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NeoCon Student Programs
 

IIDA Student Programs at NeoCon

Held every June at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, NeoCon serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future.  

IIDA student programs at NeoCon allow participants to engage with industry leaders, design professionals, architects, and more in a variety of workshops, strategic discussions, and an interactive, live competition. View our calendar of events and programming below. 


TUESDAY, JUNE 11

IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE
TIME: Charette: 9 a.m.–3 p.m., Charette judging: 3–5 p.m. 
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th floor, Space 613, Chicago

School-nominated IIDA Student members from around the country will compete in this live, onsite annual design competition during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed judges. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place at 3:00 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wednesday, June 12. Sponsored by Herman Miller. Additional sponsors include Breakfast Host Benjamin Moore and Supporter Wallcoverings Association.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 

IIDA STUDENT TOUR: MCDONALD'S HEADQUARTERS – SOLD OUT 
TIME: 12:30–1:45 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Available only to students attending NeoCon, join the McDonald’s Global Design group, responsible for creating new restaurant experiences around the world, for a tour of the new McDonald’s corporate headquarters.

POWERED BY DESIGN: AN IIDA BOOTCAMP PROGRAM 
TIME: 2–3:30 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Join IIDA and veteran designers for an energized and engaging design seminar. Each speaker will have ten minutes to share with attendees a robust, fast-paced tour of their design topic. Featured speakers are Verda Alexander, IIDA, founder, Studio O+A; Tamie Glass, IIDA, associate professor, University of Texas, Austin, author of Prompt: Socially Engaging Objects and Environments; Carl Gustav Magnusson, founder, Carl Gustav Magnusson Design LLC; and Primo Orpilla, FIIDA, principal and co-founder, Studio O+A. This program is open to students and emerging professionals in their first one-to-three years out of school. Sponsored by OFS and McDonald’s

This program is open to student registrants of NeoCon, with a limited number of additional spaces being held for emerging professionals (graduates in the first three years of their career). Included in registration is access to the Student Charette Reception immediately following.

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IIDA STUDENT DESIGN CHARETTE WINNERS RECEPTION
TIME: 3:30–5 p.m.
LOCATION: McDonald’s Global Headquarters, 1035 W. Randolph St., Chicago

Join the charette participants, judges, and IIDA at the Charette Winner’s Reception where the winners of the Student Design Charette will be announced. Light bites and beverages will be served (valid ID required). Sponsored by McDonald’s.

Invitation only. Valid ID required to attend.