“Students are the future of design, so it’s crucial that they understand the importance of sustainability today,” said Cheryl S. Durst, executive VP and CEO of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), which put on the worldwide Student Sustainable Design Competition.
The winners, whose projects demonstrated consistent, creative sustainable principles, are as follows:
First place: Jenny Chang, Arizona State University, won a $1,500 cash prize for her project THE EDGE.
“The consistent design, from the exterior and urban planning through the interior space, melds the project seamlessly as a whole, addressing sustainability by addressing larger social implications and Interior Design’s effect on the broader social community rather than just the client and location itself,” said judge Robert Moylan.
Second place: Michelle Meléndez, Seminole State College of Florida, won $1,000 for her project for the College of Communication and Public Relations.
“This project applied sustainable strategy in a regional manner, clearly and thoroughly working through the urban and regional issues and detailed the elements of Interior Design,” said judge Tim Gajewski. “We were impressed by the designer’s ability to make such a complex project easy to read and navigate.”
People’s Choice: Tegan Deering, Academy of Art University, won for his project Shipping Container Vacation Home.
“The general trend of sustainable design has grown from standard energy efficiency and resource concerns to include material, community, weather, disaster relief and health issues,” said judge Amy Campos. “It was nice to see this evolution of sustainable design represented in the projects we saw this year. They addressed the big ideas of sustainability with an exemplary consistency and follow-through.”