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2016 marks the fifth anniversary of the IIDA Student Design Charette where IIDA Student Members from around the United States team up and compete in a live, onsite competition at NeoCon in Chicago every June. Students have less than six hours to design a space, put together a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges.

This year's problem asked students to design a proposed Office of Tourism concierge office and public space in the historic Merchandise Mart. The solution required that students focus on creating an experiential, creative, and progressive space that uniquely expresses the vibrancy and diversity of the city of Chicago and engages visitors and employees alike, inviting them to experience the Merchandise Mart in a new way.

2016 Winners 


2016 iida student charette first place winners

1st Place: Team 10

NiShira Johnson – University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Kelsey Ballast – Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University
Cynthia Archer – Art Institute of Pittsburgh – Online Division
Tyson Baker – Maryville University
Chia Chi Chang – Academy of Art University


2016 iida student design charette winners

2nd Place: Team 5

Samantha Bourgeois – Houston Community College
Madeline Cipro – The Ohio State University
Gabrielle Booth – Western Michigan University
Sydnie Bingabing – California State University, Long Beach
Allison Schantz – Illinois State University


2016 iida student design charette winners

People's Choice

Kiersten Reed – Brookdale Community College
Amy Leigh Hufford – Philadelphia University
Abeer Saeed – Indiana University, Purdue University
Edlyn Laco – University of Texas at Arlington
Ronnachai Kaewsuriya – California State University, Fresno


2016 Jury

Scott Hierlinger FIIDA, LEED AP

Scott Hierlinger

Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID 
HDR Inc.

Tom Mardquart

Felice Silverman, FIIDA
Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc.

Felice Silverman


Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors


Platinum Sponsor

Staples Business Advantage 150

Silver Sponsor

Winners Reception Sponsor
Charette Administrator