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2020 Student Design Competition

Honor Awards

Posted on: January 13, 2020

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Each year the IIDA Northern California Chapter (IIDANC) presents academic design awards. These awards are presented to interior design students who best address a topic of focus established by the Chapter.  Winners are determined by an independent jury. The intent is to honor student designers whose submissions represent a unique understanding of the chosen subject conceptually, verbally and graphically.


IIDANC is thrilled to be able to award $7,000 for 2020. 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 for 2020 is Design for Dignity and it must be incorporated into the project. (Please be aware that this topic can be interpreted in many ways). 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 listed documents. 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 February 28, 2020 Judging is expected to be completed by March 9, 2020.  Only winners will be notified. Winners will be presented their award during the IIDA Honor Awards Celebration which occurs on April 2nd of 2020.
  • 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 2019. 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, IIDA member number, school and grade level. You will receive a confirmation E-mail once we receive your files.

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