IIDA Student Charrette 2024 – IDI students Place 1st, 2nd & 3rd

by Admin May 10, 2024

IIDA invited all Southern California interior design programs to nominate their students to compete in an all-day design charrette.

The Charrette is the embodiment of brainstorming and teamwork. It is an opportunity to join students from various schools into a collaborative, unified effort. All Southern California schools are invited to participate on a first-come, first-served basis to the all- day event. Teams are comprised of up to five students, each from a different school, challenged to develop a design based on a program assigned at the beginning of the day. Each of those teams then present their design at the end of the work session before a panel of judges and event guests. After deliberation, judges select a first and second place team.

IDI Nominated: Duc Nguyen, Alicia Smith, Allison Maynard and LeAnne Hlavka, (pictured below) the competition took place at Gensler, Newport Beach.

IDI students placed in the top 3 teams with LeAnne’s team 1st, Allison’s team placed 2nd, and Alicia’s team 3rd.

“We were all really supportive of each other and did great with our teams”.

The first place team is awarded $10,000 presented on stage at the Calibre Design Awards.

LeAnne Hlavka from IDI was in the first place team and continued to compete in the regional competition and won again, she will compete in the National completion.

Good luck LeAnne!!!!

Congratulations to all the competitors. IDI is proud that you represented the college and had a wonderful designing and networking opportunity. Thank you for participating.


Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.