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January 18 - 21, 2024
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North BuildingToronto
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'The Art of Outdoor Living'
Student Design Challenge

LIV Design Studio celebrates Canadian design with ‘The Art of Outdoor Living’ Student Design Challenge

LIV Design Studio’s 2023 Student Design Challenge, titled The Art of Outdoor Living, aims to bring attention to up-and-coming interior designers from across Canada by providing an opportunity for students to present their work in AR to the interior design community in Toronto and beyond. For this year’s challenge, students are asked to design a 188 square foot outdoor patio space that can be replicated in a multi-residential context. 

With IDS celebrating its 25th anniversary, we look to patios as a quintessential part of the Canadian design landscape. Particularly in a post-COVID-19 context and within multi-residential projects, indoor-outdoor spaces and enlarged patios have become a crucial part of our daily routines; not just a boon to our physical health but a sanctuary where days turn seamlessly into nights and every season becomes a reason to celebrate. LIV Design Studio is challenging student designers to imagine patio spaces that facilitate a deeper connection to our surroundings and promotes wellbeing year-round through functional & innovative design. 

Three finalists will be chosen by a panel of expert judges to have their designs rendered into hyper-realistic 3D models by LIV Design Studio’s in-house CG team. These will then be viewable through dedicated augmented-reality portals at IDS Toronto 2024, where attendees will be able to interact with and vote for their favourite design. Final placements and a new people’s choice award (voted on by IDS attendees) will be revealed onstage at IDS Toronto 2024, at the event’s conclusion on January 21st. 


Three finalists will compete for scaled cash prizes, broken down as follows: 

First (1st) place: $8000, second (2nd) $4000; third (3rd) place $2000; people’s choice (IDS attendee vote) $1000 

Each participant will also be able to share their work with the Canadian interior design community through a booth at IDS Toronto 2024, made possible by AR technology. 

Entry Criteria

Students are challenged to envision a 188 sq. ft. patio design for all-season use. The space should be multi-functional, accommodating basic functions such as entertaining and individual work, while also allowing for additional uses throughout the day with an emphasis on promoting mental and physical wellbeing. Participants are encouraged to use outdoor, weatherproof materials and incorporate elements of indoor-outdoor living where possible, focusing on functional & innovative design. 

This challenge is open to all students who are currently enrolled in or a 2023/2024 graduate of a licensed interior design program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Submissions are accepted from individuals and in groups of up to 3 students from the same academic institution. Completed entries should be filled out and submitted using the form at and should be received no later than August 8, 2023, at 11:59pm PT. 

Please click here for complete information on submission criteria & eligibility. 


Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges. This year’s panel is still in the process of being finalized, but will reflect the diverse perspectives of the Canadian design community and represent a multitude of disciplines and approaches to interior design. 

Vivien Tam


LaSalle College Vancouver

The 2022 Student Design Challenge gave me the opportunity to hear opinions from interior design professionals outside of my school, since there was a ton of exposure at IDS. I’ve gained confidence as a designer through this challenge and learned the importance of networking as I start to form more connections within the industry.