IDIBC Announces 2021 Awards of Excellence Recipients

Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC) has announced the distinguished recipients of its 2021 Awards of Excellence. Open to all Registered Interior Designers (RID) in British Columbia, the Awards honor individuals that have submitted exceptional interior design projects. This year, of fifty submissions, the jury selected four recipients of its Awards of Excellence, ten Awards of Merit, and Interior Designer of the Year.

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IDIBC Award of Excellence and Interior Designer of the Year: Jennifer Kurtz RID IDIBC; Members Lounge, Vancouver BC; Food and Beverage category Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography

“The Awards this year show a lot of softer elements overall. The textures, curves, and warm color palettes create a sense of calm and comfort. Now as we emerge from our cocoons, we appreciate these quiet, intimate transitional spaces. We are so proud to honor these designers.” Jennifer Heffel -IDIBC President and Principal at HB Design in Vancouver.

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IDIBC Award of Merit: Stephanie Brown RID IDIBC; Makena Road, Makena Hawaii; Residential–Total category Photo credit: Mariko Reed

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IDIBC Award of Merit: David Nicolay RID IDIBC; Kiaro Cannabis, Vancouver BC; Retail and Kiosks category Photo credit: Janis Nicolay

Adjudicators were Johnson Chou, of Johnson Chou in Toronto; Marc Bherer, of Desjardins Bherer in Montreal; and Valerie Gow, Gow Hastings Architects in Toronto. Awards recipients were honored at the IDIBC Awards Presentation, streamed online on Nov 5, 2021. The  Recipients recognizing submissions deemed to have an exceptional level of design. 

Category Food and Beverage : Project Members Lounge, Vancouver BC

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IDIBC Award of Excellence and Interior Designer of the Year: Jennifer Kurtz RID IDIBC; Members Lounge, Vancouver BC; Food and Beverage category Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography

A site for meeting and relaxing by day that transforms into a vibrant wine bar at night. This dark and intimate space, a renovation of the historic club’s former Billiards Room, has chalked up a double honor, receiving an Award of Excellence and Interior Designer of the Year, which recognizes the project designer whose submission is deemed by the jury to display the most outstanding interior design among all submitted.

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IDIBC Award of Merit: Jay Brooks RID IDIBC; Sidecut, Whistler BC; Food and Beverage category Photo credit: Larry Goldstein

Category Workplace–Total : Project BlueArck, Vancouver BC

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IDIBC Award of Excellence: Janay Koldingnes RID IDIBC; BlueArck, Vancouver BC; Workplace–Total category Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography

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IDIBC Award of Excellence: Janay Koldingnes RID IDIBC; BlueArck, Vancouver BC; Workplace–Total category Photo credit: Ema Peter Photography

Category Food and Beverage : Project Common Good, Abbotsford BC

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IDIBC Award of Excellence: Andrea McLean RID IDIBC; Common Good, Abbotsford BC; Food and Beverage category Photo credit: Tina Kulic

Category Multi-Residential and Sales Centres : Project RC at CF Richmond Centre, Richmond BC

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IDIBC Award of Excellence: David Nicolay RID IDIBC; RC at CF Richmond Centre, Richmond BC; Multi-Residential and Sales Centres category
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Janis Nicolay

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IDIBC Award of Merit: Sharon Bortolotto RID IDIBC; Tapestry Victoria Harbour, Victoria BC; Hospitality category Photo credit: Joshua Lawrence

About the Awards and IDIBC

IDIBC Awards of Excellence have honored the most outstanding Registered Interior Designers (RID) in British Columbia since 1981. Each year, a distinguished jury considers entries across eleven sectors in residential and commercial design to select the Award of Excellence and Award of Merit recipients and Interior Designer of the Year. IDIBC provides a regulatory framework of professional standards, to serve the public interest and advance the interior design profession.


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