Western Regional Student Design Charette Summary

The 2nd Annual  Western Regional Student Design Charette was held at IA Interior Architects in Seattle, WA over the weekend of April 16th, 2016. Teams of student members from across the Western Region who placed in the Chapter Finals, competed for the opportunity to advance to the next round of competition – the IIDA International Student Design Charette in Chicago during NeoCon 2016!

FINAL_Day Of Posters_400Each team was comprised of students from the IIDA Northern Pacific, Northern California, Oregon, Southern California and Southwest Chapters. The winning team was selected by jurors Joey Shimoda, FIIDA, FAIA (Shimoda Design Group), Mindi Weichman, ASC. IIDA (Studio O+A) and Jane Hallinan, IIDA (Perkins Eastman).

This two-day event kicked off with an evening of networking, where local firms and event sponsors presented to students in a Pecha Kucha (short story) format. The event served as an opportunity for students and professionals to connect and share experiences that would help them to be successful in the competition and tips for transitioning into professional practice.

The IIDA Western Region is very appreciative of the support of our sponsors for providing this unique opportunity to our Student Members.

Charette Design Problem

Each team at the Western Region Charette was assigned the same project; an advertisement agency in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle, WA – Proof | Creative Strategies. The agency offers a wide range of production elements for their clients including audio-visual productions such as podcasts and videos.

Proof | Creative Strategies occupies one floor of a is a multi-floor building. The participants were asked to design the full floor without adjusting any core elements, while incorporating design elements that will allow for open collaboration, communication, and involvement of different specialties within the company. Students were asked to consider how areas connect, crossover and influence each other through various levels of privacy and interaction.

The IIDA Student Member teams were judged on the function, design, creativity/originality, aesthetics, oral and graphic presentation of their projects.

The program was produced by the IIDA Northern Pacific Chapter’s Problem Committee: Jennifer Baarley ASC IIDA (JPC Architects), Crystal Daily ASC IIDA (Dark|Light Design)  and Jeff Miller IIDA (IA Interior Architects).


Winning Team:


Note that team members are listed from left to right: Nicole (Chia Chi) Chang – AAU (Junior), Fabiola Martinez – ASU (Junior), Zoey Garland – University of Oregon (Senior), Julie Yuye Tian – Bellevue College (Senior),  Christine Oiwake – CSULB

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