ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award

This biennial competition is co-sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  The awards honor international excellence in library interior design. Award winners demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. The competition is managed by the LLAMA Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) Interior Design Awards Committee.

2016 Competition

The Online Entry Form for the 2016 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards is now available.  The deadline to submit an entry is Thursday, March 17, 2016. The competition is open to interior designers, interior architects, and architects based in the U.S. or internationally.  Any library interior design project completed after October 1, 2013, is eligible for this competition. Projects previously published are acceptable.

Categories

  • Public Libraries 30,000 sq. ft. and under
  • Public Libraries Over 30,000 sq. ft.
  • Academic Libraries 30,000 sq. ft. and under
  • Academic Libraries Over 30,000 sq. ft.
  • Special Libraries 30,000 sq. ft. and under
  • Special Libraries Over 30,000 sq. ft
  • Outstanding Historic Renovation Project
  • Single Space A small project that focuses on a specific room or area in a library
  • On the Boards A project currently in the design phase and not under construction

Submissions

See the Online Entry Form for submission and pricing information. 

Important Dates

  • Competition Opens – Monday, January 18, 2016
  • Deadline to Enter – Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Judging – April 2016
  • Winners Announced – April 2016
  • Awards Program and Reception – Sunday, June 26, 2016

Winners 

Winners and their clients will be honored June 26 at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Winning entries are published in Contract and American Libraries, as well as other publications.

Contact

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2016 Award Juror Application

The 2016 Juror Application is now available, and applications will be accepted through March 7, 2016.  The awards are juried by at least two librarians and two interior design professionals.  Juror selection is based on an applicant's experiences in terms of type of libraries represented, project sizes, geographic areas, and previous jury experiences. Applicants are required to be members of LLAMA BES, but may not be members of the LLAMA Board of Directors or the BES Executive Committee.

2014 Award Winners

LLAMA and IIDA are pleased to present the winners of the 2014 Library Interior Design Awards. A gallery of the winning entries is available for viewing at the IIDA web site as well as below.  You can also view the PowerPoint from the awards presentation held June 29 at the ALA Annual Conference.

“The entries that we received for this biennial competition clearly speak to the evolving needs of 21st-century library patrons,” IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, said.  “And they illustrate that library design spaces can inspire as well as they function.  We are pleased to honor and celebrate this year’s winners and their contribution to the elevation of design.”

Serving the judging panel for the 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards were Christy S. Cain, IIDA, RID, LEED AP BD+C (Senior Associate, Perkins + Will); Stasia Czech, IIDA (Senior Associate and Interior Designer, NBBJ); Jessica N. Kayongo, J.D, M.A. (Anthropology & Interim Sociology Librarian, Hesburgh Libraries, University of Notre Dame); and Richard L. (Dick) Waters, MLS (Principal Consultant, Godfrey’s Associates, Inc.).

The winners of the 2014 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:

Public Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Dewberry; Dallas, TX, USA  Project: Midland Centennial Library; Midland, TX, USA

Midland Centennial LibraryMidland Centennial Library

Project: Midland Centennial Library (Midland, TX); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

Midland Centennial LibraryMidland Centennial Library

Project: Midland Centennial Library (Midland, TX); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

Midland Centennial LibraryMidland Centennial Library

Project: Midland Centennial Library (Midland, TX); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

Midland Centennial LibraryMidland Centennial Library

Project: Midland Centennial Library (Midland, TX); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

Honorable Mention

Firm: OPN Architects; Cedar Rapids, IA, USA  Project: Cedar Rapids Public Library; Cedar Rapids, IA, USA

Midland Centennial LibraryMidland Centennial Library

Project: Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA); Firm: OPN Architects (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Cedar Rapids Public LibraryCedar Rapids Public Library

Project: Cedar Rapids Public Library (Cedar Rapids, IA); Firm: OPN Architects (Cedar Rapids, IA)

Public Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller

Firm: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership; New York, NY, USA  Project: Queens Library; Jamaica, NY, USA

Queens LibraryQueens Library

Project: Queens Library (Jamaica, NY); Firm: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (New York, NY)

Queens LibraryQueens Library

Project: Queens Library (Jamaica, NY); Firm: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (New York, NY)

Queens LibraryQueens Library

Project: Queens Library (Jamaica, NY); Firm: Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership (New York, NY)

