Gia Excellence in Student Design

2021 Winners Announced!

Global Innovation Awards (gia)

Excellence in Student Design


The IHA created its Student Design Competition in 1993 to invigorate the housewares industry with the fresh ideas of top student designers and to encourage young talent to consider careers in the housewares business. Now in its 28th year, IHA’s competition is unique in the U.S. as the longest-running, industry-sponsored, merit-recognition program for industrial design students.

IHA Student Design Competition

At The Inspired Home Show’s annual student competition display, the winning student designers meet business leaders and news media. Many have been hired by IHA member companies and home goods retailers; others have become entrepreneurs, educators and design managers for consumer products companies.

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Meet Our 2021 Judges

Judith Anderson

Chair, Dept. of Industrial Design
Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Boston, MA

Heman Au

Principal Industrial Designer
Owlet Baby Care
Albuquerque, NM

Brian Bock

Industrial Designer
Hamilton Beach Brands
Glen Allen, VA

Evan Cincotta

Head of Design
Susteau
New York, NY

Earle Cramer

Principal Industrial Designer
Newell Brands
Kalamazoo, MI

Chris Cunningham, IDSA

Design Leader
Chicago, IL

Robert Giacolo

New Product Development Program Manager
Transcendia
Franklin Park, IL

Lisa Heim-Yoo

Design Lead
Nu-Way Industries, Inc.
Des Plaines IL

Teddy Lu, IDSA

Creative Director
Veo
Chicago, IL

Jennifer Nemec

Founder, Chief Creative Officer
Ideation Studio Inc.
Chicago, IL

David Richter-O’Connell, IDSA

Assistant Professor Industrial Design
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI

David Starr, IDSA

Vice President Research and Development
Tesseract Ventures
Overland Park, KS

Kimberlee Wilkens, IDSA

Director, BDes in Industrial Design
Assistant Professor, Industrial Design
University of Illinois at Chicago

Meet the 2021 Winners!

Honorable Mentions