Chicago's Architecture Design Principal to Judge Furniture Design Competition

Tom Marquardt, IIDA, SBID, design principal in HDR’s Chicago architecture practice, has been selected to judge Prism TFL’s and Interior & Sources magazine’s POP UP Furniture Design Competition. The competition allows emerging professionals throughout the United States and Canada to gain exposure for creative thinking and furniture design, with the winning design being featured electronically at NeoCon 2016.

Students are being asked to create innovative and sustainable office furniture that positively impacts the daily work of corporate office employees. Using Prism TFL, students will submit proposals that are not only creative solutions, but also explore sustainable materials in a smart modular expression. Ease of construction and functionality will be considered along with the overall aesthetic.

“It’s an honor to represent HDR with this opportunity to participate on the POP UP Furniture Design jury,” Tom says. “Emerging professionals’ creative ideas are the foundation of future thinking regarding interdisciplinary design and the impact it is having on the workplace. I hope to contribute as much to this experience as I know I will gain!”

Three winning proposals will be awarded with monetary prizes. The winning project designer will also work with master craftsmen and a furniture manufacturer to produce the design, which will be presented electronically at NeoCon in the Materials Pavilion.

Tom, along with 10 esteemed jury members representing industries including office furniture design, corporate workplace design and forest product manufacturing, will judge proposals based on originality, technical feasibility and the predominant use of PRISM TFL.

“Tom Marquardt was on the top of AUARCO North America’s wish list for this national event,” says Meghan Ryan Jeske, TFL design & market specialist for ARAUCO - North America. “There are few leaders in our industry who are as multi-disciplinarian and diversely talented. Tom is consistently sensitive to the various subtle nuances of a well-designed branded environment, yet his commitment to his bold vision is always refreshing. Tom’s teaching success and passionate knowledge of evolving materials including engineered products made him an obvious choice.”

Jury deliberation will take place on May 6, and construction of the winning submission will begin May 9.