sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship Competition opens for submissions

Daltile and the ASID Foundation partner with Booz Allen Hamilton to award $27,500 in scholarship prizes

The sixth annual Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, is now open for submissions. The competition, which will award $27,500 in scholarships, will challenge students to reimagine the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center, located in Washington, D.C. Once again the competition will honor the grand prize winner with a $10,000 scholarship, three runners-up with $2,500 scholarships, and the school or university with the most student submissions with a $10,000 grant.

“For six years the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship has challenged interior design students across the country and awarded the rising stars of the industry for their creative design solutions,” said Kim Albrecht, senior brand marketing manager for Daltile. “This year we are taking the competition to a new level, using an existing space – the Innovation Center – as our canvas and empowering students to transform it using the extensive line of Daltile products.”

For the 2017 competition, students will be asked to evaluate the Innovation Center and identify areas of opportunity. Using Daltile products, students will redesign the space to incorporate Fitwel components, a future-looking building certification focused on occupant and community well-being, creating a stimulating and comfortable space for employees. Additionally, students are required to keep their design within a budget, a challenge that is similar to what they will face once they enter their professional career.

“At ASID, we believe that design impact lives,” said Patrick Schmidt, chair, ASID Foundation. “The ASID headquarters is the first space in the world to be recognized with platinum certification for both LEED (under Leed ID+C) and WELL (under WELL v1), and employee health and wellness in the workplace is at the forefront of our concerns as a Society and of the design industry collectively. This competition challenges students to be thoughtful in their redesign to maximize occupant comfort and well-being. By partnering with Booz Allen Hamilton, we are presenting students with a real-life challenge that they can draw from in their future careers.”

New this year, the winning student will be invited to pitch his or her design to the Innovation Center design team, OTJ Architects, and Booz Allen Hamilton representatives. Based on this pitch, elements of the winning design will be considered for implementation into the existing Innovation Center space.

“We are excited to partner with Daltile and the ASID Foundation to encourage the next generation of designers,” said Brinda Sen Gupta, deputy director of the Booz Allen Hamilton Innovation Center. “The Innovation Center is intended to enable great ideas and advance how our employees build value. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, much like the Innovation Center, serves as a catalyst to inspire students as they prepare to make their leap into the professional design industry.”

The 2016 competition received more than 120 entries. Kristina Tribell of The Art Institute of Houston was announced as the $10,000 grand prize winner during NeoCon East 2016 in Philadelphia. Tribell’s winning submission redesigned the Hyatt Regency Houston by incorporating biophilic design principles as a part of the 2016 “Design Inspired by Nature” theme.

The 2017 contest will run until September 30, with the final winner being announced at the Daltile Philadelphia Design Studio during NeoCon East 2017 in Philadelphia. For more information about the Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, please visit www.daltiledesign.com.