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Cosentino Hosts International Student Design Challenge With ASID

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9th Edition of Cosentino Design Challenge Features International Architecture and Design Talent

New York, NY (October, 2014) – Cosentino, the world leader in the production and distribution of innovative quartz, natural stone and architectural surfaces, has opened the call for submissions for its 9th International Cosentino Design Challenge (CDC) for students in two categories: Architecture and Design.

For more than eight years, the international competition has fostered the development of future architecture and design professionals by providing students the opportunity to showcase original concepts for innovative approaches to design and material integration featuring surfaces by Cosentino. As a reflection of their continued relationship, Cosentino has partnered with the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), who will hold a voting seat on the esteemed jury.

“Cosentino North America is thrilled to bring our international student design competition to the talented pool of ASID student members once again,” said Lorenzo Marquez VP of Marketing for Cosentino North America. “The competition gives participants a chance to showcase their creative design concepts to other students both in the US and around the world.”

In its ninth year, the competition will extend its reach to include students from the US, UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia. The full list of 16 partner organizations and prestigious international schools includes:

  • American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)— USA
  • University of Technology Sydney — Australia
  • Design Academy Eindhoven — Netherlands
  • HTWK Leipzig School of Architecture —Germany
  • IED School of Design — Italy
  • École Supérieure des Arts Modernes – France
  • Lasalle College of the Arts – Singapore
  • The Superior Technical School of Architecture in Madrid (ETSAM) — Spain
  • Barcelona School of Architecture (ETSAB) — Spain
  • Seville School of Architecture (ETSAS) — Spain
  • Almeria School of Art (EAA) — Spain
  • Alicante School of Superior Art and Design — Spain
  • Escuela de Arte numero 10 de Madrid – Spain
  • The Superior Technical University of Navarra – Spain
  • The Superior Technical School of Architecture in Valencia – Spain
  • University of Zaragoza – Spain

This year, students participating in the Cosentino Design Challenge Design category, “Cosentino and Celebration,” are tasked with creating a concept that takes into consideration the relationship between space, the observer and the Cosentino materials. In the Architecture category, “Playground: Fun with Surfaces,” submissions should focus on spaces intended for recreation and leisure, using any Cosentino materials in imaginative and experimental applications.

Student submissions will be evaluated by a jury of prestigious architecture and design leaders based on a number of criteria including: Creativity, innovation, analytical research, product adaptation, feasibility, conceptual and technical quality, and presentation.

“Being a part of the Cosentino Design Challenge is a wonderful opportunity to witness inspiration at work,” said Randy Fiser, CEO, ASID.  “Programs like these connect design students with creative challenges, encouraging the out of the box thinking so critical to the business of design. We very much appreciate the opportunity to be involved with a tenured program that has such an important reach.”

The Cosentino Design Challenge is open to all students enrolled in the 2014-2015 academic year, studying design or architecture at any college or university around the world. All CDC entries require conceptual drawings and plans, and a report explaining the design solutions and can be submitted online. The call for entries begins October 7, 2014 and runs until June 1, 2015. The Cosentino Design Challenge will award 1,000 euros each to the top three submissions in both categories. In the United States, winning designs from any student members of ASID chapters are eligible for an additional $1000 cash prize and a trip to Cosentino’s headquarters in Spain.

Complete submission requirements, additional contest information, and previous winners are detailed on the competition website:

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