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Nido Porto Interior Design Competition

Student accommodation, shaped by you.

Nido is launching a Student Design Challenge in 2022. This years competition is open to all students of interior design and interior architecture and we’re challenging you to design one of the social or study spaces to be brought to life as part of our Porto scheme.

Nido Student Design Challenge Benefits

    • Professional Mentorship
      • Work with a professional interior designer on the project to gain valuable industry insight.
    • Industry Experience
      • Experience what it is like to work in a design team with an exciting brief and add this unique experience to your CV
    • Presentation Skills
      • Hone your skills to win the bid by effectively communicating your design decisions during the presentation round.
    • Networking
      • Work with some of PBSA’s leading design and development professionals as part of the project


Brief: To design one of the social and study spaces within the Nido Porto Student Residence. This space should suit the needs of it’s student audience, be adaptable for various uses, should incorporate relevant prop-tech, and should be highly localised for the city and micro-location.

Space: A large blank canvas with floor to ceiling windows down one side and plenty of natural light throughout. You will be provided with the floorplan, measurements and elevations of the space.

Suggested needs/ uses of the space: Studying, relaxing with friends, entertaining, events, socialising

Keywords: Local, Functional, Fresh, Gender Neutral, Contemporary, Comfortable, Bold

Budget: £50,000

Anticipated outcomes

No matter how you present your final entry, the judges will want to see that you’ve met the brief and understood layout, flexibility of use, been bold in your theme and design, incorporated local aesthetics and norms and anticipated the customer needs.

Some ideas for final entry: Moodboard, Layout/ Floorplan, Inspiration, Drawings or CGI’s, budget breakdown.


The winning entry will gain the winners certificate alongside real industry experience and will get the opportunity to see their design come to life. They will also received a cash prize.

Two further runners up will also be selected to win cash prizes and a special recognition certificates.

Will you be the next winner of the Nido Student Design Challenge?



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