Improve the Student Experience and Win Cash!

Northwestern undergraduates of all majors are invited to compete in the Big Ten Student Design Challenge. Win $2000, network with industry professionals, and remake a space on the Evanston campus. This competition is hosted by the Big Ten Academic Alliance in partnership with Herman Miller, the office furniture manufacturing company. 

Contest Details

Here’s how it works:

  • Northwestern has chosen an informal space to be re-furnished -- Project Room A located in University Library 1 South -- and is now accepting designs from student teams. Students will need to complete a proposal template using the Herman Miller Custom Catalog available on the contest website
  • The best proposal will be judged in a national competition and the top three teams win a trip to Herman Miller headquarters. Over the course of two days, teams will refine their proposals with help from industry professionals and pitch their ideas to a panel of design experts. 
  • One winning team will receive a $2,000 cash prize and their proposal will be funded and built.
  • Competing teams must consist of 3-4 student members. Submissions are due by November 27th, 2018.

Visit the Big Ten Student Design Challenge website for the full contest details and submission form.  

The Proposed Space

Project Room A in the University Library 1 South was selected based on the high-profile nature of the location and open access to the community. The goal is to provide a student-designed location for informal learning that can be easily accessed and used to inform future space and design integrations broadly in our Northwestern learning community.

Location: Main Library – 1 South Tower; 1970 Campus Drive; Evanston IL, 60208

This location is a collaborative workspace in 1 South, the collaborative and learning area in the Main Library. Currently partitioned by glass panels, the space can be re-imagined broadly as part of the competition.


Project Room A, University Library 1 South

Dimensions: 475 square feet

Project Room A, University Library 1 South

Visit the Big Ten Student Design Challenge website for the full contest details and submission form.