Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA)

Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) by Creative Chiang Mai

The Annual Chiang Mai Design Awards (CDA) by Creative Chiang Mai is an initiative that aims to promote innovation and creativity across a range of design categories.
The first Chiang Mai Design Awards was launched in 2012 and we are now entering its seventh year.
Each year, more than 20 voluntary judges (this year almost 40) and advisors dedicate their time to this award – many of them are well-recognized designers, university lecturers in relevant fields - or professionals with an interest in design.


The CDA focuses on contemporary design. There are seven broad categories: (1) Architecture & Interior Design, (2) Product Design such as crafts, furniture, decorative Items and fashion accessories, (3) New Media Design including animation, fonts, videos, websites etc., (4) Corporate Identity and Branding Design, (5) Packaging Design, (6) Retail Design and Product Display, and (7) Public Space Design. The CDA sometimes also gives special awards to young or new designers, eco-design, and other fields.
The criteria are intentionally broad:
  • Creativity and innovation in design and look and feel, production, functionality or use of materials
  • Quality (of production, finishing details)
  • Created in Chiang Mai or a physical presence in Chiang Mai (e.g. branded retail shop)


Selected designs will benefit from; 
  • Free consultation on further the product development, marketing, market access, etc. by TCDC, CMU STeP experts, and the judges and advisors.
  • Higher profile with government agencies, Creative Chiang Mai local and international partners, and other design awards like Demark etc.
  • Free exhibition space, during the design awards and potential other exhibitions.
  • Free coverage in the CDA booklet publication, showing all award winners.
  • Marketing, public recognition, and PR.
  • Promoting Chiang Mai as city with good designs and products

Application form and more information can be found at:
Promoting Chiang Mai, designers, and good designas a whole is an important aspect. It might be indirect, but we believe it should be a strong reason to support and participate in the CDA.

Strategic Partners, Supporters and Sponsors

The CDA awards are supported by the various universities and their design, architecture and new media faculties, the Chiang Mai University Science & Technology Park (CMU STeP), the TCDC, as well as other Creative Chiang Mai network members such as Idea House, NOHMEX, DITP, deco-moda and Citylife. We always welcome additional partners and sponsors.

CDA2017 Photo Gallery

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