2023 Best of Design Student Competition – Extended! Entries Due 02.08.23

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We are excited to announce that IIDA SoCal’s “Best of Design – Student Competition” is now accepting applications! We invite all Student Members of IIDA to compete for some of the largest awards available to design students in the Southern California region.

Students are invited to compete in one of two design categories – Innovation and Social Relevance. Each category offers a Grand Prize of $5,000 and an Honorable Mention prize of $500. Students are also encouraged to apply for the Aram Arakelian Memorial Award – $5,000 awarded to the student who can present their ideology on the importance of involvement and giving back to the A+D community, supported by real world actions, merits and achievements. Recipients of the AAMA must also excel in either the Innovation or Social Relevance categories.

This year, students will present in-person, and will be allowed 30 minutes to present.

The Grand Prize winner from each category and the recipient of the AAMA will also receive a sponsored ticket to the 2023 Calibre Design Awards on May 12th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where they will be celebrated on-stage.



January 9th
Call for Entries distributed.

Deadline Extended to February 8th!
All materials must be uploaded and submitted. Click here for the Call for Entries.

February 9th
Accepted students will be notified of their acceptance.

February 11th
Presentations will take place in person on Saturday, February 11th at Gensler Newport Beach | 4675 MacArthur Ct #100, Newport Beach, CA 92660. Exact times will be sent out with the acceptance letter.



  • Students must have an active IIDA Membership by the project submission deadline. (click here to apply for a Student Membership.)
  • Any student currently attending a Southern California University or College and participating in undergraduate program for Interior Design, Interior Architecture or Environmental Design may apply.




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