These competitions happen annually and are open for student participation. Often, you must be a student to participate, not had any professional experience outside of an internship, and also be a student member of the organization. Please check out the rules for each before submitting your project.

Why should you consider entering? West Valley College has a strong history of placing in each of these competitions. This is a testament to the Interior Design program, and to the instructors who work tirelessly to help their students be ready to enter the professional world.

NKBA/GE Charette
From the NKBA website:
“This challenge presents students with the opportunity to think quickly and apply their knowledge to a kitchen of their own design featuring GE Monogram Professional Kitchen or GE Monogram Designer Kitchen appliances. As part of the challenge, students must produce a floor plan with specifications, a design statement, and one additional drawing; either a perspective or elevation, within the allotted three-hour time span.”

This is an event where the student knows nothing about the project before sitting in a classroom for three hours to produce a floor plan, elevation or perspective, design statement, and legend – all following a set of parameters as if there were a real client. Hundreds of students participate every year. The top three from each school are awarded $50 and their designs are sent to the national level. Once there, they are judged among all other student designs submitted. Prizes are awarded to First through Fifth places, and several Honorable mentions may also be awarded.

Previous West Valley College winners (from national judging):

  • 2013/2014 5th Place Michelle Talley
  • 2012 Honorable Mention Nozomi Galloway
  • 2011 Honorable Mention Nozomi Galloway
  • 2010 2nd Place Sanchali Srivastava
  • 2008 2nd Place Sanchali Srivastava
  • 2007 Honorable Mention Nadendla Madhavi

Local Winners that moved onto the national judging:

  • 2014/2015 Michelle Talley and Niveidhitha Kottimukkalur Ramakkrishnan
  • 2013/2014 Michelle Talley, Nicole Reyes Fisher, and Niveidhitha Kottimukkalur Ramakkrishnan
  • 2007  Vicki Mason, Tasneem Rangwalla, Rula Kikhia, Nadendla Madhavi

NKBA Student Design Competition

This competition is for students to give a fictitious client a new bathroom or kitchen, given certain criteria, and with special considerations. Students have at least several months to really look over the requirements and produce documents and a design statement that fit NKBA guidelines. Students may submit a kitchen, a bath, or both. Awards go to First through Third place, and Honorable Mention may also be awarded. Those who place are then invited to go to KBIS for the award ceremony. This is available only to student members of NKBA.

Previous West Valley College winners :

  • 2013/2014 1st Place (Kitchen) Susan Gordon
  • 2013/2014 Honorable Mention (Kitchen) Michelle Talley
  • 2012/2013 1st Place (Bath) Mei Fun Chan
  • 2012/2013 Honorable Mention (Bath) Nicole Reyes
  • 2010/2011 Honorable Mention (Kitchen) Virginia Lewis
  • 2009/2010 2nd Place (Bath) Lisa Womach
  • 2008/2009 1st Place (Kitchen) Sanchali Srivastava
  • 2008/2009 2nd Place (Kitchen) Gladys Chan
  • 2008/2009 1st Place (Bath) Gladys Chan
  • 2007/2008 3rd Place (Kitchen) Sanchali Srivastava
  • 2005/2006 Honorable Mention (Kitchen) Dario Salcido
  • 2004/2005 2nd Place (Kitchen) Sangeeta Lodha