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Three of our Master’s students will be competing in this year’s IIDA Young Designer Spotlight Competition!

Congratulations to the Arc+ID Master’s students, Jae Eon Chung, Tiffany Liang, and Mia Yamada for being selected to compete in the annual IIDA Student Design Exhibition! This event gives young designers an opportunity to meet professionals and industry leaders and it gives the design community a chance to see the work of emerging design students. Join industry professionals and a distinguished panel of jurors as the exhibits will be judged for First, Second, Third Place and People’s Choice Prizes.

We are excited to have such talented students display their work and represent the UCLA Extension/Cal Poly Pomona Master’s program at this design exhibition! Congratulations again and good luck!

If you would like to attend the 2014  Student Design Exhibition, please RSVP here.
This event is free.


Robert Bruce Thompson 2014 Student Light Fixture Design Competition

RBT Competition
Prizes will be awarded annually:

  • First Prize: The Thompson Prize is a cash award of $5,000, plus a trophy.
  • Second Prize: The Award of Distinction is a cash award of $2,500, plus a plaque.
  • Third Prize: The Award of Merit is a cash award of $1,000, plus a plaque.
  • Special Citations: A Special Citation is a cash award of $500, plus a plaque.


  • Entrants must be full time students, enrolled in an accredited academic degree program in the United States. Approved programs include architectural engineering programs, architecture programs, interior design programs, theater, or industrial design programs. Because of the high level of competition, it is recommended that entrants be undergraduate seniors or graduate students.
  • Only individuals may apply. Group projects are not acceptable.
  • The fixture must be designed within the past year and while the entrant is a student.
  • A faculty member at the student’s school must sponsor the application.

Submissions must  be uploaded by 11:59pm April 4, 2014.

How to Enter
For contest requirements, rules, and instructions, please visit 2014 Rules & Submission Instructions

IIDA SoCal 2014 Student Portfolio Competition

IIDA SoCal 2014 Student Awards

We are excited to announce that the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Southern California Chapter will be offering student awards totaling up to $15,000 in recognition of outstanding student work prepared during their last academic years. This includes the opportunity for one exemplary student to receive the prestigious Stephanie Tarr Award, valued at $5,000.

We invite you to participate in this competition, exclusive to IIDA Student Members, which provides students with great industry exposure and networking opportunities. The top award recipients will also receive a sponsored ticket to the 2014 Calibre Awards cocktail reception, dinner and program at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City, where they will be celebrated with on-stage award recognition.

Awards are offered to students who are pursuing an undergraduate degree or certificate in the field of Interior Design, Interior Architecture, or Environmental Design at a College or University in Southern California (Master’s Degree candidates are not eligible for this award.) The awards are meant to provide financial assistance to students who have a record of accomplishment in their selected field of study and who show potential to advance the interior design profession.

  • Awards are available to students currently enrolled in at minimum their third year in their design curriculum.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in their design degree curriculum, verified with accompanying [unofficial] transcripts.
  • Students must be IIDA members, or have recently submitted a membership application (on-line membership applications are available at www.iida.org).

Prize money totaling up to $15,000 may be awarded at the judges discretion.

  • Winners will receive their award in the form of a check on stage at the IIDA Calibre Awards event on May 9, 2014.
  • Winners will be featured in the Calibre Awards event program, and will also be featured on the IIDA Southern California Chapter website & blog following the event.
  • Award amounts will be decided by judges based on qualification of submissions. There is no guarantee of a winner(s).
  • A prize of honorable mention may be given at judges discretion.

Application Format:
The applications must be filled out using our online system. Use this form as a guide to gather your information ahead of time. Then, fill out the online application form.

Submission Requirements for Online Application:

  • Completed Application Form, including the required essay on a separate page.
  • Portfolio work sample.
  • Proof of IIDA membership.
  • Copy of [unofficial] school transcripts (Unsealed transcripts are readily available from the school admissions office or online).
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation or Student Recommendation Form (to be completed by interior design professional or educator).
  • Applications are to be submitted electronically – hard copy submissions will not be accepted.
  • Completed applications must be submitted online by 11pm on February 24, 2014.
  • Applications will be reviewed and an email reply will be sent confirming receipt and completeness.

