Best of Design Student Competition 2023
The annual IIDA Best of Design Student Competition was held at the Gensler Newport Beach office on Saturday, February 11, 2023. The 5 students competing that day were selected from a pre-screened online application and recommendation process.
Every student arrived on time (or early!) ready to present a project they had worked on for a class or competition in school. There were two categories of competition this year – Social Relevance and Innovation – which would award $10,500 in prizes.
Social Relevance in Interior Design – $5000 awarded for the presentation that best addresses social or cultural issues through creative design.
Innovation in Interior Design – $5000 awarded for the presentation that shows the highest level of innovation through design solutions.
Students present their work to a panel of esteemed judges:
- William Bouchey, Design Director for Gensler
- Karin Ross, Design Director for Kamus + Keller
- Caroline Feran, Design Director for Gensler
- Thomas Ventura, Design Director for Gensler
- Vannie Ngyun, Senior Job Captain for saa
Students delivered enthusiastic digital presentations of their work and some included physical models as an added bonus. The judges asked many questions and carefully deliberated after each presentation. Ultimately, they decided to provide one Honorable Mention Award in addition to the 2 top prizes.
And the winners are…
Elle Yanez, Saddleback College
Social Relevance Category – $5000 prize + award presentation at Calibre Design Awards
Avery Salleh, California State University Long Beach
Innovation Category – $5000 prize + award presentation at Calibre Design Awards
Donald Wong, UCLA Extension
Honorable Mention – $500 prize
Congratulations to our winners and to all who participated! The awards will be formally presented at the Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 12th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
A special thank you to:
Gensler – Newport Beach
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