The NEXT Design Studio

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

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About NEXT

Welcome to the 2016 Steelcase NEXT Student Design competition

Challenge your undergraduate students to imagine the design studio of the future. This creative space of approximate 11,300 SF will support the needs of today’s interior designers while imagining what a future design studio could be. Incorporate this competition into your 2016 fall curriculum to give your students a chance to win a trip to Steelcase, present to professional judges, and ultimately compete for both cash and product prizes.

To preregister your class to participate, please send an email to design4next@steelcase.com.

The future is theirs to create!

Resources

Client Overview + Program


Floor Plan


*AutoCAD Files

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More Information

Key Dates
Prizes

Key Dates

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • April 2016 – Announcement of 2016 NEXT competition and call for participating programs
  • Summer 2016 – 2016 NEXT materials loaded to website
  • September 4 – Open Registration begins
  • September 12 – Question + Answer period begins
  • October 10 – Registration and Q+A closes
  • December 9 – All submissions are due
  • January 13– Announcement of semi-finalists and honorable mentions
  • February 10 – Semi-finalist final presentations and winner announcement

Prizes

Prizes

Grand Prize

  • $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 chair.
  • Recognition as the grand prize winner in select Steelcase marketing.

Semi-Finalist (5)

  • All ­expenses paid trip to Steelcase University to present project to judges panel, meetings with Steelcase executives and other learning opportunities.
  • Custom ­ordered Think chair.
  • Recognition as a semifinalist in select Steelcase marketing.

Honorable mention

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

2015 Winners and Judges

Winner
Semi-Finalists
Honorable Mentions
Judges

Winner

Winner

Caleb Amundson, Kansas State University

Using the concept of a forge and hearth, Caleb was honored for focusing his design concept on how occupants of his space can take raw business and project ideas, refine them, and then refuel before starting the cycle over again and for recognizing the strength in fostering collaboration to ignite ideas that aren’t possible in isolation.

Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists

Alex Marschman, Kansas State University | View work
Mackenzie Braak, Iowa State University | View work
Lily Shi, Cornell University | View work
Kylie Groenenboom, Iowa State University | View work

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Corrine Vassallo, Virginia Tech University
Ivanka Waplak, University of Manitoba
Garrett Steinlage, Kansas State University
Emily Haines, Iowa State University
Megan Miller, University of Minnesota

Judges

Judges

Verda Alexander, O+A, San Francisco

Vanessa Bradley, Steelcase, Grand Rapids

Frances Bruns, Interior Architects, Dallas

Joyce Fownes, Perkins and Will, Atlanta

Takehiro Nakamura, Perkins Eastman, Washington D.C.

Georgia Rappole, Steelcase, Atlanta