IDC showcases winners of the 2023 Student Competition

IDC showcases winners

The Innovation in Design Thinking: Student Competition was created exclusively for Canadian interior design students. The purpose of this program is to provide students with a national platform to demonstrate the value of interior design and illustrate the positive impact design has on the users of the spaces, supported by evidence-based research.

These projects are thoughtful, innovative and thoroughly impressed this year’s judges.

Award of Excellence

Caladrius Health and Wellness Centre, by Cali Pitcher, Georgian College, Barrie, Ont.

Caladrius, named after the mythological Roman bird that healed children while they slept, is a proposed health and wellness centre to provide a much-needed family medical facility to Simcoe County. The concept behind Caladrius is inspired by the yin and yang symbol, a universal symbol of harmony. The concept of providing harmonious care of each patient’s mental and physical well-being drove the design process. Healing and community are brought forth in the centre, surrounded by lush trees and calming walking trails providing the opportunity for healing in nature at every turn.

The Caladrius Health and Wellness Centre offers the Simcoe County community much-needed mental and physical health support, as there are currently not enough family doctors or psychiatrists in the region. The space is designed to create harmony between these two areas of care, creating a dynamic space that is designed with families at the forefront.

Award of Merit

Yúustway Healing Centre, to take care of one another/each other by Alyssa Scott, Wilson School of Design at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Richmond, B.C.

Oasis – Interior Garden & Wellness Centre, by Sam Piner, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, B.C.

Honourable Mention

Seeing and Non-Seeing, by Shuning Xie, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto

Copper restaurant/concept: Pizzazz, by Noora Aziz, Yorkville University, Concord, Ont.

Congratulations to all the winners of this year’s student competition. The winning projects will be honoured at the IDC Awards Celebration on Oct. 26, during the 2023 Design Symposium. For more information about the Symposium and to register, visit:

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