International Interior Design Association to Honor Woodbury School of Architecture’s Annie Chu with Leadership Award of Excellence

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Noted Architect, Educator and Proponent of Civic Engagement to be Feted by Southern California Chapter During Annual Leadership Breakfast

Annie Chu, Professor of Interior Architecture at Woodbury University

Respected architect, interior designer and educator Annie Chu, IIDA, AIA will receive the International Interior Design Association’s Leadership Award of Excellence from IIDA’s Southern California chapter during its annual Leaders Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency LA Downtown on Sept. 19.

A founding principal of CHU+GOODING Architects and currently a faculty member at Woodbury University’s School of Architecture – “… Chu elevates interior architecture as an essential, poetic and critical component of integrated practice through the design of distinguished buildings and interiors, teaching, and civic and professional leadership,” according to the IIDA website.

“I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition than Annie Chu,” said Norman Millar, AIA, Dean of Woodbury’s School of Architecture. “Her body of professional design work, her teaching, writing and public speaking reflect her resolute voice for interior architecture and design as an essential change agent for communities. Woodbury is extremely fortunate to have her on our faculty during this very creative and productive time in her career.”

“It is such an honor to be recognized by one’s peers for pursuing one’s passions, exercising one’s talents, and recognizing that extraordinary things can happen when communities come together,” Chu said. “I am so privileged to be surrounded by colleagues from across the design community who constantly inspire me to think about our world in new and different ways.”

Chu served as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles from 2010 to 2013, focusing on the re-launch of the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel and public art initiatives that elevate the quality of public art and the built environment within Los Angeles. Her recent design work includes exhibit design for the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Hammer Museum; the LA County + USC Wellness Center; La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican cultural center in downtown Los Angeles; a new headquarters for Southern California Public Radio (KPCC 89.3) in Pasadena; and the Culver Center of the Arts at the UC Riverside ArtsBlock in downtown Riverside, Calif.

Award-winning projects include a major renovation and addition to the 1950 Harwell Hamilton Harris masterpiece English House, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association's office interior at Disney Hall, the interior renovation of a new home for the Kentucky Museum of Art + Design in Louisville, the Architecture of R. M Schindler exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and a material intensive experimental showcase for NeoCon West.

A native of Hong Kong, Chu received a bachelor of architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture and earned a master’s in architecture and building design from Columbia University. As a recipient of the prestigious Skidmore Owings Merrill Traveling Fellowship, Chu toured Mayan and Incan architecture in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Guatemala and Peru before beginning an architectural practice that included 12 years with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York and Franklin D. Israel in Beverly Hills.

In addition to Woodbury University, where she currently teaches interior architecture, Chu has taught at the New York Institute of Technology, Parsons The New School for Design, University of Texas at Austin, UCLA, SCI-Arc, Art Center College of Design, Arizona State University and USC. She also has served the greater architecture community as 2009 Chair of the AIA California Council Design Awards Committee and as 2010 Chair of the National AIA Interior Architecture Committee. She contributes to professional publications and serves on the editorial board of Contract magazine.

Visit the Southern California IIDA chapter's website for more information about the organization and the annual Leadership Award event.

About Woodbury University
Founded in 1884, Woodbury University is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in Southern California. Woodbury offers bachelor's degrees from the School of Architecture, School of Business, School of Media, Culture & Design, and College of Transdisciplinarity, along with an MBA program, Master of Architecture (MArch), Master of Science in Architecture (MSArch), and Master of Leadership. A San Diego campus offers bachelor of architecture, Master of Real Estate Development for Architects (MRED), and Master of Science in Architecture, Landscape, and Urbanism degrees. Visit for more information.

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