CSULB Design Students Earn Two of Five Semi-Finalist Spots in Steelcase Competition
Each year, Steelcase, Inc. holds an invitation only design competition for students throughout the United States. This year – competing against more than 900 entries and 60 nationwide programs – CSULB Design students received 3 out of the 10 awards, with two students continuing on in the semifinalist cohort, along with 3 other students from Virginia Tech, Miami International University of Art and Design, and George Washington University. Another CSULB student was recognized among the five honorable mentions. California State University, Long Beach was the only school to land two of the five semi-finalist spots. Both students – Wendy Uriarte and Mei Han Khor – are students in Eduardo Perez’ 341A Design studio (where the architectural concept is developed and manifested into a spatial and physical manifestation of the client’s program) and in Design 342 – Design Presentation – taught by Britt Griffith.
Professor Perez explained, “We have had other awardees in the past in studios taught by Von Dominguez, Heather Barker, and myself. Britt’s expertise in Typography, Brand Imaging, and overall Graphics is key to the final production of the design solutions created in our Design Studio course. This is a true team effort and one which is appreciated by students and faculty alike.” Jaylen Mills, a student in Von Dominguez’ Design Studio this year, was one of five Honorable Mentions selected in the blind judging process.
The program for this competition was a 11,500sf office for NEXT, a global technology company specializing in all aspects of health and wellness to improve the general happiness of people all over the world. The company has several aspects of focus: guided meditation practices through their app, relaxation and sleep aids, and a host of newsletters, articles and research sources providing education on self-improvement. Because of the timing of the program, its parameters relied heavily on pandemic mandates. The students were asked to re-define the workplace with social distancing logistics, strategic air circulation, remote working, etc. The NEXT offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia.
Mei Han Khor and Wendy Uriarte are two of the five students selected to continue on in the competition. CSULB is the only Design school with multiple finalists in the Steelcase, Inc. competition this year.
Jaylen Mills earned an Honorable Mention for his design project, with CSULB taking three of the top 10 spots in the competition this year.