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2017 IIDA SoCal Student Portfolio Competition

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The IIDA Southern California 2017 Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Steelcase showroom located high in the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. Taking part were 20 extremely talented and diverse students from 7 participating Southern California Schools.

Take a look at photos from the event here!

Students arrived as scheduled throughout the day, carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their best efforts. There were 3 categories of competition this year: 

Innovation in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that shows the highest level of innovation through design solutions.

Social Relevance in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that best addresses social or cultural issues through creative design.

The Stephanie Tarr Award – awarded to the student who best demonstrates their commitment to involvement in the Southern California design industry through their IIDA membership, event volunteering, service to the community, charity work, and other forms of mentoring or participation.

Faced with the complex task of judging these wildly different and innovative projects were:

Aram Arakelian – Founder Environmental Contracting Corp., Founder Scholarship Foundation, Affiliate, IIDA

Cassie Sanchez – Gensler – Past VP student Affairs, IIDA

Claire Thompson – The Thompson Collaborative LLC – Past President, IIDA

Laurence Cartledge – Rottet Studio – Former Judge

Scott Johnson – Wolcott – Past President, IIDA

Susanne – Molina – Design One – Fellow and Past President, IIDA

 After a long day filled with nervous preparation, enthusiastic presentations, tours of the Steelcase showroom, and networking, the judges deliberated to decide the most deserving honorees from among the many outstanding participants.

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The Innovation category, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to Rae Chye from Art Center College of Design.

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The Social Relevance category, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to SuSun Kwak from Art Center College of Design.

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The prestigious Stephanie Tarr Award, with a $5000 scholarship, was awarded to Angela Hickman from California State University Long Beach.

The awards will be formally presented at the 29th Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 19th 2017.

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Students Affairs, thank the host, Judges, students, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this a memorable event.

Event Sponsors:
Alur Walls – Mark Clark
Environmental Contracting Corp – Aram Arakelian
Shaw Contract –  Kimberly Johnson
Steelcase – Stephanie Martinez, IIDA


2016 Student Portfolio Competition

The IIDA Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at the Haworth Showroom in downtown Los Angeles.  Twenty students from 5 schools in Southern California participated. 

The students competed in 3 categories: Innovation in Interiors Design (awarded to the student with a project that achieves a high level of innovation through design solutions that show creativity and a fresh approach) and Social Relevance in Interiors Design (awarded to a student with a project that addresses social or cultural issues).  The students could also apply for the prestigious Stephanie Tarr Award.  This award was established in memory Stephanie Tarr,  to recognize the inspirational influence she had on the interior design industry in Southern  California. The Stephanie Tarr is bestowed upon a student who demonstrates a commitment to  IIDA student involvement through membership, event volunteering, service to the community,  charity and by mentoring others. 

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Our esteemed panel of judges included: Aram Arakelian, Affil. IIDA – Environmental Contracting, Claire Thompson, IIDA – TTC Design, Scott Johnson, IIDA, CID, IALD, LEED AP -Wolcott Architecture |Interiors, Pam Light, FIIDA, LEED AP – HOK, Pam Neiman, IIDA, CID – Neiman Studios and Kathryn Hampton, IIDA – K2S Studio.

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In the Innovation category a $5,000 scholarship was awarded to Michelle Sugeng from The Art Center College of Design.

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An honorable mention scholarship of $2,500 in Social Relevance was awarded to Eri Kawaguchi-Murphy from The  Art Center College of Design.

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An honorable mention scholarship of $2,500 in Social Relevance and the prestigious Stephanie Tarr scholarship of $5,000 was awarded to Alvin Oei from The Art College of Design.

The students will receive their awards  at the 28th Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 13th 2016. Thank you to our judges, Pivot Interiors for lunch and Haworth for their wonderful space and hospitality.

Congratulations  all!


Student Portfolio Competition Event Recap

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Our Annual Student Portfolio Competition took place this past Saturday at Herman Miller’s Los Angeles showroom. Twenty-four students from schools across Southern California showcased their work in front of panel of eight judges consisting of design leaders from Los Angeles and Orange County firms. This successful event was organized by our VP’s of Student Affairs, Trish Drummy and Cassie Sanchez, aided by a great group of volunteers. This annual event awards prize money to the most talented and skilled design students. The winning students will be recognized at the upcoming Calibre Awards gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 1st. We will be honoring 25 years of our student awards program at the event this year. Tickets to Calibre are still available here.

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