Key Dates & Deadlines:
Written Application and Sample Work Deadline: Monday, February 24, 2014

Verbal Presentation Day: Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Shlemmer Algaze Associates, 18201 Von Karman Ave. Suite 120, Irvine 92612

A sample of project work is required to be submitted along with the written application. The verbal presentation is a review of your selected portfolio materials with a jury of industry professionals. The schedule of the Presentation Day will be confirmed after all applications have been submitted and issued, along with other details, to all eligible candidates. Participation is limited to twelve (12) students, chosen based on content of application and portfolio work sample.

Notification: All candidates will be notified of the results following presentation day via email.

Award Presentation: The 26th Annual IIDA Calibre Awards will be held on May 9, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Contact: IIDA@iida-socal.org

More information: http://www.iida-socal.org/students/studentawards/

Design Competition: Getting L.A. to Zero

“Imagine a building designed and constructed to function as elegantly and efficiently as a flower: a building informed by its bioregion’s characteristics, and that generates all of its own energy with renewable resources, captures and treats all of its water, and operates efficiently and for maximum beauty.”

Getting LA to Zero CompetitionThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is hosting a “Getting L.A. to Zero” Competition, a call for innovation in three categories: Design, Product, and Strategy.


Registration Deadline: Feb 28, 2014 at 5:00PM

Poster Submissions Due: May 5, 2014 at 5:00PM 
Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 15, 2014.


  • Design Innovation: Submissions must meet the requirements of all (7) Petals and applicable Imperatives outlined in the Living Building Challenge to create an architectural proposition within the boundaries established in the site area map. A holistic and innovative approach to net-zero design that explores a paradigm shift within one of the following typologies: Renovation, Landscape/Infrastructure, Building, or Neighborhood
  • Product Innovation: This category encourages investigation into the design of a specific technology system, component or product. This is intended to recognize those that develop and leverage new and emerging technology in the built environment. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials
  • Strategy Innovation: Examine the design process to create new business models, programs and ways to drive successful development projects as they strive for Living Building Challenge Certification. This category also recognizes innovation in research, methodology or building code analysis. Furthermore, programs that drive ideas forward, such as collaborations, partnerships, and other strategic alliances that encourage sustainable business development.Innovative strategies, processes and/or technology will be shared to make the goals of getting to zero a reality. Submissions must address one of the following Living Building Challenge Petals at a minimum:  Water, Energy, or Materials

Eligibility: Undergraduate and Graduate students at institutions throughout all of Southern California. Contestants must be enrolled at a college or university and be able to present at the final presentations in Downtown Los Angeles on May 15, 2014. 

Prizes: The winning team in each Category will receive $1,000.  In addition, each winning team will receive coverage in the Trim Tab publication, recognition at the annual unConference and the quarterly newsletter as part of the prize.

Contact: Matthew Johnston at info@livingbuildingla.org

More information: http://www.livingbuildingla.org/getting-l-a-to-zero-competition

living building challengeThe Living Building Challenge Los Angeles Collaborative is a community-based, in-person group that comes together for informal learning experiences and to advance community transformation. Collaborative members create the local conditions that support development of Living Buildings, Sites, and Communities.


Fifth Annual Durkan Design Contest Now Open!

It’s time to show off your design skills for the annual Durkan D*SCOVER design competitionDurkan has partnered with NEWH to bring a unique member only opportunity. In lieu of entry fees, you simply must be a student member of NEWH.

The Grand Prize for this competition is a $2,500 NEWH scholarship from Durkan and a trip to Las Vegas for the HD Expo show to receive award. Second Place will receive $1000 and a trip to Las Vegas for the HD Expo show to receive award. Third Place receives $500, Fourth Place receives $300, and the Fifth Place contestant receives $200. All winning student designs will be on display at the Durkan booth. Durkan will promote and catalog winning designs.

Click here–or on the image below–for more information about entry and design requirements!

Entries must be postmarked by Saturday, February 15, 2014.

DSCOVER 2014 - Durkan Design Competition

MIA Graduate, Rommel Ordoyo, Wins 1st Place in IIDA’s Student Awards Competition

May 9, 2012

Rommel Ordoyo and his award-winning project.

On March 10th, students from several schools throughout Southern California presented their best work to an esteemed panel of senior designers and industry partners at the annual IIDA Student Awards Competition.

The event showcased the range of talented students from concise presentation skills to well thought out project boards. The open presentation format allowed students to view each other’s work and gain insight to what other schools and programs are doing.

