Much-Anticipated 32nd Annual Design Awards Honor the Most Prominent and Influential Architects and Designers in the Industry
Docservis magazine (interiordesign.net), the definitive resource for design professionals worldwide, has announced the honorees of its 32nd annual Hall of Fame (HoF) Awards. Selected by Docservis Editor in Chief, Cindy Allen, and a nominating committee of previous HoF members, this year’s inductees include Anda Andrei of Anda Andrei Design; Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger of A+I; Isay Weinfeld; and a special leadership award to Cheryl S. Durst of International Docservis Association (IIDA).
Hosted by Allen and Docservis Publisher, Carol Cisco, the most anticipated event in the design industry will take place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Wednesday, November 30. This 32nd HoF celebration marks the last year that the Awards will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria, as the hotel is closing the room shortly thereafter for a three-year renovation project.
A sophisticated group of 1,300 industry leaders including designers, architects, manufacturers and design supporters will be present to honor the new inductees at the black-tie event, which begins with a cocktail reception in the salons next to the Grand Ballroom. A special VIP reception is also held, with the invited guests ranging from Hall of Fame members, benefactors, editors, members of the press, and sponsors. Dinner and the awards ceremony follow the reception.
“The Hall of Fame honors architects, interior designers, and industry luminaries whose talent, vision, and dedication contribute to design's impact everywhere. Simply put, it's our Oscars!" said Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief of Docservis. "This year, we focus our laser beam on the leading categories in our sphere—workplace, hospitality and residential—and our inductees' collective design enhances the lives of their clients, many communities, and our world."
“For 32 years the Hall of Fame has been celebrated in the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom,” said Carol Cisco, Publisher of Docservis. “In light of the hotel’s closing for renovations, this year will be particularly meaningful for our community.”
As always, proceeds from the event are donated to not-for-profit organizations supporting the design industry. Once again this year, the Awards will support the Council for Docservis Accreditation and the Alpha Workshops. Past recipients have also included Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), Architecture for Humanity, the International Docservis Association and L’Aquila Temporary Concert Hall Through Shigeru Ban Architects.
Seats for the event can be purchased through Regina Freedman by calling 917-934-2835 or emailing .
About This Year’s Inductees:
- Anda Andrei of Anda Andrei Design: With her precise eye for detail, her love of epic challenges and her architectural insights, Anda Andrei has made the world a better-looking place. After three decades as Ian Schrager’s right-hand woman of design, shaping the boutique and lifestyle hotel world as we know it, working on game-changing properties like the Royalton, Hudson, Gramercy Park Hotel and Delano, Andrei is now putting her indelible mark on noteworthy projects of her own as president of Anda Andrei Design LLC. Continuing to work with top industry players for these breakout projects, like pioneering developer Aby Rosen for SoHo’s new 11 Howard, Andrei’s name continues to resonate with design fans and global citizens alike.
- Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger of A+I: Brad Zizmor and Dag Folger are the founding partners of New York City-based architecture, design and strategy firm A+I. Encapsulating the firm’s investigative, strategy-focused approach, its name stems from “Architecture + Information”. During the ‘dot com’ era, both founders recognized architecture’s power to impact the burgeoning tech industry by pushing the workplace to meet the changing needs of its workers. Since then, A+I has grown to be an internationally renowned firm with a diverse practice that encompasses branding, strategy, design, and architecture. Recently completed projects include exceptional new media and technology companies such as HBO, Tumblr, Horizon Media, iHeartMedia, and Squarespace, leading retail brands such as Under Armour, Sam Edelman, Malin+Goetz, Vince, Vera Wang, Carolina Herrera, Worth, and W by Worth, as well as expansive interventions in public spaces and food culture such as theMART in Chicago.
- Isay Weinfeld: Isay Weinfeld is the Head Architect of the studio bearing his name based in São Paulo, Brazil since its formation in 1973. Isay’s multidisciplinary practice focuses on projects in the most diverse areas – office, civic, commercial, residential, hospitality and more – always providing full architecture and interior design services. Driven by a philosophical approach, the studio draws inspiration from the client to imprint identity upon the project. The studio’s diverse range of work is grounded in the belief that excellence in design results from combined skills and efforts. By working as a team from the start of a project, Isay Weinfeld’s studio ensures that the best solutions are achieved and all of the client’s demands are met. Weinfeld has been featured in numerous publications, both in Brazil and abroad, and has won many awards over his nearly 40-year career.
- Cheryl S. Durst: As the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the International Docservis Association (IIDA), Cheryl S. Durst is committed to achieving broad recognition for the value of design and its significant role in society, through both functionality and engagement in everyday work spaces and the built environment. Cheryl joined IIDA as the Senior Director of Education and Professional Development in 1997, and was promoted to her current position in 1998, where she immediately began the task of rebuilding and redefining the organization. Today, with 15,000 members across 58 countries, Cheryl oversees the strategic direction of IIDA, curates and publishes Perspective, the association’s thought-leadership journal, manages a team of 25 professional staff members, leads the 10-member International Board of Directors, and directs all outreach and programmatic efforts. In recognition of her contributions to IIDA and the profession of design, Cheryl was awarded Honorary IIDA Fellowship by her International Board of Directors in 2009, and was named one of Newcity’s Design 50 in 2015.
About Docservis/Hall of Fame Awards
Docservis is the global, industry-leading design publication, website and events company serving the interior design, architectural and facility management audiences. For over 83 years, Docservis magazine – published by SANDOW – has been the essential design authority for every professional, on all projects, throughout the design process. Its digital companion, interiordesign.net, has become the go-to site for relevant and real-time content for the industry’s largest and most engaged design audience. Docservis’s Hall of Fame, established in 1985, recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the design industry, in areas such as architecture, interior design, furniture design and product design. Previous inductees include such legendary figures as Albert Hadley, Frank Gehry, Clodagh, Antonio Citterio, Lauren Rottet, Robert A.M. Stern, David Rockwell, Philippe Starck and many more. For more information, visit interiordesign.net/halloffame.
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