Grand Prize Winner, Yu-Hsiang Fu
New York School of Interior Design
Submissions are evaluated on conceptual thought, the content of the work submitted, and the student’s record of achievement, with two rounds of online reviews and one round of finalist interviews at SCALE. The experience culminated in a presentation of their portfolios to a panel of judges in the hope of securing a 2017 internship with Gensler, HKS Architects, HOK, or Studio O+A, the 2017 grand prize internship sponsors.
New York School of Interior Design
School of Visual Arts
Savannah College of Art and Design
Parsons School of Design
Design Director, Gensler
Originally from Brazil, Ane Rocha has over 20 years of experience in the strategic design and management of corporate, residential, and hospitality projects that have been successfully implemented in the U.S. and Brazil. With a high level of analytical and critical thinking combined with creativity, Ane delivers big ideas within business realities to her clients. Throughout the design process, Ane works to introduce innovative concepts into the design and implementation process to produce beautiful and intelligent projects that foster long lasting relationships with clients.
Ane joined Gensler in 2008 and rejoined the organization in 2016. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interior Design from the Design Institute of San Diego.
Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA
Vice President, Director of Interior Architecture
Jennifer is a passionate advocate for design. As the global director of Interior Architecture for HKS, Jennifer collaborates with practice leaders and design directors across all sectors to unify architecture and interior design. She is co-director of the HKS Human Experience Lab with Dr. Upali Nanda that challenges existing and future design thinking through research-based prototype development. Her diverse, international portfolio of hospitality, health care, retail, institutional, and corporate interiors projects was developed through her experience at SOM, Gensler, and ALDAR in Abu Dhabi.
Jennifer is dedicated to a practice of continuous investigation and evaluation. She believes in evolving design methodologies through critically questioning existing models and best practices. “Design is the solution to everything; the output of which is visible in the physical world but also exists in our systems, processes, and ideologies.”
Jennifer’s award-winning work has been published in Interior Design, Architectural Digest, House and Garden, D Home, PaperCity, and Healthcare Design. Jennifer holds a Master of Architecture degree, a Bachelor of Interior Design degree, and a Bachelor of Art History degree. She is a frequent speaker and active member of the Dallas Chapter of DIFFA.
Stephen Beacham, AIA
Principal | Director of Design, Interiors
Stephen Beacham, AIA is a principal and director of design for interiors at HOK, bringing more than 30 years of experience as an architect and interior designer to his role. Stephen designs from the inside out to ensure that clients get the most value from their facility investments. His design solutions respond to each client’s unique goals and needs.
Stephen recognizes the value of inside out planning, assuring that the elements planned for a project fit in the spaces intended. He works best as a “problem solver” - processing what a client verbalizes, but also what they may not be able to verbalize, and creating design solutions that enhance their business regardless of the project type. Stephen has valuable experience with aviation, hospitality, public sector, and corporate projects.
Stephen led the design of HOK’s new Philadelphia office space, which opened in June 2015 on the 15th floor of the One Logan Square building in Philadelphia’s Central Business District. The reception area, meeting spaces, and spacious design studio overlook Logan Square, the Barnes Foundation building, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Franklin Institute. The space, which has achieved LEED Silver certification, promotes sustainability, design excellence, innovation, and collaboration.
Stephen earned a Bachelor of Architecture and Interior Design from Pratt Institute. In addition to Daroff Design, he has previously worked with RMJM Hillier and Gensler.
Director, Studio O+A New York
Neil Bartley serves as director of Studio O+A in New York and leads project and account management for commercial interior design and special projects. He is the founder and creative director of PREACHER, focused on conceptual design and creative direction for commercial and privately commissioned architecture, interior design, furniture design, graphic design, and illustration projects. Neil has also served as an adjunct professor in the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Masters of Architecture program. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Cincinnati.
December 7, 2016 – Submissions Open
January 18, 2017 – All Submissions Due
Submissions will be accepted until Wednesday, January 25, 2017
February 1, 2017 – Semi-Finalists Informed
February 15, 2017 – Finalists Informed
Finalists will receive a free ticket to attend SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit. Finalists are responsible for travel and accommodations.
March 31 – April 2, 2017 – SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit
Finalists will receive exclusive training at SCALE and must be present to win the competition. Winner(s) will be announced at SCALE.
2016 Grand Prize Winner
Leigh Ann Soistmann, Student ASID | Virginia Tech
Zijian Wang, Student ASID | Indiana University, Bloomington | Gensler Internship
Zhaoqi Su, Student ASID | Indiana University, Bloomington | HKS Architects Internship
Verbal | Rebecca Thompson, Student ASID | Florida State University
Visual | Jack Luo, Student ASID | Drexel University
Portfolio Competition Finalist
Chris Chu, Student ASID | Bellevue College
Alicia Kosasih, Student ASID | New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Allison Miller, Student ASID | Auburn University
Hinako Nakagawa, Student ASID | Parsons School of Design
Katerina Sultanova, Student ASID | New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University
Past Student Design Competition Winners
2015: Heemyung Yang, Student ASID | California State University, Long Beach
2014: Sarah Wadding, Student ASID | Anderson University
2013: Mary Sherman, Student ASID | Pratt Institute
2012: Hannah Chessman, Student ASID | Virginia Tech
2009: Riley Dean, Student ASID | Art Institute of Portland
2008: Charlotte Bravo, Student ASID | George Washington University
2007: Jeff Larsen, Student ASID | Brigham Young University
2006: Holly Murdock, Student ASID | Utah State University
2005: Jill Garzik, Student ASID | New England School of Art and Design