ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award competition announced

Contact: Fred Reuland

Marketing Specialist


(312) 280-5032
For Immediate Release

December 19, 2005

ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award competition announced

(CHICAGO) - The American Library Association (ALA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) are pleased to announce the inaugural competition for the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award. This biennial competition honors excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts.

Award winners will demonstrate excellence in aesthetics, design creativity, function, and satisfaction of the client's objectives. The Buildings and Equipment Section (BES) of the Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA), a division of ALA, administers the program in partnership with the IIDA.

The competition is open to any library interior design project completed after October 1, 2003 and no later than October 1, 2005. Categories for entries are: Public Libraries, 30,000 sft. and smaller; Public Libraries, over 30,000 sft.; Academic Libraries, 30,000 sft. and smaller; Academic Libraries, over 30,000 sft.; Special Libraries, 30,000 sft. and smaller; Special Libraries, over 30,000 sft.; Outstanding Historic Renovation; Innovation in Sustainable Design; Single Space—a small project that focuses on a specific room or area in a library; Industrial Design—recognizing a custom design element that specifically responds to a library function and need; and “On the Boards”—recognizing a project currently in design phase and not under construction.

Previous publication is acceptable. The project must be submitted by a licensed design professional; multiple entries are permitted. Entries must be received by Wednesday, March 1, 2006, 5 pm central time.

A panel of two licensed interior design professionals and two librarians will judge the entries and make awards in all categories that have deserving submissions. Winners will be announced in April, and the awards will be given at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 26, 2006. Winning projects will be published in the
Metropolis Magazine,
American Libraries,
Library Administration and Management, and other venues.

For more information, and an entry form and instructions, go to, or contact Fred Reuland at 1-800-545-2433 x5032 or

The American Library Association ( provides 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. LAMA ( promotes outstanding leadership and management practices and identifies, encourages, and nurtures tomorrow's leaders and managers.

IIDA ( is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence; provides superior industry information; nurtures a global interior design community; maintains educational standards; and responds to trends in business and design.