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The 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.

View the design brief. Updated as of Sept. 19, 2016.

Entry Information

Review the official 2016 competition guidelines.

Important Dates

Competition Opens - Monday, Nov. 7, 2016
Deadline to Enter – Monday, Feb. 6, 2017


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 Spring 2017 issue of QUAD, the IIDA student newsletter, and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.

Design Problem and Competition Requirement Questions and Clarification

All requests for clarification or general questions about the 2016 IIDA Student Design Competition design problem and requirements must be sent to IIDA at by Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Questions received after this date will not be answered. All questions received by Sept. 30 will be answered and posted online in an FAQ section to be posted on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016.

View last year's winners.

Contact Information

For questions and more information, contact Liz Moran, Design Competitions Director, at

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2016 Jury

The 2016 Jury is to be announced. Stay tuned.