Students

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.

Student Charette

Ready. Set. Charette.

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.

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

How to get involved

Already an IIDA SoCal 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.

Current SoCal Campus Centers

The Value of Student Programs

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