Interior Design magazine has named Mark Hirons Workplace Designer of the Year for 2017. The award, part of Interior Design’s annual Honoring Industry People and Products (HiP) program, builds on Mark’s sterling reputation as one of the world’s leading international interior designers and architects.

“Working with Mark, I’ve always known him as a rare and inspiring design talent. This recognition from Interior Design is further confirmation of that belief and incredibly well-deserved,” said Meg Osman, Executive Director of CannonDesign’s Corporate/Commercial practice. “Mark is everything one would want in a colleague and design partner. He is creative, visionary, understanding, and always brings his best effort to every project he touches. He has enriched countless thousands of lives by creating better environments in which people can work and live.”

Mark is recognized internationally for his unique ability to understand and thoughtfully translate organizational needs into spaces that are both meaningful and memorable, and ultimately exceed expectations. His work regularly receives awards from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), American Institute of Architects (AIA) and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and has been highlighted in many design, trade and consumer media. Some of his notable recent projects include:

  • CJ Blossom Park – Mark led the interior design for CJ Corporation’s dynamic 1.2 million sf research and development headquarters. The building features a stunning atrium and 100,000 sf of employee amenity space, including seminar and meeting rooms, a café and restaurant, library and wellness areas. The project received the 2016 IIDA Best of Asia Pacific Design award and has been profiled by Architect magazine.
  • Zurich North America – One of the largest corporate projects in North America in recent years, Zurich North America’s new HQ is a remarkable testament to employee engagement and satisfaction. As the interior design principal for the Zurich project, Mark was key to an extensive workplace pilot that captured employee ideas for their future workspace, and then also translating that research into thoughtful and pleasing environments. Initial data reveals the project has increased employee satisfaction significantly, and the project has been profiled by numerous national media while securing a Chicago Building Congress award for interior design.

In addition to these projects, Mark has also recently worked with signature clients including The Pritzker Organization, Roche Diagnostics, Clorox, and Follett among others. Beyond interior environments, Mark has designed his own line of corporate furniture and writes regularly on workplace and design trends.

Mark received his award during the HiP awards ceremony which helped kickoff NEOCON 2017 in Chicago. A full list of winners and recap can be viewed on Interior Design’s website.

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