Calibre Celebrates the Winners of the Student Awards Programs!

This year’s IIDA Southern California Student Awards Program included a Portfolio Competition and a Student Design Charette.

Student Design Charette
Thirty students from Interior Design Programs throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were grouped into teams of five and challenged to design a flexible retail concept including a specialty market, bistro restaurant and cooking classroom. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Los Angeles in the Broadway Trade Building.  Teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions using only hand drawing and rendering, after which, they presented to a distinguished panel of judges comprised of local Interior Design and Construction industry professionals.

The winning team will be awarded $10,000 at the Calibre Design Awards. This team went on to represent IIDA SoCal and compete in the Western Region Student Design Charette held in Phoenix, AZ.


First place team from left to right:
Edgardo Caceres, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College
Aram Arakelian, Regional Student Affairs Director, IIDA SoCal
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis College of Art and Design
Jessica Collins, VP Student Affairs, IIDA SoCal

Student Portfolio Competition
Twenty student members participated in this interview-style event in two categories –  Social Relevance and Innovation. Additionally, the Stephanie Tarr Memorial Award was given to a student for outstanding community service and student leadership in IIDA. Each student earned a $5,000 scholarship prize. Winners include Rae Chye (Art Center College of Design) – Innovation Category, SuSun Kwak (Art Center College of Design) – Social Relevance Category, and Angela Hickman (California State University Long Beach) – Stephanie Tarr Award.


Congratulations to all the student winners!

Tickets are selling fast!
Tickets are $325/each and Tables of 10 are $3,250
Purchase tickets here.

The 29th Calibre Design Awards winners
will be announced at the Gala Event:

Friday, May 19, 2017
Beverly Hilton | 9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

6pm Reception
7pm Dinner and Presentation

Click here to see the 2017 nominated projects and teams.

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