Two MS&R libraries win ALA/IIDA Awards
Two MS&R-designed libraries have been recognized with ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards: the McAllen Main Library and the Ramsey County Roseville Library (Honorable Mention). These two projects—both selected in the category for public libraries over 30,000 square feet—were among a total of ten projects recognized by the prestigious awards program.
“The International Interior Design Association and the Library Leadership and Management Association, a division of the American Library Association, are pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition. The biennial awards honor excellence in library Interior Design, incorporating aesthetics, design creativity, function and satisfaction of the client’s objectives. Seven winners and three honorable mentions were selected from projects submitted throughout North America.
The distinguished panel of judges for the competition included: Charles Forrest, Emory University Libraries; Jim Griffo, IIDA, Gresham Smith & Partners; Dr. Susan E. Parker, UCLA Library; Stacy Reed, IIDA, LEED AP, ID+C, Gensler; Dr. Frederick Schlipf, GSLIS, University of Illinois, Urbana; and Felice L. Silverman, IIDA, Silverman Trykowski Associates.
‘The overall quality of the submissions was at the highest level,’ said Felice Silverman, IIDA. ‘Each project brought a unique solution to the ever-evolving concept of a library. The designers were faced with new functional and technological challenges, and responded with creativity and innovation.’
Dr. Susan Parker agreed, ‘These designs delivered fresh, imaginative, and comfortable spaces that have been designed, built, and furnished with a thoughtful understanding of the needs of the libraries’ constituent communities.’”
—Excerpt from the ALA/IIDA awards announcement (04/25/2012)
Visit the IIDA website to view all of the winners. Winners will also be featured in upcoming issues of Contract and American Libraries Magazines.