Award Categories

Our mandate is to uncover the best in the industry, celebrate it and inspire designers to aim for equal or higher benchmarks for the betterment of our built environment.

To do this we judge project entries across nine award categories:


This category recognises a shop, retail outlet, showroom, department store, food market and hairdresser.


This category recognises a cafe, bar, restaurant, motel, hotel, boutique lodge etc.

Healthcare and Wellness

This category recognises a surgery, medical practice, gym, yoga studio, aged-care facility, spa, dentist etc.


This category recognises a gallery, museum, concert hall, theatre, exhibition venue, place of worship, educational institution, hospital, library, community centre, consulate, law court, parliamentary building, airport, railway station, port and ferry terminal.

Workplace – up to 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.

Workplace – over 1000m2

This category recognises an office, studio, warehouse, factory.


This category recognises the entire interior design within a house, villa, townhouse, apartment or unit.

Residential Kitchen

This category recognises the design of a kitchen within a house, villa, townhouse, apartment or unit (commercial kitchens are excluded).

Emerging Design Professional

This category recognises professionals 35 years of age or under on, or before the 1 May 2021, either employed in a design or architecture practice; or self-employed.

Designer of the Decade

This year, as we celebrate 10 years of the Interior Awards, we will be naming New Zealand’s Designer of the Decade, as voted by the industry and a special public vote. We’ll be looking for the interior/spatial designer who has had the greatest impact on interior design and the industry since 2010. To help us select the award winner, we’ve put together a ‘super jury’, made up of all past and current Interior Awards jurors and Supreme Award winners, who will provide us with their top three nominations. A special people’s vote will add a fourth name to the shortlist of three and judging will take place in mid-May. The winner will be announced at the Interior Awards evening on Thursday 24 June, 2021.