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Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) held its annual awards celebration on Oct. 20, 2022, at Malaparte – the charming event space on the sixth floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

The IDC Awards Celebration honoured winners of the Innovation in Design Thinking – Student Competition, IDC Fellows, the Legacy Award of Distinguished Service, and the Value of Design Awards.

The event closed IDC’s annual design symposium, which was presented by and hosted at Cosentino City Toronto. The theme of this year’s symposium was Legacy of Design: Past, Present, and Future, as IDC celebrated its 50th anniversary as the national association for interior designers.

A special thank you to our sponsors for making this event possible: Benjamin MooreEuro Tile & StoneCosentino3MCrown Surface SolutionsFisher & PaykelGroheKeilhauerLutronPROLINKTeknion.

Legacy Award

This year IDC presented Doris Hasell, an IDC Founding Member, with the fourth 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 Past President, Sally Mills was inducted into the IDC College of Fellows during the Awards Celebration this year.


Value of Design Awards (VODA)

This year, four Canadian design firms received IDC’s coveted Value of Design Awards. These awards, which launched in 2018, shine a spotlight on Canadian interior designers by providing a forum to showcase the benefits of design thinking: an empathetic, inventive, and iterative process focused on the human experience within interior spaces.

The 2022 Value of Design Awards were presented to the following winners who continue to push the boundaries of interior design.

Award of Excellence

‘Polar Capital’ by MJMA Architecture & Design (Tarisha Dolyniuk and Sean Solowski) in Innovation in Workplace Design (project location: Toronto, Ont.)


‘The Newly Institute’ by Mackey Design Group Licensed Interior Design Inc. (Clare Mackey) in Innovation in Healthcare Design (project location: Calgary, Alta.)


Award of Merit

‘Technology Firm’ by Syllable Inc. (Tatiana Soldatova and Kseniya Filippova) in Innovation in Design Thinking (project location: Toronto, Ont.)


‘Life Sciences Company’ by HOK (Kristina Kamenar, Brittany Moore, and Caitlin Turner) in Innovation in Workplace Design (project location: North York, Ont.)


Innovation in Design Thinking: Student Competition

Last year, IDC created a new opportunity exclusively for Canadian interior design students. The purpose of the Innovation in Design Thinking: Student Competition is to provide students with a national platform to demonstrate the value of interior design and illustrate the positive impact design has on the users of the spaces, supported by evidence-based research.

The 2022 winners of the Innovation in Design Thinking: Student Competition moved and inspired our judges with their forward-thinking design projects.

Award of Excellence

‘The Restoration Hub’ by Samantha McNair of Sheridan College


Award of Merit

‘Minoru Cardiac Rehabilitation Center’ by Kelly Wu Wu of British Columbia Institute of Technology

‘The Heartwood Residence’ by David (Yu) Kim of British Columbia Institute of Technology


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

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