Winners of the 2020 IFI Design Distinction Awards announced in Dubai

IFI DDA forms part of the IFI Global Awards Program, recognising best built interiors.

Arthur Gensler, recipient of IFI Prize (Photo: Emily Hagopian)

The winners of the inaugural IFI Design Distinction Awards (IFI DDA) have been announced at a ceremony in Dubai during the recent IFI Congress. The winners were chosen from 563 entries from 38 countries and regions across ten different categories. The IFA DDA form part of the IFI Global Awards Program (IFI GAP), which recognises and documents exemplary vision, talent and commitment in the practice of interior architecture/design.

In addition to the winners across the 10 categories, a number of special awards were handed out. The IFI Prize recipient was Arthur Gensler of the USA and the IFI Design Journalism Award was presented to Alice Rawsthorn of the UK.

Five new Fellows of the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (FOIFI) were named. They are Sebastiano Raneri (Italy), Julio Cesar Chavez Espino (Mexico), Mohamad Faisal Ghazali (Malaysia), Jooyun Kim, Ph.D. (Korea) and Susan Szenasy (United States of America).

The winners in the 10 awards categories were named as:

COMMERCE: JINS SWFC Shop (China) by junya.ishigami+associates (Japan)

Photo: Eiichi Kano

HABITAT: Tiny Holiday Home by i29 interior architects (Netherlands)

Tiny Holiday Home
Photo: Ewout Huibers

HEALTH: New York Presbyterian David H. Koch Center by HOK (USA)

HUMANITARIAN: Xiamutang Children’s Bamboo Library by Zhanghaiao (Shanghai Jiao Tong University) (China)

Xiamutang Children's Bamboo Library

LEARNING: National University of Singapore School of Design & Environment 4 (Singapore) by Serie + Multiply Architects (UK / Singapore ) with Surbana Jurong and National University of Singapore School of Design & Environment

PLAY: Ayla Clubhouse & Golf Academy (Jordan) by Oppenheim Architecture (USA)Ayla Clubhouse and Golf Academy

STAY: Su House by KUNYU-DESIGN (China)

Su House

STUDENT: S/ash /iving by Kwan Yiu Tam, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong, China)

SUSTAINABILITY: Alila Yangshuo Shenzhen by Horizontal Design Co., Ltd. (China)Alila Yangshuo Shenzen

WORK: Luther’s Machinery Hall by HG Arhitektuur OÜ (Estonia)Luther's Machinery Hall