The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) revealed the winners of the 2013 Student Sustainable Design Competition. The competition celebrates original sustainable design and rewards students whose projects demonstrate consistent, creative sustainable principles.
"Students are the future of Design, so it's crucial that they understand the importance of sustainability today," commented IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. "The IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition is all about Students developing their sustainable design approach, and that's why we are so enthusiastic to see such a high degree of innovation and sensitivity for sustainability in this year's submissions."
The First Place $1,500 cash prize was awarded to Jenny Chang, Student IIDA and Azarel Marrufo, Student IIDA (Arizona State University), for their project THE EDGE.
"The consistent design, from the exterior and urban planning through the interior space melds the project seamlessly as a whole, taking sustainability by addressing larger social implications and Interior Design's effect on the broader social community rather than just the client and location itself," commented Robert Moylan, IIDA, Smithgroup JJR.
Second Place and a prize of $1,000 was awarded to Michelle Meléndez (Seminole State College of Florida) for her project of 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," stated Tim Gajewski, IIDA, Associate, AIA, LEED AP, Wolcott Architecture | Interiors. "We were impressed by the Designer's ability to make such a complex project easy to read and navigate."
This year's People's Choice Award winner is Tegan Deering, Student IIDA (Academy of Art University), for her Shipping Container Vacation Home.