ARIDO recognizes record number of projects at annual awards

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The Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) has announced the winning projects from its annual Awards. ARIDO received a record number of projects for judging this year, with 130 projects submitted, and 39 of them receiving awards. The 39 winning projects were recognized at the 2018 Awards Gala on Oct. 24 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto.

Each year, projects from 11 categories including Residential, Retail Spaces, Workplaces, Healthcare Facilities, Public Institutional, Hotels and Clubs, Restoration and Adaptive Reuse and Speciality Elements, are judged by a rotating team of five industry professionals. The 2018 Judges were Tarisha Dolyniuk, ARIDO; Andrew Gallici, ARIDO; David Gibbons, ARIDO; Nadia Kuhni, ARIDO; and Greg Quinn, ARIDO.

The award-winning projects for 2018 include’s new Queen Street offices, Moose Knuckles’ Yorkdale flagship, Sun Life’s Ignite Studio, and two projects at SickKids Hospital. The restaurant boom continues in stunning spaces like Joe Bird at Queen’s Quay Terminal, Copper Spirits & Sights in Ottawa, and the cafe, bar and restaurant of Victor in Toronto’s Hotel Le Germain. Residential spaces also received recognition, with dynamic home projects from Arizona, Quebec and Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood included.

“We’re delighted with the increase in submissions, and with the amount of interest from ARIDO Members,” says Sharon Portelli, ARIDO executive director. “We are even more excited to award our members with the distinguished ARIDO Award for 2018, the industry standard for interior design excellence.”

Each of the projects have received Awards of Merit due to the high standard represented this year. Projects will be featured in the annual Awards Magazine, as well as ARIDO’s new online presence for the public, BLOG//ARIDO.

For a complete list of the awards and images, visit