International Interior Design Association - 2022 IIDA student design competition (SDC)

February 18, 2022

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  • United States of America


Honoring the talent and innovative thinking of interior design students and showcases emerging professionals in the interior design industry.

The IIDA Student Design Competition celebrates the talent and fresh design ideas of interior design students throughout the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design program or institution. The competition provides emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and gain exposure in the interior design industry.



A premiere healthcare system in Cleveland will be renovating a rst- oor suite within a commercial o ce complex in Fairview Park. This clinic will specialize in treating mood disorders (depression, anxiety, PTSD, and disordered eating) as well as other disorders like autism and substance abuse. The patients will range in age from two (2) to eighteen (18) years old.


The 2022 IIDA Student Design Competition invites you to space plan a behavioral health clinic that will focus on outpatient services for substance abuse patients, and those with mood and anxiety disorders. The staff will teach the patients how to cope with daily stressors and work with those who no longer need daily support. The proposed oor plan should include a waiting room, exam rooms, therapy rooms, and administrative spaces. Thoughtful interior design and architecture should create a healing environment while facilitating communication and collaboration while promoting patient dignity and safety.

A sense of shelter, normalcy, and safety are key for this patient population. Some of the key words associated with behavioral health design include:

  • Homeful
  • Hopeful
  • Natural light
  • Acoustics
  • Personal safety
  • Positive distraction

Key features of behavioral health furniture that may be considered but is optional and not required in the nal design include:

  • Function
  • Durability
  • Solid surface
  • Comfort
  • Softly-rounded edges
  • Anti-ligature

At least half of the products included in each submission must be from Carolina and OFS. Consider healthcare solutions such as: Boost+, Serony Behavioral Health, Mile Marker, and STAKS. Carolina and OFS, in addition to its standard product o ering, provide clients with custom and modi ed solutions. There would be no better place than the behavioral health clinic to take advantage of those capabilities. Participants are also encouraged to use pieces from other manufacturers when creating their design solutions.

Healthcare facilities such as this should take into consideration the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, the HIPPA Privacy Rule, and make seating accommodations for the bariatric population.

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This competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students around the world who are currently enrolled in an interior design or architecture program. Entrants must currently be enrolled at the time of submission.School projects already completed may be reinterpreted and/or edited to meet the requirements of this competition. If the school project was completed as a group, all members must agree in writing to enter the reinterpreted and/or edited project, and all members must be listed as participants on the entry form.

Each submission must include the following:

1. Project Entry Form:

  • Participant name(s)
  • Member ID (if a current member)
  • Project title
  • Contact info
  • Project description using 500-words or less to outline why your concept demonstrates the best solution for the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

2. 24"x36" digital presentation board in PDF format not to exceed 5MB containing:

  • Dimensioned floor plan drawn to scale
  • Furniture and materials plan
  • You may combine the dimensioned floor plan and furniture plans.
  • Reflected ceiling plan (Assume the ceiling is a blank slate)
  • Renderings of the completed space
  • Additional drawings of the space (elevation, perspective, isometric, axonometric, orthographic)
  • Additional elements to convey the overall concept, such as furniture and fixture specifications, color palettes, wall sections, electrical plans, schedules, additional renderings, etc.
  • File name: SDC + initials + year_board (SDCLHH2019_board.pdf) NOTE: Do not place your name or other identifying information on your board or you may be disqualified.

3. Individual .jpg digital submissions of the (10) to (12) required drawings/renderings outlined above saved as:

  • JPG format
  • RGB color mode
  • Maximum size of 1MB per image
  • Filename: SDC + initials + year_number (SDCLHH2019_1.jpg)
  • Document dimensions not to exceed 11"x17" NOTE: Do not place your name or other identifying information on digital submissions or you may be disqualified.


A panel of three judges will evaluate the entries on:

  • Innovation and creativity – 20%
  • Coherence and functionality – 20%
  • Human and environmental impact – 20%
  • Fulfillment of the program requirements and additional contributions above and beyond the basic program – 20%
  • Presentation – 20%


Deadline: February 18, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:


Winners will be announced Spring 2022, and will be featured on, in the spring 2022 issue of QUAD, and DesignMatters newsletters. OFS provides the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners with a financial prize of $2,500, $1,500, and $750 respectively. Winners will also receive official digital assets, including competition winner logos for self-promotion, coverage and mention on IIDA’s social media accounts, and in an official press release distributed to leading industry outlets and media partners.

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