congratulations to our 2015 winner

We are excited to share the winning design was created by Caleb Amundson of Kansas State University. Using the concept of a forge and hearth, Caleb was honored for focusing his design concept on how occupants of his space can take raw business and project ideas, refine them, and then refuel before starting the cycle over again and for recognizing the strength in fostering collaboration to ignite ideas that aren’t possible in isolation.

View Caleb’s work

Caleb Amundson

Caleb Amundson,
Kansas State University


semi-finalists and judges

2015 semi-finalists and honorable mentions


Alex Marschman | Kansas State University; Professor: Christopher Manzo
Mackenzie Braak | Iowa State University; Professor: Joori Suh
Lily Shi | Cornell University; Professor: So-Yeon Yoon
Kylie Groenenboom | Iowa State University: Professor: Cigdem Akkurt
Caleb Amundson | Kansas State University; Professor: Christopher Manzow

view their work

Alex Marschman |  view
Mackenzie Braak | view
Lily Shiview
Kylie Groenenboomview
Caleb Amundson |  view

honorable mentions

Corrine Vassallo | Virginia Tech University; Professor: Lisa Tucker
Ivanka Waplak | University of Manitoba; Professor: Lynn Chalmers
Garrett Steinlage | Kansas State University; Professor: Neal Hubbell
Emily Haines | Iowa State University; Professor: Nicole Peterson
Megan Miller | University of Minnesota; Professor: Tina Patel

professional judges (2015)

Verda Alexander
San Francisco

Vanessa Bradley
Steelcase Inc.
Grand Rapids

Frances Bruns
Interior Architects

Joyce Fownes
Perkins and Will

Takehiro Nakamura
Perkins Eastman
Washington D.C.

Georgia Rappole
Steelcase Inc.


grand prize

  • $2,500 for the student
  • $2,500 contribution to school’s design program or to a charity of their choice
  • All ­expenses paid trip to Steelcase University to present project to judges panel, meetings with Steelcase executives and other learning opportunities. Expenses include flights to Grand Rapids, MI, hotel accommodations, meals and transportation during the stay
  • Custom ­ordered Think chair
  • Recognition as the grand prize winner in select Steelcase marketing

semi-finalist (5)

  • All ­expenses paid trip to Steelcase University to present project to judges panel, meetings with Steelcase executives and other learning opportunities
  • Custom ­ordered Think chair
  • Recognition as a semifinalist in select Steelcase marketing

honorable mention

  • Custom ­ordered Think chair
  • Recognition as an honorable mention in select Steelcase marketing

creating a sense of community

There is no denying that the way we work is changing—how, when and where we work is influenced by mobile technology and the rise of shared economy. In a membership ­based model, coworking spaces offer a palette of places and a curated experience through shared spaces, desks and common interests. Coworking spaces foster a sense of community—where ideas are shared, collaboration flourishes and relationships are built—allowing entrepreneurs, freelancers and businesses to be flexible, collaborative and focused on end­results.

We challenge future designers to join us in this student design challenge to create the NEXT coworking environment.

Junior- and senior -level students compete against other CIDA-accredited programs to gain global recognition from Steelcase, the opportunity to be published in Steelcase and turnstone marketing materials, as well as cash prizes for the student and the university. Finalists also receive an all-expenses paid trip to Steelcase to spend time with thought leaders and explore what’s NEXT in coworking, workplace, and entrepreneurial environments.

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important dates

Finalist / Semifinalists Announced Mid-December
Final Presentations January – February 2016


Everything you need to know about the competition.


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what is coworking?

Coworking is redefining the ways we work. It’s more than just shared offices—it’s connectivity, accelerated serendipity and most importantly, it’s a community.