The NEWH Sustainable Design Competition provides students with the opportunity to showcase their design skills while utilizing the very best in sustainable design products and practices. Our sponsors have generously donated the awards – one to the winning undergraduate student and one to the winning graduate student and student airfare and lodging to the awards event.




This competition is open to all interior design students (Junior level and above) attending an accredited program.  Program must be minimum 4-year program or graduate program.  Instructors may use the competition as a class project.  Instructors need to evaluate class work and submit no more than five of the best projects for consideration.


Design competition project type and criteria changes annually. Students must execute a dynamic, creative, cutting edge design utilizing the very best products and technologies which encompass sustainable topics including: site selection, water efficiency, energy conservation, products/materials, and indoor environmental quality. In addition to the physical aspects of design, the functional daily use of the space and how the occupants can operate the facility in a sustainable manner such as encouraging recycling and reuse, water and energy conservation to create a truly sustainable business.  All work must be student’s original work.  Two students may work as a team on one project, but only one student award will be presented and travel/lodging for one student representative to be paid to the award presentation.

In addition to the criteria all submittals are judged as to their professional appearance.

Selection and Judging

The top 5 finalists are judged by three industry judges who are selected annually to review the final projects. Categories for the award have been Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student and award to the students’ college Interior Design department.


Sponsor selects award opportunity with a $7,000 annual commitment, awards are as follows:

$5000 Award to the undergraduate student
$5000 Award to the graduate student or undergraduate’s school

To receive this scholarship you must be a currently enrolled student with eligible debt through your school for tuition, books, supplies or other related educational needs incurred at the time the scholarship is awarded in May (the following year).  Awarded scholarship funds will be sent to and directly distributed through winning student’s school.  If the student does not have eligible debt to apply the scholarship towards at time of award the funds will go to the students college Interior Design Department.  If a winning graduate student is not selected by the panel of judges, the scholarship award will go to the INTERIORS PROGRAM of the winning undergraduate student’s school, and vice versa.  To receive the scholarship award the winning student must be able to attend the award presentation in May (the following year) in Las Vegas with travel and lodging provided by NEWH, Inc.  The award event shall be covered by NEWH Magazine and other hospitality and design publications.


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