The NEXT Workplace

The NEXT Workplace

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 workplace of the future.

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About NEXT

Welcome to the 6th annual Steelcase Next Student Design Competition for 2018

Challenge your undergraduate students to imagine the workplace of the future.

With today’s global competition and constant disruption, organizations must fuel innovation to be successful—becoming more agile, encouraging continuous learning, promoting collaboration and wellbeing and rapidly adapting to new possibilities.

Students will design a 15,000 sq. ft. workplace environment to support these changing behaviors and expectations. It’s a great opportunity to prepare students for the demands of workplace design, and it makes a valuable addition to your 2018 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.

The future is theirs to create!

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Resources

Shown are resources from the 2017 competition. These will be replaced with the 2018 resources. Stay tuned!

Contest Overview + Program

Floor Plan

*AutoCAD Files
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More Information

Key Dates
Prizes

Key Dates

Key Dates

Key Dates

  • April 2018 – Announcement of 2018 and share program with professors – call for programs
  • Summer 2018 – 2018 NEXT resources (plan, etc.) loaded on Steelcase.com
  • September 4 – Open registration begins
  • September 10 – Question + Answer period begins
  • October 8 – Registration and Q+A periods both close
  • December 7 – All submissions are due
  • January 15-16 – Judges meet to select semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • January 18 – Announcement of semifinalists and honorable mentions
  • February 11-13 – Semifinalist presentations to judges at Steelcase Business Center
  • February 15 – announcement of winner

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.

2017 Winners and Judges

Winner
Semi-Finalists
Honorable Mentions
Judges

Winner

Winner

Caitlyn Cathcart | Southern Illinois University of Carbondale; Professor: Laura Morthland

Semi-Finalists

Semi-Finalists

Honorable Mentions

Honorable Mentions

Xuelin (Georgina) Jin | California State University, Long Beach; Professor: Heather Barker

Ian Preston | Columbia College Chicago; Professor: Elizabeth Wersells

Hannah Hughes | Iowa State University; Professor: Michael Ford

Lisa Ferguson | Marymount University; Professor: Moira Denson

Reem Bukhamseen | Virginia Tech; Professor: Lisa Tucker

Judges

Judges

Ana Pinto-Alexander | HKS | Dallas
Daily Wright | orcutt-winslow | Phoenix
Grzeg Kosmal | IA | Washington D.C.
Julia Melhauser | Steelcase | Miami
Kristen Ruch | Steelcase | Denver
Meg O’Neil | Steelcase | Grand Rapids
Tom Marquardt | HOK | Chicago