Celebrating Excellence In Interior Design
Aesthetics are an important component of any interior design project, but a qualified interior designer focuses on much more than appearance. Interior design is about finding creative design solutions for interior environments, while supporting the health, safety and well-being of those using the space and enhancing their quality of life.
Interior designers create spaces that are functional, profitable and aesthetically attractive. Interior design encompasses a variety of disciplines, including residential, workplace, retail, healthcare, hospitality and institutional design.
They have unique training and are qualified through a rigorous process of education, experience, and examination. Working with a qualified interior designer will help save you time, money and frustration; while helping you realize your design goals.
A registered interior designer with the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) has successfully completed their national qualifying examination (NCIDQ), and they may use the title “Interior Designer.” ARIDO members are also required to meet ongoing standards, like carry liability insurance and participate in regular continuing education programs.
ARIDO recently announced the winners of its annual awards program during a gala dinner at the Westin Harbour Castle in Toronto. One of the most highly regarded honours in the industry, the ARIDO Awards recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in interior design.
This year, a panel of five judges from the interior design and architecture communities, selected 31 projects to receive awards in 10 categories. The award-winning projects include 27 Awards of Merit, three Awards of Excellence, and one Project of the Year.
Each entry is judged by taking into account existing design elements, budget and project objectives, strategies employed, overall creativity, examples of project results, sustainability, and collaborative elements.
Sharon Martens of MartensGroup licensed interior design studio, received the coveted Project of the Year for the law offices of Gowlings LLP, located in Calgary, Alberta. With this project, Martens realigned four floors of an urban office tower to create a space that conveys a professional and progressive attitude befitting of an international firm.
The 2014 ARIDO Awards showcase a wide range of interior design talent: from retail to residential and from corporate to institutional, as well as major restoration projects. In addition to Gowlings LLP, the Awards of Excellence included one residential project in Toronto, and the Cornell Community Centre and Library in the City of Markham.
ARIDO members also work internationally, with three award-winning projects located outside of Canada. Diego Burdi of Burdifilek redesigned a luxury retail centre in Seoul, South Korea, and Polly Chan of Glyph Design designed two special guest rooms and a lounge for the W Hotel in Guangzhou, China.
While the ARIDO Awards recognize the talent and specialty of ARIDO members, they also serve to build awareness of the power and effect of good interior design.
ARIDO is the professional association for interior designers in Ontario. It’s committed to the betterment of the interior design profession to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public. ARIDO represents more than 3,000 Registered, Intern, Educator and Student members. For more information about ARIDO, visit arido.ca.