Ignite Student Design Competition 2019
Ignite Student Design Competition 2019

CSC Calgary is excited to host:

IGNITE 2019 Student Design Competition


CSC Mission Statement:

CSC (Construction Specifications Canada) is a national, multi-disciplinary, non-profit association with chapters across Canada. CSC is committed to delivering progressive education, certification, publications and professional networking opportunities for the design + construction community.

To this end, CSC pursues the study of systems and procedures which will improve the co-ordination and dissemination of documentation relevant to the construction process.

CSC seeks to enhance the quality of the design and management aspects of construction activity through programs of publication, education, professional development, and certification, believing that in so doing it can best contribute to the efficiency and effectiveness of the industry as a whole.


To foster problem solving, collaboration and solutions-based outcomes that draw on the strengths of team members working under strict time constraints.

The competition mission is aimed to improve integration of young professionals into the industry through mentorship and collaboration with industry leaders.

Target Audience

Currently the target audience are upcoming design professionals:

  • Interior Design Students from Mount Royal University
  • Architectural Technology Students from SAIT


The Ignite Student Design Competition is a CSC initiative to expose upcoming professionals in the industry to a mock project for a real client.  Students develop their submissions – with a focus on the importance of quality documents – aided by input from multiple industry representatives and the client.

The event is a fast-paced weekend affair commencing at 5pm on Friday night and ending at 11:59pm on Sunday. The CSC-assigned teams, meeting for the first time at the Kick-off event, are a mix of Architectural Technologists and Interior Designers from both schools.

CSC is planning for a late January 2018 weekend competition followed by the Awards’ Night gala in early February. A variety of prizes are awarded based on input from industry mentors and judges.

The event is structured to bring together students with differing educational experience to work in a project team and to provide access to mentors and the client for advice and guidance on how the students can accomplish constructible, clearly communicated, effective design solutions under strict time constraints.

With CSC Calgary Chapter mentors acting as “the bridge” between both schools and students, the competition is scheduled to take place “live” over a weekend in late January 2018.  Part of the competition rules dictate that each design team must take one part of their design concept and write a specification section along with evidence of “logged” help of industry mentors such as specification writers, architects, interior designers, or manufacturer representatives who will be available for consultation on each of the two days of the competition.

Both Mount Royal University Interior Design professors and SAIT School of Architectural Technology academic chairs are in full support of the CSC IGNITE- Student Design Competition. They are fully engaged, ready to help and fully participate with CSC Calgary in the second edition of this 3-day event.


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