IIDA names finalists of two design competitions

CHICAGO  — IIDA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 49th annual Interior Design Competition and the 30th annual Will Ching Design Competition. The Interior Design Competition honors innovation and creativity within the industry, while the Will Ching Design Competition highlights notable commercial design from firms with five employees or fewer.

“For decades, the Interior Design Competition and Will Ching Design Competition have celebrated some of the finest and most original works in the industry, and this year is no exception,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “As we recognize its 30th anniversary, IIDA is proud to showcase the finalists that offer immense creativity honoring the Will Ching Design Design Competition’s namesake, the late Will Ching. Additionally, looking ahead to next year’s 50th annual Interior Design Competition, this year’s inventive finalists epitomize the future of the design industry.”

Finalists were chosen by a jury including the following distinguished design experts: Shimoda Design Group Partner Susan Chang, IIDA, AIA; Interactive Design Architects President Dina Griffin, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA; and Studio Munge Founder and Design Director Alessandro Munge, IIDA.

“In an industry filled with fresh, burgeoning talent and consistently inventive design, it’s crucial to celebrate and honor those behind such revolutionary work,” said Chang on behalf of the jury. “Each of these projects exemplifies the bright potential of firms both large and small.”

The Interior Design Competition finalists include:

Corporate Space Large (1,000 square meters and above)

Project: UTA Nashville, Nashville, Tennessee

Firm: HASTINGS, Nashville, Tennessee

Project: Deutsche Bank Americas Headquarters, New York

Firm: Gensler, New York

Project: Paul Hastings Offices, Washington, D.C.

Firm: LSM, Washington, D.C.

Corporate Space Small (under 1,000 square meters)

Project: Kering Mexico, Mexico City

Firm: FR-EE Fernando Romero EnterprisE, Mexico City

Project: Prefix Design Office, Chengdu, China

Firm: Prefix Design, Chengdu, China

Education (elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities)

Project: Billerica Memorial High School, Billerica, Massachusetts

Firm: Perkins&Will, Boston

Entertainment (casinos, performing arts centers, sports arenas, theaters)

Project: CINESKY Cinema Phase 3, Shenzhen, China

Firm: One Plus Partnership Limited, Hong Kong


Project: Banyan Tree Nanjing Garden Expo, Nanjing, China

Firm: Cheng Chung Design (HK) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Public Spaces & Commercial Lobbies

Project: Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Audrey Irmas Pavilion, Los Angeles

Firm: OMA & Gruen Associates, Los Angeles

Residences Large (125 square meters and above) – Interior Design Competition Only

Project: Casa Rancho Avándaro, Valle de Bravo, Mexico

Firm: Chain + Siman, in collaboration with Modo Manera, Mexico City

Project: Three Gables, Napa, California

Firm: Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco

Showrooms & Exhibition Spaces

Project: Genesis House, New York

Firms: SUH Architects in collaboration with HLW, New York 

The Will Ching Design Competition finalists include:

Institutional (cultural, government/municipal spaces, libraries, religious spaces)

Project: Cocoon Istanbul, Istanbul

Firm: Stüdyo AB, Istanbul

Restaurants, Lounges, & Bars

Project: FSW Coffee, Taipei, Taiwan

Firm: Phoebe Says Wow Architects, Taipei, Taiwan

Winners will be announced on Monday, May 9 and will be honored in person for the first time in two years at Revel in Design, IIDA’s black tie event, on Sunday, June 12 at the Ritz-Carlton at Water Tower Place, Chicago. For tickets to Revel in Design, please see here. For more information on the Interior Design Competition finalists, please view here, and for the Will Ching Competition finalists, view here. For questions, please contact competitions@iida.org.

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