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March 06, 2024

SIU to host high school digital drafting and design competition

by Pete Rosenbery

CARBONDALE, Ill. — About 50 students from four area high schools who have an interest in architecture, construction and interior design will be at Southern Illinois University Carbondale on Friday, March 8, for the Illinois Design Educators Association regional competition.

The contest is from 9 to 11 a.m. in Quigley Hall, home to the university’s School of Architecture. Students from Benton, Carbondale, Marion and Zeigler-Royalton high schools will participate. Camera crews and photographers are invited to shoot photos and video of competing students during the event. However, the best time for interviews with students and School of Architecture faculty starts at 11 a.m.

This is the seventh year that SIU School of Architecture will be hosting the regional event.

The event includes computer-based and drafting designs in various locations of the building, along with two team competitions. The top three finishers in each of the 11 events earn awards, with the top two finishers qualifying for the state competition on Saturday, April 20, at Illinois State University.

Students will also receive tours of the School of Architecture’s programs and facility beginning at 11 a.m. Awards will be announced starting at 1 p.m., after lunch. For more information and to arrange for interviews, contact Scott Frisch, School of Architecture, at or 618-453-3734.