Big Ten Student Design Challenge

Oct 10, 2018

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As campuses expand their focus on learning spaces to include not just classrooms, but residence halls, libraries, social spaces and other informal learning environments, a new opportunity sponsored by Big Ten universities and the Herman Miller Company seeks to engage students more deeply in the design of these spaces.

The Big Ten Student Design Challenge will leverage teams from across the consortium to propose an informal space redesign on their campus. Each participating Big Ten university will set aside an existing, publicly accessible, informal learning space to be redesigned by students.

Throughout the competition, students will have the opportunity to:

  • Interact with faculty, staff, and industry professionals.
  • Build an actionable proposal using real-world parameters.
  • Participate in an exciting, high-visibility national competition with fellow students.
  • Gain experience by practicing organization and communication skills.

To enter the competition, students will form three- to four-person teams to submit a proposal, and there is no limit to the number of teams allowed to participate from any school. The top team from three different schools will go on to participate in a two-day workshop where students will receive professional and academic feedback about their designs. Following this visit, each team will submit a refined version of their proposal, a single winning entry will be selected, and that winning team's university will build the space. The top student team will also receive a $2000 cash prize.

Learn more: Big Ten Student Design Challenge