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March 10, 2009, Chicago, IL –The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2009 interior design competitions: the 36th Annual Interior Design Competition and the 17th Annual Will Ching Design Competition. Truly international in scope, this year’s slate of winners demonstrates that great design is a universal goal.

The six winners in the 36th Annual Interior Design Competition were chosen from nearly four hundred projects submitted in the following practice areas: Commercial, Education/Institutional, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential and Retail.

  1. Project: Greenhouse Nightclub – New York, NY
    Firm: Bluarch Architecture + Interiors – New York, NY
  2. Project: Nishimura Restaurant, Shangri-La Hotel – Beijing, CHINA
    Firm: CL3 Architects Limited – Hong Kong, CHINA
  3. Project: Museum of Tolerance – Los Angeles, CA
    Firm: Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design – Los Angeles, CA
  4. Project: Fornari Headquarters – Milan, ITALY
    Firm: Giorgio Borruso Design – Marina Del Rey, CA
  5. Project: Wing Luke Asian Museum – Seattle, WA
    Firm: Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects – Seattle, WA
  6. Project: Cathedral of Christ the Light – Oakland, CA
    Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP – San Francisco, CA

In addition, Gallery More North in New York, a gallery/exhibition space devoted to the best of contemporary Nordic art and design, designed by KOKO Architecture + Design of New York, NY was chosen as the winner of the 17th Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors outstanding commercial design by firms of five or fewer individuals.

"We were pleased to see so many entries this year from which our distinguished panel of judges selected a globally diverse group of winners representing multiple areas of practice,” stated Viveca Bissonnette, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, IIDA Vice President of Communications and Associate at Carrier Johnson + CULTURE. “The winning projects range in size and scope but all exemplify IIDA’s mission to enhance the quality of life through innovation and excellence in interior design."

“In the midst of so much economic turmoil, it is encouraging and rewarding to see winning entries representing museum and gallery spaces, a sustainable nightclub, a hotel restaurant, and a corporate space repurposing historic porcelain workshops,” according to Cheryl S. Durst, Honorary IIDA, LEED AP, Executive Vice President and CEO, IIDA. “The design community is a pinnacle of creating touch points for people, no matter where they come together, demonstrated by this year’s winners.”

Judges for the distinguished competition included Suzanne Tick - President, Suzanne Tick Inc.; D.B. Kim - Principal Designer, D.B. Kim Inc.; and Erla Dogg Ingjaldsdottir, Associate IIDA - Principal, Minarc. The judging took place February 28, 2009 in Chicago.

All winning projects not previously published will be featured in the NeoCon issue of Interior Design magazine, the publishing partner for the competitions. The judges selection for Best of Competition will be officially revealed and all winners will be celebrated at COOL, IIDA’s NeoCon Gala to be held Sunday, June 14 in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Chicago River North. For table purchases or ticket information, please contact Jenny Palmer at 888.799.4432, or visit

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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 10 specialty Forums in 29 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website