IIDA RED Awards and ASID Excelence Awards Close Soon!

The IIDA RED Awards close to submissions soon and ASID Design Excelence Awards are opening to submissions soon. School may be out this week, but that makes it the perfect time to brush up your projects and submit them. The best part? You can use the same project for both competitions! Make the best of the time and perfect one project and submit it to both competitions to increase your chances! Remember, entering competitions is a great way to get your name and work out there!

The Red Awards close March 31st, the end of this week. Click the image below to go to the entry page.

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The Design Excellence Awards open April 9th, in two weeks. Click the image below to go to the entry page.

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Submissions for IIDA RED Awards Now Open!

2018 IIDA RED Logo Square

The Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association is pleased to announce the call for submissions for the 6th Annual Recognizing Exemplary Design Awards. Help us to celebrate Interior Design in Illinois by submitting a project that has been completed in the past 2 years. Entrants can submit to one or more category, ranging from commercial to residential, students to hospitality and more. Winners will be announced at the RED Awards ceremony on Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Venue SIX10, as well as featured on the IIDA Illinois Chapter website and social media and in Contract Magazine. Winning projects will also have the opportunity to be toured by members of the IIDA Illinois Chapter in the following year, which is exposure that you can’t get anywhere else. Don’t miss this opportunity to have your Exemplary Design Recognized!

Best of all, student entries are FREE!

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Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge is Now Open!

Remember back in October, when we said that 2018 would be here before we knew it? Well it’s here! And it’s brought the opening of the Sherwin-Williams Student Design Competition.


You can win up to $2500, and there are multiple categories! Haven’t taken Visualization Techniques yet? Not a problem! They accept hand drawn entries as well. There is literally no excuse not to enter!

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ASID Illinois Charrette Competition


Come put your skills to the test in one of the industry’s oldest competition forms, the charrette. Work with other students and emerging professionals to create a design, all while under a time limit. This is a great way to meet other interior designers and to get your work seen by professionals!

This event is held at The Mart in downtown Chicago on Thursday, February 15th, and tickets are $5 for students, though free tickets can be acquired by using code DCSTUDENTFREE.

If you are planning to go, please let Jane know so she can give the organizers an idea of how many we have.

And did we mention that we are the reigning champs?


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IIDA Illinois Chapter Graphic Design Competition

How would you like to start the year off with $1000? the IIDA Illinois chapter is holding their first inaugural logo design competition! This is a great way to brush up on your graphic design and Photoshop over the break.

The chapter needs a cohesive branding for their events, and would like chapter members to design them. They would like you design individual logos for the following events:

  • Stitch, a fashion competition
  • CEU events
  • Designer Drinks
  • Designed to Find Scavenger Hunt
  • You. Me. We.
  • Bizarre Bazaare

The first prize winner earns $1000, their logos used in 2018 publications and social media recognition, and the second and people’s choice winner earns a ticket to Photobash and social media recognition.

Click here for more information and the submission guidelines.

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ASID Student Portfolio Competition


Time is running out to enter the ASID Student Portfolio Competition! Winners of the competition will have the chance to interview for Summer 2018 internships at companies like Glensler, HKS, and Perkins & Will. All finalists will receive a free ticket to SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit as well. Both of these prizes are opportunities that are not to be missed!

Submissions to the competition close December 5th.

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IIDA 2017 Student Design Competition


Entries for the 2017 IIDA Student Design Competition opens soon! This year, the challenge is to design the marketing and sales support office for OFS Brands’ headquarters.

The first place prize is $2,500 and winners will be announced in the Spring 2018 issue of QUAD as well as thee IIDA Student Newsletter and featured in DesignMatters and on the IIDA website.

Click here or the image above to get more information. If you enter let us know! We would love to feature you on our blog and support you!

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Sherwin-Williams Student Design Challenge


While it may seem far away, 2018 is around the corner, and so is a new season of student competitions. The first of which is the Sherwin-Williams 2018 Student Design Challenge, which opens for entries starting Thursday, February 1st, 2018.

The competition has two categories, commercial and residential. Both categories give the same amount of prize money, with $2,500 going to the winners. You can enter by yourself or as part of a team. And the best part? There is no fee to enter!

You can get more information by clicking here, or on the photo at the top of the post. If you do enter, please let us know! There is a Fan Favorites award and we would love to support you!

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Formica Student Competition

Entries are currently open for the Formica Student Competition and will be open until November 10th. There’s still time to enter!form-header

From the Formica website:

Design and architecture students are invited to show their creativity and innovation for the chance to win a cash prize and national recognition as part of the FORM Student Innovation Competition by Formica Corporation.

The FORM Student Innovation Competition is a modern take on the original “FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play” challenge, held in 2008. Ten world-renowned architects, including Zaha Hadid, Michael Graves, Bernard Tschumi and Massimo Vignelli, constructed new works of art from Formica® Brand products. The fabricated designs were then exhibited in Cincinnati, where Formica Corporation is headquartered, at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.

Now, students are invited to take on the same challenge some of the architectural greats took on ten years ago by creating and submitting a color rendering of something to “sit upon, lay upon, lean upon or play upon.” This competition is designed to honor the architectural icons who participated in 2008 and pay homage to their legacies by inspiring the next generation of design professionals.

The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1,500 in cash, and their design will be fabricated and showcased at an unveiling event at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center.
The second place winner will be awarded $1,000, and the third place winner will receive $500.

Finalist submissions will be reviewed by a panel of esteemed judges who are renowned in the industry, together with Formica Corporation’s Group Vice President of Design, Renee Hytry Derrington. This gives students a tremendous opportunity to have their work reviewed by individuals from some of the top architectural firms in the industry.

You can find out more information, including how to enter by clicking on the header image or by clicking here. And if you enter, let us know! We would love to celebrate your achievements!

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