IA Founder David Mourning Receives 2015 Legend Award

The firm’s leader is recognized for helping define best business practices in commercial design.
David B. Mourning, AIA, FIIDA, in the Chicago office of IA Interior Architects. Photo by Anthony Tahlier, courtesy Contract magazine.
David B. Mourning, AIA, FIIDA, in the Chicago office of IA Interior Architects. Photo by Anthony Tahlier, courtesy Contract magazine.

On January 30, Contract magazine honored David B. Mourning, AIA, FIIDA, with its 13th Legend Award. The recognition was conferred at the publication’s 36th annual Interiors Awards breakfast in New York. The Legend Award is an annual distinction bestowed on one individual for a life of contributions to the practice of interior architecture. Previous recipients of the Legend Award include Michael Graves, Carl Magnusson, Eva Maddox, and Trisha Wilson.

“Mourning has played a significant role in not only leading a firm but in defining the modern practice of contract interior design,” writes John Czarnecki, editor in chief, in his monthly editorial. “The business of contract interior design in this country in the last three decades has absolutely been shaped by some of the best business practices that Mourning espouses.”

2015 Legend Award: David Mourning from Contract Magazine on Vimeo.

The CEO and Executive Vice President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Cheryl Durst, Hon. IIDA, also acknowledged Mourning’s business acumen in a 10-page story about the IA Chairman’s career. “David Mourning is among those pioneers in our industry who have been widely credited with creating the modern design firm,” says Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, executive vice president and CEO of IIDA.

Read Lydia Lee’s full story for Contract.

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IA Interior Architects is the world’s largest employee-owned architecture firm dedicated exclusively to workplace design. Since Mourning established the company in 1984 in Los Angeles, the company has grown to encompass 17 locations across the U.S., with international offices in London and Toronto, and a global alliance partnership.

IA offices clockwise from top left: Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and New York.
IA offices clockwise from top left: Washington, DC; Los Angeles; San Francisco; and New York.

“David Mourning has contributed talent, wit, intellectual rigor, and an infinite focus on strategy to this profession that we know as commercial design,” Durst tells Contract in Czarnecki’s editorial. “And he has significantly given and accorded great respect to the role of interior design—and therefore interior designers.”

Read Mourning’s career in his own words, as written in 2014:

http://www.interiorarchitects.com/blog/tag/history-of-ia-interior-architects/



IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We are highly connected agents of change, committed to creativity, innovation, growth, and community.



IA is a global firm of architects, designers, strategists, and specialists. We focus exclusively on environments through the lens of interior architecture—a radical idea in 1984, when IA was founded. We are highly connected agents of change, committed to creativity, innovation, growth, and community.




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