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April 22, 2008 - Chicago - The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to announce the winners of the second Library Interior Design Competition. The biennial awards honor excellence in library interior design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client's objectives. Nine winners and two honorable mentions were selected from projects submitted from throughout North America.

The distinguished panel of judges for the competition include: Joseph Rondinelli, Associate IIDA, Senior Associate, Shepley Bulfinch, Boston; Steven McCollom, IIDA, AIA Associate Partner, Gary Lee Partners, San Francisco; Drew Harrington, Director of Library Services at University of Portland; and Kathryn Page, Principal with Page and Moris, San Francisco. Jennifer Busch, editorial director of Contract Magazine, served as facilitator for the judging, which took place in April 2008.

Awards were selected in the following categories:

Academic Libraries: 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Project: Brown University Susan P. and Richard A. Friedman Study Center – Providence, R.I.
Firm: Architecture Research Office (ARO) – New York, N.Y.

Academic Libraries: Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Project: University of California, Hastings College of Law Library – San Francisco, Calif.
Firm: SmithGroup – San Francisco, Calif.

Public Libraries: 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller
Project: Arabian Public Library – Scottsdale, Ariz.
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix, Ariz.

Honorable Mention awarded to:
Project: Durham County Regional Library, North Branch – Durham, N.C.
Firm: The Freelon Group Architects – Durham, N.C.

Public Libraries: Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Project: Ramsey County Library – Maplewood, Minn.
Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers – Milwaukee, Wis.

Single Space
Project: Evanston Public Library Teen Room, The Loft – Evanston, Ill.
Firm: Nagle Hartray Danker Kagan McKay Penney Architects & architectureisfun, Inc. – Chicago, Ill.

Innovation in Sustainable Design
Project: University of Toronto Mississauga, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Center – Toronto, Can.
Firm: Shore Tilbe Irwin & Partners – Toronto, Can.

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project (historic restoration)
Project: Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, New York Public Library – New York, N.Y.
Firm: Davis Brody Bond Aedas – New York, N.Y.

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project (adaptive re-use)
Project: Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library – Providence, R.I.
Firm: Office dA, Inc. – Boston, Mass.

"On the Boards"
Project: Prescott Valley Public Library – Prescott Valley, Ariz.
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix, Ariz.

Honorable Mention awarded to:
Project: Phoenix Public Library, Harmon Branch – Phoenix, Ariz.
Firm: richard + bauer – Phoenix, Ariz.

Winners will be featured in a upcoming issue of Contract Magazine, the publishing partner for the competition. Winners will also be honored, and the "Best of Show" announced, at the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards Reception on Monday, June 30, 2008 during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim. For ticket information, go to or contact Fred Reuland at for more information.


LAMA (, a division of ALA, encourages and nurtures current and future leaders, and develops and promotes outstanding leadership and management practices.

ALA's mission is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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