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IIDA ANNOUNCES 2010 STUDENT SUSTAINABLE DESIGN COMPETITION
NEW ONLINE VOTING OPTION EXTENDS REACH FOR STUDENT VISIBILITY

September 20, 2010, Chicago, IL – The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and InterfaceFLOR are pleased to announce the eighth annual IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition (SSDC). The competition was created to celebrate and encourage sustainable design and thinking and to award individuals who demonstrated consistent, creative incorporation and the understanding of sustainable principles. 2010 marks several new and exciting developments for the competition, helping to elevate the visibility of students’ work.

This year, IIDA is proud to introduce a new competition website, http://ssdc.strutta.com/, which will serve as a one stop portal for competition entrants and viewers alike. Entries to the competition will be accepted online from October 18 through November 8. In addition to the judges’ selections for Grand Prize and First Place Awards, IIDA is opening up the competition to virtual promotions by entrants, and will award a Popular Vote category. Visitors to http://ssdc.strutta.com/ will have up to 3 weeks to help select the Popular Vote winning category award from all the entries.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, a special feature on the IIDA Student blog and the IIDA website, and a spotlight in the IIDA "HIRE ME" campaign. The First Place winner will receive a $1,500 cash prize and will also be featured on the IIDA Student Blog and on www.iida.org. The submission with the most votes will win $1,000 and an IIDA Student Membership valid for one year. The winners of the 2010 Student Sustainable Design Competition will also be featured in the Winter edition of quad, the IIDA student newsletter.

Entry fees this year have been cut in half from previous years in an effort to increase student participation and the attention to innovative sustainable design practices. The entry fee for the competition is $10 for IIDA Student Members and $20 for Non-Members.

The jury for this year’s competition will include: Elizabeth Williams, IIDA, Marmon Mok, San Antonio, Texas; Liset Robinson, IIDA, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, Georgia; and Kelly Bauer, FIIDA, Richard + Bauer Architecture, Phoenix, Arizona.

IIDA would like to extend a special thanks to InterfaceFLOR for their generous sponsorship of this competition. For more information on this competition, please contact Michelle Kraker, Manager of Student Marketing and Social Media, at mkraker@iida.org.

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members in ten specialty Forums in 29 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on the IIDA website at www.iida.org.