ASID Student Portfolio Competition

ASID Student Portfolio Competition

It's the best collection of interior design student projects in the nation.

In its third year, the ASID Student Portfolio Competition generates the best collection of student design projects in the nation. Submissions are evaluated on conceptual thought, content of work submitted, and the student’s record of achievement. Judging included two rounds of online reviews and one round of finalist interviews.

The 2018 experience culminated at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit in Los Angeles where finalists presented their portfolios to a panel of judges in the hope of securing a 2018 internship with Benjamin MooreGenslerHKS ArchitectsHOKHumanscaleICRAVEPerkins+Will, or Studio O+A. The winners were recognized at SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit in Los Angeles on February 25, 2018.

Each one of the SPC internship winners received a $2100 scholarship from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation, in addition to their 2018 internship.

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2017-18 ASID Student Portfolio Competition Winners

Internship Winner: Benjamin Moore

Xingying Du, Student ASID

Pratt Institute

Internship Winner: Gensler

Fei Liu, Student ASID

New York School of Interior Design

Internship Winner: HKS

Minkyoo Chung, Student ASID

New York School of Interior Design

Internship Winner: HOK

Luke McLindon, Student ASID

Savannah College of Art and Design

Internship Winner: Humanscale

Khadeine Ali, Student ASID

Savannah College of Art and Design

Internship Winner: ICRAVE

Briana Guin, Student ASID

Auburn University

Internship Winner: Perkins+Will

Rachael Snow, Student ASID

Auburn University

Internship Winner: Studio O+A

Kaylen Parker, Student ASID

The University of Texas at Austin

Internship Providers

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. Recognized as industry leaders, the Benjamin Moore Color & Design team focuses on all aspects of color, trend and design. The team annually forecasts color trends following a year-long research journey to 30 cities across 12 countries, traveling nearly 100,000 miles. This journey results in the highly anticipated announcement of the Color of the Year & Color Trends each Fall. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®Regal® SelectNatura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designers more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

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 a team of more than 1,400 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. We have nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions that solve our clients’ challenges. Our research teams dig deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes--then they share them freely for everyone’s benefit. In all we do, we are mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. We use design to enrich people’s lives and help organizations succeed. Our 1,700 people collaborate across a network of 23 offices on three continents. 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. Our 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.

Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve health and comfort at work. Our award-winning office solutions – including self adjusting seating, sit/stand desks, monitor arms, and task lighting – inspire movement and support the user in their every posture. Humanscale's Design Studio, based in New York City, abides by the philosophy that good design achieves more with less. We regularly partner with esteemed industrial designers and are known for our history of collaboration with the iconic designer Niels Diffrient. Our innovations have been honored with more than 200 prestigious awards since 2007 and are featured in museums such as the Museum of Modern Art. Sustainability of both design and materials is at the heart of what we do, and we solve functional problems as simply and elegantly as possible while consuming less of the Earth’s limited resources.

ICRAVE is an award-winning experience strategy, design, and development studio. They offer clients strategy, design and development services, incubate products ourselves, and make equity investments. ICRAVE’s trusted advisors offer decades of experience working with AORs, investors, and owners to design emotional and high impact businesses. They work with start-ups looking to launch new companies as well as established organizations looking to bring what they have to the next level.

Studio O+A is an award-­‐winning San Francisco - based interior design firm with 26 years of experience in workplace design. Our creative office solutions for companies such as Facebook, Microsoft, Yelp, Uber, Nike, Cisco and many others have established the firm as one of the country’s leading exponents of innovative work environments. O+A’s methodology is steeped in the practical application of proven techniques. We have learned that the client’s story is the story to tell—so we listen. We understand that people are most creative when personally invested in a project—so we encourage our designers to take ownership of their work. We understand the importance of peer review—so every phase of every project is carefully assessed by the entire team. Finally, we understand that the success of any design depends on the success of its execution—so we work closely with the builder to see that project intentions are realized. Our staff has expertise in all disciplines. Because our professionals are trained and experienced in all aspects of workplace planning and design, we exercise a degree of control that carries projects from concept to completion quickly and economically.

