Honor AwardsStudents

2019 Student Design Competition

Honor Awards

Posted on: January 4, 2019

Each year the IIDA Northern California Chapter presents the academic design awards in the name of its Chapter Honoree. The awards are presented to interior design students and winners are determined by an independent jury, who best address a topic of focus established by the Chapter Honor Award recipient. The intent is to honor and award 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 $7,000. The determination of how the design award monies are 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. The topic of focus is Biophilic Design and it must be incorporated into the project. 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 11”x17” landscape digital PDF Format consisting of the documents listed below.  Do not include your name or school anywhere on the submission. They should be anonymous to the jury.

  • Summary – a well-articulated, written summary, no more than one page (8.5”x11”) 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 11”x17” pages that include 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 evaluated without a verbal explanation. Remember to take into account the legibility of text and images formatted to an 11”x17” sheet in landscape format.
  • TIMELINE – All material must be received by noon on 02/14/19. Judging is expected to be completed by the beginning of March.  Only winners will be notified.  Winners will be presented their award during the IIDA Honor Awards Celebration which occurs on March 14th of 2019.
  • ELIGIBILITY – 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 2018. Only one entry per student will be accepted.  Group projects can be submitted if all team members are IIDANC members.


Please submit your entry electronically to studentaffairs@iidanc.org 

In your e-mail, please include your name, address, phone number, school, and grade level. You will receive a confirmation E-mail once we receive your files.

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