It’s been several months of tough work over here at Western Living HQ—but that’s always the case after entries close for our annual Designers of the Year competition. We’re faced with the monumental (albeit very fun) task of digging through hundreds of amazing entries and liasing with our incredible all-star judging panels to narrow down each category to the top contenders.

But that hard work is done, and now we get to kick back and share an incredible list of Western Canadian design talent with the world.

Each of these finalists has a shot at the big Designer of the Year title in one of eight categories, but while we wait for the judges to finish their scorecards, we’re thrilled to invite other design-lovers to join us in congratulating all of these amazing nominees. Winners will be announced in early September online, and in the pages of our highly coveted September print issue.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter our heated 16th annual competition. Every year, we’re blown away by the talent in every category, and we’re honoured to be a part of a world-class design community.We’re proud to celebrate you all. Thanks for making the West such a beautiful place to live.

Keep connected with us on Facebook and Instagram or subscribe to our newsletter to follow all our #wldoty updates and be among the first to know when the news is out. Or, grab a tickets to our 2023 WL Designers of the Year party (September 14, 2023!) and join us in person to toast both winning designers and our amazing design scene.

And now… meet the finalists for our Western Living Designers of the Year 2023 awards.

Architecture Finalists

Alloy Homes
Ankenman Marchand Architects
Frits de Vries Architects and Associates
James Tuer
Lamoureux Architect
ONE SEED Architecture and Interiors
SM Studio

Arthur Erickson Memorial Award Finalists

Nick Bray Architecture
Noble Architecture
ONE SEED Architecture and Interiors
SM Studio
Sumer Singh Studio

Fashion Finalists

E. V. Stenroos
Noren Studio
Poppy Barley
Scandinavia Wolf Designs
Stittgen Fine Jewelry
Zadel Jewellery Studio

Furniture Finalists

Alan Hung
Autonomous Furniture
Buckshee Woodshop
Caliper Studio
Chapel Arts
Ffabb Home
Ko Júbilo
J&S Custom Furniture
Maughan Made
New Format Studio
Shipway Living Design

Industrial Design Finalists

Daly Co
Propellor Studio
Tantalus Design 

Interior Design Finalists

AK Design
Alykhan Velji Designs
DWK Interiors
Falken Reynolds Interiors
Frits de Vries Architects and Associates 
Gillian Segal Design
Kelly Deck Design
Peter Wilds Design
Project 22 Design
Pure Design 
Shaun Ford and Co
Sophie Burke Design
Stephanie Brown Inc.

Landscape Design Finalists

Alexander Suvajac Landscape
Biophilia Design Collective
Donohoe Living Landscapes
Your Space By Design

Maker Finalists

Michelle Grimm
Quake Studio
Scandinavia Wolf Designs
Tanvi Arora
Trish McEvoy Studio

Robert Ledingham Memorial Award Finalists

Brianna Hughes Interiors
Form Collective
Knight Varga Interiors
Linger Design Studio
NAKO Design
Smiddy Stegman


Congratulations to everyone who entered and all of our amazing finalists. We hope to celebrate together at our September 14 Designers of the Year bash. Grab your tickets now and mark your calendars for the design celebration of the year!