Jessica Moser Judges IIDA Student Competition

March 24
Jessica Moser, Senior Interior Designer at NELSON
Jessica Moser, Senior Interior Designer

We caught up with Jessica Moser, Senior Interior Designer, to discuss her recent participation as a judge at the Pennsylvania Chapter of International Interior Design Association (IIDA) Student Competition. The theme for this year’s competition was “Design Bowl 2015” - the award ceremony was held at a local bowling alley!

Question: How did you get involved in judging for this year's student competition?

Answer: I was approached by Emily Allen of Humanscale. She is on the event planning committee, and since I’ve judged this competition in the past, I was more than willing to help out.

Question: What is the criteria for judging? I.e. what categories, what are the judges looking for?

Answer: The 2015 IIDA Student Design Competition was only open to 2015 Student IIDA members. Design entries were to consist of a single project completed within the last year. There were four categories for the judges to look for: Effectiveness of design solution, Creativity, Craftsmanship & Overall presentation. Submissions had to fit on one (1) 24” x 36” board and include: Floor Plan, Elevation or Section, Perspective or Detail Drawing with appropriate labeling and indication of drawing scale.

Question: What do you personally look for when judging students’ work?

Answer: When judging, I make an effort to look for solutions that are practical, yet charismatic. The solution needs to be well executed and communicated visually. I also make the opportunity a recruiting tool, “Would I hire this person?”

Question: What made the winning submission stand out?

Answer: There was a dynamic architectural element that wove through the core space and floors. This element was colorful and drew the patron through the space to assist with the story telling of the museum exhibits.

Question: Will you participate in any other judging panels this year?

Answer: If the opportunity arises, absolutely.

Question: The event was held a bowling alley. Did you get to bowl? If so, what was your score?

Answer: The judging portion was held at Humanscale’s showroom in Northern Liberties. The “unveiling” of the winners were presented at “Design Bowl” on Thursday, March 12, 2015. It’s a very fun event for networking with peers from neighboring design firms and friendly competition.

Question: What was the most awarding part of this experience for you?

Answer: I like to see the students grow as young designers. I enjoy their creativity, thought processes and enjoy mentoring them to develop their skill sets.


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