Honor Awards

The IIDA Northern California Chapter Honor Awards, which happens every March, aims to encourage new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishing of interior spaces. Honor Awards is open to design firms of all sizes, focus, and interest practicing in the IIDA Northern California Chapter.

In 2019, a total of 110 projects were submitted with a total of 9 Honor Award winners. The winning projects were judged by the esteemed jury for suitability to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior forms, finishes, and furnishings.



The 15th Annual Honor Award Winners


PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD |  One project in any category chosen by the general public through online voting.

LONG VIEW | Design with the future in mind and minimal environmental impact.

GIVE | Social Responsibility


PLAY | Where We Entertain Ourselves

LIVE | Anyplace We Call Home

SERVE | Where We Meet

HEAL | Where We Flourish


Work Small | Projects under 20,000 useable square feet

Work Medium | Projects over 20,000 useable square feet and under 75,000 useable square feet


Work Large | Projects over 75,000 useable square feet

Best of Show | One project chosen by the jury to exemplify the best overall design of the entries.


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people’s choice

Check back in next year for the 2020 People’s Choice!


Brian F. Davies | Founder, Design for Extreme Environments Project; Chair at the Department of Applied Design, Appalachian State University








Anjanette Green | Owner, A Greener Space; Director Standards Development, RESET

Anjanette has 17+ years of experience in Architecture and Design, advising on single and multi- attribute building and material certification projects across the globe. Working with clients from China to New Zealand she analyzes materials and manufacturing processes providing solutions for some of today’s most challenged sectors.

As a practiced materials analyst Anjanette is a Living Product Assessor and third-party Verifier for the International Living Future Institute; an elite group of experts working to bring healthier products to market. Anjanette works tirelessly with a wide spectrum of manufacturers assessing ingredients in supply chains to remove culprit chemicals that contribute to poor health and unhealthy IAQ.

Anjanette is co-author and Director of Standards Development for RESET, spearheading the world’s first certification program to utilize continuous monitoring to measure the health performance of the built environment. Anjanette consulted on the first certified RESET Air projects in the world and has been on the forefront of research and critical analysis of the health and well-being of building occupants for the better part of her career.

To date, Anjanette has employed biomimetic design and green chemistry to replace some of our most onerous chemicals of concern ubiquitous to the building and construction industry.

She has authored and contributed to HPDs, EPDs, Living Products, numerous Declare labels, international PCRs as well as serves on the advisory boards and peer review groups for domestic and internationally-recognized green building certification programs including USGBC’s LEED IAQ working group and is currently serving as WELL Air & Thermal Comfort advisor 2018-1019.

Anjanette was the first LBC ambassador in China and consultant for the country’s first LBC projects. In 2017 she was the first LBC Ambassador in Peru helping to foster the efforts of the growing LBC Collaborative in South America.

In 2018 she was the recipient of the Living Building Challenge’s prestigious Hero Award for her contributions to the International Living Building Institute.

Rebekah Matheny |  Assistant Professor, Department of Design, Interior Design at The Ohio State University

Rebekah Matheny is an Assistant Professor of Interior Design in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University. She holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon where she also received a Technical Teaching Certificate with a concentration in Sustainable Design Strategies for Interior Architecture, Interior Finish Materials, and Lighting Design.  Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. With over a decade of industry experience, Matheny bridges academia and design practice, integrating a retail brand strategy process into her design research and teaching. Prior to her appointment at Ohio State, she practiced in a multi-disciplinary retail and brand strategy firm in Columbus, Ohio where she created retail brand environments for nationally and internationally recognized brands.

With over a decade of industry experience, Matheny bridges academia and design practice, integrating a retail brand strategy process into her research and academic courses. Matheny’s research investigates the sensory experience of retail environments to create emotional connections between people, product, brand purpose, and physical place to forge meaningful memories. Applying this research, through collaborating with her students and design professionals, she is redefining retail to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable retail culture. Matheny is a contributing author to the VMSD Magazine’s Blogs and Perspectives, has published in academic journals, presented at academic and professional conferences around the world, and in 2016 she gave a TEDx talk “Creating Meaningful Memories Through Sensory Experiences”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4bGOvkkHcM

Kate McGoldrick  | Senior Project Designer at Vocon


Kate McGoldrick is a Senior Project Designer at Vocon with over 6 years of experience designing corporate office and retail projects of varying scope and sizes. Her passion resides in workplace design, looking for opportunities to make an environment more functional and efficient for the client and improving each organization culturally.

Kate graduated from Suffolk University with a Bachelor in Fine Arts, Interior Design and went on to attend Pratt Institute to earn a Master of Science, Interior Design.  She is a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCDIQ) and International Interior Design Association (IIDA).  Kate is also a member of Professional Women in Construction’s New York Chapter.

Bill Bates | Architectural Professor at Charleston’s American College of the Building Arts

Jennifer K. Kenson | Principal, Healthcare Interior Designer at Francis Cauffman Architects

call for entries

Submissions for the 2020 Honor Award’s will open November 2019.

Please visit this link to, first, register your projects. You will need to create an account if you did not enter last year. Once registered you may return at any time to continue entering submissions.

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2019 event committee

Event Co-Chair: Emily Burchill, Gensler
Event Co-Chair: Amy Thomas, Interface
Brittany Whitley, ASD | SKY
Carmen Seger, Wolf Gordon
Cristina Tularak, Nemschoff
Angela Thomas, One Workplace
Darius Zubrickas, Herman Miller
Doug Wittnebel, Gensler
Jennifer Lawson, Callahan+Co.
Jessica Gelin, KI
Korri O’Connor, Knoll
Lesley Ray, Revel Architecture and Design
Michael Stark, Graphic Designer
Susan Quinton, Carnegie Fabric
Zoe Maarse, CRI
Tom DiRenzo, CRI
Nicole Egan, Design Blitz
Katie Clifford, Design Blitz
Austin Chen, Huntsman Architectural Group
Molly Anderson, McLean Bergel Design & Sawtooth Development
Heather Williamson, Clune Construction Company
Lisa Bottom, AECOM

Questions? Email us at: honorawards@iidanc.org

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