Education Student Membership Student Programs Student Design Essay Competition 2019


The IIDA New York Chapter Student Design Essay Competition was created to inspire students to explore the connections between the importance of place, and how interior design shapes human experience.


The IIDA NY Chapter Essay Competition recognizes IIDA Student members working towards an interior design degree with plans to pursue a career in the field. Only students that are IIDA members are eligible to enter the competition by submitting an original essay.

  • Competition Opens – April 1, 2019
  • Deadline to Enter – Friday, April 26th, 2019, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
  • Winner(s) Announced – May 2019

Review the official competition guidelines.


The winner(s) will receive roundtrip airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Chicago for NeoCon 2019. The winning student(s) will be featured on the IIDA NY website and social media channels. There will be no monetary prize awarded in the event the winning student(s) cannot travel to Neocon in June, 2019.

The competition winner(s) and all other entrants will be notified via email in May 2019.


For questions or more information, contact Katie Michael-Battaglia, VP of Student Affairs, NY Chapter, at [email protected] or Dan Villella, VP of Student Affairs, NY Chapter, at mailto:[email protected].



Any student who is a current member in good standing of the IIDA New York Chapter.


Your essay is to be in response to the posed question below.

Shifts in society have always shifted demand, broadening the definition of Interior Design. Increasingly, Interior Designers are being asked to seamlessly integrate technology, user experiences, operations, branding, and various other functions outside of a traditional project scope.

With the definition of Interior Design expanding in this way, how do you think approaches to design are changing, and what is the driving force? How do these changes affect your view of interior design?

Your essay should be 750 words minimum to 2500 words maximum, formatted as a letter size PDF, and should include the following on your entry form:

  • Your Name
  • IIDA Member Number
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number
  • School Name
  • Program Name
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Program

Here are some tips to keep in mind:

  • Be yourself. Let your personality, creativity, and love of interior design shine throughout your essay.
  • Make a good first impression. Proofread your essay – spelling, grammar, and punctuation are important. It doesn’t hurt to have a friend review it, too.

Your essay must be submitted online by Friday, April 26th, 2019.


Members of the IIDA NY Chapter Executive Board and Knowledge Forum Co-Chairs will review the essays and select winner(s). The winner(s) will receive roundtrip airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon 2019. The student will also be featured on the IIDA NY website and social media channels. There may be up to 3 winners chosen.