ILKLEY-based interior design studio, Sturman & Co, has been recognised by the global interior design and architecture industry in this year’s International Design & Architecture Awards.

The practice, founded by creative director, Bess Sturman, has been been shortlisted for its recent conversion and modernisation of an 18th century barn set in the Yorkshire countryside.

Now in its 11th year, the International Design & Architecture Awards (IDAAs) operate using a voting system, with over 86,000 global industry professionals each individually reviewing and voting for the shortlisted nominees.

Bess said: “It really is a great honour to have been selected by such an esteemed audience of industry professionals for this year’s IDAAs and a great privilege to fly the flag for Yorkshire in an international setting such as this.”

Founded in 2011, Sturman & Co. employs a team of six and designs homes for clients in and around Yorkshire: from listed building renovations through to barn and Victorian family home transformations. Bess is one of only a handful of designers in Yorkshire to meet standards set by the British Institute for Interior Designers (BIID). She has won previous recognition for her design of Ilkley Cinema.

Bess added: “The IDAAs highlight the benefits of interior designers and architects working closely together, something which is so often underestimated. From avoiding the sun reflecting on the TV to preventing muddy boots being trampled into the house - there are hundreds of decisions that we help our clients make right from the first set of drawings which can lead to a better quality of life at home.

“Getting an interior designer involved early in a project means that no decision is made without considering how a space will be used and enjoyed, long after the last picture has been hung.”

Sturman & Co.’s shortlisting for the IDAAs was for the conversion of an 18th century barn in West Yorkshire.

The winners of the International Design & Architecture Awards will be announced this September.

To find out more about Bess’ work, visit or follow her on Instagram @bess_designs