is for multi-unit sites including apartment blocks, condominiums, show homes, student accommodation, developments with multiple homes.

 

One-off homes, large and small
This category is for bespoke and singular homes for an individual or family including new-builds, conversions, renovations and extensions.

 

Given the dominant and increased appeal of online shopping in some markets, retailers and brands are increasingly using design to enhance customers’ experience in-store. Here we are looking at retail in its broadest sense, including independent shops, chain stores, department stores, shopping centres, financial services hubs, travel agencies, salons, food halls, pop-ups and so on. Submissions may be made into three subcategories.

Submissions should give details of the project, highlighting any particular design features, materials or lighting aspects.

 

Retail chain stores, department stores, supermarkets and show rooms
Independent shops or small chains
Visual merchandising, concessions and pop-ups
Transport systems and hubs are improving worldwide as countries and cities upgrade their infrastructure. From airlines to ferry companies, competition for customers among individual operators is placing interior design more central to their businesses.

Submissions should include details of the project, highlighting any particular design features, materials, lighting aspects and signage/information systems.

 

Transport Hubs
Including airports, stations and terminal concourses, ticket offices etc.

 

Transport Interiors
Including trains, yachts, boats, planes, buses, spacecrafts, cars and commercial vehicles.

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has immensely changed the way in which we work. Covid secure work spaces as well as home-working and co-working offices have grown apace. Submissions may be made into three subcategories. New projects as well as projects that are responding directly to covid will be considered.

Submissions should include details of the project, highlighting any particular design features, materials, lighting aspects and signage/information systems.

 

Corporate offices (less than 10,000 sqm)
Corporate offices (more than 10,000 sqm)
Studios, co-working spaces and home office
Outstanding Project of the Year (Winner chosen at judges’ discretion – not open for entry)
The gold award winning projects from all other categories will be eligible to be considered for the Outstanding Project award.

 

Emerging Interiors Practice of the Year
This award allows up-and-coming interior design firms to showcase their work on a global stage. The category is open to all firms under five years old or founded after 1 January 2016. It will be awarded to the practice that demonstrates its devotion to raising the bar for interior design, in terms of creative quality, materials innovation and social appropriateness.

The entry should feature at least 3 completed projects that the firm is particularly proud of since 1 January 2018. The judges will be looking for evidence of all-round excellence, regardless of the size of the practice and particular areas of expertise.

Please note that in order to be eligible for this award, your entry must feature at least 3 completed projects.

 

Interiors Practice of the Year
This award is open to any interior design practice or department that has been established for five or more years or founder before 1 January 2016. It will be awarded to the practice that demonstrates
its devotion to raising the bar for interior design, in terms of creative quality, materials innovation and social appropriateness.

Entrants are invited to submit a cross-section of their work completed since 1 January 2018. The judges will be looking for evidence of all-round excellence, regardless of the size of the practice and particular areas of expertise

Please note that in order to be eligible for this category, you must also enter at least two other categories.

 

Judges


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Zaha Hadid Architects
Lead Interior Designer
 
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BDP
Design Director
 
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Bravo
Designer - Director
 
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Squire and Partners
Director
 
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HKS, Inc.
Principal, Director of Commercial Interiors (gloablly)
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SHH
Associate
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Rapt Studio
President / Creative Director
 
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Revamp Interior Design
Owner
 
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Joy Street Design
CEO and Principal Designer
 
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HALDEN Interiors
CEO/Halden Interiors
 
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Make Limited
Partner
 
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Koldo&Co
Founder & Creative Director
 
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Independent Consultant
 
 
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Linehouse
co-founder
 
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Quinine
Creative Director/ Founder
 
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Studio C102
Principal
 
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Conran and Partners
Partner
 
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The Oval Partnership
Project Director / Architect
 
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Morgan Stanley Asia Limited
Executive Director
 
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Feix&Merlin
Director & Co-Founder
 
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Studio Illumine
Founding director
 
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Conran and Partners
Partner
 
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TOCA
Director
 
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Stylus
Senior Editor Product Design
 
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Preen, Inc.
Founder
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Elkus Manfredi Architects
Senior Associate
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Kirsten Schwalgien Design
CEO / Founder
 
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Eva Sonaike
Creative Director & Founder
 
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Ditau Interiors
Managing Director
 
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Woods Bagot
Principal
 

Sponsorship opportunities


The World Interiors News Awards brings together the most senior and influential professionals from across Architecture to recognise and celebrate excellence. The Awards shine a spotlight on the standout architectural projects and the amazing people and teams behind them. 

To ensure only the very best work and people make it through to the shortlist we bring together a jury of top industry professionals - we take pride in the depth and rigorousness of our judging process. 

The World Interiors News Awards offer you the chance to align your business with the people, teams and companies that are leading the way in interior design.

As a marketing and business development opportunity, the Awards offer you the chance to promote your products and services to our audience. Build your brand at our premier events, whether in person or digitally, in our marketing campaigns as well as the awards website.

You will also be able to access to World Interiors News's highly engaged audience. With over 100,000 monthly unique page views and 35k unique monthly users on the World Architecture News and World Interiors News website, there is no better way to reach the heart of interiors. 

Please get in contact and we can build a bespoke package to deliver any business objective, please contact Simin Bevis on: simin.bevis@haymarket.com or +44 (0)7717 888903

We look forward to hearing from you.