International Achievement Award Winners Announced at IFAI Expo 2021

Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the winners of the 2021 International Achievement Awards (IAA) at the Awards and Networking Breakfast at IFAI Expo 2021 on Nov. 3 at the Music City Center in Nashville, TN. These awards recognise design excellence in specialty fabrics applications in seven major categories and 44 sub-categories.

This year marked the 75th Anniversary of the IAA’s recognizing truly spectacular and detailed work in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. IFAI’s goal with the IAA’s is to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications in the rapidly growing, $130 billion-plus dollar global fabrics marketplace.

IFAI received a total of 223 entries from 14 countries in 44 categories for this year’s competition. Winners were selected based on complexity, design, workmanship, uniqueness and function. Judges included industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals.

The International Achievement Awards competition is sponsored by IFAI, a not-for-profit trade association with more than 1600 member companies representing the international specialty fabrics and technical textiles marketplace.
Below are the seven major category winners. To view all entries and detailed project descriptions, click here.

2021 IAA Award of Excellence, Best in Category Winners

Category: Advanced Textiles

  1. Miller Canvas

Bicep Array Telescope Boot at South Pole in Antarctica

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Awnings & Canopies

Cobertens
Rooftop Hotel B

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Fabric Environments

Rainier Display
The Canyon at Sale Lake City Airport

Category: Fabric Structures

MakMax Australia
The Link, Chadstone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Geosynthetics 

ACE Geosynthetics Inc.
Segmental Block Reinforced Structure Applied for the Highway Interchange Project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Marine

Charlton’s Marine Canvas
Leopard 39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Category: Tent

Eventstar Structures
Casa De Crunch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For exactly 75 years, the IAA’s have recognised technical skill and design excellence in projects across the industry that incorporate specialty fabrics into their design. Entries are judged by industry experts and design professionals who are individually selected for their expertise in a particular field of study or product area. All projects entered are automatically listed on this gallery website, which is promoted year-round.

IFAI is a member-owned, member-driven trade association representing the global industrial fabrics industry since 1912. IFAI invests more than USD 8 million each year to advance the industry and support member companies. IFAI provides members with relevant information, sourcing solutions and networking opportunities to sustain and grow their business. For more information visit www.IFAI.com