Two Canadian Projects Among Winners of 2024 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards

The Weldon Library Revitalization and the Robarts Library Reading Room are among the 2024 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards winners.

Robarts Library Reading Room by Superkül. Photo credit: doublespace photography

IIDA and the American Library Association (ALA) have announced the recipients of the 2024 Library Interior Design Awards which include two Canadian projects.

This biennial competition recognizes excellence in library interior design and promotes examples of design reflected through innovative concepts in seven different categories.

“This competition celebrates the unique challenge of designing an essential yet diversified community space which fosters education and inspiration,” said IIDA Executive vice president and CEO, Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA. “These winning designs can influence the future of public and academic spaces. Through their work, they underscore the importance of cultivating an environment where knowledge, empowerment, and human connection convene.”

Entries were reviewed by a committee of interior design and library professionals including Mahlum Architects associate principal, Stacey Crumbaker, IIDA Assoc., AIA; Boone County (KY) Public Library executive director, Carrie Herrmann; and Luminaut market leader, Erin Jennings, IIDA, AIA.

“This year’s competition presented us with exciting and innovative submissions that took library design to new heights,” said Crumbaker on behalf of the jury. “We are honored to recognize these winners for their dedication to creating these centers of enrichment. The teams behind the winning projects excel at creating a distinct look and feel that fulfills the needs of the community it serves.”

Weldon Library Revitalization Phase 1 in London, Ontario, by Perkins&Will (Photo by Scott Norsworthy)

The recipients of the 2024 ALA/IIDA Library Interior Design Awards are the following.

Academic Libraries—30,000 Square Feet and Under

Project: Georgia State University Library North Study Commons

Firm: PRAXIS3 Architecture + Multidisciplinary Design


Academic Libraries—Over 30,000 Square Feet

Project: Tec de Monterrey CCM BiblioTec

Firm: The Beck Group


Project: Weldon Library Revitalization

Firm: Perkins&Will


On the Boards

Project: CML – Marion-Franklin Library

Firm: EVOKE Studio + Schooley Caldwell


Project: Gateway Public Library

Firm: Richärd Kennedy Architects / White Baux Studio


Outstanding Historic Renovation Project

Project: Western Kentucky University Commons at Helm Library

Firm: Gensler in collaboration with Luckett & Farley


Public Libraries—30,000 Square Feet and Under

Project: Pleasant Hill Library

Firm: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson


Project: The Indianapolis Public Library – West Perry Branch

Firm: HBM ArchitectsLLC


Public Libraries—Over 30,000 Square Feet

Project: Missoula Public Library Downtown Flagship Library & Culture House

Firm: MSR Design


Project: The Shanghai Library East

Firm: Schmidt Hammer Lassen


Single Space

Project: Robarts Library Reading Room

Firm: Superkül


The winning projects will be honoured at a celebration on July 29, 2024, during the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition in San Diego. The Best of Competition winner will be revealed during the celebration.