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DI Details Newsletter April 2010 Design Institute of San Diego

Alumni Follow-Up – Angela Hall

Want to Explore a Career in Interior Design?

The Kravet Lee Jofa Student Fabric Resource Center

Have You Met Lisa Schattman Yet?


The DI Green Design Challenge

The Great Houses of Europe

Announcing the Upcoming USGBC-DISD Green Design Challenge

On Saturday, April 24th, 2010 the Emerging Green Builders of the San Diego Chapter of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and Design Institute of San Diego will host the first annual Green Design Challenge – a day-long event held on the DISD campus to celebrate sustainable design and construction.

This year's inaugural event is designed to illuminate the USGBC's 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition: Design to Build Challenge. The Design to Build Challenge competition - presented by Salvation Army's EnviRenew Initiative - is a national competition open to students and emerging professionals who meet the competition criteria and who want to use their talents to help rebuild New Orleans sustainably and affordably.

By challenging students and emerging professionals to design a small, green, affordable, LEED Platinum home for elderly residents of New Orleans, LA, USGBC's 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition is helping to rebuild a city and to ultimately change lives forever.

A unique aspect of the Design to Build Challenge is that the top four entries will actually be constructed, inhabited and evaluated before the winner of the competition will be announced. The USGBC–DISD Green Design Challenge on Saturday, April 24th will begin with an introduction to the national Design to Build Challenge, and a keynote presentation by Rebecca Novis, LEED AP. Following the keynote presentation a green design charette for local interior design students will begin. Jurors and team mentors for the charette will be emerging green builders and other USGBC and LEED certified professionals from the San Diego area.

Although the details of the green design charette will not be revealed to the student design teams until the day of the event, the focus of the design challenge will be on the development of a concept that integrates both sustainability and design innovation. The number of students who may compete on a green design charette team is limited and so interested students are urged to sign up as soon as the competition opens in early April. This competition is open to all San Diego interior design students.

For further information about the USGBC–DISD Green Design Challenge event slated for Saturday, April 24th, 2010, please contact Denise Homme, Interior Design Program Director at Design Institute of San Diego by email at or by telephone by calling (858) 566-1200.

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