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Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.

Eric Laignel

The Competition

The Wilsonart Essay Competition recognizes IIDA Student members working towards an interior design degree with plans to pursue a career in the field. Only students participating in the Student Mentoring Program are eligible to enter the competition by submitting an original essay reflecting on their mentoring experience.

The winner will receive $1,000 courtesy of the Wilsonart Education Fund. Wilsonart will also provide roundtrip airfare and two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon. The student will also be featured on the IIDA website, the biweekly e-newsletter DesignMatters, and in the IIDA Student Member quarterly e-newsletter, QUAD.

Important Dates

All submissions must submitted by Friday, April 14, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Central time.

Entry Information

Review the official competition guidelines. Official entry information is also emailed to all Student Mentoring Program participants.


The winner and all other entrants will be notified via email.


For questions or more information including 2017 competition dates, contact Aisha Williams, Director of Industry Relations & Special Events, at

The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce that Ashley Aurigemma, Student IIDA, of Miami Dade College and the IIDA South Florida Chapter is the recipient of the $1,000 award for her essay in the 2016 Wilsonart Essay Competition. In her winning essay she shares her experience at CallisonRTKL as part of the IIDA Student Mentoring Program.

"On Friday, March 25, 2016, I took part of an opportunity most college students don’t have the privilege of experiencing. Thanks to the IIDA and amazing volunteers that are passionate about what they do and sacrifice time out their busy schedules to provide students an opportunity to receive a mentor and shadow designers in the business for a day." Read More