David Mourning Receives IIDA Star Award for 2017



IA Interior Architects is pleased to announce that David Mourning, the firm’s founder, has been honored with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA)’s Star Award for 2017. This prestigious award is given to an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to the design industry. The 2017 Star award was presented the IIDA Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 11th at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

IA was founded by Mourning in 1984 with the idea that the practice of architectural interiors should stand alone, separate from base building architecture. Under his direction, IA has become the world’s largest employee-owned architecture firm dedicated exclusively to workplace design, and he is among the industry pioneers credited with creating a blueprint for the modern interior design firm.

Mourning holds an NCARB certificate and is licensed to practice architecture in 27 states. He is a member of CoreNet Global, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and has served as a Commissioner on the California State Board of Architectural Examiners. In 2015, Mourning was honored by Contract magazine with its 13th annual Legend Award.

“David’s insight and guidance has solidified IA’s position as a global leader in visionary workplace design and shaped the practice of commercial interior design,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “David’s expertise in management, marketing, and design has propelled IA’s rapid growth to 19 offices in the U.S., London, and Toronto in addition to an alliance with firms worldwide. We are so pleased to honor and celebrate David Mourning as this year’s Star Award recipient.”