EDspaces 2017 Innovation Awards

Now entering its fifth year, the EDspaces Innovation Award recognizes manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design specifically for the learning environment with this partnership of EDmarket and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).


The awards program recognizes design excellence across a variety of six categories judged by a sterling panel, and including a Best of Competition Award presented to entrants whose products are evaluated on the different components of innovation, including: functionality, originality, aesthetics, sustainability, depth of user insight, and their potential for a positive impact on future learning spaces. All winners receive international exposure through listings on the EDspaces and IIDA websites, at the Awards Presentation at the plenary onsite, and in editorial coverage in the Learning by Design, EDspaces media partner, featuring year-round coverage of the education facility market and reaching education design specifiers and 200,000+ decision-makers.


  • Flooring: Carpet/Rugs, Hard Flooring/Resilient
  • Wall Surfaces: Acrylic, Glass, Metal, Moveable, Specialty Finishes, Wallcovering
  • Textiles: Drapery, Panel, Protective Finishes/Durability, Upholstery
  • Furniture: Casegoods, Children’s, Lectern/Teaching Station, Student Desk, Systems, Tables
  • Seating: Classroom, Conference, Fixed, Guest, Lounge, Task
  • Specialties: Ceilings, Lighting, Playground Equipment, Visual Display & Signage

Deadline to Enter: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017

Judging: Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

Awards Presentation at the Plenary Session:
Thursday morning, Oct. 26, 2017