IIDA Student Design Charette 2015


The IIDA Student Design Charette was held on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 at LPA in Irvine. Schools from all over Southern California participated: Woodbury, CSUN, San Diego Mesa College, Art Institute Inland Empire, Orange Coast College, Otis College of Art and Design, CSULB, Mt. San Antonio College, Art Institute San Diego, Design Institute of San Diego, and Interior Designers Institute. Thirty students were divided into 6 teams of 5 students each.

Take a look at photos of the event here!


In the morning the students were presented with a design problem and had 4.5 hours to solve it, create a concept board with their solution and prepare a presentation. In the afternoon, after the charette was completed, Robyn Taylor IIDA CID; President IIDA Southern California Chapter welcomed the students and asked for a moment of silence in memory of Nohemi Gonzalez, the CSULB Design Student killed in the recent terrorist attack in Paris. The Charette was dedicated to her memory.


The students then presented their projects to our esteemed panel of judges; Aram Arakelian, Affil. IIDA, Founder of Environmental Contracting Corp; Laurence Cartledge, Senior Associate, Rottet Studio; Sandi Warneke, IIDA, CID, LEED, NCIDQ, Principal, Gensler; Richard D’Amato, AIA LEED AP, Principal, LPA; and Susanne Molina, FIIDA CID LEED AP, Director, Klawiter & Associates.

Each team presented inspiring solutions to the design problem. As the judges deliberated, Winston Bao with LPA gave a presentation on The Exploration of The Creative Process and Natalie Zweig with LPA gave tours of LPA’s Office.


2nd place winners- (L to R) Katie Jones (CSULB), Tasha Sumner (Interior Designers Institute), Andrew Apodaca (Art Institute of CA IE),Kassandra Becerril (Design Institute SD)& Paulina Benavides (Otis)

The judges awarded 2nd Prize to team #4: Katie Jones (CSULB), Tasha Sumner (Interior Designers Institute), Andrew Apodaca (Art Institute Inland Empire), Kassandra Becerril (Design Institute San Diego) and Paulina Benavides (Otis). These students will share a $4,000.00 award.


1st place winners- (L to R) Ashley Achleithner (Art Institute of CA SD), Ghadeer Alburaiki (Otis), Jackiemae Apolinario (Mt Sac IE), Rina Velasco (CSUN) & Christine Oiwake (CSULB)

The judges awarded 1st place to Team #2: Ashley Achleither (Art Institute San Diego), Ghadeer Alburaiki (Otis), Jackiemae Apolinario (Mt SAC), Rina Velasco (CSUN) and Christine Oiwake (CSULB). This team will share a $10,000.00 award which will be presented to them at the IIDA SoCal Calibre Design Awards in May 2016. They will also represent IIDA Southern California Chapter at the 2nd Annual IIDA Westcoast Student Charette in April 2016 in Seattle, WA.

A special “Thank You” to Natalie Zweig and LPA for hosting the event, Tangram and Pivot Interiors for providing breakfast and lunch, and to our judges. Congratulations to the winning teams and all the students who participated!

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