Student Portfolio Competition

Excel in your career. Enter the ASID National Student Portfolio Competition

The ASID National Student Portfolio Competition endeavors to generate the best collection of student design projects for review. Students will submit their portfolios, resumes, and written statements to an online portal for the chance to earn a 2017 internship.


As a visual presentation of selected projects, the interior design portfolio showcases a designer’s thought process, technical skills, and design capabilities. A thoughtful portfolio sets an interior designer apart from their peers and tells a story. An interior designer begins the process of putting together a portfolio while a student and continues to refine the content throughout his or her career. 

The intent of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition is to evaluate all aspects of a student’s work: the concept for how the student thinks; the content of the work submitted; and the context of the student’s record of achievement. 

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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.


2017 Prizes

A Free Ticket & An Internship
Finalists will receive a complimentary ticket, courtesy of Benjamin Moore & Co., to attend an exclusive student portfolio track at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit. Finalists will work with professionals to polish their resumes, portfolios, and presentation skills, culminating in a presentation of their portfolios to a panel of judges in the hope of securing a 2017 internship at Gensler, HKS Architects, HOK, and Studio O+A.

Internship Winners
Internship winners will be selected based on their presentations to the judges. Winners will be announced on the final day of SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit.

  • Winners will have the opportunity to present their portfolios to SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit attendees.
  • Internship will be at a location within the continental United States.
  • Compensation and timing of internship will be negotiated between firm and student winner.

GIVING MOORE, a Foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co. Scholarship
One Grand Prize Winner will receive $5,000 and three internship winners will each receive $2,500 in one-time scholarship funding provided by GIVING MOORE, a Foundation of Benjamin Moore & Co. Prizes are awarded in the form of scholarships which are to be used for funding of tuition, books, or other educational or living expenses associated with an interior design program at a college or university.

Hansgrohe Aquademie Winners
Internship winners will receive a complimentary trip to Hansgrohe’s Aquademie in Atlanta, June 4 – 6, 2017. Winners will:

  • Attend a group dinner with fellow student leaders and Hansgrohe staff.
  • Experience a two day visit to Hansgrohe’s training and interactive product center.
  • Visit the famous Showerworld, where winners will experience firsthand more than thirty of Hansgrohe and Axor’s world-renowned shower products. Pack your swimsuit! 

Grand Prize Winner
One grand prize winner will be selected from the internship winners. The grand prize winner will receive a complimentary ticket (including travel) to attend Celebration: The ASID Awards Gala where he or she will be recognized and honored.  

Internship Sponsors

Gensler is an award-winning global design firm that partners with clients to create innovative design solutions. As architects, designers, planners, and consultants, we help our clients achieve their goals. Delivering projects at every scale, from a new urban district to a wine label, we serve our clients as trusted advisors, combining localized expertise with a global perspective.



HKS is creating places that enhance the human experience through innovation, creativity, and vision. An architectural design firm leader, HKS operates from 26 worldwide offices. Since its founding in 1939, the firm has completed construction projects totaling more than $77 billion in more than 1,648 cities in 84 countries.



HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. HOK’s mission is to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions for our clients through the creative blending of human need, environmental stewardship, value creation, science and art. HOK design solutions result from a collaborative process that encourages multidisciplinary professional teams to research alternatives, share knowledge and imagine new ways to solve the challenges of the built environment.



Studio O+A's central idea is that every client has a story and that a work environment is a great vehicle for telling it. When doing an initial programming on a project, Studio O+A collects the basics - the headcounts, the distances, the adjancies and so on - but they also want to know how their client got rolling, who the people are, what they like to do.

Studio O+A thinks of this process as a bespoke design - and they apply it to every service they offer: commercial interiors, branding, environmental graphics, tenant improvements, design consulting.

2017 Portfolio Competition Judges

Ane Rocha
Ane Rocha

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Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, NCIDQ, Allied AIA
Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, NCIDQ, Allied AIA

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Stephen Beacham, AIA
Stephen Beacham, AIA

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Ane Rocha

Ane Rocha
Senior Designer, 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, Allied AIA

Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, NCIDQ, Assoc. AIA
Vice President, Director of Interior Architecture
HKS Architects

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

Stephen Beacham, AIA, IIDA
Principal | Director of Design, Interiors

Stephen Beacham, AIA, IIDA, 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.

Neil Bartley, Associate ASID
Neil Bartley, Associate ASID

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Neil Bartley, Associate ASID

Neil Bartley
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.

Past Winners


2016 Grand Prize Winner
Leigh Ann Soistmann, Student ASID | Virginia Tech


Internship Winners
Zijian Wang, Student ASID | Indiana University, Bloomington | Gensler Internship
Zhaoqi Su, Student ASID | Indiana University, Bloomington | HKS Architects Internship

Honorable Mentions
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