News Release – Annual Student Design Charette

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Contact: Kim Gonzales, IIDA – PR Chair, 503-952-1567,

FEB. 4, 2015


Portland, OR — The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Oregon Chapter is proud to announce the Oregon Student Design Charette competition. The competition will be held on Feb 21, 2015 at Boora Architects in Portland, OR.

The Oregon Student Design Charette is modeled much like the IIDA International Student Design Charette. At each level of competition, teams will be comprised of student members from different schools and grade levels, and of varying IIDA Chapters at the Regional level.

Teams of student members will be solving a design challenge within 6 hours, using only hand drafting and rendering. The teams will present their design solutions to a panel comprised of local judges. Following critiques of the solutions, the judges will select a winning team to advance to the West Coast Design Charette. This competition will occur on April 11, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA, and will feature the winning teams from all four West Coast IIDA Chapters (Northern Pacific, Northern California, Southern California and Oregon).

An evening of networking will occur on April 10, 2015, the day before the West Coast Design Charette. Professionals from several Interior Design firms will present in a “Reverse Pecha Kucha” format to communicate their respective firm design cultures and work to the students. After winners of the West Coast Student Design Charette are announced, all participating students will be treated to a private dinner followed by a  tour of the Getty Museum. The winning West Coast Regional team will be awarded a trip to Chicago to compete in the International IIDA Student Design Charette during NeoCon 2015.

Further coverage and event info will be posted on the IIIDA Oregon Chapter Blog, at


  • Jan. 20, 2015 – Registration Opens online for Oregon Student Design Charettes of the IIDA Oregon Chapter website.
  • Feb. 21, 2015 Oregon Student Design Charette will take place at Boora Architects in Portland, OR. The winning student will advance to the Inaugural Regional Student Design Charette hosted by the IIDA Southern California Chapter.
  • April 11, 2015West Coast Student Design Charette Event at Gensler in Los Angeles, CA. Winning Students of the Regional Student Design Charette are advanced to the International IIDA Student Design Charette in Chicago, IL.
  • June 16, 2015 – International IIDA Student Design Charette occurs during NeoCon 2015 at IIDA Headquarters in Chicago, IL.

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About International Interior Design Association
IIDA is the Commercial Interior Design Association with a global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 13,000+ Members across 50 countries. IIDA advocates for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of Interior Design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.


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