Honorable Mention

Firm: JKMM Architects; Helsinki, Finland  Project: City Library in Seinäjoki; Seinäjoki, Finland

City Library in SeinäjokiCity Library in Seinäjoki

Project: City Library in Seinäjoki (Seinäjoki, Finland); Firm: JKMM Architects (Helsinki, Finland)

City Library in SeinäjokiCity Library in Seinäjoki

Project: City Library in Seinäjoki (Seinäjoki, Finland); Firm: JKMM Architects (Helsinki, Finland)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Bettisworth Welsh Whiteley; Fairbanks, AK, USA  Project: Ketchikan Public Library; Ketchikan, AK, USA

Ketchikan Public LibraryKetchikan Public Library

Project: Ketchikan Public Library (Ketchikan, AK); Firm: Bettisworth Welsh Whiteley (Fairbanks, AK)

Ketchikan Public LibraryKetchikan Public Library

Project: Ketchikan Public Library (Ketchikan, AK); Firm: Bettisworth Welsh Whiteley (Fairbanks, AK)

Academic Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job; New York, NY, USA  Project: James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State UniversityJames B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University

Project: James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC); Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job (New York, NY)

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State UniversityJames B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University

Project: James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC); Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job (New York, NY)

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State UniversityJames B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University

Project: James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC); Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job (New York, NY)

James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State UniversityJames B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University

Project: James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC); Firm: Snohetta/Clark Nexsen/Another Inside Job (New York, NY)

Honorable Mention

Firm: designLAB architects; Boston, MA, USA  Project: Claire T. Carney Library; North Dartmouth, MA, USA

Claire T. Carney LibraryClaire T. Carney Library

Project: Claire T. Carney Library (North Dartmouth, MA); Firm: designLAB architects (Boston, MA)

Claire T. Carney LibraryClaire T. Carney Library

Project: Claire T. Carney Library (North Dartmouth, MA); Firm: designLAB architects (Boston, MA)

Honorable Mention

Firm: The Miller Hull Partnership; Seattle, WA, USA  Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library; Seattle, WA, USA

Odegaard Undergraduate LibraryOdegaard Undergraduate Library

Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library (Seattle, WA); Firm: The Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle, WA)

Odegaard Undergraduate LibraryOdegaard Undergraduate Library

Project: Odegaard Undergraduate Library (Seattle, WA); Firm: The Miller Hull Partnership (Seattle, WA)

Academic Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller

Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc.; Calgary, AB, CA  Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library; Calgary, AB, CA

Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary LibraryGlenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library

Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library (Calgary, AB); Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary LibraryGlenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library

Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library (Calgary, AB); Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary LibraryGlenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library

Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library (Calgary, AB); Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary LibraryGlenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library

Project: Glenmore Christian Academy Elementary Library (Calgary, AB); Firm: Loop Interior Design Inc. (Calgary, AB)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Joel Sanders Architect; New York, NY, USA  Project: Education Commons, University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA, USA

Education Commons, University of PennsylvaniaEducation Commons, University of Pennsylvania

Project: Education Commons, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Joel Sanders Architect (New York, NY)

Education Commons, University of PennsylvaniaEducation Commons, University of Pennsylvania

Project: Education Commons, University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Joel Sanders Architect (New York, NY)

Special Libraries, Over 30,000 sq. ft.

Firm: Gensler; Dallas, TX, USA  Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA, USA

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and ManuscriptsKislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Gensler (Dallas, TX)

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and ManuscriptsKislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Gensler (Dallas, TX)

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and ManuscriptsKislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Gensler (Dallas, TX)

Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and ManuscriptsKislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA); Firm: Gensler (Dallas, TX)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc.; Atlanta, GA, USA  Project: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts; Athens, GA, USA

Kislak Center for Special CollectionsKislak Center for Special Collections

Project: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library (Athens, GA); Firm: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

Kislak Center for Special CollectionsKislak Center for Special Collections

Project: Richard B. Russell Special Collections Library (Athens, GA); Firm: Collins Cooper Carusi Architects, Inc. (Atlanta, GA)

Special Libraries, 30,000 sq. ft. and smaller

Firm: Gensler; Los Angeles, CA, USA  Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library; Los Angeles, CA, USA

