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May 1, 2008, Chicago, IL –The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is pleased to announce the winners of its third annual Smart Environments Awards, co-sponsored by publishing partner Metropolis Magazine. Winners were chosen from projects submitted from interior design firms around the world. The competition honors the best in design solutions over the past three years--those that are environmentally and socially responsible as well as beautiful and functional.

Reinforcing the integrity of the sustainable competition, this year’s judging was administered electronically. Three winners were selected from projects across the spectrum of design practice:

  1. Project: Arabian Branch Library, Scottsdale, AZ
    Firm: richärd+bauer, Phoenix, AZ
  2. Project: Alley24/223 Yale, Seattle, WA
    Firm: NBBJ, Seattle, WA
  3. Project: sweetgreen, Washington, DC
    Firm: CORE architecture + design, Washington, DC

The jury for the distinguished competition included Collin Burry, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Gensler, San Francisco; Lewis J. Goetz, FIIDA, FAIA, President, Group Goetz Architects, Washington, DC; and Joe Pettipas, IIDA, IDC, ASID, ISP, LEED AP, Vice President HOK Canada. The judging, which took place April 25 was moderated by Susan S. Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis magazine and Holley Henderson, IIDA, LEED AP, IIDA Sustainability Forum Advisor, H2 Ecodesign.

“Our industry has truly owned and risen to the challenge of weaving eco-function into the DNA of our beautiful habitats,” stated Holley Henderson, IIDA, LEED AP. “The 2008 entries stretch beyond mundane interiors or typical green solutions.”

“It’s gratifying to note that the profession’s breadth of knowledge is sustainable design is growing more sophisticated every year,” stated Susan Szenasy. “I’m looking forward to the time when we no longer have to label projects as ‘green’ or ‘sustainable,’ just good design.”

A winner reception will be hosted by Milliken during NeoCon on Tuesday evening, June 10, 2008. Winners will be featured in the January 2009 issue of Metropolis Magazine.

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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 nine specialty Forums in 30 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website