Otto Zenke Student Design Awards

Showcase Your Interior Design Creativity!

Each year, this competition asks students to design an awe-inspiring project based on certain criteria for the judges to consider. This award gives both scholars and their programs the opportunity to showcase their creativity, professionalism, and the chance to win scholarship money along with recognition throughout the Carolinas.

Projects submitted must be produced individually (no group projects) and can be Residential, Commercial, or Mixed-use in nature. The minimum project square footage is 2800 square feet. No standard floor plan is required. Students are permitted to repurpose projects they have already completed if they meet the competition requirements. Any projects entered in other competitions (local or national) are still eligible for submission..

Any undergraduate student enrolled in an Interior Design or Interior Architecture program in North or South Carolina can enter the contest. You do not need to be a student member of ASID to compete. If a student is awarded the top award, a matching award will be given to the design program if the school has an active ASID Student Chapter.

Applications are now being accepted.  Click here to submit your project!
Deadline to submit is January 30, 2022, no later than 11:59 PM EST.

Past Award Winners

Based on our award selection criteria, our recent Otto Zenke winners are:


  • Naomi Lytle – FIRST PLACE
  • Libby Montgomery – SECOND PLACE
  • Molly Terra – THIRD PLACE
  • Leslie Webb – HONORABLE PLACE


  • Isaac Wood – FIRST PLACE
  • Alyssa Gomes – SECOND PLACE
  • Audrey Amsden – THIRD PLACE
  • Robyn Strong – HONORABLE MENTION


  • Carly Lawing – FIRST PLACE
  • Appalachian State University – FIRST PLACE
  • Lauren Makenzie Halford – SECOND PLACE
  • Naomi Lytle – THIRD PLACE
  • Morgan Sotto – HONORABLE MENTION

2021 Otto Zenke Winners and Winning Projects

First Place

Naomi Lytle

Appalachian State University 

View Naomi’s project by clicking here.


Second Place

Libby Montgomery

Appalachian State University

View Libby’s project by clicking here.

Third Place

Molly Terra

Appalachian State University 

View Molly’s project by clicking here.

Honorable Mention

Leslie Webb

Appalachian State University

View Leslie’s project by clicking here.



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