IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
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.
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
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
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