The Voice of Professional Design

Design and Related Awards

Recognition for Designers

Design awards offer an opportunity for designers to gain public and peer recognition for their skills. The more prominent awards also assist designers in the marketing of their services.

The DIA is pleased to support professional award programs by recognised design organisations. The awards listed here are for information purposes only and do not imply endorsement by the DIA unless specifically indicated.

The awards listed have been divided into four categories in an attempt to show their purpose and focus. In practice the divisions are not rigid. In many cases commercial businesses are primary sponsors or organisational partners in more than one award category.

Name

Organiser

Categories

Since When?

Coverage

Who

Freq.

Professional Body/Design Association Awards.

Recognising best practice at a national and state level - focus is on recognition of individual members' professional skills within the professional peer group

Interior Design Awards

DIA, DesignEX, Artichoke

Interior Retail, Hospitality, Corporate, Public, Installation, Residential, Residential Decoration, Colour, Environment & Emerging

2004

National

Professional

Annual

Australasian Student Design Awards

DIA

Interior, Interior Decoration, Exhibition & Display, Visual, Furniture, Textile, Industrial, Jewellery, Fashion

1995

Regional

Tertiary Student

Annual

DIA (WA) Awards

DIA Western Australian Branch

Interior, Visual, Product

/

Western Australia

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

DIA South Australian Design Awards

DIA South Australian Branch

Interior, Visual, Product

/

South Australia

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Graduate of the Year Awards

DIA New South Wales Branch

Interior, Interior Decoration, Industrial, Graphic, Textile

2007

New South Wales

Tertiary Student

Annual

Graduate of the Year Awards

DIA Victoria Branch

Interior, Interior Decoration, Industrial, Graphic, Textile, Jewellery

2008

Victoria

Tertiary Student

Annual

AGDA National Biennial Awards

Australian Graphic Design Association

Graphic

1992

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Biennial

AILDM National Student Design Competition

Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers

Landscape

/

National

Tertiary Student

Annual

BDAA National Design Awards

Building Designers Association of Australia

Building Design

/

National

Professional

Annual

Cicely & Colin Rigg Contemporary Design Award

NGV

Different design discipline each year

1994

Victoria

Professional

Triennial

INDEX: Design Challenge

INDEX

Humanitarian Design

/

International

Tertiary Student / Graduate / Educator

Annual

INDEX:Award

INDEX

Humanitarian Design

2002

International

Professional / Tertiary Student / Novice

Annual

International Design Excellence Awards

BusinessWeek magazine and Industrial Designers Society of America

Interior, Product, Packaging & Graphics, Strategy, Research

1980

International

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

JAA Australian Jewellery Awards

Jewellers Association of Australia

Jewellery

/

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Biennial

Landscape Architecture Project Awards

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

Landscape

1986

National

Professional

Biennial

Lighting & Luminaire Design Awards

Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand

Lighting

/

Statebased

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

National Architecture Awards

Royal Australian Institute of Architects

Architecture

1981

National

Professional

Annual

National Landscape Design Award

Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers

Landscape

/

National

Professional

Annual

Retail Design Awards

Retail Design Institute

Interior, visual merchandising

2010

National

Professional

biennial

Student Sustainability Design Awards

Point of Purchase Advertising International

Point of purchase retail display / merchandising unit

/

Regional

Tertiary Student

Annual

Best Design Awards The Designers Institute of New Zealand Graphic, Spatial, Product, Interactive   International Professional / Student Annual

Industry Association/Industry Promotion Awards

Focus is on industry promotion. Awards are often directed at a business rather than an individual. 

Hills Young Australian Design Awards

Good Design Australia

Industrial, Engineering

2014

National

Tertiary Student

Annual

Australian International Design Awards

Standards Australia

Industrial, Engineering, Furniture, Textile

1958

International

Professional

Annual

Australian Packaging Awards

Packaging Council of Australia

Packaging & Graphics

/

National

Professional

Annual

Australian Timber Design Awards

Timber Development Association

Architecture, Interior

1999

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Book Design Awards

Australian Publishers Association

Graphic

1953

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Southern Cross Student Package Design Awards

Packaging Council of Australia

Packaging & Graphics

1985

National

Tertiary Student

Annual

Magna

Museums Australia

Exhibition, Public Programs & Sustainability

2011

Australia & New Zealand

Professional

/

Government Awards

Focus is on state or national promotion, industry support and the reinforcement of policy

Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award

Powerhouse Museum

Textile

/

International

Professional / Tertiary Student / Novice

Triennial

Premier's Design Awards

Victorian Government

Open to all design

/

Victoria

Professional

Biennial

Queensland Premier's Design Awards

Queensland Government

Open to all design

2006

Queensland

Professional / Graduate

Annual

School Design Awards

Victorian Government

Architecture, Interior

2006

Victoria

Professional

Annual

Commercial Awards/Manufacturers Awards

Focus is on product and industry promotion. Awards are often directed at a business rather than an individual.

agIdeas newStar

Design Foundation

Open to all design

/

International

Secondary & Tertiary Student / Graduate

Annual

Australian Wool Fashion Awards

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

Fashion

1981

National

Tertiary  & Secondary Student

Annual

Bathroom Innovation Award

Reece

Product

2004

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Boral Design Award

Boral

Architecture

2005

National

Professional

Annual

Corian® Design Awards

DuPont

Interior

2006

National

Professional

Annual

CREATE:Awards

Desktop Magazine

Graphic, Packaging, Photography, Web

2004

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

DG Student Design Competition

DG Design Network

Graphic

/

National

Tertiary  & Secondary Student

Annual

Dulux Colour Awards

Dulux Australia

Architecture, Interior

1986

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Electrolux Design Lab

Electrolux

Industrial

2003

International

Tertiary Student / Graduate

Annual

Fashion Awards Australia

Fashion Awards Australia

Fashion, Textile

/

National

Professional / Tertiary & Secondary Student

Annual

iF design award

International Design Forum

Open to all design

1953

International

Professional / Tertiary Student / Graduate

Annual

Interior Design Excellence Awards

(inside) interior design review

Interior, product

2001

National

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

International Design Awards

Farmani Group

Architecture and interior, product, graphic,  fashion

2008

International

Professional / Tertiary Student

Annual

Launch Pad

Indesign

Product, Furniture

2004

National

Professional

Annual

Qantas Spirit Of Youth Awards

Qantas

Fashion, Film, Industrial, Music, Photography, Visual Arts, Visual Communication

 

National

30 and under - Professional / Tertiary Annual Student / Novice

Red Dot

red dot institute

Product design, communication design, design concept

1955

International

Professional

Annual

Spark International Design Awards

 

Graphics, product,  transportation,  architecture

2001

International

Professional / Tertiary Student / Novice

Annual

Tessuti Fashion Awards

Tessuti

Fashion

2007

National

Professional / Tertiary Student / Novice

Annual


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