Perkins+Will is an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm established in 1935. Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance communities, we collaborate with clients all over the world to create healthy, sustainable places in which to live, learn, work, play, and heal. More than 2,000 professionals across over 20 Perkins+Will offices include some of the brightest minds in architecture, interior design, branded environments, urban design, and landscape architecture. Clients consistently turn to us for our leadership and expertise in areas like sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. Additionally, our Research Labs catalyze innovative design technologies and solutions that result in better, smarter, more competitive built environments. 

Judges 

Priscilla Ghaznavi
Priscilla Ghaznavi

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Jennifer Kolstad
Jennifer Kolstad

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Dan Kretchmer
Dan Kretchmer

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Priscilla Ghaznavi

Priscilla Ghaznavi
Director, Color and Design, Benjamin Moore

Priscilla Ghaznavi is Director, Color and Design for Benjamin Moore & Co., a unit of Berkshire Hathaway, and North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. She leads a team of designers in forecasting color, trend and design across all color systems as well as marketing color collateral. Drawing on her 19 years of experience her work encompasses all of the corresponding tools and strategies as well as their delivery to retailers and consumers worldwide.

Prior to Benjamin Moore, she held design leadership positions at companies such as Walmart, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic and Victoria’s Secret.  Ms. Ghaznavi has a BS in International Trade and Marketing, as well as an AAS in Fashion Buying and Merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and is an Associate, ASID.

Jennifer Kolstad

Jennifer Kolstad, ASID, Associate AIA
Director of Interior Architecture, Associate Principal, and Senior Vice President, 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 which 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 has been honed 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.”

Her 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 and Bachelor of Art, Art History. She is a frequent speaker and active member of the Dallas Chapter of DIFFA.

Dan Kretchmer

Dan Kretchmer
Director of Projects, Studio O+A

Dan Kretchmer is the Director of Projects at Studio O+A in San Francisco California. He has led design teams on notable projects such as Uber, Cisco, Slack, Paypal, Venmo, Sony Playstation, Eventbrite, and GE. Prior to his time at Studio O+A, Dan worked on a variety of project types throughout the country including multi-­‐family residential, civic, commercial, education, urban, government and athletic facilities. He has a strong interest in BIM technology and the integration of natural environments. Dan has received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture; Master of Architecture; and Master of Construction Management from Washington University in Saint Louis.

Peggy Lee
Peggy Lee

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Kate Magee
Kate Magee

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Clay Pendergrast
Clay Pendergrast

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Peggy Lee

Peggy Lee, NCIDQ, CID
Associate, Interior Designer, Gensler

Peggy has a wide range of experience whose multi-faceted skills include space planning, design conceptualization & development, interior design, and project management and works on her belief that design should be both creative in form and function. Peggy started her Gensler career in 2006 at the New York midtown office as a Designer/FFE Specialist for the hospitality studio. Peggy also collaborated with several offices to create a new system for standardizing hospitality FF&E specifications, which is still currently being used in most Gensler offices.

After working at other design firms and as a Project Manager in the furniture manufacturing side of the design world, where she expanded her detailing, construction, and management skills, Peggy returned to Gensler as part of the Retail Studio where her design and technical skills and well-rounded approach to interiors, finishes, and millwork construction lends a hand to large and small retail projects. Her passion for design excellence is shown in her leadership, work ethic, vision, and willingness to learn all aspects of design.

