An annual competition held by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Interface FLOR encourages architecture and design students to consider key sustainable principles in their concept designs, rewarding consistent, creative use of eco-friendly alternatives. The winners of the 9th IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition have now been announced with an impressive team from Drexel University taking first place.
Katie Goodman, Liz Kahn, Jennifer Madden and Sarah Martin were awarded a $1,500 prize for their ‘Drexel SmartHouse’ scheme and will have their concept featured on the IIDA Student Blog and the IIDA website. View details of the winning project here.
Second place - and a $1,000 cash prize - went to Micaela Silva Merea from the University of Texas at San Antonio for her ‘Link Oil & Gas’ project. This year over 15,000 people voted online for the treasured People’s Choice Award which was eventually picked up by Park University’s Biljana Andonovski with her ‘Infinity - Mammography Clinic’ project. She was awarded an Apple iPad and free Student Membership.
Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, Executive Vice President and CEO of IIDA explained: “The IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition helps promote and create awareness of design strategies that reduce negative impacts on our environment. It’s crucial for students to learn what materials are most effective for sustainable design solutions and the scope of submissions proved that sustainability is a global concern.”