ALA and IIDA Announce Recipients of the 2020 Library Interior Design Awards

For Immediate Release
Mon, 08/24/2020


Fred Reuland

Program Officer

Library Leadership and Management Association



The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 Library Interior Design Awards. This biennial competition honors excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.

“When libraries are designed in novel and accessible ways, they become vital parts of their communities,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “It’s an honor to be celebrating nine deserving projects that demonstrate the power of design within these essential spaces.”

Entries were reviewed by a committee of interior design and library professionals: Gregory Mickells, library director, Madison Public Library; Bob Pasicznyuk, executive library director, Douglas County Libraries; Joseph A. Rondinelli, principal, DesignThink Consulting; and Margaret Sullivan, principal, Margaret Sullivan Studio. "We were all impressed with the depth of the national and international submissions received this year,” said Rondinelli on behalf of the jury. “The winning projects embraced the needs of their communities with delight and are true examples of outstanding design. They will continue to serve their communities and become valued symbols of excellence for years to come.”

The recipients of the 2020 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:

Academic Libraries — Over 30,000 Square Feet

Project: Temple University - Charles Library, Philadelphia

Firm: Stantec and Snøhetta, Philadelphia

Project: NYU Special Collections Library, New York

Firm: CannonDesign, New York

Academic Libraries — 30,000 Square Feet and Under

Project: Architecture Library, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok

Firm: Department of ARCHITECTURE Co., Bangkok

Project: Ethical Culture Fieldston School Tate Library, New York

Firm: Architecture Research Office, New York

Outstanding Historic Renovation

Project: Scoville Memorial Library, Salisbury, Connecticut

Firm: Bristow Proffitt Studio, Lakeville, Connecticut, and New York

Project: Milby High School Library Renovation, Houston ISD, Houston

Firm: Kirksey Architecture, Houston

Public Libraries — 30,000 Square Feet and Under

Project: (Re)imagining The Community Library, Ketchum, Idaho

Firm: RATIO with Nicole Snyder Interiors, Indianapolis and Denver

Project: The Springdale Library and Komagata Maru Park, Brampton, Ontario

Firm: RDHA, Toronto

Special Libraries — 30,000 Square Feet and Under

Project: The Center for Fiction, New York

Firm: BKSK Architects, New York

All winners will be featured on and published in Contract and American Libraries.

Best of Competition                                            

Project: Temple University’s Charles Library

Firms: Stantec and Snøhetta for their collaborative work on this project


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About IIDA
IIDA is the commercial interior design association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.

About ALA
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in theworld, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. Founded on October 6, 1876, during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA 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.