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2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette

Congratulations to Clarence Vong, from California State University Northridge, who helped his team win first place at the 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette. A member of IIDA SoCal chapter, Clarence embodies a collaborative spirit and, together with his talented team, came up with a design concept of “Nopal Collective”, a creative solution for a workspace program.


The 2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette was held on April 8th at Gensler – Phoenix. Click here to see photos from the event. Thirty students from winning teams throughout Western IIDA Chapters gathered to compete in this prestigious design challenge. The students were randomly grouped into six teams and were challenged to create and present a flexible concept to celebrate diversity and provide collaboration space including a coffee shop. The project was located in the heart of historical Downtown Phoenix at the Luhrs City Center Building, built in 1924 and well know for its historic neoclassic & art deco style.

The teams had 5 hours to collaborate and come up with design solutions. They then presented their projects to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

David Meckley, IIDA, CID, LEED AP
Principal – Huntsman Architecture Group

Katie Hauser, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Account Executive – Interface

Senior Vice President – HOK

The winning team will now go on to compete, representing the IIDA Western Region, at NeoCon in Chicago in June 2017

We would like to thank our IIDA Southwest  Chapter and the Event Chair Cheyne Brown for hosting a fantastic event.

Event Sponsors:


2017 IIDA Western Regional Student Design Charette


Our VP’s of Students Affairs Jessica Collins & Edgardo Caceres, together with the 1st place winners of the our IIDA SoCal Student Charette will be traveling to Phoenix, AZ for the IIDA Western Region Student Design Charette from April 7th to 9th. Student team winners from each of 6 West Coast Chapters will  join to participate and compete. The students will be randomly re-assign to new teams and given 5 hours to come up with a design solution for a commercial project. Floor plans, renderings, models, sketches, details & material selection will be presented to a panel of prestigious judges.  The wining team will be advancing to the final at Neocon in Chicago.

We would like to thank our friends from the Southwest Chapter and the Phoenix office of Gensler for hosting and our generous sponsors. To learn more about the event & sponsors please check link below.


IIDA Announces First West Coast Student Design Charette

IIDA SoCal Student Charette, November 15, 2014
IIDA SoCal Student Charette, November 15, 2014

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Northern California, Northern Pacific, Oregon, and Southern California Chapters are proud to announce the ​Inaugural West Coast Regional Student Design Charette competition. ​The competition will be held on ​April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. ​Collectively, the four IIDA Chapters represent ​2,350 members in Alaska, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and ​65 Design programs.


The vision for the charette competitions was initiated at the first annual leaders retreat of the four West Coast IIDA Chapters in the fall of 2010, to showcase the up­and­coming interior design talent across our region. ​The IIDA Southern California Chapter ​was the first Chapter to host a local student charette in 2012, and has held one each year since. ​The IIDA Oregon Chapter followed with their local event in 2014. Between November 2014 and February 2015, ​all four West Coast IIDA Chapters will host a local event and ​advance the winning student teams on to Los Angeles, CA for the West Coast competition. The winning West Coast team will be awarded a trip to Chicago to compete in the International IIDA Student Design Charette during NeoCon 2015.


The Student Design Charette events are modeled much like the ​IIDA International Student Design Charette. At each level of competition, teams will be comprised of student members from different schools and grade levels, and of varying IIDA Chapters at the Regional level.

Teams of student members will be solving a design challenge within 6 hours, using only hand drafting and rendering. The teams will present their design solutions to a panel of judges comprised of regional Interior Design Professionals. Following critiques of the solutions, the judges will select a winning team to advance to the next level of Interior Design Charette competition.

An evening of networking will occur on April 10, 2015, the day before the West Coast Charette. Professionals from several Interior Design firms will present in a “Reverse Pecha Kucha” format to communicate their respective firm design cultures and work to the students. After winners of the West Coast Student Design Charette are announced, all participating students will be treated to a private dinner followed by a tour of the Getty Museum.


Further coverage and event info will be posted on the West Coast Charette host’s IIDA Southern California Chapter website www.iida-socal.org


Nov. 15, 2014 ­ ​The ​IIDA Southern California Chapter Local Student Design Charette ​occurred at Tangram Interiors in Newport Beach, CA.
Feb. 21, 2015 ​­ ​The IIDA Northern Pacific, Oregon, and Northern California Chapters Local Student Design Charettes occurred at the Knoll Showroom in Seattle, WA, Boora Architects in Portland, OR, and FME Architecture + Design in San Francisco, CA (respectively). Winning students of all Local Student Design Charrettes are advanced to the Inaugural West Coast Student Design Charette hosted by the IIDA Southern California Chapter.
April 11, 2015 ­ ​Inaugural West Coast Student Design Charette Event ​hosted ​at Gensler in Los Angeles, CA. Winning Students of the West Coast Student Design Charette are advanced to the International IIDA Student Design Charette in Chicago, IL.
June 16, 2015 ­ ​International IIDA Student Design Charette occurs during NeoCon 2015 at IIDA Headquarters in Chicago, IL.