Challenge and advance your design education
IIDA Southern California supports the advancement of education and offers several programs and opportunities for interior design students throughout the region.
Interior design students from SoCal schools come together once a year each fall to collaborate in a fast-paced, hands-on design Charette. Teams work together to develop a design presentation based on a program assigned at the beginning of the day. Winners are chosen by a panel of esteemed interior design professionals. The first-place team is awarded $10,000, and the second-place team receives $4,000. The first-place team is also invited to participate in the Western Regional Student Charette each spring.
Virtual Student Design Expo
Southern California IIDA Student Members are invited to participate in IIDA SoCal’s first ever Virtual Student Design Expo! Students will be asked to submit a single project that represents their best work that was completed during their schooling for a chance to win exclusive prizes! Accepted entrees will go through a closed judging process to determine a 1st place winner, and a public vote to determine a People’s Choice winner.
Download the Call for Entries for all the information you need to apply.
Applications Open – Friday, September 11th
Applications Due – Friday, October 2nd
Public Voting – October 16th – October 23rd
Winners Announced – October 30th, Time TBD via IIDA SoCal’s Instagram live! Follow us at @iidasocal
West Coast Student Design Charette
The first Western Regional Student Design Charette was held in Southern California in 2015. Since that time, other Western Regional Chapters have hosted the Regional Charette each year and, in 2020, the event will be held in Northern California. Participants include the winning teams of the local Charettes in IIDA Chapters along the West Coast, including Southern California, Northern California, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, Rocky Mountain and Arizona. The winners of the Regional Charette go on to compete at the International Charette at NeoCon in Chicago each June.
Best of Design - Student Competition
For this annual event, students submit a project for review by a panel of judges. Awards are given for Innovation, Social Relevance and the very special Aram Arakelian Memorial Award, named after the founder of SoCal's Student Program.
Other Student Programs
IIDA hosts student programs such as portfolio reviews, panel discussions and sample swaps throughout our Chapter in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Inland Empire. We also offer discounted tickets for students at most events. Check our event calendar for more events.
Become a Student Member
Join or Start a Campus Center
We have several Campus Centers located at colleges and universities in Southern California. These are design-oriented groups on the campuses that provide opportunities for interaction with other IIDA Student Members, organize events, take a leadership role, and work closely with local Chapter leaders.
Set your school up as an IIDA Campus Center
Please check with the Interior Design faculty for campus activities. To set your school up as an IIDA Campus Center, see info here.
The Value of Student Programs
As one of the newer members of the IIDA SoCal Board of Directors, I’m excited to continue the important work that my father, Aram Arakelian, started when he launched the SoCal Student Program over 25 years ago. It’s rewarding and inspiring to work with the students and to see them advance in the design profession.
James Arakelian, Affil. IIDA, Environmental Contracting Corp. / Regional Student Affairs Director, IIDA SoCal