To put your project in the running for our annual INDesign Awards, you must submit your entries by 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 26.

Nathan_NorrisRecognizing the best in local architecture and interior design, the INDesign Awards are presented each spring at the annual Smart Growth Lecture. This year’s lecture, featuring keynote speaker Nathan Norris, the Downtown Development Authority’s new executive director, will be held Friday, April 19, at the Petroleum Club. The awards honor exemplary design in commercial and residential categories for architecture and interior design, and historic preservation/restoration.

To be eligible for awards, projects must have been completed in the calendar year 2012 in the parishes of Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry, Acadia or Vermilion. All commercial projects in the architectural category must be submitted by an architect licensed in the state of Louisiana. A license is not required for residential projects.

In the interior design competition, commercial projects require a Louisiana State Board of Interior Designer license number. There is no such requirement for residential interiors.

This year, winning residential projects will be profiled in IND Monthly on April 1 and commercial projects in ABiz on March 15.

Guest speakers for the awards luncheon are selected from among a cadre of national experts leading the movement toward building more livable communities in the U.S., often mayors, city planners or CEOs of professional organizations promoting solid principles of community development. IND Monthly/ABiz’s goal is to bring cutting-edge thinkers to Lafayette to help channel the many assets of our community toward the goal of responsible growth.

We did not have to look far to find this year’s speaker. An attorney and real estate broker, Norris for the last decade has worked with developers and municipalities to plan and market neighborhoods, towns and cities. He moved to Lafayette last month from Montgomery, Ala., where he was founding principal and director of implementation advisory for the urban design firm PlaceMakers LLC and had been working for a traditional neighborhood development much like River Ranch. The Smart Growth Lecture is Norris’ first opportunity to make a public presentation since taking over the top post at DDA. Read more about him here.

Presented by IberiaBank, the INDesign Awards and Smart Growth Lecture this year are part of INNOV8, a week-long series of events coordinated by The Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce to foster innovation and connectivity among innovators in our community.

Top’s Woodwork & Supply and Paul Michael Company are supporting sponsors. Sustaining sponsor is Van Eaton & Romero Real Estate.

To download entry forms for the architectural competition, click here. For the interior design competition, click here.

Tickets to the event are $40, and a table of eight is $350. The luncheon starts at 11:45 a.m. Contact Robin Hebert at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (337) 769-8603 for more info.

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