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BEST OF COMPETITION AWARD WON BY MGB ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN INC.

June 14, 2010, Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) announced that mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Inc. won the coveted Best of Competition in the 37th Annual Interior Design Competition for its project, LYNNsteven, Vancouver, Canada. The winners of the 2010 design competitions, including the 18th Annual Will Ching Design Award, were honored at the IIDA COOL Gala, June 13, 2010 at the Westin Chicago River North.

The Annual Interior Design Competition, established in 1973, was created to recognize outstanding interior design and to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior space. The winners in the 37th Annual Interior Design Competition were chosen from over three hundred projects submitted in the following practice areas: Commercial, Education/Institutional, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Residential and Retail/Showroom.

In addition to the Best in Competition award earned by mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Inc., the other winners were:
Clive Wilkinson Architects, West Hollywood, CA for FIDM, San Diego, CA
mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Inc., North Vancouver, Canada for Rennie Art Gallery and Offices,
Vancouver, Canada
NBBJ, Columbus, OH for Dubai Mall Medical Center, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
STUDIOS Architecture, Beverly Hills, CA for Guess? Inc. Headquarters, Los Angeles, CA
UNStudio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands for MUMUTH Music Theatre, Graz, Austria

The design team from mgb ARCHITECTURE + DESIGN Inc. included: Michael Green, Caroline Embling, Jennell Hagardt and Anabella Alfonzo.

In addition, Kubrick Bookshop and MOMA Movie Centre, Beijing, China, designed by One Plus Partnership Limited of Hong Kong, China was chosen as the winner of the 18th Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors outstanding commercial design by firms of five or fewer individuals.

Judges for the competition included Giorgio Borruso, Giorgio Borruso Design, Marina Del Rey, CA; Carlos Martinez, IIDA, Gensler, Chicago, IL; Judy Niedermaier, Niedermaier, Chicago, IL; and Peggy Noakes, FIIDA, WHR Architects, Houston, TX. The judging took place February 27, 2010 in Chicago. After discussing the entries for this year’s competitions, the judges agreed that they “saw work that reflects this moment in time and shows the diversity of design and how it is a channel for society and culture to reflect itself.”

All winning projects, not previously published, are currently featured in the NeoCon issue of Interior Design, the publishing partner for the competition and will be available to view on www.iida.org.

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