The LA City Center Student Design Expo brought together students and design professionals for an engaging Thursday evening on November 15th. AECOM graciously hosted this event in their stunning DTLA office. The students and recent graduates shared impressive work and confirmed that the future of design is pushing boundaries and is as exciting as ever.
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We were lucky to have the IIDA SoCal Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Jessica Collins with HOK and Edgardo Caceras with Gensler, judge the students’ work. Each student presented their work to the duo and after much deliberation, they awarded the following prizes:
Wei Qiu (Otis)
Billie Herwig (UCLA)
Chris Ko (CSULB)
Sanya Jain (UCLA)
Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants for sharing their incredible work!
Next in the evening was the panel discussion. Amanda Kaleps with Wolcott Architecture | Interiors moderated the discussion. The discussion highlighted various aspects of the design world like developing a personal brand, the future of design, and evolving in the industry. The distinguished panel included:
Sarah Devine | AECOM
Barbara Dunn | Gensler
Ryan Saghian | Ryan Saghian Interiors
Riz Walker | Omgivning
This event would not have been possible without the support from the event sponsors, Strategic Furniture Group, Crossville, and Tangram. Also, the evening was made extra special by the creative drink bar sponsored by Steelcase and the delicious appetizers sponsored by EEi Project Management. Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the students in our design community and all of IIDA SoCal.
Finally, thank you to all of the LA City Center volunteers for their tremendous effort in organizing a great event and all of the students and design professionals who joined us for this event.
Megan Jobe, Marcy Paterik, Megan Zell, Sheila Shenasi, Brian Schaller, and Andrea Amondson.
Strategic Furniture Group
EEi Project Management
All the best and happy holidays!
Jason Shepley and Ali Dahl
LA City Center Co-Chairs