World's Leading Commercial Design and Corporate Real Estate Associations Announce Winners of Sustainable Design Leadership Awards

World's Leading Commercial Design and Corporate Real Estate Associations Announce Winners of Sustainable Design Leadership Awards

Press Release
October 13, 2003

ATLANTA - October 13, 2003 -- Three professional associations, representing more than 90 percent of the commercial interior design, architecture and corporate real estate/workplace management sectors, have announced the winners of the Sustainable Design Leadership Awards, an international awards program.

The associations are the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Interiors Committee and CoreNet Global.

The awards recognize sustainable design leadership as articulated by advocacy, mentoring and projects that reflect consistent commitment to the principles of sustainability in professional practice. They are awarded in two categories: Design and Operations.

The award in the Design Category was given to Mithun Architects + Designers + Planners, Seattle, WA.

Two awards were given in the operational category. Toyota Motor Sales (recognizing their achievements within the corporate, for profit, sector), and Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia, (recognizing their work as a non-profit/government organization).

According to the jury, "As we become more deeply involved with the global community, we see that the decisions we make with regard to design, building and development affect everyone. This requires a more current definition of design excellence, one that balances aesthetic with social, economic and environmental aspects of the project. The winners reflect both a fresh and a solid approach to sustainable design, and the business processes necessary to achieve it. They reach beyond their own organizations to help educate their peers and, very importantly as we move on, they provide measurable metrics for benchmarking their achievements."

The Sustainable Design Leadership Awards, underwritten by corporate sponsor, Tandus, (Dalton, Ga.), are unique, according to Ross Leonard, Director of Architecture and Design Marketing.

"These awards recognize those who are providing us with new ways of looking at our processes. They lead by example and by their long-term commitment to sustainability. Thanks to their efforts we are broadening our definition of design excellence and best business practices."

Special commendations were also given to HOK (St. Louis, MO), and to Fox & Fowle (NY,NY) recognizing their pioneering efforts in the practice of sustainable architecture and interior design.

Award winners were recognized at an awards ceremony hosted by CoreNet Global at their Global Summit in Atlanta, October 13, 2003. Sean McCourt, chairman, Ford Land, and chairman of the CoreNet Global board of directors, co-hosted the awards presentation with Mac Bridger, president, Tandus.

About the sponsoring organizations

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 10,000 members in eight specialty Forums, nine Regions and more than 30 Chapters around the world. It is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois.

AIA/Interiors Committee is a professional interest area of the American Institute of Architects. The American Institute of Architects is the voice of the architecture profession dedicated to serving its members, advancing their value and improving the quality of the built environment. It is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Tandus Group unites the industry's leading specialized floor companies: C&A Floorcoverings, Monterey Carpets and Crossley Carpet Mills to provide flexible, cost-effective solutions in key areas of global reach, product design/technology, comprehensive service and sustainable/environmental leadership. Tandus is headquartered in Dalton, Georgia.