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Call for Entries: 29th Annual PAVE Student Design Competition in partnership with Ulta Beauty

PAVE Global is pleased to announce that the registration window for the 29th Annual International Student Design Competition in partnership with Ulta Beauty is now open. This annual competition promotes “real-world” design experience for current undergraduate and graduate-level students who are interested in pursuing careers designing consumer environments and experiences. This competition is open to all eligible students globally. Students may enter individually or as a team of 2.

This year's student designers have been challenged to evolve the in-store customer experience to exceed Gen-Z expectations of what it means to discover at Ulta Beauty.

"At Ulta Beauty, we are always striving to provide the most engaging experiences to our guests. Given the amazing talent across the student population, who are also our core Beauty Enthusiast consumers, it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to learn from and be inspired by each of the design submissions," said Paul Loux, Vice President of Store Design & Experience, Ulta Beauty. "We’re honored to sponsor this year’s student design competition and are eager to see the student’s take on our guest experience. Together, the possibilities will be even more beautiful." 

This year, the top 3 concepts will be awarded $5,000 each, and an additional $1,000 will be awarded to each of their schools. The winning students will also be invited to attend the PAVE Gala in New York City (airfare, hotel, and per diem covered) to be recognized for their achievements. Additionally, their educators will receive a $750 travel stipend to attend the PAVE Gala with their students. Information on the PAVE 2024 Student Design Competition sponsored by ULTA Beauty, including the competition brief, registration, and FAQs is now available at


About Ulta Beauty At Ulta Beauty, the possibilities are beautiful. Ulta Beauty is the largest U.S. beauty retailer and the premier beauty destination for cosmetics, fragrance, skin care products, hair care products and salon services. In 1990, the Company reinvented the beauty retail experience by offering a new way to shop for beauty – bringing together All Things Beauty, All in One Place®. Today, Ulta Beauty operates 1,374 retail stores across 50 states and also distributes its products through its website, which includes a collection of tips, tutorials, and social content. For more information, visit

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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