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2016 IIDA Student Design Charette Wrap-up

Eighteen students from Kent State University and The University Of Akron attended the IIDA Student Design Charette at American Interiors in Cleveland on October 14th and had the opportunity to work with a group of participants on a local design project. Most of the students had never met each other before and were divided into four teams based on school and grade level. We started the morning off with breakfast and a project introduction for the office renovation for Colonial Machine Co. in Kent, Ohio. The students during this charrette were given two different products that they were required to incorporate into their project, Knoll furniture & Wilsonart Solid Surface.


They then separated into their teams of four to five students and had approximately 6 hours to create a design for the space from concept to a finished design solution. This included display boards with rendered floor plans, perspectives and an interior finish scheme. Once completed, they presented to a panel of three judges of professional Interior Designers with varying backgrounds. The panel then selected a winning team based on specific criteria. 


Congratulations to the winning team that included Hannah Tuma - 2nd year KSU, Alyssa Elms - 3rd year The University of Akron, Hannah Dicesare - 3rd year KSU, Aaliyah Russell - 3rd year KSU, and Erin Hardgrove - 3rd year KSU! The team won a small monetary prize and all of the final presentation boards were on display at the IIDA Annual Conference.


Thank you to all of the students who participated in the event as well as American Interiors for hosting us! We would also like to thank our panel of judges which included David Fox with KnollCourtney Bell with American Interiors and Mindy Caldren with Kimball Furniture.


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