Congraulations to the 2018 Trademark Winner, Jessica Schultz, Graphic Designer at Shive-Hattery.

TradeMark is the IIDA Illinois Chapter’s first inaugural logo design competition! Our event logos needed a cohesive brand and we asked YOU, the most talented design community, to help us recreate them. The winner’s logos will be featured in all of our printed and digital graphic materials for 2018 calendar year. The winner also received an official IIDA announcement at the RED Awards, bragging rights and did we forget to mention a $1000 reward?! Congratulations again, Jessica!


Stitch is an annual competition bringing design and manufacturing firms together to create garments made from the manufacturers’ materials. Models strut the runway in the garments to be judged by three local professionals that are acknowledged in the design community with hopes of receiving one of the coveted awards at the end of the evening.

2018 Winners

Best of Show Huntsman, Arper & Camira
Best Concept to Creation Aria Group & Creative Materials Corporation
Best Use of Materials OKW Architects, Fireclay Tile & Humanscale
Best Hair and Makeup Stantec, Steelcase, Designtex & Coalesse
People’s Choice went to Heitman Architects & Trendway

RED | Recognizing Exemplary Design

The Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association is pleased to announce that 117 submissions were entered for the 6th Annual Recognizing Exemplary Design Awards. That is our highest number of submissions to date, and we could not be more thrilled by the participation and support of our program and Association. The winners were announced at the RED Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Venue SIX10. It was truly an evening to Recognize Exemplary Design with 13 awards given to 8 design firms and 2 students.


The Leaders Breakfast series began as a single event, launched in New York, and in 2001 expanded into what is now an international program. Leaders Breakfast series celebrate regional successes and one individual who most embodies a design industry Leader.

Past Honorees include:

2001 Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, Gensler
2002 Eva Maddox, FIIDA, Perkins+Will
2003 Cary Johnson, FIIDA, Gensler
2004 Neil Frankel, FIIDA, FAIA
2005 Gary Lee, Assoc. IIDA, Gary Lee Partners
2006 Mark Stenftenagel, Assoc. IIDA, Whitney
2007 Donald Powell & Robert Kleinschmidt, Powell + Kleinschmidt
2008 Nicholas J. Luzietti, FIIDA, AIA, VOA
2009 Chris Kennedy, President, Merchandise Mart Properties
2010 Carlos Martinez, IIDA, Gensler
2011 Gina Berndt, IIDA, Perkins+Will
2012 Jaime Velez, FIIDA, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
2013 Nila R. Leiserowitz, FASID, IIDA, Gensler
2014 Holly Hunt, HOLLY HUNT
2015 The Graham Foundation
2016 Eileen Jones, IIDA, LEED AP, AIGA, SEGD
2017 Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, AMA-EC
2018 Fred Schmidt, FIIDA, LEED AP


Cary Johnson, FIIDA
Nicholas Luzietti, FIIDA
Eva Maddox, FIIDA
Carlos Martinez, FIIDA
Margaret McCurry, FIIDA
Jaime Velez, FIIDA
Gary Wheeler, FIIDA, FASID


2013 Michelle Rust
2011 Carrie Fitzpatrick
2011 Claudia Peebles

Illinois Chapter Education Fund

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