Celebrate Award-Winning Talent
A.R.E. Design Awards FEB. 29 | 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Network with aN array of iNdustry leaders, including the winners and
judges of this year’s best in store design and
visual presentation during a 45-minute
hosted reception. Then, relax and applaud
as project standings are announced
onstage. don’t miss special announcements of a.r.e.’s store of the year, fixture
of the year, Visual Presentation of the year
and sustainability awards, and DDI’s Best
Booth awards. recipients of a.r.e.’s above
& Beyond award, DDI’s Markopoulos
award, and PaVe’s student 3d design
Challenge will also be honored. tickets can
be purchased through Globalshop.
Special awards and
award categories include:
A.R.E.’S STORE OF THE YEAR
Designers, architects, retailers, and manufacturers from all over the world submit projects to be
considered for the Design Awards. Projects are
critiqued for excellence in design, originality in
the use of space and materials, quality in executing the total concept, and in some cases, the
highest value for the dollars. Grand prizes are
typically awarded in 16 categories, recognizing
Restaurants (casual and fine dining); Convenience
Stores; Supermarkets; Specialty Food and Service
Retailers; Pop-up Stores; Hardline and Softline
Shops and Specialty Stores; Department Stores;
Discount Stores; and Big Boxes Over 25,000
Square Feet. Grand Prize winners in appropriate
categories then go head-to-head for the right to
be named the best across all classifications—
A.R.E.’s Store of the Year.
as A.R.E.’s Fixture of the Year. Recipients of Visual
Presentation Awards compete for the title of Visual
Presentation of the Year, sponsored by VMSD.
A.R.E. continues to reward
corporate responsibility and
attention to green details.
Stand-alone and Tenant Improvement projects
are recognized, with highest honors going to
the Sustainable Project of the Year. Entries are
judged by A.R.E.’s Sustainability Council, a group
of designers and suppliers with a wide range
of perspectives and expertise in sustainable
A.R.E. ABOVE &
BE YOND AWARD
A.R.E.’s Above & Beyond
Awards program, established
in 2006, acknowledges the
outstanding levels of performance that A.R.E. members
provide to their customers each year by recognizing members that have exceeded their customers’ expectations, and in some cases, made the
impossible possible. From the first rough sketches
of a new job until the last fixture or visual element is safely installed in the store, companies
that receive this award accomplish manufacturing feats through commitment, determination,
and above-and-beyond customer service.
Nominations for this award come directly from
the retailers. Previous winners include A.R.E.
members Coloredge New York • Los Angeles
(2011), Impressions Marketing Group (2010 and
2009), Boden Alexander Group (2008), Custom
Surroundings (2007), and PIN (2006).
INDIVIDUAL ELEMENT RECOGNITION
A.R.E.’s Design Awards recognize more than just
the overall shop or store. Special awards are presented for group and individual store fixtures,
visual or thematic elements, in-store communications signage and technology, flooring, lighting, and wall treatments.
In addition, the recipients of Store Fixture
Awards are considered for additional recognition
DDI MARKOPOULOS AWARD
Each year, DDI presents one
industry professional with
the Markopoulos Award,
an honor named after the
late visual merchandising
legend Andrew Markopoulos. Recipients are
selected based on their career accomplishments
and contributions to visual merchandising and
store design. Previous recipients include industry
legends—Denny Gerdeman, Tom Beebe, James
Damian, Ralph Pucci, Ignaz Gorischek, Alfredo
Paredes, Judy Bell, and Anthony Mancini.
DDI BEST BOOTH AWARDS
Who’s got the best booth at GlobalShop? Which
booth is the most unique? And which company
did the best job of capturing your attention?
DDI sends its team out onto the show floor to
find the best performers. Top contenders and the
Best Booth recipient are announced at the beginning of the A.R.E. Design Awards.
PAVE THE WAY
Sponsored by B+N Industries, the PAVE the Way
3D Design Challenge for
college students in store
design, interior design, visual merchandising,
and industrial design programs offers students
a chance to see their designs come to life, gain
exposure at a major industry trade show, and
win cash awards. Twelve finalists were chosen
from 190 entries; B+N Industries will now work
with the students to produce prototypes of their
designs for display at GlobalShop 2012 in Booth
4013. Winners will be announced at the beginning of A.R.E.’s Design Awards program.