Diamond Schmitt wins 2022 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Award

IDA and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced Diamond Schmitt as the Best of Competition winner of the 2022 ALA/IIDA Library Design Awards for the North York Central Library interior renovation.

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The firm was chosen from nine category winners and was announced and honored as the Best of Competition during a special winners’ celebration on June 26th at the Annual ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

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“As a winner in the Outstanding Historic Renovation Project category, the interior renovation of the North York Central Library showcases the beauty to be found when fusing an existing space with a bright, new future,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “Highlighting the impressive features through updated interior architecture, Diamond Schmitt expertly maintained the legacy of a beloved space while also tapping into its endless potential.”

Entries were reviewed by a committee of interior design and library professionals: Garvey Library Consulting Founder and Principal, Toni Garvey, IIDA; Collins Cooper Carusi Architects Principal, Fiona Grandowski, IIDA, AIA; and Hollis + Miller Architects Associate Interior Designer, Hillary L’Ecuyer, IIDA. 

Located in North York, Toronto, Ontario, the 168,000 square-foot North York Central Library renovation included expansive updates to the library’s seven-story structure. As an integral part of the North York community, the library features large, multidisciplinary workspaces, natural light, and cutting-edge library science technology.

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“The North York Central Library truly reimagines what one can expect from a visit to a library,” said Garvey on behalf of the jury. “Not only does the space feature a variety of functional necessities and convenient amenities for patrons and visitors, but it also serves as a beautiful addition to the North York community.”

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