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2014 Library Interior Design Award-Winners

The Library Leadership and Management Association (L.L.A.M.A.), a division of the American Library Association (A.L.A.), and The International Interior Design Association (I.I.D.A.) announced on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards. Pictures of the award-winning interiors can be seen here on the I.I.D.A. Web site.

Two of our local public libraries were honorable mentions: Teen Place at the Schaumburg Township District Library’s Central Library and the forthcoming Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library. The L.L.A.M.A. stated, “This biennial competition honors international excellence in library interior design. Award winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives.”

“The entries that we received for this biennial competition clearly speak to the evolving needs of 21st-Century library patrons,” I.I.D.A. Executive Vice President and C.E.O. Cheryl S. Durst, honorary F.I.I.D.A., L.E.E.D. A.P. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), said. “And they illustrate that library design spaces can inspire as well as they function. We are pleased to honor and celebrate this year’s winners and their contribution to the elevation of design.”

Serving on the judging panel for the 2014 A.L.A./I.I.D.A. Library Interior Design Awards were Christy S. Cain, I.I.D.A., R.I.D., L.E.E.D. A.P. B.D.+C. (Building Design + Construction), Senior Associate, Perkins + Will; Stasia Czech, I.I.D.A., Senior Associate and Interior Designer, N.B.B.J.; Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D., M.A. (Anthropology & Interim Sociology Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame; and Richard L. “Dick” Waters, M.L.S., Principal Consultant, Godfrey’s Associates, Inc.

The winners of the 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:

Public Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Dewberry; Dallas, Texas

Project: Centennial Library, Midland County Public Library; Midland, Texas

Honorable Mention

Firm: OPN Architects; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Project: Downtown Library, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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

Firm: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership; New York

Project: Children’s Library Discovery Center, Central Library of the Queens Borough Library; Jamaica, Queens, New York City, New York

Honorable Mention

Firm: JKMM Architects; Helsinki, Finland

Project: City Library in Seinäjoki; Seinäjoki, Finland

Honorable Mention

Firm: Bettisworth Welsh Whiteley; Fairbanks, Alaska

Project: Ketchikan Public Library; Ketchikan, Alaska

Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job; N.Y.

Project: The James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina

Honorable Mention

Firm: designLAB architects; Boston

Project: Claire T. Carney University Library, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth; North Dartmouth, Massachusetts

Honorable Mention

Firm: The Miller Hull Partnership;[1] Seattle, Washington

Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library & Learning Commons, University Libraries, University of Washington; Seattle, Washington

Academic Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and Smaller

Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc.; Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library, Glenmore Christian Academy; Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Honorable Mention

Firm: Joel Sanders Architect; New York, New York

Project: Education Commons, Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Special Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Gensler; Dallas, Texas

Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts on the 6th Floor of the Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, Penn Libraries, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Honorable Mention

Firm: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.; Atlanta, Georgia

Project: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research & Studies, Special Collections Libraries, University of Georgia Libraries, University of Georgia; Athens, Georgia

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

Firm: Gensler; Los Angeles

Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library; Los Angeles

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project

Firm: CannonDesign; St. Louis, Missouri

Project: Central Library, St. Louis Public Library; St. Louis, Missouri

Honorable Mention

Firm: Gensler; Houston, Texas

Project: Julia Ideson Building, Houston Public Library; Houston, Texas

Single Space Design

Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects; New York, New York

Project: Hamilton Grange Teen Center, Hamilton Grange Branch of the New York Public Library; New York, New York

Honorable Mention

Firm: Dewberry; Dallas, Texas

Project: Teen Place, Central Library, Schaumburg Township District Library; Schaumburg, Illinois

On the Boards

Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES; New York, New York

Project: New Law Library of Harlem; New York

Honorable Mention

Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP + Wight & Company; Chicago

Project: Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library; Chinatown, Chicago, Illinois

The Best of Competition winner will be announced on June 26, 2014 at the A.L.A. Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, where all of the competition winners will be celebrated. Images of the winning projects will also be published in the magazines Contract and American Libraries.

The International Interior Design Association (I.I.D.A.) describes itself as “the preeminent Commercial Interior Design professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 50 countries. IIDA promotes the value of Interior Design to business decision makers and to the general public through its Members who create the exceptional environments that encompass every aspect of the human experience. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in Interior Design and advancing Interior Design through knowledge, value and community.”

[1] Sadly, The Miller Hull Partnership had to announce on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 that one of the firm’s founding partners, Robert Hull, F.A.I.A., had died from complications that arose from a stroke he suffered while in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

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