IIDA WI Chapter Student Design Competition

IIDA WI Chapter Student Design Competition

The Wisconsin Chapter of IIDA offers several opportunities to be awarded scholarships throughout the year.  One is our student design competition, which is awarded at the Celebrate in Design event held 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 application process; follow this link to apply.  Once your application is in process, please return here to enter your project.

Enter your project for 2019: DEADLINE EXTENDED DUE 3/25/19


Students are eligible to enter only one project in each of the three categories; projects completed after January 1st, 2017 are eligible for entry in 2019. 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

Judging Criteria


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.

Evaluation Criteria

  • 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


Winners of the 2019 competition will be announced in advance and presented at IIDA Wisconsin's Celebrate in Design event on May 9th, 2019. The winning projects will be published in the IIDA Wisconsin Chapter newsletter 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.