IIDA Announces Winners of Two Prominent Design Competitions

Corporate Space Large winner Paul Hastings D.C. by LSM, Washington, D.C.

Honorees recognized at the 49th Annual Interior Design Competition and 30th Annual Will Ching Design Competition

IIDA on May 9 announced the winners of two widely-respected design competitions: the 49th Annual Interior Design Competition, celebrating innovation and creativity in the industry, as well as the 30th Annual Will Ching Design Competition, which honors the work of commercial design firms with five or fewer employers.

“This year’s competition winners showcased advanced vision for the industry,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “With an eye towards the future, each winning project personifies the potential to be found in thoughtful, meaningful design.”

The winners of the two award competitions were selected by Shimoda Design Group Partner Susan Chang, IIDA, AIA; Interactive Design Architects President Dina Griffin, IIDA, FAIA, NOMA; and Studio Munge Founder and Design Director Alessandro Munge, IIDA.

“Given the breadth of talent and creativity shown across categories, it was difficult to choose each category winner,” said Griffin on behalf of the jury. “We are proud to say that this list of winning projects serves as a blueprint for the innovation to expect from future commercial design.”

Corporate Space Small winner Prefix Design Office, Chengdu, China by Prefix Design

The Interior Design Competition winners are:

Corporate Space Large (1,000 square meters and above)
Project: Paul Hastings D.C., Washington, D.C.
Firm: LSM, Washington, D.C.

Corporate Space Small (under 1,000 square meters)
Project: Prefix Design Office, Chengdu, China
Firm: Prefix Design, Chengdu, China

Entertainment (casinos, performing arts centers, sports arenas, theatres)
Project: CINESKY Cinema Phase 3, Shenzhen, China
Firm: One Plus Partnership Limited, Hong Kong

Public Spaces & Commercial Lobbies
Project: Wilshire Boulevard Temple’s Audrey Irmas Pavilion, Los Angeles
Firm: OMA & Gruen Associates, Los Angeles

Residences Large (125 square meters and above)
Project: Three Gables, Napa, Calif.
Firm: Aidlin Darling Design, San Francisco

Showrooms & Exhibition Spaces
Project: Genesis House, New York
Firms: SUH Architects in collaboration with HLW, New York

Will Ching winner Cocoon Istanbul by Stüdyo AB, Istanbul

The Will Ching Design Competition winner is:

Institutional (cultural, government/municipal spaces, libraries, religious spaces)
Project: Cocoon Istanbul, Istanbul
Firm: Stüdyo AB, Istanbul

The finalists and winners will be honored, and the Best of Competition winner for the Interior Design Competition announced, in person at Revel in Design, IIDA’s black tie event, on Sunday, June 12 at The Ritz-Carlton at Water Tower Place, Chicago. For tickets to Revel in Design, please see here. For more information on the Interior Design Competition winners, please view here, and for the Will Ching Competition winners, 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.