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The NEXT Campus

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

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About NEXT

What’s NEXT in learning space design?

WELCOME TO THE 7TH ANNUAL STEELCASE NEXT STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION FOR 2019

The future comes to campus every day – with radically different expectations. Tech-savvy, connected and aware of the global economy, students, families and academia’s top talent place increasingly high demands on education at all levels. Forward thinking institutions must respond by creating radically different experiences.

For the 7th Annual Steelcase NEXT Student Design Competition, students will design a 10,600 sq. ft. learning space to support these changing behaviors and expectations. It’s a great opportunity to prepare students for the demands of learning space design, and it makes a valuable addition to your 2019 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

The future is theirs to create!

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Resources

Shown are (NEW) resources for the 2019 competition.

(NEW) 2019 NEXT Contest Overview + Program

(NEW) 2019 Floor Plans
10th Floor
11th Floor
Next 2019 Floor Plan Addendum

(NEW) 2019 AutoCAD Files
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10th Floor
11th Floor

(NEW) 2019 REVIT File

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Key Dates
Prizes

Key Dates

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • April 2019 – Announcement of 2019 competition – call for programs
  • Summer 2019 (July) – 2019 NEXT resources (plan, etc.) loaded on Steelcase.com – share program with professors
  • September 3 – Open registration begins
  • September 9 – Question + Answer period begins
  • October 4 – Registration and Q+A periods both close
  • December 11 – All submissions are due by 5 pm PST
  • December 16 – All submissions distributed to judges for review
  • January 14-15 (2020) – Judges meet to select semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • January 17 – Announcement of semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • February 10-12 – Semifinalist presentations to judges at Steelcase Business Center
  • February 14 – 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.

2018 Winners and Judges

Winner
Semi-Finalists
Honorable Mentions
Judges

Winner

Winner

Kanoa San Miguel | Kansas State University; Professor: Michelle Wempe

Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Adrienne Melchiorre | University of Minnesota;  Professor: Genell Ebbini

Brett Patychuk | Ryerson University;  Professor: Annick Mitchell

Erendira Gonzalez | Iowa State University;  Professor: Daejin Kim

Caylee Balcerzak | Iowa State University;  Professor: Michael Ford

Amanda Karacsony | The George Washington University;  Professor: Kristen Carleton

Judges

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Judges

Audrey Koehn | DLR Group | Denver
Chari Jalali | CannonDesign | Los Angeles
Kristen Ruch | Steelcase | Denver
Larry Kline | Perkins+Will | Miami
Meg O’Neil | Steelcase | Grand Rapids
Nichole Babiak | Gensler | Dallas
Randy Malone | Steelcase | Dallas