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IIDA Announces Finalists of Two Prestigious Interior Design Competitions
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CHICAGO — IIDA is pleased to announce the finalists of two of its premier interior design competitions: the 48th annual Interior Design Competition, which celebrates achievement in outstanding interior architecture and design, and the 29th annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors originality and excellence in commercial design from firms with five or fewer employees.

“We are always amazed by the sheer talent showcased by the Will Ching and Interior Design Competitions and this year was no exception,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “This group of finalists has displayed an exemplary focus on community cultivation, true commitment to sustainability, and meticulous attention to detail.”

Finalists were chosen by a jury of design experts, including Katherine S. Ankerson, FIIDA, AIA, dean, College of Architecture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Barbara Bouza, FAIA, president, Walt Disney Imagineering, business management, design & development; and Bill Grant, president and chief creative officer, Grant Design Collaborative.

“When reviewing this year’s submissions, we were inspired by the purpose behind each and every detail of the projects,” said Ankerson on behalf of the jury. “These design teams brought new life and unique ideas to every element to their spaces, and we’re looking forward to announcing the winners this summer.”

2021 IIDA Interior Design Competition finalists include:

Public Spaces & Commercial Lobbies

Firm: Elkus Manfredi Architects
, Boston
401 Park Repositioning, Boston


Firm: IA Interior Architects
, Miami
Orthodontics Only, Miami

Firm: Perkins&Will, Atlanta, Chicago, and Washington DC
University of Virginia, University Hospital Expansion, Charlottesville, Virginia

Residences Large
Firm: Aidlin Darling Design
, San Francisco
High Desert Retreat, Palm Desert

Firm: Hacin + Associates, Boston
Back Bay Townhouse, Boston

Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
, Chicago
Netsch Residence, Chicago

Firm: HLW International, LLP
, New York
Google Code Next, New York

Firm: JGMA
, Chicago
Architect of Record: Cannon Design

Daley College Manufacturing Technology & Engineering Center, Chicago

Sales Centers & Show Flats
Firm: MOD Service Design
, Shanghai
Everbon Geoquao Town Sales Center, Leshan, China

Firm: LEO A DALY Callison/RTKL Capital One
, Washington DC
Capital One Café in Georgetown, Washington DC

Firm: Anderson/Miller, Ltd. & Valerio Dewalt Train
, Chicago
Canopy Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Firm: JKMM Architects
, Helsinki
Project: Kirkkonummi Library ‘Fyyri’, Kirkkonummi, Finland

2021 IIDA Will Ching Design finalists include:

Restaurants, Lounges, & Bars
Firm: ORA
, Los Angeles
Liberation Coffee House, Los Angeles

Residences Large
Firm: Determined by Design
, Washington DC
Capitol Vista, Washington DC

Showrooms & Exhibition Spaces
Firm: Dialogue 38 Inc.
, Toronto
GMECLUX showroom, Richmond. Hill, Canada

Winners will be honored and the best of competition announced at the winners’ virtual celebration on June 30, 2021. Winners will be featured on IIDA.org, and published in Interior Design magazine.

Interior Design Competition finalist images can be found here and Will Ching finalists here. For more information or questions regarding this or other IIDA awards, contact brand@iida.org.

Press Contact:
Ciara Merouan
Jo Chicago Communications