IIDA WI Student Design Competition

Annually, the IIDA Wisconsin Chapter, celebrates the talent and hard work of our student members.  The competition provides a platform for students to showcase their work and gain exposure in the interior design industry.  The Student Design awards are presented at the IIDA WI Celebrate in Design Awards event held annually in the spring. This program is open to any IIDA Wisconsin student member. Those who aren’t yet members may become eligible by joining IIDA through the online student application.  Once your application is in process, please return here to enter your project.

2021 Competition is open - additional details below. 
Submissions due March 15, 2021
Also, look for additional scholarship opportunities on our student page.


Note: The winning projects will be published in the IIDA Wisconsin Chapter eblast and on our website. By making a submission, each entrant certifies that permission has been obtained from the photographer(s) to publish the photographs and images submitted.



Students are eligible to enter only one project in each of the three categories.  You must be a student at a WI College or University and you must be an IIDA WI member.  Projects that have received publicity or non-IIDA awards are eligible. Student design teams may apply but only the IIDA student members are eligible to receive scholarship money. 

The Student Design Awards are funded by the Susan Wohlitz Memorial Fund.  The awards include:

  • $1,000 First Place in each category                                   
  • $600 Award of Excellence in each category
  • $1,600 Best of Competition Award



  • Residential
  • Hospitality/ Retail
  • Corporate/ Education


Submissions will be judged for the appropriateness of the design solution and the successful integration of the elements of design. Winners are determined by a jury of design professionals. A first place and an award of excellence will be given in each category, given the projects meet all criteria and the jury feels they are of appropriate design and caliber for an award.


  • Project Statement Clarity and Alignment To Design Solution
  • Technical: Meet ADA guidelines, exiting requirements, lighting levels, and construct ability
  • Creativity: Use, Creation And Integration Of Design Elements
  • Design Intent: Use Of Materials, Colors, Lighting And Furnishings
  • Photography: Minimum of (4) project photos in pdf or jpg



Contact our Director of Student Members at [email protected] for further information.