Apart from semesterly D+EA social events and frequent community engagement, D+EA students participate in a variety of activities include design competitions, conferences, and student professional organizations. 

Design Competitions

In conjunction with design studio, our students participate in external competitions such as the SAE Collegiate Baja Design Series, Cooper Lighting’s Annual Student Competition, AIA-AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette, Global Wellness Summit, and the Aging Innovation Challenge, two of which are described below.

AIA-AAH STERIS Student Design Charrette

This is an annual competition between design schools focused on healthcare environments. A three-day charrette is held at the annual Center for Health Design Healthcare Conference and Expo and is adjudicated by design professionals. Students are required to analyze a site, create a program and provide schematic design solutions.

SAE Collegiate Baja Design Series 

In this annual competition, 40 Cornell students build and race an off-road vehicle. The competition requires students to balance design and cost with dynamic performance while following a strict set of safety guidelines and standardized rules. There are three North American competitions annually, each with 100 competing teams.

Professional Conferences

Students are encouraged to participate in national and international conferences. Often this happens as part of a class, but occasionally, students will independently submit papers and engage in presentations. Center for Health Design Healthcare Conference and Expo and International Annual Meeting of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society are examples of such conferences.

Student Organizations

In addition to many university-wide student organizations, there are several student organizations based in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people driven by a common love for design and a commitment to the belief that interior design as a service to others, is a powerful, multi-faceted profession that can positively change people’s lives. Through education, advocacy, community building and outreach the society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design. For more information, email asidcornell@gmail.com.

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES)

Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) has a Cornell chapter that consists of a group of students and faculty interested in human factors and ergonomics. The organization, based in the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis, plans and coordinates events and activities that include invited speakers, practical demonstrations of ergonomic design principles, and field trips. The chapter contributes to the CUErgo website and has established an information library in the DEA Resource Center

International Facility Managers Association (IFMA)

International Facility Managers Association (IFMA) helps students who are interested in the field of facility planning and management explore the profession and stay current with the latest issues in the field. Chapter activities include speaker events, field trips, and joint meetings with other professional association chapters. Student members also have access to the IFMA research library, scholarships, educational events, and IFMA publications. For more information, call the Department of Design and Environmental Analysis at 607-255-2144.

Cornell University Healthy Futures (CUHFG)

Cornell University Healthy Futures: Graduate Chapter (CUHFG) is the graduate division of the first academic institute in the country to combine hospitality, environmental design, and health policy and management to improve patient and customer experience.