IE Spaces for Creativity

IE Spaces for Creativity

Understanding the impact of the built environment on behavior
Number of teams participated

First prize


At present, the search to eliminate conventional education systems is frequent, the old models have this mentality of ‘anaesthetic experience’, where students are instructed in a mechanical way avoiding or forgetting the creative part. Many of these children lose their own curiosity and creative thinking throughout their training.
Architecture and interior design, as a projector axis, must be responsible for returning that energy, thought and divergence through design, not only in environments but also in experiential realities.

Second prize


The healthcare industry is one of the most under looked and influential sectors in the world today. Design and innovation have been lacking in this field especially when it comes to the large population of disabled people around the world. Sadly, in today’s Arab countries, more precisely Lebanon, there seems to be discrimination towards the intellectually incapable people, this is shown from the fact that there is a limited number of basic services for the community. In addition, many people do not understand what the true meaning of a disability is.


A space for creativity is a space that enables learning by doing. It is where students create tangible objects as part of their learning journey. Its success highly depends on flexibility, tool accessibility, and playability. The concept of the alphabet nursery is about designing a flexible space using a unifying language. One module (15 cm* 30 cm* 30cm) is metaphorically a letter. When combined with another one, it changes its meaning, becomes a word. When combined with more modules or complementary elements, they'll have another meaning, and become a phrase, and so on.

There is much discussion about the role of technology in our future, and it is, without any doubt an important driver.

However, our very human aspects: Creativity, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Negotiation, Emotional Intelligence, Judgement and Cognitive Flexibility are some of the most important skills that will be required in all future jobs, according to World Economic Forum.

Anyone who currently holds a bachelor or master de degree (or will complete one by September 2021) in architecture, design or a related field or have a bachelor or master degree in another field along with a keen interest in design may apply.

This competition is for individual participants only. Teams and groups are not eligible.

Any person with links to the organizers - personal, professional, or otherwise - will not be eligible to participate in the competition.

The winner must also meet the IE School of Architecture and Design admissions criteria. Winners must register for and attend the Master in Strategic Interior Design, and pay the respective tuition fee.

IE School of Architecture and Design

IE School of Architecture and Design is one of the leading schools in Europe and expands the boundaries of traditional architectural and design education. Therefore, by establishing this award, Spaces for Creativity, which brings together knowledge from many fields, including business, technology and management, along with critical thinking and creative approaches, we seek to empower students to prepare themselves for a changing world. IE welcomes students who seek challenges and aspire to become leaders in the dynamic and evolving world of architecture and design.

IE Master in Strategic Interior Design

The Master in Strategic Interior Design was created to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to approach challenges emerging in the world of interior space design. This program focuses on work, retail, hospitality, and learning environments—the four main types of spaces where change is occurring, and those with the greatest potential for innovation. Students will gain first-hand experience by working alongside leaders in the field, visiting top studios, and attending an IE Architecture and Design special lectures.

The purpose of the IE Spaces for Creativity is to design a nursery that boosts creativity.

Develop a proposal that focuses on encouraging a child’s creativity, uniqueness and personality. Create a sense of place that fosters belonging, fun, and responsiveness to all the stakeholders.

The Nursery School should be for 15 children ages 3 to 6 years old. All other parameters you may define yourself. Your entry should reflect the purpose of the center and how it will positively impact children’s education.

Your graphic presentation, using whatever types of expression you wish, should clearly reflect your goals and how your approach/design will achieve them. This is an ideas competition that seeks to reward talent, creativity, and the promise of the participants. This is not a traditional design competition.

One First Prize

Pending admission to IE's Master in Strategic Interior Design program, a scholarship worth €11,000 towards the program tuition fees for the 2021 - 2022 academic year.

Three Second Prizes

Pending admission to IE's Master in Strategic Interior Design program, a scholarship worth €9,000 towards the program tuition fees for the 2021 - 2022 academic year.

There is no registration fee for the IE Spaces for Creativity.

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Competition's jury

Cofounder and Principal of Studio O+A
Founder & Global Creative Director USA, Europe & Middle East Division
Director of the Diploma in Strategic Interior Design, Director of EMIA Interior Design and Practice Leader at AECOM






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