2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette

Congratulations to Clarence Vong, from California State University Northridge, who helped his team win first place at the 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette. A member of IIDA SoCal chapter, Clarence embodies a collaborative spirit and, together with his talented team, came up with a design concept of “Nopal Collective”, a creative solution for a workspace program.


The 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette was held on April 8th at Gensler – Phoenix. Click here to see photos from the event. Thirty students from winning teams throughout Western IIDA Chapters gathered to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were randomly grouped into six teams and were challenged to create and present a flexible concept to celebrate diversity and provide collaboration space including a coffee shop. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Phoenix at the Luhrs City Center Building, built in 1924 and well know for its historic neoclassic & art deco style.

The teams had 5 hours to collaborate and come up with design solutions. They then presented their projects to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

David Meckley, IIDA, CID, LEED AP
Principal – Huntsman Architecture Group

Katie Hauser, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Account Executive – Interface

Senior Vice President – HOK

The winning team will now go on to compete, representing the IIDA Western Region, at NeoCon in Chicago in June 2017

We would like to thank our IIDA Southwest  Chapter and the Event Chair Cheyne Brown for hosting a fantastic event.

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