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IIDA Announces Recipients of the 2022 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards
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CHICAGO — IIDA and the American Library Association (ALA) are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 Library Interior Design Awards. This biennial competition recognizes excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of extraordinary design reflected through innovative concepts in nine categories.

“Libraries are one of the most challenging and remarkable projects that designers can take on as they need to create a shared, multi-use space that continually inspires and facilitates learning for a community,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “These winning projects connected equitable use and created strong community connections. Thanks to such significant work, the future of library design can serve as thought-provoking inspiration for other segments of the built environment.”

Entries were reviewed by a committee of interior design and library professionals: Garvey Library Consulting Founder and Principal, Toni Garvey, IIDA; Collins Cooper Carusi Architects Principal, Fiona Grandowski, IIDA, AIA; and Hollis + Miller Architects Associate Interior Designer, Hillary L'Ecuyer, IIDA.

"We were highly impressed with the versatility of design submissions received this year,” said Grandowski on behalf of the jury. “It's gratifying to recognize these deserving design teams and projects that are pushing the boundaries of library design and encouraging a sense of community like never before."

The recipients of the 2022 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are:

Academic Libraries—30,000 Square Feet and Under
Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Renovations, Harvard Medical School
Firm: Shepley Bulfinch

Project: Waterway Library
Design Action

Academic Libraries—Over 30,000 Square Feet
Hayden Library
Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Outstanding Historic Renovation Project

North York Central Library Interior Renovation
Diamond Schmitt

Project: Idea Exchange Old Post Office
RDH Architects (RDHA)

Public Libraries—30,000 Square Feet and Under

Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library Renovation
Utile, Inc.

Public Libraries—Over 30,000 Square Feet

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
: Mecanoo in collaboration with Beyer Blinder Belle

Fairfield Area Library
Quinn Evans

Special Libraries—30,000 Square Feet and Under

Western Reserve Historical Society Research Library Renovation

The Hive
Integrus Architecture

Winners will be published in a future issue of American Libraries Magazine. For questions or more information, contact competitions@iida.org.


IIDA is the commercial interior design association with 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. IIDA.org.


The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, 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.

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