Register: FEB/04/2019, Submit: FEB/04/2019, Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled at an interior design program or institution; individually, teams up to 5 members, Fee: Individually: IIDA student members 25 USD, non-members 50 USD; teams: IIDA student members 40 USD, non-members 80 USD; at least one team member must be an IIDA student member, Awards: 1st Place 2,500 USD, 2nd Place 1,500 USD, 3rd Place 750 USD

A physicians group that specializes in gastroenterology, gynecology, orthopedics, and urology, along with a local health system, will be constructing an Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) in Charlotte, North Carolina. This multi-specialty ASC will support two functions – a clinic that will perform examinations and consultations as well as a surgery center. According to Ambulatory Surgery Center Association’s “ASCs: A Positive Trend in Health Care,” the ASC setting allows physicians to perform many specialized and necessary tasks. Physicians can schedule procedures more conveniently, assemble teams of specifically trained and highly skilled staff, ensure that the equipment and supplies in use are best suited to their techniques, and design facilities tailored to their specialties and the specific needs of their patients.


The 2019 IIDA Student Design Competition invites you to design several critical areas within a new ASC being constructed. The design should promote and allow the physicians, along with the health system, to increase efficiency and create a seamless patient experience through architecture and thoughtful design. A spa-like feel and amenities seen in hospitality are instrumental in creating a sense of calmness and well-being. The new facility should be flexible and allow for growth due to the changing landscape of healthcare from volume-based care to value-based care.

Submissions should feature a majority (50 percent or more) of pieces from the OFS and Carolinas portfolio. Consider healthcare solutions from these key collections, as well as many others in the OFS and Carolina portfolios: Mile Marker, Modern Amenity, Hug, and Element. Keep in mind that OFS and Carolina, in addition to its standard products, consistently provides clients with custom and special orders and there would be no better place than the ASC to take advantage of those capabilities. Participants are also encouraged to use pieces from other manufacturers when creating their design solutions.

Healthcare facilities, such as this new ASC, should take into consideration ADA standards for accessible design, HIPPA Privacy Rules, and make seating accommodations for the bariatric population or parents with small children.


IIDA is the commercial interior design association with global reach. We support design professionals, industry affiliates, educators, students, firms, and their clients through our network of 15,000+ members across 58 countries. We advocate for advancements in education, design excellence, legislation, leadership, accreditation, and community outreach to increase the value and understanding of interior design as a profession that enhances business value and positively impacts the health and well-being of people’s lives every day.

OFS is a family owned, community-driven company providing socially responsible furniture and logistics solutions in office, healthcare, education, government, and home office markets across the world. Established in 1937 in Huntingburg, Indiana, OFS has grown into a global leader while staying true to its local roots and core values of sustainability and craftsmanship.


School projects already completed may be reinterpreted and/or edited to meet the requirements of this competition.