Student Design Competition







ASID and our distinguished panel of judges are pleased to announce this year’s Student Design Competition: Touchdown first prize and honorable mention winners.

This year’s competition asked students to generate design solutions that meet the needs of airport travelers who require private, comfortable, and secure environments to work, connect, and recharge while en route to their destinations. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize and a trip to Boston where they will be honored at the annual ASID awards gala, CELEBRATION, on July 18, 2015.

ASID would like to recognize the following schools for entering five or more students in the TouchDown competition. Special appreciation to California State University, Long Beach for entering 28 submissions.

  • California State University, Long Beach
  • Indiana University
  • Seminole State College of Florida
  • University of Central Oklahoma 


Heemyung Yang, Student ASID | California State University, Long Beach

Heemgyung Yang is currently enrolled in the BFA Interior Design program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) and plans to graduate in 2016. Yang immigrated to the United States from the Republic of Korea in 2000 and worked a variety of jobs to earn a living. Her admittance into the BFA program at CSULB has allowed her to focus on her goal of becoming a professional interior designer. The 2015 ASID Student Design Competition has allowed her to dream bigger, just like the concept of her Touchdown project, “Dream Catcher.”

View Heemyung’s project!

“Well-researched, inspirational, and aspirational design concept statement, with appropriate and creative use of imagery to convey the concept and engage the viewer. The plan, features of the plan, materials, and graphic presentation articulated the design concept very well,” - Martha G. Rayle, FASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED®AP; ASID Past National Chair, and Principal of Rayle Associate

“The concept ‘dream catcher’ itself was intriguing, and the manifestation of it was lovely. The organic forms surround the traveler with warmth and calmness. The floor plan, lighting plan, and furnishing selections were well designed, functional, and efficient, yet comfy and program compliant. This project really explored the three dimensional opportunities of this space.” – Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow, ASID National Chair

ASID would like to thank Eduardo Perez, program coordinator and Dorothy Ottolia, AIA, professor since 1999 at CSULB for incorporating TouchDown into their course curriculum. 28 interior design students from CSULB submitted their projects to the competition, including the winner. Thank you.




Morgan Nestegard, Student ASID | West Virginia University

Morgan Nestegard is a senior at West Virginia University with a strong passion for all things that require creativity. She plans to pursue a Master's degree in Architecture at the University of Arizona.

View Morgan’s project!

“Sometimes in practice, we can become extremely pragmatic in our approach to designing spaces. The moveable walls were an innovative idea and inviting to clients who could create the space they were working in to be more collaborative or more solitary as needed.” -  Amy Kwok, Senior Design Strategist, Gensler

“I loved the introduction of a warehouse type feel inside an airport. The creative approach to modifying the spatial layout with the design of custom glass and steel panels is fantastic. It maximizes flexibility while minimizing construction overall. - Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow, ASID National Chair



Amy Kwok
Senior Design Strategist, Gensler

Amy Kwok, Senior Design StrategistWith a background in architecture and critical theory, Amy Kwok is passionate about the ways research can inform the design of a physical environment. Kwok works on projects that define workplace strategy and future growth for technology, professional service, government and developer clients. As a strategist with Gensler, Kwok brings a fresh perspective and familiarity with global clients, making her a critical member of every team she is on.

Martha G. Rayle, FASID, IIDA, NCIDQ, LEED AP; ASID Past Natoinal Chair; and Principal of Rayle Associates

DMartha G. Rayle, FASID, IIDA, LEED AP Senior Director, AvAirProsDuring her career, Rayle has completed more than 50 design projects, including corporate headquarters and data centers, as well as manufacturing, banking and healthcare facilities. Rayle also launched a strategic facilities planning organization for a Fortune 500 company, and she has extensive experience in corporate real estate strategy and program management. Rayle was an adjunct professor of interior design at Syracuse University. She served as national chair of ASID and on the board of directors of the NCIDQ.

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow; Senior Associate, MSR; ASID National Chair

Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED Fellow Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, national chair of ASID and senior associate at MSR, is an award-winning designer who has devoted her career to design excellence and sustainable solutions. Before joining MSR, Schoessler Lynn co-founded Studio 2030 and led the interior design and workplace practice for two major design firms. Appointed by the governor of Minnesota, she served two terms on the licensing board for the state of Minnesota. A frequent lecturer on workplace issues and sustainable design, she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Minnesota. Among other honors and design awards, she received the 40 Under 40 Business Leaders Award from the Twin Cities Business Journal.