A feature of the FASNZ Conference every three years is the Society's major design competition - the National Designer of the Year. Each Area organizes its own internal competition to find the finalist who will represent their area at this event.

2016 Designer of the Year Competition

The most recent DOY was held in 2016 at the annual conference convened in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

The 2016 DOY design schedule set the competitors a challenge - requiring a canvas or canvases to be incorporated in the floor design to interpret the title "The Autumn Palette Stirs The Soul".

2019 Designer of the Year Competition

(This event is to be held in May at the annual FASNZ Conference to be held in Palmerston North)