Announcing Launch of IFI GAP Awards 2021

We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2nd edition of IFI’s Global Awards Program (IFI GAP) which will open for entries and nominations next week on 1 March 2021.

A prestigious initiative established to recognize and award design excellence at the world level, IFI GAP is comprised of four of the highest honors achievable in the Interior Architecture/Design profession – the IFI PRIZE, IFI Design Journalism Award (IFI DJA), Fellow of IFI (FoIFI) and the IFI Design Distinctions Awards (IFI DDA).


Biennially IFI GAP honors a select few of Interior Architecture/Design’s most prominent and distinguished leaders along with the best-of-the-best built spaces. We celebrate those who have significantly informed and shaped the profession and written its story. And, those who have demonstrated creativity through built environments that have elevated design for the greatest relevance and societal impact.

2020 IFI GAP Awards winners, jurors and IFI Executive Board Members on stage at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony at the Musichall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel – Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE

IFI GAP provides a world-mechanism to identify and catalogue a single-source repository of the discipline’s who’s who and library of hall-of-fame projects

As always, the 2021 IFI GAP Jury will be of the highest caliber representing a cross-section of top design firms and institutions from across the world. This year’s stellar group will assess and award the next slate of those that have raised the bar and inspired the Interiors profession through vision, leadership and execution. We look forward to sharing them with you soon.


IFI GAP will culminate with the IFI GAP Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in conjunction with the IFI CONGRESS in November 2021 in São Paulo, Brazil. With concern for everyone’s health and safety, and understanding the yet unknown capacity for travel in November, the IFI CONGRESS and IFI GAP Awards Ceremony are being planned in a hybrid format. We are taking this opportunity to expand the program and make it more accessible through both digital and in-person components, providing the potential for multi-location, multi-time zone programs.

2020 IFI GAP Awards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Dubai, UAE


IFI PRIZE: Awarded to an individual or collective who have made an outstanding international contribution to the field of Interior Architecture/Design, the IFI PRIZE is considered the highest honor awarded for the discipline at the world level. Learn more >>

IFI Design Journalism Award (IFI DJA): The IFI DJA recognizes individuals who have delivered outstanding and impactful reporting and storytellingusing any means of communication, that causes design awareness or enlightens and helps to advance Interior Architecture/Design around the world. Learn more >>

Fellow of IFI (FoIFI): The FoIFI is awarded to individuals who have displayed outstanding and exemplary professional leadership and international achievements within the Interior Architecture/Design discipline. Learn more >>

Clockwise: 2020 IFI DJA recipient Alice Rawsthorn receiving award at Gala Dinner & Award Ceremony; 2020 FoIFI recipients; presentation to IFI DDA winner at 2020 Award Ceremony


IFI Design Distinction Awards (IFI DDA)
A Global Design Competition

IFI’s Design Distinction Awards (IFI DDA) is a global design competition. It recognizes excellence in the design outcome of built projects and offers a quality of peer-reviewed assessment of completed interiors from across the world. Those recognized with an IFI DDA are leading the way in Interior Architecture/Design practice through their built work, contributing at the highest level to raise the bar of design excellence. Learn more >>

Top row: IFI Design Distinction Awards (IFI DDA) trophies designed by Zaha Hadid Design (ZHD) and produced by CITCO; Bottom row: IFI DDA winner’s certificate and trophy; IFI GAP 2020 awards publication

Habitat (Theodore Alexander – 2020 Category Sponsor)
Health (Grohe – 2020 Category Sponsor)
Stay (AXENT – 2020 Category Sponsor)
Student (MULI – 2020 Category Sponsor)
Work (Moorgen – 2020 Category Sponsor)

Clockwise from top left: 2020 IFI DDA Gold Award Winners – Su House by KUNYU-DESIGN, photo: Ingallery; Tiny Holiday Home by i29 interior architects, photo: Ewout Huibers; Ayla Clubhouse & Golf Academy by Oppenheim Architecture, photo: Rory Gardiner

Enter IFI GAP 2021 to find out if you claim a place in the IFI World Interiors Hall of Fame



“IFI GAP provides the means to build an IFI World Interiors Hall of Fame of those who shape Interiors and write its history. Our awardees have demonstrated creativity that elevates the discipline for the greatest relevance and societal impact,” said Chairman of IFI GAP and Jury Chair, Steve Leung, IFI Past-President 2020-2021, who is spearheading the initiative.

We look forward to continuing to recognize and honor the impactful design distinction, leadership and talent within our profession.

Clockwise from top left: 2020 IFI DDA Gold Award Winners – JINS SWFC Shop by junya.ishigami+associates, photo: Eiichi Kano; Xiamutang Children’s Bamboo Library by Zhanghaiao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University), photo: Zhang Yong; New York-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center by HOK, photo: Frank Oudeman; Luther’s Machinery Hall by HG Arhitektuur OÜ, photo: Madis Tüür

To be counted amongst such preeminent company, you will have the opportunity to share your work with IFI’s jury of design luminaries. By participating, you will be able to contribute to design excellence and have the chance to not just win but be a part of a ‘library of Interior Architecture/Design’ at the global level.

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The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) is the global voice and authority for professional Interior Architects/Designers. As the singular Federation of Associations, IFI acts as a global forum for the exchange and development of professional practice, knowledge and experience, along with education, research and design advocacy worldwide. IFI connects the international community to further the impact, influence and application of the design of interiors, promote social responsibility, and raise the global status of the profession. An international not-for-profit, founded in 1963, IFI expands the international network of professional Interior Architects/Designers.

IFI believes in the power of Design as a vehicle for human betterment and productive improvement. IFI recognizes that all people are equal across the world and that well-designed environments help to uplift humanity and civil society. It promotes equal rights and access to Interior Architecture/ Design practice, research and education to be granted equally to all who wish to pursue it. This is regardless of race, gender, creed, sexual orientation, cultural heritage and socio-economic background, and not-withstanding disparities brought forth across different regional contexts. That good and quality Design requires to foundationally take into consideration these and other such evolving factors as technological innovation, globalization, economic and political instability and social inequality, as well as holistic consideration of the environmental/sustainable factors.