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2019 Titan Award Recipient

Liz Ogbu

Liz OgbuLiz Ogbu is founder and principal of Studio O, a design firm that works at the intersection of racial and spatial justice. She is an expert on social, sustainable, and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the United States to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Ogbu has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage design to address issues of power and privilege and catalyze deep social impact.

Ogbu earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and profiled in publications globally. Her honors include: Global Fellow, TEDWomen Speaker, and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100.



Titan Award Recipients

This award recognizes outstanding service to the Interior Design profession by a design-related individual, company or organization. 

2018 Janice Feldman
2017 Mac Stopa
2016 Dorothy Cosonas
2015 Patricia Urquiola
2014 Michael Vanderbyl, IIDA
Principal, Vanderbyl Design
2013 Suzanne Tick
2012 John Wells,
Interface Americas
2011 Kaye Gosline
2010 Holly Hunt Enterprises
2009 Haworth
2008 Shaw Contract Group
2006    VNU
2005 Kimball Office
2004 Ken Dempsey
Masland Carpets
2003 Brad Powell
2002 Bob Fisk
The Mohawk Group
2001 Dick Bierie
Mannington Commercial
2000 Katie Sosnowchik
Interiors & Sources
1999 James Cramer, Hon. IIDA 
The Greenway Group
1998 Christopher G. Kennedy
Merchandise Mart Properties
R. Craig Watts
1997 Merritt Seymour, Hon. IIDA 
1996 Gordon Whitener, IIDA
Interface Americas
1995 Mel Schlitt
Merchandise Mart Properties