IIDA Announces Finalists of Two Prestigious Design Competitions

Finalists identified for the 49th annual Interior Design Competition and the 30th annual Will Ching Design Competition

IIDA is pleased to announce the finalists for the 49th annual Interior Design Competition and the historic 30th annual Will Ching Design Competition. The Interior Design Competition honors creativity and innovation within the industry, while the Will Ching Design Competition, celebrating its momentous 30th year, highlights outstanding commercial design from firms with five employees or fewer.

“Each year, IIDA is given the distinct pleasure of honoring some of the most talented and inventive minds in the world of design,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “As we celebrate the 30th year of the Will Ching Design Competition, we look to the bright future ahead — a future made possible by the efforts of design teams from small to large that are driving how all of design will soon see the built space.”

Finalists were chosen by a jury including the following distinguished design experts: Kuchar Studio Owner and Creative Director, Sarah Kuchar-Parkinson, IIDA; Leyden Lewis Design Studio Founder and Creative Director, Leyden Lewis; and Wimberly Interiors SVP and Global Director, Margaret McMahon.

“There’s certainly no shortage of ingenuity in our industry, especially at a time when nearly every space we all touch is in a state of reinvention,” said Kuchar-Parkinson on behalf of the jury. “We feel confident that these chosen finalists represent the best creativity and talent our industry has to offer. It’s an exciting time to be a designer, and those selected offer hope for the future.”

CCD Global Headquarters Office – Photo credit Wang Ting
LinkedIn Omaha – Photo credit Jason O’Rear

The Interior Design Competition finalists include:

Corporate Space – Large (1,000 square meters and above)

Project: CCD Global Headquarters Office, Shenzhen, China
Firm: CCD/Cheng Chung Design (HK) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Project: LinkedIn Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
Firm: Gensler, San Francisco

530 Broadway Lobby Renovation – Photo credit Manolo Yllera

Corporate Space – Small (under 1,000 square meters)

Project: 530 Broadway Lobby Renovation, New York City, New York
Firm: Snarkitecture X SHVO, New York

Entertainment (casinos, performing arts centers, sports arenas, theatres)

Project: Capital One Hall, Tysons, Virginia
Firm: HGA, Minneapolis

Healthcare (hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical facilities)

Project: Westlake Dermatology, Onion Creek, Austin, Texas
Firm: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin, Texas 


Project: Hampton by Hilton Shenzhen Nanshan Science and Technology Park, Guangzhou, China
Firm: ADD Design, Guangzhou, China 

800 Fulton Market – Photo credit Dave Burk (c) SOM

Public Spaces and Commercial Lobbies

Project: Fountain Place Residences, Dallas
Firm: Page Southerland Page, Inc., Austin, Texas

Project: 800 Fulton Market, Chicago
Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago

Restaurants, Lounges, and Bars

Project: The Moving Kitchen, Taipei, Taiwan
Firm: JC Architecture, Taipei, Taiwan

Project: Uchiko, Houston
Firm: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, Austin, Texas

Retail (stores, boutiques)

Project: LAK Concept Store, Guangzhou, China
Firm: PONE Architecture, Guangzhou, China

Showrooms, & Exhibition Spaces

Project: Dong Fureng House Museum, Ningbo, China
Firm: WIT Design & Research, Beijing 

The Will Ching Design Competition finalists include: 

Cityscape Early Childhood Center – Photo credit Justin Miers

Education (elementary/secondary educational facilities, colleges/universities)

Project: Cityscape Early Childhood Center, Dallas
Firm: Agent Architecture, Dallas

Healthcare (hospitals, outpatient clinics, medical facilities)

Project: Northwest Functional Neurology, Lake Oswego, Oregon
Firm: Fieldwork, Portland, Oregon

Restaurants, Lounges, & Bars

Project: kann, Portland, Oregon
Firm: Fieldwork, Portland, Oregon

Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 25, and will be honored in person at Revel in Design, IIDA’s black tie event, on Sunday, June 11 at the Ritz-Carlton at Water Tower Place, Chicago. For details about tables or tickets to Revel in Design, please see hereFor more information on the Interior Design Competition finalists, please view here, and for the Will Ching Competition finalists, view here. For questions, please 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.