About the Student Design Competition

The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field.

First, second, and third place winners will be selected by a jury of interior design and business professionals who will judge entries based on innovation and creativity, coherence and functionality, human impact, fulfillment of program requirements, and presentation of the information. Winners will be announced in the February 2015 issue of Quad, IIDA’s newsletter for students, and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.


Design Challenge

The 2014 IIDA SDC invites you to evolve the concept of the open office to offer employees’ a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration, and productivity.

Students are encouraged to investigate how the modern employee works and what elements are required to increase workplace well-being, thereby increasing productivity and job satisfaction. Think about all the things that a well-designed office dedicated to well-being would include – mobility, privacy, natural light, exercise opportunities, outdoor access. Then, incorporate it with the standard functions of an open office – productivity, collaboration, camaraderie, reduced office footprint, corporate cultural, breaking down corporate hierarchy.

For details on the program requirements, submission requirements, and resources, please download the full creative brief.



This competition is open to students around the world who are currently enrolled at an Interior Design program or institution. Participants can enter individually or as a team (maximum 5 people).

School projects already completed may be reinterpreted and/or edited to meet the requirements of this competition. If the school project was completed as a group, all members must agree in writing to enter the reinterpreted and/or edited project, and all members must be listed as participants on the entry form. 

Please review the SDC guidelines for information on who should enter and competition requirements.


Entry Fees

1. IIDA Student Members: $20.00

2. Non-Members: $65.00 

  • Includes IIDA Student Membership for the remainder of 2014 through 2015. Team entries not eligible.  
  • Non-members will be required to submit an application and supporting documents by January 19, 2015 in order to receive membership under the above offer. An application will be sent to you via email following the processing of your entry. Do not apply online separately.
  • No refunds allowed if you do not take advantage of the promotion and complete the application or provide the proper documentation by January 19, 2014.
  • Promotion not valid for group entries. 


Important Dates

Competition Open: November 12, 2014
Competition Close - DEADLINE EXTENDED: January 23, 2015 at 11:59pm CDT


Additional Information

To view previous winners please click hereFor more information about the 2014 SDC please contact Liz Moran, Design Competitions Manager, at IIDA Headquarters.