April 20, 2018

LAMA and IIDA Announce Winners of Library Interior Design Competition

By Norman Oder

  • Nine winners and two honorable mentions selected
  • Winners honored July 1 at ALA Annual Conference
  • First competition in 2006

The Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) have announced the winners of the 2008 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. (Here’s LJ‘s coverage of the inaugural awards in 2006.)

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, RI
Firm: Architecture Research Office (ARO), New York

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

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

Honorable Mention awarded to:
Project: Durham County Regional Library, North Branch, Durham, NC
Firm: The Freelon Group Architects, Durham, NC

Public Libraries: Over 30,000 sq. ft.
Project: Ramsey County Library, Maplewood, MN (right)
Firm: HGA Architects and Engineers, Milwaukee, WI

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

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

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

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

“On the Boards”
Project: Prescott Valley Public Library, Prescott Valley, AZ
Firm: richard + bauer, Phoenix

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

The judges for the competition included: Drew Harrington, Director of Library Services at University of Portland; Steven McCollom, IIDA, AIA Associate Partner, Gary Lee Partners, San Francisco; Kathryn Page, Principal with Page and Moris, San Francisco; and Joseph Rondinelli, Associate IIDA, Senior Associate, Shepley Bulfinch, Boston. Jennifer Busch, editorial director of Contract Magazine, was facilitator for the judging.

Winners will be honored, and the “Best of Show” announced, at the ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards Reception on Tuesday, July 1, during the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA.