LAMA and IIDA announce Best of Competition in 2008 Library Interior Design Competition

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are pleased to announce that Arabian Public Library in Scottsdale, Ariz., designed by richärd + bauer, was selected as Best of Competition in the Library Interior Design Competition.

The biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. The Best of Competition was selected from among nine winners and two honorable mentions awarded from 100 projects submitted from throughout North America. Winners were honored at the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards Reception during the American Library Association Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., and will be featured in an upcoming issue of Contract magazine, the publishing partner for the competition.

“The Library Interiors Awards honor tremendous public design that truly impacts families and communities,” stated Cheryl Durst, Hon. IIDA, LEED AP, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA. “IIDA is proud to partner with the American Library Association on this important competition.”

Category awards were presented in the following areas:

Academic Libraries: 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Project: Brown University Susan P. and Richard A. Friedman Study Center – Providence, R.I.
Firm: Architecture Research Office (ARO) – New York

Academic Libraries: Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Project: University of California, Hastings College of Law Library – San Francisco
Firm: SmithGroup – San Francisco

Public Libraries: 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Project: Arabian Public Library – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix, Ariz.

Honorable Mention awarded to:
Project: Durham County Regional Library, North Branch – Durham, N.C.
Firm: The Freelon Group Architects – Durham, N.C.

Public Libraries: Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Project: Ramsey County Library – Maplewood, Minn.
Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers – Milwaukee

Single Space
Project: Evanston Public Library Teen Room, The Loft – Evanston, Ill.
Firms: Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects, Ltd. and architectureisfun, Inc. – Chicago

Innovation in Sustainable Design
Project: University of Toronto Mississauga, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Center – Toronto
Firm: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners – Toronto

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project (historic restoration)
Project: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, New York Public Library – New York
Firm: Davis Brody Bond Aedas – New York

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project (adaptive re-use)
Project: Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library – Providence, R.I.
Firm: Office dA, Inc. – Boston

“On the Boards”
Project: Prescott Valley Public Library – Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix

Honorable Mention awarded to:
Project: Phoenix Public Library, Harmon Branch – Phoenix
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix

The distinguished panel of judges for the competition included: Joseph Rondinelli, associate IIDA, senior associate, Shepley Bulfinch, Boston; Steven McCollom, IIDA, AIA associate partner, Gary Lee Partners, San Francisco; Drew Harrington, director of library services at the University of Portland; and Kathryn Page, principal with Page and Moris, San Francisco. Jennifer Busch, editorial director of Contract Magazine, served as facilitator for the judging, which took place in April 2008.

The mission of the Library Administration and Management Association ( is to encourage and nurture current and future library leaders, and to develop and promote outstanding leadership and management practices. LAMA is a division of the American Library Association.

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 65,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members in nine specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website

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