The International Achievement Awards (IAA) are an annual competition with a goal to promote awareness of the specialty fabrics used in thousands of products and applications ranging in size and shape. For more than 68 years, the awards have recognized innovation, technical skill and design excellence. Entries are judged by industry experts, editors, architects, educators and design professionals who were selected for their knowledge in particular field of study or product area.


2015 International Achievement Awards Winners Gallery

Advanced Textiles

Textile based products that serve a technically challenging function. These products possess a non-traditional market function. This is a new category for 2016.

Awnings & Canopies

An awning is defined as an architectural fabric projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is wholly supported by the building to which it is attached. An awning is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which a cover is attached. A canopy is defined as an architectural fabric projection that provides weather protection, identity or decoration and is supported by the building to which it is attached and at the outer end by not less than one stanchion. A canopy is comprised of a lightweight frame structure over which a cover is attached.

Fabric Environments

Architectural elements and displays that accent a space and/or provide a function (i.e. visual enhancement, acoustical, artistic and so on).

Fabric Structures

Fabric projects or structures engineered using design technology and framework systems specific to this industry. A tensile structure is defined as a structure that is characterized by a tensioning of the fabric or pliable material system (typically with wire or cable) to provide the critical structural support to the structure.

Geosynthetic Projects

Projects that use geosynthetic materials in civil engineering applications.