NEXT Design Competition: KSU Winner

Scott Rice Project Manager, Staci Chivetta, had the opportunity to attend the KSU Interior Architecture + Product Design critique for Steelcase’s 7th Annual NEXT Student Design Competition. 

Tech-savvy, connected, and aware of the global economy, students, families and academia’s top talent are placing increasingly high demands on education at all levels. Forward thinking institutions must respond by creating radically different experiences. With this in mind, design students were asked to imagine the campus of the future in Steelcase’s 7th annual NEXT Student Design Competition.

As a graduate of the KSU Interior Architecture + Product Design program it’s always a delight when I am asked to go back and mentor students that are working in the same studios I once did. For the last 2 years I have had the pleasure of meeting the 4th year IAPD students in Grand Rapids and spending a day with them at Steelcase Headquarters. They take this trip in preparation for working on the NEXT competition and this year the project was focused on my specialty of education.  This year I was able to make it back for desk critiques during the early design process + then see their final projects before they submitted them to Steelcase.

There were 2 finalists from KSU this year out of 1,042 entries. 2019 NEXT Winner, Chloe Cudney + Semi-Finalist, Reid ThornburgThey had the opportunity to travel to Grand Rapids to the Steelcase Learning + Innovation Center to present their design concepts to an esteemed panel of judges.

“I thought wow!” “I was so grateful to be honored and to be able to compete against four other great designers with compelling projects. When people relate to your design and believe in the vision behind it, it’s a fulfilling moment because it means the work can have an impact.” – Chloe Cudney

This is the second year in a row Kansas State has brought home the top award.

By: Staci Chivetta, Scott Rice, NCIDQ 30940

  1. Staci,
    It’s great to see your (Scott Rice & Steelcase) contribution to such a dynamic Interior Design program as that at Kansas State University.
    Congratulations to your efforts as well as the, most talented, students!


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