Harrington Student Shares Inside Look at IIDA Design Showdown

July 26, 2012 General, Interior Design 0 Comments

In addition to volunteering, booth-hosting and portfolio reviewing at the recent NeoCon 2012 event at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, Harrington nominated three talented design students, Natalie Malik, Sarah Anderson and Lisa Sneddon, to participate in the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Student Design Charette on June 12. The Design Charette competition included students from other colleges and universities, and was a debut event at NeoCon this year.

At this event, a jury of prominent designers, architects and industry leaders critiqued design solutions and selected first- and second-place winners. NeoCon visitors were also invited to stop by and see the design students in action. The competition was furious and the experience intense. Harrington student competitor Lisa Sneddon shares her thoughts on her challenge and competing below:

“All three people chosen from Harrington were placed on separate teams. My team consisted of myself, Rebecca Myers from Savannah College of Art and Design, Eva Rasmussen from Park University, Amelia Richards from Michigan State University and Alyssa Sheen from Texas Tech University.

Our team’s challenge was to transform the south lobby of the Merchandise Mart into a functional, flexible WiFi destination lounge and event space that respects the original architecture, interior design and history of the Mart while also supporting the Merchandise Mart brand, message and icon as a premier Chicago destination.

The program requested we include two custom design elements, three or more products found in NeoCon showrooms and an interior architecture component that did not alter the existing building architecture (so more than just a furniture layout was required). ADA accessibility and sustainability needed to be considered in all solutions.

It was a low-tech design charette, so no computers, printers, Internet or even glue guns were allowed. We were supplied with two foam core boards and a printed floor plan of the south lobby. At the end of the charette, each group was required to give a 10-minute verbal presentation of their solution along with a presentation board which needed to include the design concept, hand sketches (minimum floor plan, elevation and perspective), and three or more products found in NeoCon showrooms that would be used."

Continue reading tomorrow to discover what design solution Lisa and her team chose!

-Amber Moore



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