IAI History

IAI Design Award, referred to as "IAI", is one of the most influential and prestigious design competitions in the world. As the most innovative design competition in Asia, the IAI juries will determine the awards based on outstanding design works. The IAI Design Award has been regarded as a new global design award with high recognition and values around the world.

The IAI Design Award began as the Asia-Pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix held in 2006. During this period, the award name changed three times. In 2014, it was changed to "IAI Design Award", which was recognized by many authoritative media at home and abroad, such as CCTV who regarded IAI as "the Oscar award in design filed". In 2019, the IAI transformed again, dividing itself into three major sub-awards, including IAI Intelligent Manufacturing Award (IAI+IM), IAI Architecture Award (IAI+A), and IAI Interior Award (IAI+I). In 2022, IAI established a completer IAI award setting and evaluation system by adding new award, the IAI Lighting Award (IAI+L) and IAI Elite Award (IAI+E), which have made IAI be more professional, and have gained higher authority and reputation.

The IAI Design Award is awarded to designers, colleges and design institutions that have made outstanding contributions to innovation and sustainability. For the IAI design award winners, IAI will publish a yearbook of winning works, which will be distributed to the public to seek business cooperation. The IAI Design Award covers interior design, architecture and landscape design, intelligent manufacturing design including industrial product design, visual communication and brand design, fashion design, digital intelligence design, lighting design, etc. APDF set up the IAI Design Award in Asia, which aims to play a role as a bridge link to empower design creativity and business, sustainable development of economy and environment. Meanwhile, APDF is also aims to play an connecting role to empower the development of cities and industries. At the same time, APDF engages in looking for the best design cases to demonstrate the creativity and wisdom of designers and the greatest value of design to the public.

IAI Activity chronology

2006                 Asia Pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix                                                       Awarding place:China Hotel, Guangzhou

2008                 IAI Asia Pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix                                                 Awarding place:The Westin Bund Center, Shanghai

2009                 IAI China Style Asia-pacific Interior Design Elite Invitational Tournament                Awarding place:Four Points by Sheraton, Hangzhou

2010                 IAI Asia Pacific Interior Design Biennial Grand Prix                                                 Awarding place:Shanghai Jin Mao Tower

2011                 IAI Natural Style Asia-pacific Interior Design Elite Invitational Tournament              Awarding place:Gran Meliá, Shanghai

2012                 IAI Asia Pacific Design Biennial Grand Prix                                                             Awarding place:Shanghai International Convention Center

2013                 IAI Global Space Design Award-Zhumei Award                                                       Awarding place:The Art Museum of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

2014/2015        IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:National Stadium of China-Bird's Nest Cultural Center

2015/2016        IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:National Stadium of China-Bird's Nest Cultural Center

2017                 IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:Baoshan Wisdom Bay, Shanghai

2018                 IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:Shanghai Exhibition Centre

2020                 IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:Minyuan Square, Tianjin

2021                 IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:Lohkah Hotel, Xiamen

2022/2023        IAI Design Award                                                                                                      Awarding place:Howard Johnson by Wyndham Jimei Lake Plaza, Xiamen