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This year’s Design Symposium, held at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver B.C. closed the event with an awards gala on Sept. 13, which honoured outstanding IDC members, their work, and innovation within the interior design community.

The event celebrated winners of the 2019 Value of Design Awards (VODA), recognized participants of the PROpel Emerging Leaders program, and acknowledge the Robert Ledingham Scholarship, BYU Design Bursary, and the Wayne Thomson Bursary.

Legacy Award

Glen Brewer (left) presented with 2019 IDC Legacy Award by Past President Sally Mills (center) and CEO Tony Brenders (right)

Glen Brewer (left) presented with 2019 IDC Legacy Award by Past President Sally Mills (center) and CEO Tony Brenders (right)

This year IDC presented Glen Brewer, President, Midgley Tecnica, with the inaugural IDC Legacy Award for Distinguished Service. The recipient of this award exemplifies outstanding service and dedication to IDC and more broadly to the interior design community in Canada. The award honours the individuals, companies or institutions that are recognized as being trailblazers to the design community nationally.

IDC Fellows

IDC Fellows

Additionally, three IDC members were inducted into the IDC College of Fellows during the Awards Gala – Helen Christensen, Fran Underwood, and clinton hummel.

Value of Design Awards (VODA)

This year, 8 Canadian design firms from coast to coast were honoured at IDC’s inaugural Value of Design Awards. The program was established to shine a spotlight on innovative work that pushes the interior design industry forward.

The 2019 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design. These designers have implemented an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process, focused on the human experience into their projects; creating sustainable and functional designs for the present and future.

Award of Excellence

Innovation in Hospitality Design: ‘Fairmont Hotel Vancouver’ by CHIL Interior Design, the hospitality studio of B+H Architects (Karen Wong)

Innovation in Retail Design: ‘Surterra’ by figure3 (Mardi Najafi)

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Medical Technology Company Headquarters’ by HOK (Caitlin Turner and Meagan Buchanan)

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Engine Digital’ by Square One Interior Design (Jennifer Hamilton)

Innovation in Institutional/Educational/Civic Design: ‘Niagara College Student Commons’ by Gow Hastings Architects (Valerie Gow)

Innovation in Workplace Design: ‘Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP (TDS)’ by figure3 (Suzanne Bettencourt)

Award of Merit

Innovation in Workplace Design‘KPM Industries Limited’ by Smith Grimley Harris Design Partners (Monika Sarkisian, John Tanfield, and Atena Nejad)

Innovation in Institutional/ Educations/ Civic Design: ‘Ryerson University, the Catalyst’ by Kearns Mancini Architects (Donna Dolan)

Innovation in Hospitality Design‘Clay Restaurant at the Gardiner Museum’ by Denizens of Design Inc. (Dyonne Fashina)


Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s IDC awards, scholarships, bursaries and fellowships!

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