2012 Student Awards Competition

We are very proud to announce that UCLA Extension Arc_ID alumnus and MIA graduate, Rommel Ordoyo, is the 1st Place Winner of IIDA’s Student Awards Competition! This is the second time Rommel joined and won the annual IIDA SoCal Calibre Student Scholarship Competition.

Rommel’s winning entry for the Social Relevance category, the SEEDS Growing Community, is a highly sustainable center that encourages kids to grow their own produce and learn about the importance of healthy diet and nutrition. The center also has a restaurant/market component with a demo kitchen that uses the kid’s produce for its menu items and merchandise.

Rommel’s project was chosen for its purpose and value for a distressed Los Angeles area. He focuses on interior design as a means to serve and nurture the users of the space in civic, healthcare and commercial applications. He is also committed to succeed in his real estate investing business where he aims to put his interior design education to its best use.

Congratulations, Rommel!

Category: Social Relevance in Interior Design
First Place $5,000.00
Rommel R Ordoyo, University of California Los Angeles Extension / Cal Poly Pomona

2012 Student Awards Competition Recap
Master of Interior Architecture (MIA) Program

Links We Love (4/9/2010)

Today, we bring you Links We Love – a stirring round of external links about design information & events:

*A new Public Architecture book we thought you might all enjoy has recently been published by Taschen.

* DWELL announced their “Do More With Your Door” Design Contest – you can win a CASH prize! Enter today.

*NEWH Los Angeles presents their “Madhatter Goes Bowling” Event next Wednesday, April 14th at Lucky Strike. Discounted Rate for students, too! RSVP ONLINE ASAP!

*Ready Made Magazine offers us insight into a brave new world of excavation – for residential architecture? Read the story HERE.”Natural” dwelling indeed.

We hope you all have an excellent weekend!

Learn about Extension and enroll in courses by visiting our website!

Student Design Competition with La Cienega Design Quarter

To keep with 2010’s theme “Legends of La Cienega Celebrate Hollywood” students are being asked to design a room of their choice in a residential or commercial space that represents their vision for a certain film or television series or genre. (Examples given are the lobby of the Bates Motel, or Faye Dunaway’s living room in Mommie Dearest, or a kitchek for a particular sitcom, etc). Entries must be submitted by 6pm on Friday, April 30th to Paul Templeman-Holmes, Baker Furniture, 360 N. La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 (you may email him at paul.templeman-holmes@kohler.com)

Students will need to produce two boards (at minimum) that show a rendered floor plan, elevations, furniture selections, and materials choices. Extra boards are certainly welcome if you wish to enhance the overall presentation. This project may be worked on in groups of up to 3 people. You may also seek assistance from LCDQ members regarding samples and tear sheets.

The winner will be chosen by five renowned designers and will receive press for their project in Elle Decor! The finalists work will be on display from Thursday May 6th to Monday May 10th with the winner being chose on Saturday, May 8th.



F3 Awards Registration Deadline!

TODAY is the deadline to register for the F3 Awards! If you want to be involved go and sign up! Project Submissions are due April 16th at 6pm, which gives you a little over a month to create that winning prototype.

According to their press release: “F3 stands for Form, Function and Furniture, and the F3 Awards is a launching pad for students to explore furniture designas an integral part of design practice. The winning designers will receive cash scholarships of $3,500 for first place, $2,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place. The first place winner will work with engineers and designers from dTank to create a prototype of their winning furniture design.” Learn more at the F3 Awards website.


Design News Updates (3/4/2010)

Reminder: the deadline for the ML2 & Genuine Design Scholarship Competition is TOMORROW, Friday March 5th. In addition, The Kravet Your Room Contest and the F3 Awards deadlines are quickly approaching. Finish up those projects and get them in! Good luck to you all.

Designer’s Lighting Forum has a scholarship competition coming up! You can register and get more information HERE. The Informational PDF page states that the challenge is to “Design and build a decorative wall sconce prototype that is functional, and meets ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) standards. The fixture must be displayed for the competition in an upright position, as though it were attached to a wall. A space no more then 24” x 24” on a tabletop will be reserved for each fixture display.” Lamp requirements and other instructions are availble on the linked sites.

NEWH is celebrating their 25th year! Details about the members’ celebration Gala to take place August 28th, 2010 can be found below: