Interior Design magazine has revealed the honorees of its upcoming 29th annual Hall of Fame (HoF) Awards. Selected by Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen and a nomination committee of previous HoF members, this year’s inductees are Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects; Collin Burry of Gensler; Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office; and a special leadership award to Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops.
Hosted by Allen and Interior Design Media President and Publisher Mark Strauss, HoF will take place at The Waldorf Astoria New York on Wednesday, December 4.
“The Hall of Fame honors architects, interior designers, and industry luminaries whose talent, vision and dedication contribute to the highest standard of excellence in all areas of design,” Allen said. “I am proud that this year’s luminaries enrich the lives of their clients, our community and most importantly, the entire design world.”
About This Year’s Inductees:
Paul Masi and Harry Bates of Bates Masi + Architects
A firm with roots in New York City and eastern Long Island for over 45 years, Bates Masi + Architects responds to each assignment with extensive research in related architectural fields, material, craft and environment for unique individuals. Projects include urban and suburban residences, schools, offices, hotels, restaurants, retail and furniture in the United States, Central America and the Caribbean. The firm has received 58 design awards since 2003.
Collin Burry of Gensler
Burry is one of the most sought-after interior and product designers at global design firm Gensler. His creative vision produces tangible solutions to workplace challenges as he seamlessly unifies design strategy and sustainability with a contemporary aesthetic evidenced by projects with Apple, Nike, Pixar and Gensler’s own corporate headquarters. His work has garnered over 50 design awards.
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office
As founding partners, Neri and Hu have built an inter-disciplinary architectural design practice based in Shanghai, China. Neri&Hu works internationally providing architecture, interior, master planning, graphic, and product design services. Currently working on projects in many countries, Neri&Hu is composed of multi-cultural staff who speak more than 30 languages. The diversity of the team reinforces a core vision for the practice: to respond to a global worldview incorporating overlapping design disciplines for a new paradigm in architecture.
Kenneth Wampler of The Alpha Workshops
Wampler founded The Alpha Workshops in the mid-90s to merge his two lives: one devoted to fine and decorative arts, the other committed to creating life-renewing opportunities for people living with HIV/AIDS. The hybrid organization—which is both for-profit and not-for-profit—comprises the Alpha Workshops Studio School (AWSS) and Alpha Studios, two programs that allow artisans to make fine furniture and finishes for residential and commercial applications, as well as site-specific, custom-designed artwork. Alpha Workshops has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Circle of Excellence Humanitarian Award from the New York City Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and The Alpha Workshops through a donor-designated grant by DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Tickets for the event are $680 and can be purchased through Regina Freedman at 917.934.2835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.