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The NEXT Office

There is no denying that how, when and where we work is changing. We challenge future designers to join us in this student design competition to create the NEXT office of the future.

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About NEXT

What’s NEXT in office design?  Are your design students ready?

WELCOME TO THE 8TH ANNUAL STEELCASE NEXT STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FOR 2020

With increased global competition and disruption coming from all sides, it’s clear the world is changing, and quickly. It’s also clear organizations need to embrace a growth mindset to fuel innovation by becoming more agile, encourage constant and continuous learning, promote collaboration, wellbeing, and rapidly adapt to a new ecosystem for the workplace and this will create new possibilities.

Challenge your undergraduate students to imagine the workplace of the future.  The 8th Annual Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition will be a workplace environment of approximately 11,500 SF intended to support the changing work behaviors and expectations of the workplace.  Have your students prepared to respond to the ever-changing demands of workplace design and incorporate this competition into your 2020 fall curriculum.  Participants will have the chance to win a trip to Steelcase, present to professional judges, and ultimately compete for both cash and product prizes.

To participate, email us at design4next@steelcase.com

For more information on the competition, please review information from last year’s competition at www.steelcase.com/design4next

The future is theirs to create!

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Resources

Shown are (NEW) resources for the 2020 competition.

(NEW) 2020 NEXT Contest Overview + Program

(NEW) 2020 Floor Plans
1ST floor PDF
2ND floor PDF
Site Plan PDF

(NEW) 2020 AutoCAD Files
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1ST floor ACAD
2ND floor ACAD
Site Plan ACAD

(NEW) 2020 REVIT File

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Key Dates
Prizes

Key Dates

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • April 2020 – Announcement of 2020 competition – call for programs
  • (Early to did-August) – 2020 NEXT resources (plan, etc.) loaded on our competition website
  • September 8 – Competition and open registration begins
    (all students must individually register for the competition)
  • September 14 – Question + Answer period begins
  • October 5 – Registration and Q+A periods both close
  • December 9 – All submissions are due by 5pm PST
  • December 14 – All submissions distributed to judges for review
  • January 11-12 (2021) – Judges meet to select semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • January 15 – Announcement of semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • February 22-24 – Semifinalist presentations to judges at Steelcase Business Center
  • February 26 – Announcement of winner

Prizes

Prizes

Grand Prize (1)

  • $2,500 for the student.
  • $2,500 contribution to school’s design program or to a charity of their choice.
  • All ­expenses paid trip to Steelcase University to present project to judges panel, meetings with Steelcase executives and other learning opportunities. Expenses include flights to Grand Rapids, MI, hotel accommodations, meals and transportation during the stay.
  • Custom ­ordered Think or SILQ chair.
  • Recognition as the grand prize winner in select Steelcase marketing.

Semi-Finalist (4)

  • $1,250 for each semifinalist not selected for Grand Prize (4)
  • $1,250 contribution to school’s design program or to a charity of their choice for each semifinalist not selected for Grand Prize (4)
  • All ­expenses paid trip to Steelcase University to present project to judges panel, meetings with Steelcase executives and other learning opportunities.
  • Custom ­ordered Think or SILQ chair.
  • Recognition as a semifinalist in select Steelcase marketing.

Honorable mention

  • Custom ­ordered Think or SILQ chair.
  • Recognition as an honorable mention in select Steelcase marketing.

2019 Winners and Judges

Winner
Semi-Finalists
Honorable Mentions
Judges

Winner

Winner

Chloe Cudney | Kansas State University; Professor: Michelle Wempe

Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Greta Anderson | University of Minnesota; Professor: Nada Sarraf-Knowles

Madelyn Holliday | Virginia Tech; Professor: Lisa Tucker

Delaney Leach | Virginia Tech; Professor: Lisa Tucker

Viviana Quintero | California State University Long Beach; Professor: Von Dominguez

Jessica Seraphin | University of Florida; Professor: Jason Meneely

Judges

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Judges

Monika Avery | S/L/A/M Collaborative | Glastonbury, CT
Madelyn Hankins | Steelcase | Grand Rapids
Linnea Kessler-Gowell | Ayers Saint Gross | Washington D.C.
Jennifer Kirby | Steelcase | Washington D.C.
Sarah Sayeed | Steelcase | Los Angeles
Deborah Shepley | Gensler | Los Angeles
Marissa Yu | Page | Houston