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2021 Student Design Competition
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2021 Student Design Competition
Honoring the talent and innovative thinking of interior design students and showcases emerging professionals in the interior design industry.
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Important Dates
The IIDA Student Design Competition takes place annually.
Submissions Open
Jan 10, 2021
Submissions Close
Feb 14, 2021

All fees must be submitted electronically. Apply for IIDA membership to take advantage of our member pricing!

IIDA Member Price - Individual
IIDA Member Price - Team (teams must have at least one IIDA Student member)
Non-IIDA Member Price - Individual
Non-IIDA Member Price - Team
Competition Guidelines
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Submission Requirements

All submissions will be done electronically, no hard copy submissions will be accepted. To enter a project into this competition, you will need to prepare and submit the following:

Written Component

Your contact information including participant name(s), member ID (if applicable), address, phone number, and email

Your design project's information including project title
Project description outlining why your concept demonstrates the best solutions possible for the design prompt (500 words)

Digital Presentation Board

Please submit two (2) 24” x 36” digital presentation boards in PDF format with a file size between 3MB and 10MB and containing the following:

One (1) dimensioned floor plan drawn to scale

One (1) furniture and materials plan (may be combined with dimensioned floor plan)
One (1) reflected ceiling plan, created with the assumption that the ceiling is a blank slate
Two (2) to four (4) renderings of the completed space
Two (2) additional drawings of the space, which can be elevation, perspective, isometric, axonometric, or orthographic.
Additional elements to convey the overall concept including, but not limited to, furniture and fixture specifications, color palettes, wall sections, electrical plans, schedules, additional renderings, etc.
Your board should NOT contain your name or any identifying information. Your file name should be: SDC + initials + year_board (SDCLHH2020_board.pdf)


Please submit individual images of the 10-12 images outlined above. All images should be submitted in JPG or JPEG format with a file size between 2MB and 10MB. Take note of the following additional guidelines:

Images should be saved in RGB color mode with a minimum 150 dpi (300 dpi is preferred)

Images should have a minimum dimension of 8.5” x 11”
Your images should NOT contain your name or any identifying information. Your file names: SDC + initials + year_number (SDCLHH2020_1.jpg)


The winning design projects will be selected by a jury of design professionals. Submissions are judged on excellence in aesthetics, design, creativity, and function as well as the suitability of the design solution to the project challenge and the successful integration of the elements of design.


Winners will be announced Spring 2021, and will be featured on IIDA.org, in the spring 2020 issue of QUAD, and DesignMatters. OFS provides the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners with a financial prize of $2,500, $1,500, and $750 respectively. Winners will also receive official digital assets, including competition winner logos for self-promotion, coverage and mention on IIDA’s social media accounts, and in an official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media partners.

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