• October 29, 2019

2020 STUDENT DESIGN CHALLENGE

Student Design Challenge

You’re passionate and creative, you live for design—but competition for that first job in Vancouver is harder than Brazillian olivewood, Caesarstone countertops, or that time you told your parents you were quitting law school to become an interior designer. Most design studios are small, one or two-person operations and it can be challenging for new grads to set themselves apart. 

That’s why we wanted to create this Vancouver-based scholarship competition. 

Student Design Challenge

The Brief

PlaidFox is completely gutting and redesigning the West End’s sleepy Buchan Hotel into a wild and spectacular boutique concept featuring an experimental mishmash of old schoolhouse, Scandinavian and art deco. The design includes a faux “attic” in the basement (yes!), which will house the grandest and most luxurious rooms in the hotel. (Find a more detailed post about the new hotel concept here *Will link to the HOtel Concept Story).

The Challenge 

We are looking for students to tackle the dark and narrow under-utilized hallway that leads to these basement penthouse-style rooms and turn it into the most instagrammable space in the hotel. This is not like other competitions where students are tasked with designing a 5,000-square-foot medical facility; this is a quirky, awkward, manageable space filled with potential—it’s the perfect opportunity for students to leave their mark. 

Attic Hotel Room

How the Competition Works

From the applications we’ll choose five finalists to pitch their designs to a judging panel of industry experts, and judges will vote and announce the winning design that same day. This design will then be refined in collaboration with PlaidFox and we will incorporate it into the hotel.  It’s Free to Enter: PlaidFox will cover all material costs for the finalists’ presentations, so the only cost to students is their time.

The Prizes

$2,500 Scholarship: This goes towards your interior design education and can be deposited into your bank or paid directly to your school.(*Note to Andrew: What about students who are in their final year and have paid all their tuition already? Or is it still early enough for their last term to be paid for? Would this go towards living expenses during their for credit/unpaid internship?)

$2,500 49Branding:  a branding and marketing agency in Gastown. They will work with you to perfect your resume, personal website, Linkedin and all things personal branding and marketing.

A Feature in Western Living Magazine Online: Money and fame? It’s almost going to be too much for your proud parents to handle. Our competition partners Western Livingmagazine will feature the winning student and design on the WLwebsite.  

An Internship at PlaidFox: We’ve saved you a spot at the PlaidFox table for a flexible internship for credit—and you get to decide how often and how long works for you.

How to Enter 

Your application should consist of six 11×17-inch pages showcasing your design. This includes: 1 Mood Board, 3 Elevations, 1 Floor Plan, 1 RCP (Reflected Ceiling Plan), 1 (or more) Space Renderings. 

Deadline for Applications:November 1, 2019

The Judges: Ben Leavitt (PlaidFox Creative Director), Anicka Quin (Western Living Editorial Director), Azim Virani (Owner at the Buchan Hotel), Martha Sturdy (Maker), Ema Peter (Photographer).

Good luck students—we’re all looking forward to seeing your out-of-the-box designs!

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