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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 6, 2018
  • Deadline to Enter – Friday, May 11th, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time
  • Winner Announced – May 2018

Review the official competition guidelines.


The winner will receive roundtrip airfare and a two-night hotel stay in Chicago for NeoCon 2018. The winning student 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 cannot travel to Neocon in June, 2018.

The competition winner and all other entrants will be notified via email in May 2018.


For questions or more information, contact Katie Michael-Battaglia, VP of Student Affairs, NY Chapter, at



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.

During your time being immersed in the Interior Design Industry, you will have come to understand the importance of place, and how as Interior Designers, we can shape human experiences. As changes in technology and our awareness of our environment (sustainability & wellness) have evolved and continue to do so, what do you foresee in the next 10-15 years as being important factors & trends for interior designers to respond to?

Your essay should be 500 words minimum to 1000 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, May 11th, 2018.


Members of the IIDA NY Chapter Executive Board and Knowledge Forum Co-Chairs will review the essays and select a winner. The winner will receive roundtrip airfare and two-night hotel stay in Chicago during NeoCon 2018. The student will also be featured on the IIDA NY website and social media channels. There may be up to 3 winners chosen.