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International Interior Design Association

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Student of the Year Application Requirements


Who Should Enter

IIDA Student Members in good standing who have been a member for a minimum of one year. Students applying for 2020 must have a join date of January 1, 2019, or earlier.

Materials Required

Resume: PDF format only

Portfolio: PDF format only

Three letters of recommendation

  • One letter of recommendation from an individual who knows the candidate well and can support the candidate's qualifications and achievements (letters from family members and relatives are not allowed) 
  • Two letters of recommendation from two educators.

Recommendation letters must include the contact information of the individuals who support the candidate. Letters without contact information will not be considered for review and may disqualify the student's application.

Questions: The candidate will answer the following questions and complete the statements:

  • Why did you join IIDA?
  • Where do you think the profession of interior design will be in five years?
  • What would you like your legacy to be as an interior designer?
  • "Design is…"
  • "IIDA is…"

Video: The candidate will submit one 2-3 minute video describing your involvement and support of interior design initiatives at your school.

One headshot (4”X6” or 5”X7”). Only JPG files will be accepted. Image file must not exceed 1MB in size.

Completed Application: Submit all application materials by completing the online application prior to the deadline.



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