American University Dubai and Herman Miller need resilient students for a design challenge

Published: 17 September 2020 - 8:48 a.m.
By: Jane O'Neill
Design brand group Herman Miller and American University in Dubai Interior Design Department invites undergraduate Interior Design students to take part in their Resilient Challenge.

They'll have the chance showcase their work to the international design community by designing an "efficient and flexible furniture system station" for designers, architects and students in design and architecture to use at home, work, or in the classroom.

There must be no more than five moving parts in the design, explains CID Awards 2020 judge and AUD associate professor of interior design, Annamaria Lambri. It must also be light in weight, easy to move (it may be portable) and easy to clean and sanitize while ensuring social distancing and safety protocols can be adhered to.

Also taking part are young people from Manipal University, DIDI, Ajman University, Heriot Watt, Zayed University, Amity University, Al Ghurair University and American University in Sharjah.

The top 10 submissions will appear Dubai Design Week 2020 and the top three could land an internship with a leading architecture and design firm in the

Kristin Lee, chair and associate professor of Interior Design at AUD, says: "There is an old saying that when life hands you lemons, make lemonade. This is what the Resilient Student Design Challenge 2020 seeks to do, figuratively. This competition builds on students’ knowledge base as well as their own perspectives. Designers adapt, seek alternatives, and grow; always optimistic about the future.”

Entrants need to submit their work, including a video, by November 1, after registering before September 30 at

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