The BIID Student Design Challenge is an annual, day long competition for final year university students of interior design and interior architecture. Universities are represented by their team, who have just 7 hours to turn a brief, given to them on the day, into a cohesive design for a panel of judges.

The stakes are high; only three teams can place, and they have only five minutes to present their designs to the judges.


1st Place: University of Lincoln
2nd Place:
Birmingham City University
3rd Place:
University of Portsmouth

Judges: Dan Hopwood, BIID President; Katie Treggiden, Confessions of a Design Geek; Ben Spriggs, Elle Decoration

Location: Campus London

Brief: Your client is Campus London, the beating heart of London’s start-up ecosystem, providing its 50,000 entrepreneurs a space to work on the next big thing. With a mix of conference rooms to desk space, co working areas and chill-out zones, the Campus has become London’s go-to for start-ups.

The building has seen 600 events take place this year, and prides itself on its ability to host people from any type of business, from any walk of life. Campus London is a democratic space to launch the businesses of the future, and it is always expanding.

Your task is to design a flexible co-working environment for level 3 of the Campus (this floor). Your space must accommodate 75 people who should be able to use the space as a working environment to develop their business, meet clients and break out, as well as host events.

Your design should be sustainable and environmentally aware. You should consider the essentials of any working environment in your design.

Finally, you are also tasked with creating a ‘think-tank zone’. This part of the brief is your opportunity to showcase your most creative ideas, to design a space for the Campus’ members to detach from reality and invent the next big thing.

Participants: Portsmouth University, Birmingham City University, De Montfort University, Lincoln University, Glasgow Caledonian University, University Campus Suffolk, Coventry University, London Metropolitan University