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PAVE Global Announces the Finalists of the First Student Visionary Award Ahead of the PAVE Gala

Hollywood, Fla. (November 29, 2023) PAVE Global is pleased to announce the Top 3 Finalists of the Inaugural Inspired by Design: PAVE Student Visionary Award.

Please join us in congratulating our 2023 PAVE Student Visionaries-

  • Jada Cannon, Cornell University, 3rd Year, Master of Architecture

  • Nicole Niava, Yale University, 3rd Year, Master of Architecture

  • Sarah Baxter, Endicott College, Senior, Bachelor of Interior Architecture

The PAVE Global Inspired by Design: Student Visionary Award recognizes and honors emerging student visionaries who are expected to revolutionize the industry with their innovative ideas and designs, making a positive impact on the world.

Current undergraduate and graduate-level design, architecture, and visual merchandising students were invited to participate by submitting a series of boards that showcase one of the provided design topics - Human and Community Connection, Sustainability, Cultural Awareness/DEI, Universal Design, or Educational Innovations. The boards were to showcase a pre-existing project that embodies the chosen topic with answers to the questions provided. All submissions were then reviewed blindly by a panel of industry professionals.

Submission by Jada Cannon, Cornell University - Click Arrows to View All Boards and Click Images to Enlarge

“Opportunities such as the PAVE Inspired by Design Award are just one of the many programs, we have created to reward deserving students interested in pursuing a career in the design industry. We hope this program continues to serve as a stepping stone to assist students in having a long and successful career in the design field,” said Dash Nagel, PAVE Global’s Executive Director. “We look forward to celebrating the three finalists- Jada Cannon, Nicole Niava, and Sarah Baxter, at the PAVE Gala next week in New York City”

Submission by Sarah Baxter, Endicott College - Click Arrows to View All Boards and Click Images to Enlarge

In addition to being recognized next Thursday, December 7th, 2023, at the 25th Annual PAVE Gala in New York City (travel expenses covered). The 2023 Inspired by Design: PAVE Student Visionary Award Honorees will also each be awarded a $7,500 cash prize and additionally, $1,000 grants will be awarded to each of the finalist's schools, departments, or educators to cover the travel expenses for attending the 2023 PAVE Gala with the student.

Submission by Nicole Niava, Yale University - Click Arrows to View All Boards and Click Images to Enlarge

A Special Thank You to Our 2023 Inspired by Design: Student Visionary Award Judges!

  • Bevan Blomendaal, Senior Principal, Chief Brand & Creative Officer, NELSON Worldwide

  • Chelsea Helms, Interior Designer, STITCH Design Shop

  • Christopher Weigand, Founder + VP Creative Services, Neon Carrot

  • Dena Yamaguchi, Associate Principal, Arcadis

  • Joe Nevin, Senior Vice President, Development, JLL Design Solutions

  • Matthew Almendarez, Job Captain, MBH Architects, 2023 PAVE Rising Star

  • Maximus Coric, Co-Owner, Vizex Branding

  • Mitch Pride, Principal, MG2 Design, 2018 PAVE Rising Star


About PAVE Global

Founded in 1992 as The Planning and Visual Education Partnership, PAVE Global is a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation, with all proceeds benefitting PAVE’s educational programs. The organization enables young talent to build successful careers designing and creating consumer environments. Our vision is to cultivate relationships with students, educators, and the design industry through financial assistance, top-industry thinking, inspiration, and mentorship.

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