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BIID Student Design Challenge 2016

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University of Hertfordshire wins 2016 Student Design Challenge

The British Institute of Interior
Design (BIID) is delighted to announce the University of Hertfordshire team as
the winner of this year’s BIID Student Design Challenge 2016. The institute’s
second Student Design Challenge was open to all third year BA Interior Design
and Interior Architecture degree students.This year teams were from De Montfort University, Glasgow Caledonian University/ City of Glasgow College, University of Hertfordshire and the University of Lincoln. 

Held on Saturday 19th November at
De Montfort University’s impressive new  School
of Art and Design building in Leicester, the event was as a one-day,
charrette-style competition, designed to inspire collaborative team work and
offer valuable experience of responding to a design brief, planning ideas and honing
presentation technique.

With several student teams
competing on the day, the event brought together some of the UK’s finest
aspiring young design talent. Each student team was nominated to compete by
educators from Interior Design and Interior Architecture courses across the UK.
Students were gathered into groups of six, with an experienced interior
designer and BIID member providing guidance and advice throughout the
challenge.  These BIID mentors included
Past President of the BIID, Diana Yakeley OBE, Lori Pinkerton-Rolet, Ciara
Langley and Yentl Flo.

This year’s brief focused on the
global refugee crisis and the urgent need for temporary accommodation across
the UK. The brief challenged the competing teams to redesign a space in De
Montfort University’s School of Art and Design, as temporary refugee
accommodation for 60 people.

Students were asked to consider
the space, taking into account its multi-functional use, as a place for
residents of all ages to sleep, eat, study, pray and spend leisure time in, as
well as create private areas for confidential meetings with healthcare
providers, solicitors or other advisors.

Teams had just six hours to
develop a proposal, before presenting their CAD-free designs to a judging panel
led by BIID President Susie Rumbold and made up of experts in the field who have
first-hand experience of living in a refugee camp. The judges were looking for
a design solution that met the brief and demonstrated creativity, problem
solving and team work.

The BIID would like to thank all
of the judges who took part in the challenge:

  • Susie Rumbold, President of the British Institute of Interior
  • Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer at City of
    Sanctuary.  City of Sanctuary works to
    build relationships between asylum seekers and local communities and has over
    60 initiatives in cities across the UK.
  • Mark Salama, Mark is currently studying at South Leicestershire College and volunteering with the British
    Red Cross. Mark trained as an architect in Egypt where he established his own
    engineering and contracting company.
  • Malka Al Haddad, Malka is an artist, academic, feminist and human rights activist from Iraq where she established a Cultural Arts Centre for

After much deliberation, the
judges cast their vote on the design credentials of each submission, as well as
the individual input and group work of each team. The University of
Hertfordshire team mentored by BIID member Ciara Langley of Harriet Anstruther
Studio, were judged to have created the most innovative proposal, with the
University of Lincoln team being named as Runner Up.

 “The calibre of the
student’s work was hugely impressive and they showed real creativity and
innovation in their responses to this topical brief.” comments Susie Rumbold,
President of the BIID. “The BIID aims to support interior design professionals
from the earliest stage of their careers and this competition is a great way to
encourage and inspire the student design community.”

The BIID would like to
congratulate the winning team and all participants of the 2016 BIID Student
Design Challenge.

Quotes from the winning team:

"The competition was an absolutely
fantastic experience, and I would recommend any Interior Architect or Designer [final year student] to enter! It really throws you in the deep end of fast, effective designing. In
hindsight, we probably bit of more than we could chew as we created many, many
design elements! But I think that showed the depth we had thought into our
design concept (even if parts were an incredibly rough, quick, conceptual sketch
representation). The high quality teaching from Erica Liu and Silvio Carta from
the University of Hertfordshire equipped us for this victory!" Lana Stockton

“I'm very happy that I took part in this
competition. It's taught me a lot in terms of managing my time well and how
it's like to work in a team under a lot of pressure. the competition itself was
super exciting and there was always an adrenaline rush at every hour that had
gone by. Towards the end of it I could happily say that it was very much worth
it and I wouldn't hold back to take an opportunity like this again! Thank you.” Sanna Aftab

BIID student challenge was a great experience. The skills and knowledge I've
gained from this will help my career as an Interior Architect in the future." Georgia Hayes 

“The day was overwhelming and an
unbelievable experience. I felt I was capable of working to my full potential
as well as experiencing a challenge. The competition allowed individuals such
as myself to showcase their talents and take part in a once in a life time
opportunity. Having won the competition, I feel thrilled and extremely proud of
my achievements.” Shaun Attridge

For the photo gallery of the day please check out our Facebook page