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Student of the Year


The IIDA Student of the Year award recognizes an IIDA Student Member who has significantly impacted their school’s interior design program through outstanding leadership, insight, and involvement. 


Important Dates

The 2021 Student of the Year applications open October 2020.


The IIDA Student of the Year will receive:

  • $5,000 cash award sponsored by OFS and a complimentary IIDA membership.
  • Round-trip airfare and three nights hotel stay in Chicago to attend 2021 NeoCon and participate in the events noted below.
  • A feature on the IIDA website and in Design Matters, the flagship e-newsletter of IIDA, and QUAD, the IIDA Student Member quarterly e-newsletter.

Additionally, the recipient will need to be available to participate in a week-long immersive professional development experience with OFS at a time and location agreed on by both parties.  


Candidates must be an IIDA Student Member in good standing for a minimum of one year. 



For more information, contact Ryan Ben, student engagement and advancement manager, at or 312.379.5175.


Thank You to Our Sponsor



2020 Student of the Year

Sydney Gunty

Tyler Hatton, Student IIDA

The 2020 Student of the Year Award recipient is Tyler Hatton, Student IIDA, a graduating senior at The Ohio State University.

Hatton is a 2020 graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in interior design and a  focus on retail design strategy and sustainability. During his time as a student, Tyler remained active with IIDA, holding the position of co-leader of the IIDA Ohio State Campus Center since 2017. In 2019, he received first place in the IIDA Student Design Charette at NeoCon and has also been involved in a number of additional design competitions, including the Big 10 Student Design Challenge, sponsored by Herman Miller, and the Innovation in Material Product Design, Sponsored by Mohawk Group. Hatton has held positions with BHDP Architecture and L Brands and has been a speaker and presenter at several interior design events and conferences, including the IIDA Chapter Leadership Council.