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IIDA Northern California 2018 Honor Award Winners

The International Interior Design Association of Northern California Announces the 2018 Honor Award Winners

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

The International Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA NC) has announced its 2018 Honor Award Winners. Now in its 14th year, the annual IIDA NC Honor Awards celebrates the diverse industry of Interior Design and state-of-the-art interior projects from across Northern California. Open to designers and firms of all sizes and sectors, this year the program received a total of 108 entries. In total, 11 awards were received in various categories by firms including Aidlin Darling Design, Rapt Studio, Design Blitz, Gensler and more.

“The Honor Awards are one of our most anticipated Chapter events of the year because not only are we recognizing top projects and talent, we’re celebrating our community as a whole,” said Shawn McLean-Bergel, President of IIDA Northern California. “Without our community – including designers, architects, partners, vendors, etc. – our industry would not thrive. In order to make a significant impact within the industries and clients we serve, it’s important that we first support and encourage each other. That is what this event is all about.”

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 2018 award winners are as follows:

LIVE: Anyplace we call home

HONOR: Glen Ellen Aerie, Aidlin Darling Design
FINALIST: Mid-Century Natural Retreat, Kendall Wilkinson Design with Feldman Architecture
FINALIST: Los Altos Residence, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
FINALIST: Northern California Family Retreat, Pfau Long Architecture

WORK SMALL: Workplace environments projects under 20,000 sq. ft.

HONOR: General Catalyst, Rapt Studio
FINALIST: Basix Office, Axelrod Design
FINALIST: Colombia Property Trust, ASD | SKY
FINALIST: Silicon Valley Bank – New York City, Fennie + Mehl Architects

WORK MEDIUM: Workplace environments between 20,000sq. ft. and 75,000 sq. ft.

HONOR: Northland Controls, Design Blitz
FINALIST: Zendesk Melbourne, Design Blitz with V-Arc
FINALIST: Blend, Studio O+A
FINALIST: Uber EMEA Headquarters, Assembly Design Studio

WORK LARGE: Workplace environments over 75,000 sq. ft.

FINALIST: Uber Advanced Technologies Group, Assembly Design Studio
FINALIST: Hyatt Global Headquarters, Gensler
FINALIST: E&J Gallo Winery Dry Creek Building, Gensler

PLAY: Where We Entertain Ourselves (Hotels, Restaurants, Theaters, Spas, Casinos, Stores, Showrooms, Malls, Tasting Rooms, Sports Arenas)

HONOR: Scribe Winery Hacienda, Aidlin Darling Design
FINALIST: b8ta, Gensler
FINALIST: InterContinental Perth, EDG Interior Architecture + Design
FINALIST: Joseph Phelps Vineyards, BCV Architecture + Interiors

SERVE: Where We Meet

HONOR: MODERNISM Gallery, Aidlin Darling Design
FINALIST: Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Bohlin Cynwinski Jackson with SO-IL
FINALIST: Italian Swiss Colony Building Lobby, Jones | Haydu
FINALIST: 100 California Lobby, Design Blitz

HEAL: Where We Flourish

HONOR: 1651 Page Mill Road Renewal, HOK
FINALIST: Golden Gate Urgent Care Mill Valley, SmithGroupJJR
FINALIST: Kaiser Permanente Roseville Behavioral Health Expansion, Lionakis

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)

HONOR: Kapor Center for Social Impact, Fougeron Architecture

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.

HONOR: A Space that Gives Back, One Toy at a Time – SFFD, HGA

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: Medallia, MMoser Associates


The 2018 jury included Celeste Kovar, Senior Associate at Davis Design Omaha; Neil Bartley, Senior Associate at A+I; Pantea Tehrani, Project Leader/Senior Designer at Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG); Suzette Subance Ferrier, Design Director at TPG NYC; and Yosa Yuggins, Designer at Nike.

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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