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. 


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.


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


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


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!

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