The West Coast Chapters of IIDA (Northern Pacific, Northern California, Southern California, Oregon, Rocky Mountain, Hawaii and Southwest) are excited to offer charette competitions to IIDA Student Members as a way to highlight their exceptional talents while providing them with an experience that will better prepare them for their future as professionals.
The event is taking place Friday thru Saturday, November 2nd and 3rd at Forward Tilt in Scottsdale. Please note: the Charette will begin promptly at 9:00am on Saturday morning so please plan ahead so that you arrive on time. There is parking in front of the complex.
On Friday, November 2nd during the evening there will be a project tour and a happy hour after to meet all of the student participants.
A Charette is an intense design exercise within a set (and often all too short) period of time. A derivative of the French word for ‘cart’, the term refers to a time when students of the école des Beaux-Arts would be so committed to their final projects that they would work feverishly on the final touches until a ‘cart’ came around to collect them. Some students would even climb up onto the cart and continue to put the finishing touches on their work as it was wheeled around the studio!
Charettes have since evolved to include sessions of ideation amongst teams. In the workplace, they are often used to kick-off and invigorate the schematic design phase. This collaborative setting allows for the free flow of thought between designers, where ideas build upon each other until a fitting concept or design solution is found.
The winning team of 5 will advance to the West Coast Design Charette on April 5-7th, 2019 to be held this year in Denver, CO to compete with the winning teams from the seven West Coast IIDA Chapters. The winning West Coast Regional team will go on to the International IIDA Student Design Charette at NeoCon June 2019 in Chicago.