Honor AwardsStudents

2017 Student Design Competition

Honor Awards

Posted on: December 21, 2016

Each year the IIDA Northern California Chapter awards academic design awards in the name of its Chapter Honor Award recipient. These design awards are awarded to interior design students determined by an independent jury, who best address a topic of focus established by the Chapter Honor Award recipient. The intent is to award these design awards to student designers whose submission represents a unique understanding of the chosen subject conceptually, verbally and graphically.


IIDA NC is thrilled to be able to award a minimum of $7,000.00. The determination of how the design award monies are to be distributed is at the discretion of the jury.


Through your submission, you are being challenged to demonstrate your capability to produce an award winning design for a space that will be used by an individual or group. Any type or size project can be submitted. Projects can be from previous or current school projects. Work will be judged on innovation, design concept, problem solving and clarity.


A thoughtful analysis of the design, a well written essay that presents your creative design solution, and a compelling visual presentation are the basis for submission. Each submission is to be presented in an 8 ½” x 11” landscape digital PDF Format consisting of the following documents:

  • ESSAY – A well articulated, written document, no more that one page in length with a minimum of 12 point font, single spaced, Please include the following information: the design problem, project constraints, your concept, design approach, and your solution.
  • VISUALS – Six to eight 8.5” x 11” pages that include those sketches & drawings necessary to graphically communicate your design approach and solution, Each page can have single or multiple images depending on what you, the designer, are trying to convey. Both the essay and visuals should be carefully edited to succinctly articulate your design. Carefully consider that projects are being juried without a verbal explanation. Remember to take into account the legibility of text and images formatted to a 8.5” x 11” sheet. Landscape format.
  • TIME LINE – All material must be received by noon on 01/15/17 . Judging is expected to be completed by the end of February. Only winners will be notified. Winners will be presented their award during the IIDA Honor Awards Celebration which occurs in Spring of 2017.
  • ELIGIBILITY – All entrants must be Student IIDA members in the Northern California. All entrants must be Student IIDA members in the Northern California Chapter. Entrants must be in school at the time of entry or have graduated no earlier than December 2016. Only one entry per student will be accepted. Group projects can be submitted if all team members are IDA members.


Please submit your entry electronically to studentaffairs@iidanc.org. In your Email, please include your name, address, phone number, school and grade level. You will receive a confirmation Email once we receive your files.

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