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NAS Design Partnership Awards 2018

13 September 2018

Over the years, the NAS Design Partnership Awards have been going from strength to strength, welcoming non-members aswell to expand the already great variety of high calibre projects even further.

We are aware of the importance of sharing knowledge and delivering best practice throughout, in order for the industry to continuously provide cutting-edge fit-outs. We support the collaboration between shopfitters and interior designers and hope to see even more entries than we did in 2017.

Entries into the 2018 DPA Awards will open on 15th January 2018 and will close on 29th June 2018 with the exception of  Student Model and Future Designer categories which close on 26th May 2018.  

The event to celebrate the outcome has changed for 2018.  It will be a seated lunch taking place on 13th September 2018 at The May Fair Hotel, Green Park, London.  

The Judging Panel

Dave Park – Overall Chairman –Shopfitting representative

Martin Quille – NAS National President – Shopfitting representative
Dr Vanessa Brady OBE – Chair of the Interior Designer Panel
Sarah Page - Interior Designer
Jon Tollit - Principal, Gensler
Kaye Newman -Head of Interiors London Metropolitan University
Sarah Bax - Course Leader of Interior Design Southampton University
Nayna McIntosh - Former Director, Store Marketing and Design Marks and Spencer
Robert Hudson – Director of the NAS, Independent Arbiter
Where necessary, from time to time additional judges will be asked to assist, particularly in viewing any overseas entries 


The NAS Design Partnership Awards 2018 will celebrate the success of retail, non-retail and leisure collaborations between interior designers and Shopfitters and fit out contractors across the EU trading block. The interiors sector continues to be very exciting, dynamic and innovative, and these awards pay tribute to those designers and contractors that continue to push the boundaries, who are not afraid of the challenges that they are presented with, and who refuse to settle for anything but the very best.

Uniquely, all shortlisted projects will be visited by the judging panel. They are unaware of the companies that have entered or which are involved in the design and build.

The 2018 Categories

The NAS Design Partnership Award

The highest prize award bestowed by the judging panel on one of the winning entries. and is quite simply defined as ‘the best of the best overall’.

Each category winner of each award will automatically go through to this part of the competition. These winners will then be independently judged by our panel, who will then score and vote on which campaign deserves the honour of the NAS Design Partnership Award 2018


A permanent and or temporary retail environment demonstrating the highest degree of collaboration between designer and contractor resulting in a stunning retail location. This category covers retail interiors and associated branding for chain stores, department stores, shopping centres, one-off shops or concessions, including pop-up shops, on the high street or within transport terminals and other environments.


Interiors and associated branding for residential fit out, workplace interior projects, hospitality environments - pubs/bars, restaurants, clubs, hotels - permanent or temporary


A retail or leisure environment which shows design and fit out that is sensitive to the history of the building or area


Any product for use in an interior environment that is new to the market, showing innovation. Products installed in qualifying period are eligible.

Small project - under £175,000

Any project, in its entirety or as part of a larger project, that is completed under £175k, in a commercial environment and includes Landlord works

Young Designer of the Year

This is open to those who have been in the design industry for up to ten years, regardless of age. Entrants can be in a consultancy, in-house or freelance, but must be working as a professional designer. Entrants can be working in any design discipline.

Future Designer

This is awarded to an individual either at University studying interior design at a recognised seat of learning or if finished, no more than two years full time practice.

Student Model

A student who is currently attending a college or university with a recognised Interior Design Faculty. The model, created by the student will be on display at the Awards event.

For Future Designer and Student Model entries - please note that neither Kaye Newman -Head of Interiors London Metropolitan University or Sarah Bax - Course Leader of Interior Design Southampton University will be involved with  judging these categories

Outstanding Contribution

This award honours a colleague who has significantly contributed to the interiors sector whatever their age, who has added to the betterment of the progress and development throughout their career, long or short. The contribution should extend beyond the specialisation(s) in which the candidate has primarily worked and their scope should be widely recognized within the Interiors community. The award provides recognition of outstanding contributions, with a well-established record of contributions throughout his or her career.


5pm on Friday 29th June 2018

For Future Designer and Student Model, deadline is 26th May 2018

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