The ASID Awards Competition and Gala Banquet committees launched another successful awards banquet on November 30, which was held for the second year at the Women’s Club of Minneapolis. This year’s theme was Social Solstice and it was a true celebration of the hard work of our dedicated and incredible award winning participants. Designers were dressed in and inspired by the colors and textures of the season: velvet, lace, satin, plaid, jewel tones of burgundy, emerald green and blue. Everyone enjoyed music, wine, cocktails, an array of butler pass hors d’oeuvres and a delicious buffet amidst the classical décor of the Women’s Club.

The judging occurred remotely over three weeks from California, Massachusetts, and Illinois by our three accomplished judges: Jessica Lagrange, Patricia Poore and Kerrie Kelly. They teleconferenced to deliberate and determine the project winners. Jessica and Patricia attended the event in person and Kelly sent a video message that aired at the gala.  Our key note speech was delivered by Kelly Kegans, editor of our generous media partner Minneapolis St Paul Magazine.  Past President, Bruce Kading read a speech prepared by our outgoing president, Lola Watson, who has moved on to warmer weather.  Letitia Little, our current president, also spoke at the event about the chapter and presented the Chapter Awards. This was followed by the presentation of the main award categories by Kelly Kegans.

This was the second year for the new online entry method. According to the 2017 Awards Competition committee, the number of entries in 2017 remained largely unchanged at over 110.  This number remained high compared to around 85 entries in past years when designers used presentation boards. There were three new categories this year, including the following:

  1. Emerging Professional Project-residential and commercial projects combined. This can only be entered by an interior designer member with seven or less years of experience who led the project.
  2. Sustainable Design- residential and commercial projects combined
  3. Universal Design- residential and commercial projects combined

In addition to the standard categories, the judges selected six individual Merit Award winners. A full list of the winners can be found at

The awards for Best in Show Residential and Best in Show Commercial were selected by the judges. The individual service awards (Mentorship, Volunteers, IP Star, Emerging Talent, Student Sponsorships and Designer of Distinction) are selected by the ASID MN Board of Directors and Past Presidents.

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of our IP sponsors.

Many thanks to: Francis King Ltd, Intersource, Mingle/Studio M Interiors, Rabbit Creek, The Tile Shop, Miller Rossum, Filament Lighting and Home, Twin Cities Closet Company, Pro Source Wholesale, and Design Professionals.