The 2016 IIDA Student Design Charette


The 2016 IIDA Southern California Student Design Charette was held earlier this month at LPA, Inc. in Irvine, CA.

See the photos from the Charette here!

Thirty students from Interior Design Programs in schools throughout Southern California were selected to compete in this prestigious design challenge. Christine Oiwake, last year’s Charette winner gave a brief presentation and then the students were grouped into six teams and challenged to design a flexible retail concept including a specialty market, bistro restaurant and cooking classroom. The project was located in the heart of the historical Downtown Los Angeles neighborhood in the Broadway Trade Building.

The teams had 4.5 hours to collaborate and come up with creative design solutions, after which, they presented their project to a distinguished panel of judges that included:

Aram Arakelian, Founder – Environmental Contracting Corporation

Brett Shwery, Senior Vice President, Corporate Workplace, Design & Delivery Director – AECOM

Robyn Taylor, Director of Design – Westgroup Designs

Sandi Warneke, Design Principal & Studio Director – Gensler

After serious deliberation and discussion, private interviews were held with each team and the 1st and 2nd place winners were announced.

The winners are:


First Place Team
Eva Gao, Design Institute San Diego
Clarence Vong, CSU Northridge
Tanner Geertsen, Otis
Odalis Guerrero-Hernandez, Woodbury
John Corpuz, Mt. San Antonio College


Second Place Team
Francis Redublo, CSULB
Leah Impey, San Diego Mesa College
Lindsey Graves, Mt. San Antonio College
Tyera Black-Davis, Art Institute – SD
Maegan Iamjan, Otis

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Student Affairs, thank the host, sponsors, students and volunteers for helping to make this event a huge success!

Event Sponsors:
Environmental Contracting Corporation – Aram Arakelian
LPA Inc. – Natalie Zweig
Pivot Interiors – Trish Drummy
Steelcase – Stephanie Martinez

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