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2017 Student Charette Recap

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A tranquil trek through Noguchi Garden in Costa Mesa is a splendid way to spend a bright sunny morning. However, just a few steps away, you would hear the buzz of activity and creativity. The 2017 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was held on Saturday, November 4th and hosted by Pivot Interiors in Costa Mesa.

Click here to see photos from the event!

After a delicious and energizing breakfast, generously provided by Maharam, thirty of the finest students from Interior Design Programs in schools throughout Southern California were grouped into six teams and challenged to design a New Holistic concept to include a Spa, Yoga, Beauty Salon, Retail & Organic restaurant. This project was located at The Bloc, a redesigned “anti-mall” in the heart of the historical Financial District in Downtown Los Angeles. The teams had just 4.5 hours and limited resources to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions.

When time was called, each design team had only 5 minutes to present their exciting projects to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

Aram Arakelian, Founder – Environmental Contracting Corporation
Susan Molina, Principal – One Design Collective
Robyn Taylor, Director of Design – Westgroup Designs
Sandi Warneke, Design Principal & Studio Director – Gensler

While the judges deliberated, Clarence Vong, from last year’s Charette winning team, gave a brief inspiring presentation detailing his further win at the Regional Competition and his trip to Chicago. Edward Wodill and Trish Drummy of Pivot Interiors also spoke with the students at length about the design industry and careers.

While the exhausted students happily feasted on a bountiful lunch, provided by Daltile, the judges conducted interviews with each team to allow them to further explain their concepts and inspirations. To culminate this exhausting and exciting day, the 1st and 2nd place winners were finally announced. Prizes will be presented at The Calibre Awards on May 18, 2018.

The winners are:

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First Place Team – $10,000 Scholarship Award

From left-to-right with Co-VPs Jessica Collins and Edgardo Caceres
Rachel Escobedo, Art Institute of California – San Diego
Amanda Ortiz, Chaffey College
Joshua Chang, Otis College of Art + Design
Kacie Thomas, Interior Designers Institute
Tsz Yan Leung, Mt. San Antonio College

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Second Place Team– $4,000 Scholarship Award

From left-to-right with Co-VPs Jessica Collins and Edgardo Caceres
Natalia Kim, Interior Designers Institute
Isabel Alfaro, Art Institute – San Diego
Ellen To, Mt. San Antonio College
Avana Grayr, California State University Long Beach
Brianna Johnson, UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Student Affairs, thank the hosts, sponsors, students and volunteers for helping to make this event a huge success!

Event Sponsors:

Daltile – Zoe Rahimi-Nolen  & KJ Lodge’
Maharam – Vanessa Veloso
Pivot Interiors – Edward Wodill & Trish Drummy
Environmental Contracting Corporation – Aram Arakelian

Event Volunteer:
Kenneth Balaski


Calibre Celebrates the Winners of the Student Awards Programs!

This year’s IIDA Southern California Student Awards Program included a Portfolio Competition and a Student Design Charette.

Student Design Charette
Thirty students from Interior Design Programs throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were grouped into teams of five and challenged to design a flexible retail concept including a specialty market, bistro restaurant and cooking classroom. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Los Angeles in the Broadway Trade Building.  Teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions using only hand drawing and rendering, after which, they presented to a distinguished panel of judges comprised of local Interior Design and Construction industry professionals.

The winning team will be awarded $10,000 at the Calibre Design Awards. This team went on to represent IIDA SoCal and compete in the Western Region Student Design Charette held in Phoenix, AZ.

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First place team from left to right:
Edgardo Caceres, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College
Aram Arakelian, Regional Student Affairs Director, IIDA SoCal
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis College of Art and Design
Jessica Collins, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal

Student Portfolio Competition
Twenty student members participated in this interview-style event in two categories –  Social Relevance and Innovation. Additionally, the Stephanie Tarr Memorial Award was given to a student for outstanding community service and student leadership in IIDA. Each student earned a $5,000 scholarship prize. Winners include Rae Chye (Art Center College of Design) – Innovation Category, SuSun Kwak (Art Center College of Design) – Social Relevance Category, and Angela Hickman (California State University Long Beach) – Stephanie Tarr Award.

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Congratulations to all the student winners!

Tickets are selling fast!
Tickets are $325/each and Tables of 10 are $3,250
Purchase tickets here.

The 29th Calibre Design Awards winners
will be announced at the Gala Event:

Friday, May 19, 2017
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6pm Reception
7pm Dinner and Presentation

Click here to see the 2017 nominated projects and teams.

Questions?
Contact office@iida-socal.org

iida-socal.org/calibre-awards
#CalibreAwards


2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette

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Our VP’s of Students Affairs Jessica Collins & Edgardo Caceres, together with the 1st place winners of the our IIDA SoCal Student Charette will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ for the IIDA Western Region Student Design Charette from April 7th to 9th. Student team winners from each of 6 West Coast Chapters will  join to participate and compete. The students will be randomly re-assign to new teams and given 5 hours to come up with a design solution for a commercial project. Floor plans, renderings, models, sketches, details & material selection will be presented to a panel of prestigious judges.  The wining team will be advancing to the final at Neocon in Chicago.

We would like to thank our friends from the Southwest Chapter and the Phoenix office of Gensler for hosting and our generous sponsors. To learn more about the event & sponsors please check link below.

https://www.facebook.com/IIDA.WRSDC/


The 2016 IIDA Student Design Charette

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The 2016 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was held earlier this month at LPA, Inc. in Irvine, CA.

See the photos from the Charette here!

Thirty students from Interior Design Programs in schools throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. Christine Oiwake, last year’s Charette winner gave a brief presentation and then the students were grouped into six teams and challenged to design a flexible retail concept including a specialty market, bistro restaurant and cooking classroom. The project was located in the heart of the historical Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood in the Broadway Trade Building.

The teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions, after which, they presented their project to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

Aram Arakelian, Founder – Environmental Contracting Corporation

Brett Shwery, Senior Vice President, Corporate Workplace, Design & Delivery Director – AECOM

Robyn Taylor, Director of Design – Westgroup Designs

Sandi Warneke, Design Principal & Studio Director – Gensler

After serious deliberation and discussion, private interviews were held with each team and the 1st and 2nd place winners were announced.

The winners are:

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First Place Team
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College

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Second Place Team
Francis Redublo, CSULB
Leah Impey, San Diego Mesa College
Lindsey Graves, Mt. San Antonio College
Tyera Black-Davis, Art Institute – SD
Maegan Iamjan, Otis

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Student Affairs, thank the host, sponsors, students and volunteers for helping to make this event a huge success!

Event Sponsors:
Environmental Contracting Corporation – Aram Arakelian
LPA Inc. – Natalie Zweig
Pivot Interiors – Trish Drummy
Steelcase – Stephanie Martinez


2015 Los Angeles Student Design Expo

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The Los Angeles Student Design Expo was an inspiring exhibit of 2015’s student design work, featuring thesis projects from LA’s top design schools.

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Panelists:

TIM L. COWELL
Director of Design, Walt Disney Company

LAUREN DANDRIDGE GAINES
Spec. Sales Agent/Adjunct Professor, Performance Lighting/ USC

AMANDA KALEPS
Principal, Wolcott Architecture l Interiors

PAM NEIMAN
Principal, Neiman Studio

CARLOS POSADA
Principal, Gensler

Watch the video of the event here!