On March 10th, Students and Industry Professionals came together for the annual IIDA Student Awards Competition held at the newly revamped Haworth showroom. Students from several schools throughout Southern California presented their best work to an esteemed panel of Senior Designers and Industry Partners vying for scholarships ranging from $2500 to $5000 each in prize winnings. The event showcased the range of talented students from concise presentation skills to well thought out project boards. The open presentation format allowed students to view each other’s work and gain insight to what other schools and programs are doing.

I know when I was a student, I felt somewhat in a “studio” bubble immersed only in the world of my school’s program. Students who participated in the event found the open format style refreshing, allowing them to see and learn what other students are doing, engage with other students who are in the same shoes as them, and share each other’s perspective on interior design.

Selecting the winners from this group of outstanding applicants was not an easy task for our panelists. After much discussion and without further a ado, we are pleased to present the 2012 IIDA Student Award winners:

Category: Social Relevance in Interior Design
First Place $5,000.00
Rommel R Ordoyo, University of California Los Angeles Extension / Cal Poly Pomona
 
Second Place $2,500.00
Yuriana E. Stransky, California State University Long Beach
 
Category: Innovation in Interior Design
First Place $5,000.00
Mariko Hamagami, Orange Coast College
 
Second Place $2,500.00
Kandy Hsiao-Ham Chang, California State University Long Beach

The event concluded with a mixer allowing students and Industry Professionals to interact and socialize after a long and exciting day. We thank all the participating schools and students along with our City Center volunteers for making the event a success.

For more photos of the event, click here to go to our flickr page.

A special thanks to Walt Cousineau and Haworth for generously sponsoring this event.

Edel Legaspi, IIDA
Director of Interiors
CHRISTOPHER DAVID ASSOCIATES