LLAMA Announces Winners OF ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards

Chicago Public Library Chinatown Branch

Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch

April 19, CHICAGO — The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) announced today that eight winners were chosen for the 2016 ALA/IIDA Award.  Co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), these awards honor international excellence in library interior design. Winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. The competition is managed by the LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) Interior Design Awards Committee.
Projects were judged by a panel of distinguished professionals, including Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, idea|span; Stasia Czech Suleiman, IIDA, NCIDQ, Vice President/Senior Project Interior Designer, HOK; Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D., M.A., Sociology Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; and Mindy Sorg, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Interior Designer, OPN Architects.“The submissions to this competition were extremely strong,” said Suleiman on behalf of the jury. “The projects represented a range of design execution—from understated elegance to bold color and whimsical elements—it was clear that the winning firms thoroughly understood their clients and how to cater to the needs and preferences of the populations who would be using the libraries.”

The winners of the 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:

Public Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: MSR Design, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Project: Madison Central Library, Madison, WI, USA

Public Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller

Firm: HCMA Architecture + Design / Dub Architects Ltd., Vancouver, Canada

Project: Mill Woods Library, Seniors’ Centre and Multicultural Facility, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, USA

Project: Chicago Public Library, Chinatown Branch, Chicago, USA

Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

Project: Jen Library, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, USA

Special Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Shepley Bulfinch, Boston, MA, USA

Project: The David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA

Special Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller

Firm: BenGuo Design, Shenzhen, China

Project: Southern Study in Shenzhen Library, Shenzhen, China

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project

Firm: Schwartz/Silver Architects, Boston, MA, USA

Project: Charles E. Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, New London, CT, USA

Single Space Design



The Best of Competition winner will be announced Sunday, June 26, during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, where all of the competition winners will be celebrated. Images of the winning projects are featured on the IIDA website and will be published in Contract and American Libraries magazines.


About International Interior Design Association

IIDA is the Commercial Interior Design Association with global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ Members across 58 countries. IIDA advocates for advancement in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services, and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About the Library Leadership and Management Association

The Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) advances outstanding leadership and management practices in library and information services by encouraging and nurturing individual excellence in current and aspiring library leaders. LLAMA is a division of ALA.

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