IIDA announces the winners of two prominent design competitions

CHICAGO — IIDA announced today the winners for two of its widely-known industry recognitions: the 2021 Interior Design Competition, celebrating innovative interior design and architecture, as well as the Will Ching Design Competition, honoring originality and excellence in commercial design firms with five or fewer employees. This year’s Best of Competition winner is JKMM Architects for the firm’s work on the Kirkkonummi Library ‘Fyyri’ in Finland.

“It’s an honor to celebrate these amazing projects from around the world,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “Representing multiple typologies, these projects showcase the best of the best in creativity, innovation, and forward-thinking problem solving.”

The winners of the two award competitions, including the “Best Of” from the Interior Design Competition were selected by Katherine S. Ankerson, FIIDA, AIA, FIDEC dean of the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Barbara Bouza, IIDA, FAIA, president at Walt Disney Imagineering, Business Management, Design, and Development; and Bill Grant, IIDA, president and chief creative officer at Grant Design Collaborative.

“When reviewing this year’s finalists, we were blown away by all of the projects’ flawless integration of form and function,” said Ankerson on behalf of the jury. “The attention to detail, breathtaking use of light, and seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces truly encapsulate the next wave of design and desire for connectedness.”

The Interior Design Competition winners are:

Project Name: Canopy Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, MI
Design Firm: Anderson/Miller, Ltd. & Valerio Dewalt Train, Chicago

Retail (stores, boutiques)Project Name: Capital One Café, Georgetown, Washington DC
Design Firm Name: LEO A DALY CallisonRTKL Capital One, Washington DC

Education (elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities)
Project Name: Daley College Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center, Chicago
Design Firm Name: JGMA, Chicago

Sales Centers & Show Flats
Project Name: Everbon Gaoqiao Town Sales Center, Leshan, China
Design Firm Name: MOD Service Design, Shanghai

Institutional (cultural, government/municipal spaces, libraries, religious spaces)
Project Name: Kirkkonummi Library ‘Fyyri’, Kirkkonummi, Finland
Design Firm Name: JKMM Architects, Helsinki

Healthcare (hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical facilities)
Project Name: University of Virginia, University Hospital Expansion, Charlottesville, Virginia
Design Firm Name: Perkins+Will, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington DC

The Will Ching Design Competition winner is:

Showrooms & Exhibition Spaces
Project Name: GMECLUX showroom, Richmond Hill, Canada
Design Firm Name: Dialogue 38 Inc., Toronto

For more information on the Interior Design Competition winners, please view here, and for the Will Ching Competition winner, view here.  

The International Interior Design Association, known as IIDA, is the commercial interior design association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements 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. www.iida.org 

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