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Herman Miller and AUD announce the Top Three of the ‘Resilient – Student Design Challenge 2020’

by Eddie Rayner

Following the launch of the Resilient Challenge, a collaboration with AUD Interior Design Department, Herman Miller is delighted to announce the top three of the competition.

The challenge focused on the investigation and design of an efficient and flexible furniture system station for designers, architects and students in design and architecture, suitable for home-based use, office-based use or academia-based use.  The competition offered students the chance to leverage Herman Miller’s extensive knowledge in the area of learning spaces and reflects existing and new research.

Undergraduate Interior Design students from American University in Dubai, Manipal University, DIDI, Ajman University, Heriot Watt, Zayed University, Amity University, Al Ghurair University and American University of Sharjah were invited to take part in the four-week-long challenge.

Over 50 entries were submitted with the judges eventually shortlisting 12 designs, showcased on Herman Miller social media platforms and the universities’ platforms. From the 12 finalists, the top three have been offered an internship with leading architecture and design practices in the region. They are: Tanseera Muhammed from Manipal University who designed Boomerang, Abdallah Alawadi from AUD designed The Peggable, and Niria Alcuriza from Heriot Watt designed Trible. Gensler chose Tanseera as its intern, while Roar chose Abdallah and Woods Bagot have chosen Niria.

Chris Morley, Head of Design at Herman Miller and one of the judges, commented: “There was a wide variety of submissions; every single one had its merits. Once we had a top 12, the three we selected rose above the others. These three showed clear thinking, simple execution and creative flair.”