For the fourth consecutive year, the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) is once again collaborating with the UK Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) on its Student Design Charrette competition.

Taking place on Saturday 8th November at the Zaha Hadid-designed Roca Galley in London, the Charrette will give students of architecture and interior design the opportunity to design collaboratively whilst being mentored by an experienced practising architect or interior designer. The one-day event is intended to encourage students to work collectively as a team and to represent their school or university. The competition, which is also open to individual students, is taking place in conjunction with the exhibition, Urban Plunge: New Designs For Natural Swimming In Our Cities.

“The AIA Student Charrette is an opportunity for architecture and interior design students from across the UK to work together in a fun, creative and competitive environment,” comments Robert Rhodes, past President and current Director of the AIA. “Students must rely on essential drawing and modelling skills to communicate their ideas and produce something substantial in a very limited time. The event enables the tradition of the “charrette” as a friendly, productive competition to continue and gives participants something real to take away at the end of it.”

This year’s competition, which is being sponsored by both Laufen and Callprint, will see BIID President Daniel Hopwood join the judging panel chaired by Edna Lüddecka of JDS Architects, Copenhagen. The Student Design Charrette is a CAD-free event, which will accept only drawn, modelled and collage proposals on the day. Students are encouraged to bring their favourite medium and tools with them to the event, where tracing and drawing paper will also be provided.

Students are able to enter the competition for £10.00, which includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day and reprographic services for presentations. Attendees will be eligible to receive 6 AIA CES credits.

A large turn-out for the event is expected and places are limited to 40 architecture students and 40 interior design students in total.

To register a place ahead of the booking deadline of Friday 31stOctober, please visit:

For further information on the BIID, visit or for additional information on the AIA, visit

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