The International Interior Design Association of Northern California Announces the 2017 Honor Award Winners

Presented at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif., the event celebrated the top interior design talent in Northern California and select projects worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO – March 24, 2017 – The International Interior Design Association of Northern California(IIDA NC) has announced its 2017 Honor Award winners. Launched in 2004, the annual IIDA Northern California Honor Awards celebrates the diverse industry of Interior Design and state-of-the-art projects from across Northern California. Respected as a renowned industry award, the competition is open to designers and firms of all sizes, focuses, and areas of interests. This year, a total of 98 projects were submitted across all categories with a total of 19 award winners from firms including Rapt Studio, Huntsman Architectural Group, Gensler, IwamotoScott Architecture, EDG and more.

“The caliber of work in Northern California continues to be on the leading edge of design and delivery innovation, in creating inspiring spaces where we live, work, and play,” said Donald Cremers, President of the IIDA Northern California. “Throughout the design and contracting community, the honor awards are highly anticipated to showcase the amazing talent of our IIDA members, and to celebrate the comradery and healthy competition among our colleagues, peers, and friends. This is truly what makes IIDA a unique and meaningful organization.”

The 2017 Award categories and winners are as follows:

  • LIVE: Anyplace We Call Home
    • Honor: Wine Country Farmhouse by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
    • Merit: Sonoma Retreat by STUDIO COLLINS WEIR
  • WORK: Corporate Workplace Environments
    • Work Small: projects under 20,000 useable sq. ft.
      • Honor: Facebook Mexico City by Gensler
      • Merit: Confidential Technology Company by Gensler
    • Work Medium: projects over 20,000 useable sq. ft. and under 75,000 useable sq. ft.
      • Honor: ARGONAUT by Huntsman Architectural Group
      • Merit: Malwarebytes Headquarters by Blitz Architecture + Interiors
    • Work Large: projects over 75,000 useable sq. ft.
      • Honor: Dropbox by Rapt Studio
      • Merit: Ancestry by Rapt Studio
  • PLAY: Where We Entertain Ourselves (Hotels, Restaurants, Theaters, Spas, Casinos, Stores, Showrooms, Malls, Tasting Rooms, Sports Arenas)
    • Honor: Notch 8 by EDG
    • Merit: In Situ by Aidlin Darling Design
  • SERVE: Where We Meet
    • Merit: 826 Valencia by Jonas Kellner, Gensler, MK Think, INTERSTICE Architects, Office, BCCI Construction Company, and BBDO San Francisco.
    • Honor: Stadium TechCenter One by SmithGroupJJR
    • HEAL: Where We Flourish
      Honor: Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) 5 Heart & Vascular Clinic Renovation by Taylor Design
      Merit: Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Service by HOK
  • GIVE: Social Responsibility (Any project with an emphasis on improving the physical space’s impact on society. Sustainability, Occupant Well-being, Historic Renovation, Improved Project Process, Pro-bono)
    • LePort Schools, San Francisco by Ware Malcomb
  • AGAINST THE ODDS AWARD: One project in any category chosen by the jury that exemplifies award winning design despite budgets, schedule or other extraordinary challenges or constraints.
    • The House by FENNIE + MEHL Architects
    • Pinterest Headquarters by IwamotoScott Architecture with Brereton Architects
  • WOW! BEST OF SHOW AWARD: One project chosen by the jury to exemplify the best overall design of the entries.
    • Dropbox by Rapt Studio

Committed to encouraging education within the student design community, the event recognized design projects of students from San Jose State University including Asenath Yeung, Jihye Han, Michelle Rumawas, Manpreet Jadir, and Maryam Batouli.

The winning projects were judged for suitability to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior forms, finishes and furnishings. The 2017 jury included Lucy Aiken-Johnson, Principal of ai3 in Atlanta, GA; Alan Barlis, Principal of Barlis Wedlick in New York, NY; Carrie Boyd, Principal/Director of Interior Design of M+A Architects in the Ohio Area; Deb Breslow, Creative Director of Meyer Design in the Greater Philadelphia Area; and Elizabeth Munich, Interior Designer of Nelson in the Greater Philadelphia Area.

A Dropbox of images from the winning projects can be found here.

About IIDA
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.
The IIDA is a professional networking and educational association with more than 13,000 Members practicing worldwide in more than 58 countries. IIDA is committed to enhancing the quality of life through excellence in interior design and advancing interior design through knowledge, value and community. IIDA advocates for interior design excellence; nurtures a global interior design community; maintains high educational standards; and supports its Members and the Profession with visionary leadership. Since 1994 IIDA has helped reveal new Design talent through a variety of education initiatives and Interior Design/ Architecture competitions honoring local talent, including the Interior Design Competition, Global Excellence Awards and Sustainable Leadership Awards. More information can be found by visiting our National site at

About IIDA Northern California
The award winning Northern California Chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a vibrant, active and diverse membership of more than 900 people. The greatest benefit of membership is the connections & camaraderie between our chapter members, which is both enjoyable and career enhancing.
We cultivate a strong community through the four major chapter events we host each year and the numerous Professional Development & City Center events that occur throughout the year. Being active in the management of the Chapter is an excellent way to improve your leadership skills and visibility. Staying informed about changing government regulation, licensing and other issues affecting interior designers is an important benefit of membership in IIDA Northern California.

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