Celebrating Excellence

March 14, 2024

Event Recap

2024 Honor Awards

Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco

Read about all the winners and finalists of the 2024 Honor Awards event!

Evening Highlights

Cocktails and Conversations
The evening kicked off with cocktails in the gorgeous mid-century lobby of the Masonic Auditorium. Attendees enjoyed reconnecting with friends and colleagues before moving to the main hall for dinner and a memorable night.

Welcoming Remarks
Our emcee, Jonathan Chow, Event Committee Chair and Designer at DLR Group, warmly welcomed the attendees. He recalled his journey from a past IIDA Student Award winner to emceeing this grand event and expressed gratitude towards the Honor Awards committee. Jonathan’s introduction set the stage for a night where tradition meets innovation.

Acknowledging Excellence
Cheryl Durst, IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO, highlighted our advocacy efforts and forward-thinking legislative actions in California. She praised the designers of tomorrow while introducing the recipients of the Student Awards, which included the promising sophomore Kami Huynh, multi-year winner Electra White, and trailblazing senior Soojee Choi.

On March 14, 2024, energy buzzed through the Masonic Auditorium in San Francisco, as the IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards celebrated stellar interior design projects. These projects not only define spaces but also set new standards. The event embodied a spirit of innovation and camaraderie, and we extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated. Your contributions inspire our community, fostering confidence and optimism.

Award Highlights

Innovative Design Recognized
The awards segment was filled with excitement as presenters spotlighted exceptional projects:

  • LIVE Category: Katelyn Hoffman and Enrique Sanchez showcased projects that turn spaces into homes.
  • JEWEL BOX Award: Jones Haydu presented the award for intimate design to Caffe by Mr. Espresso.
  • PLAY Award: Ian White and Whitney Feussner celebrated EHDD’s transformation of the Kansas City Zoo & Aquarium.
  • HEAL Award: Stantec was honored for Care Essentials by Kaiser, a space where wellness thrives.

Sustainability and Craftsmanship
The evening continued with Ai Hamaji and Damien Watson presenting the SERVE award to HMC Architects for Sierra College, a beacon of community and learning. The LONG VIEW award went to EHDD for their sustainable design of the YouTube Campus Expansion. The CRAFT award recognized DLR Group for the SFMTA Subway Chinatown project, a testament to detailed and thoughtful design.

Corporate Creativity
The WORK awards highlighted functional creativity in corporate spaces:

  • SMALL Category: Gensler for LinkedIn Maude Deep Focus.
  • MEDIUM Category: Aidlin Darling Design for The Prow.
  • LARGE Category: Gensler again shone with NVIDIA Headquarters.

It’s All About Community

In her closing remarks, Katy Mercer, IIDA Northern California Chapter President, along with Melissa Pesci, Chapter President-elect, emphasized the strength of our community and collaboration. The Lark-Inn project, a harmonious partnership between DLR Group, Stantec, CRB, and Gensler, earned the SUMMIT award.

As the event concluded, Jonathan Chow reflected on an evening where aspirations met appreciation. Every speech, acknowledgment, and awarded project underscored the vital role of design in not just shaping spaces but lives.

For more information on the winners and their projects, visit our awards page.

Thank you to our dedicated committee for putting together another extraordinary event and all of our presenters!
If you are interested in being a part of the Honor Awards committee for 2025, please reach out.

Event Photos

Full photo album including all the photobooth pics!