2019 IIDA SoCal Student Portfolio Competition

The IIDA Southern California 2019 Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 9th at the Herman Miller showroom, located at the base of Culver City’s Baldwin Hills Overlook. Taking part were 11 extremely talented and diverse students from four participating Southern California Schools.

Students arrived, as scheduled, throughout the day, carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their projects. There were two categories of competition this year – Social Relevance and Innovation – and $16,000 in scholarship awards up for grabs.

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

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


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

Back row, left to right: Ramona Quinn, Miguel Perez, IIDA SoCal VP Students; Rosela Barraza, HLW; James Arakelian, Environmental Contracting Corp.;  Mili Del Castillo, IIDA SoCal VP Students; Laurence Cartledge, Rottet; Claire Thompson, The Thompson Collaborative; David Loyola, Gensler; and Adam Simmons

Front Row; left to right: Gigi Gordinier and Scott Johnson, Wolcott

After a long day filled with nervous preparations and enthusiastic presentations, the judges deliberated to decide the most deserving honorees from among the many outstanding participants.


The Social Relevance category, with a $5,000 scholarship, was awarded to Andres Zavala from ArtCenter College of Design


The Innovation category, with a $5,000 scholarship, was awarded to Chahn Sung from ArtCenter College of Design


The honorable mention, with a $500 scholarship, was awarded to Melissa Ochoa from California State University Long Beach.

Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated! The awards will be formally presented at the 31st Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 17th, 2019.

See photos from the event here!

Mili Del Castillo and Miguel Perez, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Students Affairs, thank the hosts, judges, and students for helping to make this a memorable event!

Event Hosts
Herman Miller – Gigi Gordinier, Ramona Quinn, Adam Simmons

Chris Hatcher

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