Kate Magee

Kate Magee, ASID, LEED Green Associate
Interior Project Designer, Perkins+Will

Kate Magee is an Interior Project Designer at Perkins+Will’s Washington, DC office, where she is involved in each phase of the design process, from interviews and proposal-writing to contract documentation and construction administration. With a Master of Fine Arts in Interior Environments and a Bachelor of Arts in English, she combines technical design skills with communication skills that enhance her ability to clearly articulate her design ideas to both clients and colleagues. A former Division 1 collegiate gymnast, avid marathoner, and fitness enthusiast, Kate enhances all design projects with an innovative approach to health, wellness, and wellbeing. Her award-winning portfolio includes Interior Design Magazine Best of Year finalist, Whitman-Walker Health, and the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) new national headquarters.

Clay Pendergrast

Clay Pendergrast, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Director of Interior Design, HOK

Clay Pendergrast is Senior Vice President and is Director of Interiors for the Los Angeles office of HOK. 

As Director of Interiors for Los Angeles, Clay is responsible for the design efforts of the Interiors Group in designing innovative projects both locally and internationally for the legal, corporate, entertainment, financial, healthcare, education, and science & technology markets. 

His projects include The Pritzker Group’s Los Angeles Headquarters, BeachBody Headquarters, LinkedIn Carpinteria, Lendlease “Nextplace”, Avery Dennison Headquarters, Cedars-Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Herbalife International, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, AOL, Disney, FOX Interactive Media, and Katten Muchin.

Clay received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Virginia and is a registered Architect in the State of Tennessee, as well as a LEED Accredited Professional.

Jon Strassner, LEED AP
Jon Strassner, LEED AP

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Elizabeth Von Lehe
Elizabeth Von Lehe

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Jon Strassner, LEED AP

Jon Strassner, LEED AP
Director of Workplace Strategy, Humanscale 

Jon has been with Humanscale since 1996 and has enjoyed being a part of the company’s progression as an industry leader in people, productivity, and workstation functionality. In his 20 years with Humanscale, Jon has served as Canadian Sales Director and North American Director of A&D. In his current role, as Director of Workplace Strategy, Jon works to ensure the Humanscale brand remains top of mind and relevant. His deep involvement in the design industry informs the company’s understanding of industry trends, salient conversations, and inspiring stories.

A LEED Accredited Professional, Jon is passionate about the role Humanscale can play in the Net Positive Movement and in creating healthy and restorative places to work and live.

Elizabeth Von Lehe

Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID
Director of Strategy and Brand Architecture, ICRAVE

As Director of Strategy at ICRAVE in New York, Elizabeth leads cross-functional groups of interior designers, strategists, graphic artists, and other design mavericks to help clients redefine themselves and their industries. Through the lens of experience design, she and her team have created impactful design experiences for clients of all sizes – from restaurant upstarts like STK and The Little Beet, to large household names like Memorial Sloane-Kettering and the Dallas Cowboys.

 

2017-18 Timeline

October 18, 2017 – Submissions Open

December 19, 2017 –  All Submissions Due
Submissions will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2017

December 21, 2017 – Semi-Finalists Informed

January 11, 2018 – Finalists Informed
Finalists will receive a free ticket to attend SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit. Finalists are responsible for travel and accommodations.

February 23 – 25, 2018 – 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.

 

Get The Details

Eligibility
  • Must be enrolled as a student as of September 1, 2017
Cost to Enter
  • $49 per student member submission. One submission per student.
  • $99 per non-member submission (includes a one-year ASID student membership; an $85 value).
Just Submitting has Benefits
  • All entrants to the ASID Student Portfolio Competition will receive 30% off SCALE registration (a savings of $90).
  • Semi-finalists will receive 40% off SCALE registration (a savings of $120).

Benefits for Competition Finalists
  • Finalists receive a complimentary ticket to attend SCALE (a savings of $299). This does not include travel and accommodations
  • Gain early access to SCALE to participate in onsite interviews with firm and company representatives

Benefits for Internship Winners
  • The winners will have the opportunity to present their portfolios to SCALE attendees during the closing ceremony
  • The internship will be at a location within the continental United States
  • The compensation and timing of internship will be negotiated between the firm and student winner
  • Over $17,000 in cash prizes for internship winners provided by The Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation
  • The winners will receive national media exposure