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BIID Student Design Challenge 2023

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Sharpen your pencils, the award-winning BIID Student Design Challenge returns as an online event in November 2023!


Over three days, students will compete as teams to be crowned the Student Design Challenge champions in this fun, fast and furious annual event. With the help of a professional interior designer as your mentor, students will have the opportunity to work together to create the design that fulfils the brief in the most creative way.

Presentations will be judged by an industry panel culminating in an online awards ceremony celebrating everyone’s achievements.

First place will have their presentation featured on the BIID website, newsletter, and social media channels.


As this is a fully digital event, all interactions will take place over Zoom

  • Monday 6th November
    Students, tutors, and mentors will be welcomed to this years’ challenge and introduced to the top-secret design brief and the industry judges.
    All teams will then be sent the official brief and accompanying resources.
    Teams will break off and meet their mentor to get started on their concepts.
    Mentors will outline the ‘milestones’ for how the project should run which loosely follow a real-life plan of works.
  • Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th November
    Teams will continue working on their designs with regular scheduled check-ins from their mentor.
  • Thursday 9th November
    Final presentations are due by 12pm on Thursday 9th November.
    All final presentations will be shared amongst the teams so that students can check out their competition!
  • Friday 10th November
    The judges will review the presentations for scoring against our special criteria. 
  • Monday 13th November
    Students, tutors, mentors, and judges will be welcomed to the Awards Ceremony where winners and runners up will be awarded! 

The full programme will be delivered to teams on registration.


In addition to a fun and unique experience for students, the competition provides a genuine challenge alongside the opportunity to work as a team and receive mentorship from expert professionals.


This event is for final year Interior Design and Interior Architecture degree students (UK only)

We are inviting course directors to select a team of 5-7 students to compete on behalf of their university or college.

There are 10 team spaces available  

We are anticipating that this event will be extremely popular, so book your place as soon as possible. The deadline to apply is Monday 23rd October 2023. 

Course Leaders - once you have secured one of the exclusive team registrations, the BIID will contact you for your team members names and provide you with all the necessary details.

Download our printable PDF to add to your noticeboard or share electronically with your students. 

Additional Information

Please note, this competition is for final year students studying UK Interior Design / Interior Architecture degree courses only.

We ask that course leaders/tutors do not attend the scheduled mentor sessions. Course leaders/tutors will be invited to the welcome webinar and online awards ceremony.

Why are we hosting this event virtually? Owing to the success of the online version of the Student Design Challenge in February 2021, we have decided to continue to run the competition as an annual online event to promote diversity, inclusion, and accessibility for interior design students.

By registering your team for this event, you are agreeing to the BIID Event Terms and Conditions 

If you have any questions about the competition, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email, or by telephone on 020 7628 0255.

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