Looking Up: Armstrong Ceiling Design Competition

Promotional Slide of Looking Up

A new exhibition at the Schumann Library features the top finishers from the Armstrong Ceiling Student Design Competition. The exhibition displays five Interior Design student designs selected from the competition. Students designed for a month in their senior-level studio, using an iterative process that moved through prototyping, evaluation, and execution. The goal of the competition was to think innovatively and creatively about ceilings and all that they entail: grids, materials, lighting, sprinklers, diffusers, and speakers.

Armstrong Ceiling held a design competition for the Wentworth Institute of Technology Senior Interior Design studio class in January 2020. Students worked in a group of two team members or individually to create a new product or new solution for Armstrong. The Armstrong team presented the competition rules and provided information about current products. The scope of the competition was to develop a product or a ceiling solution that brings value to a contractor (saves them time and money) or creates a new “must have” look to building environment designers (which they are willing to pay a premium for).

For example:

  • A new ceiling solution with a grid, drywall grid, transition, extruded aluminum or brake formed product
  • A new integrated product/solution with lighting, HVAC, plumbing, etc.

Student designs were judged by three industry professionals based on the following criteria:  value of the solution to Armstrong;  value of the solution to the customer (contractors and designers), creativity/uniqueness/wow factor; and overall presentation.

The exhibition display includes designs from the three award recipients and two honorable mentions.

  • 1st Place award of $2,500 (feltTubes – Tatsiana Tapekho)
  • 2nd Place award of $1,500 (Just Breathe – lesha Tejeda)
  • 3rd Place award of $1,000 (Circuit – Maryann Aljalabi)  

The two honorable mentions go to Kaci Berche and Griffin Decarli.

The exhibit will be on view February 14 – April 14, 2020 and is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Here are the slides displayed on library monitors:


For more information contact libraryexhibits@wit.edu