Gensler Los Angeles, Resource LibraryGensler Los Angeles, Resource Library

Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library (Los Angeles, CA); Firm: Gensler (Los Angeles, CA)

Gensler Los Angeles, Resource LibraryGensler Los Angeles, Resource Library

Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library (Los Angeles, CA); Firm: Gensler (Los Angeles, CA)

Gensler Los Angeles, Resource LibraryGensler Los Angeles, Resource Library

Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library (Los Angeles, CA); Firm: Gensler (Los Angeles, CA)

Gensler Los Angeles, Resource LibraryGensler Los Angeles, Resource Library

Project: Gensler Los Angeles, Resource Library (Los Angeles, CA); Firm: Gensler (Los Angeles, CA)

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project

Firm: CannonDesign; St. Louis, MO, USA  Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library; St. Louis, MO, USA

St. Louis Public Library, Central LibrarySt. Louis Public Library, Central Library

Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library (St. Louis, MO); Firm: CannonDesign (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis Public Library, Central LibrarySt. Louis Public Library, Central Library

Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library (St. Louis, MO); Firm: CannonDesign (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis Public Library, Central LibrarySt. Louis Public Library, Central Library

Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library (St. Louis, MO); Firm: CannonDesign (St. Louis, MO)

St. Louis Public Library, Central LibrarySt. Louis Public Library, Central Library

Project: St. Louis Public Library, Central Library (St. Louis, MO); Firm: CannonDesign (St. Louis, MO)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Gensler; Houston, TX, USA  Project: Julia Ideson Building; Houston, TX, USA

Julia Ideson BuildingJulia Ideson Building

Project: Julia Ideson Building (Houston, TX); Firm: Gensler (Houston, TX)

Julia Ideson BuildingJulia Ideson Building

Project: Julia Ideson Building (Houston, TX); Firm: Gensler (Houston, TX)

Single Space Design

Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects; New York, NY, USA  Project: NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center; New York, NY, USA

NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen CenterNYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center

Project: NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center (New York, NY); Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects (New York, NY)

NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen CenterNYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center

Project: NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center (New York, NY); Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects (New York, NY)

NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen CenterNYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center

Project: NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center (New York, NY); Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects (New York, NY)

NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen CenterNYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center

Project: NYPL Hamilton Grange Teen Center (New York, NY); Firm: Rice+Lipka Architects (New York, NY)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Dewberry; Dallas, TX, USA  Project: Schaumburg Township Main Library – Teen Quad; Schaumburg, IL, USA

Schaumburg Township Main LibrarySchaumburg Township Main Library

Project: Schaumburg Township Main Library Teen Quad (Schaumburg, IL); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

Schaumburg Township Main LibrarySchaumburg Township Main Library

Project: Schaumburg Township Main Library Teen Quad (Schaumburg, IL); Firm: Dewberry (Dallas, TX)

On the Boards

Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES; New York, NY, USA  Project: New Law Library of Harlem; New York, NY, USA

New Law Library of HarlemNew Law Library of Harlem

Project: New Law Library of Harlem (New York, NY); Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES (New York, NY)

New Law Library of HarlemNew Law Library of Harlem

Project: New Law Library of Harlem (New York, NY); Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES (New York, NY)

New Law Library of HarlemNew Law Library of Harlem

Project: New Law Library of Harlem (New York, NY); Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES (New York, NY)

New Law Library of HarlemNew Law Library of Harlem

Project: New Law Library of Harlem (New York, NY); Firm: *MULTIPLICITIES (New York, NY)

Honorable Mention

Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP + Wight & Co.; Chicago, IL, USA  Project: Chinatown Public Library; Chicago, IL, USA

Chinatown Public LibraryChinatown Public Library

Project: Chinatown Public Library (Chicago, IL); Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP + Wight & Co. (Chicago, IL)

Chinatown Public Library interiorChinatown Public Library interior

Project: Chinatown Public Library (Chicago, IL); Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP + Wight & Co. (Chicago, IL)

The Best of Competition winner will be announced at the ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas on June 26, 2014, where all of the competition winners will be celebrated.

Contact

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Previous Competitions

See the following for previous award winners and juries:

2012 ALA/IIDA Interior Design Awards
2008 ALA/IIDA Interior Design Awards
2006 ALA/IIDA Interior Design Awards

Note: the awards were not presented in 2010.

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