Design Exchange is proud to announce the 19th Annual DX Canadian High School Design Competition. The aim of the competition is to promote the study and awareness of various design disciplines in schools across Canada. The competition is open to all high school students studying in Canada. Prizes will be awarded in following categories – Industrial Design, Fashion Design, Costume Design, Architecture/Landscape Design, Interior Design, and Graphic Design.


2013-14 JURORS


Janine Allen, Sears Canada

Mary-Jo Carter, Canadian Stage 

Nancy Dennis, Sears Canada

Cynthia Florek, Sears Canada

Rebecca Horwitz, Calica Studio

Stewart Innes, Graphic Designer & Artist 

Russell Manzano, Sears Canada

Ryan Michaelis, Teknion Furniture Systems

Annie Morphy, Sears Canada 

Sara Nickleson, Design Exchange

Kathleen Toman, Sears Canada

Deborah Wang, Superkül


WINNERS OF 2013/2014




The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) awards the George J. Klein medal to the overall winning entry of this competition that stands above all others in its creativity, originality and execution.


Winner: Tri-WaveTommy Wang (Architecture/Interior Design Senior), Green Apple Art Centre, Vancouver, BC




CHALLENGE: Design an indoor or outdoor playground for a location in your city or town.  Consider your target audience, safety, accessibility, local weather conditions and overall play experience in your design.




1st – Promising ParkNuo Zheng, Lord Byng Secondary School, Vancouver, BC

2nd – Mountainside PathChloe Tsui, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Richmond Hill, ON

3rd – New Waterloo Interactive PlaygroundJanna Kholodova, Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Waterloo, ON

HM – The Breakfast ClubAlexandria Abbruzzino, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Toronto, ON




1st – Tri-WaveTommy Wang, Green Apple Art Centre, Vancouver, BC

2nd – The AmethystJeanne Lai, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Markham, ON

3rd – Play Terra, Amanda Nalli, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Vaughan, ON

HM – Nature VentureEva Huang, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Markham, ON

HM – Space Playground, Blake Wallace, St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic High School, Aurora, ON

HM – Synergetic ParkYi Ting (Chloe) Zhang, Richmond Christian Secondary School, Richmond, BC

HM – The BubblesTiffany Chiu, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Scarborough, ON

HM – The SubmarineJane Yip, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Toronto, ON




CHALLENGE: Design a stage costume for a character from William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Consider era, location, tone and style.  You may set the production in another time period or country if your choice is carefully considered.




1st – Romeo & Juliet: The Tang DynastyEmily Tsao, Mount Douglas Secondary School, Victoria, BC

2nd – Dressing a CapuletCharlotte Warr, Halifax Grammar School, Fall River, NS

3rd – Romeo & Juliet on IceLauren Laturnus, Burnsview Secondary School, Delta, BC

HM – Juliet CapuletShaela Hill, Burnsview Secondary School, Delta, BC

HM – Romeo & Juliet: A Summer of LoveVasilisa Shvedenkova, I.E. Weldon Secondary School, Lindsay, ON

HM – Juliet’s Daily DressVera Shang, Burnsview Secondary School, Delta, BC

HM – Juliet goes VogueSydney Carter, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Ottawa, ON




1st – Steam Crossed LoversAmy MacLaren, Merritt Secondary School, Merritt, BC

2nd – Castes Apart: Romeo & JulietNaomi Dojo Soeandy, St. Joseph's College Toronto, ON

3rd – Costume Design, Romeo & JulietAnxin Lu, Bishop Marocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School, Toronto, ON

HM – Costume Design, Romeo + JulietTeresa Adamo, Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute, Guelph, ON

HM – The 2 in 1 Juliet CostumeThu Trang Truong, Glebe Collegiate Institute, Ottawa, ON

HM – Costume Design: Romeo & JulietJennifer Cuda, St. Benedict C.S.S. Cambridge, ON




CHALLENGE: Design (or re-design) a uniform for a school team or club. Consider your target audience, colour, textile and style while creating your design. Think about how the uniform needs to move and breathe to keep your team members comfortable and stylish.




1st – Classy ContemporaryPatricia Rosales, Senator O'Connor Secondary School, Scarborough, ON

2nd – Field Hockey Player Uniform SeriesVanessa Shih, Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Markham, ON

3rd – LFA Cheerleader 2.0,  Lisa Lazzaris, Little Flower Academy, Vancouver, BC




1st – L’Uniforme ChicAaron Mak, TFS Canada's International School, Scarborough, ON

2nd – Soccer/Rugby JerseyMaximilian Shea, Hillfield Strathallan College, Oakville, ON

3rd – Spartan: SubmergedKimberly Ren, Lorne Park Secondary School, Mississauga, ON

HM – Royal Canadian Marching Band UniformMikayla Koo, H.B. Beal Secondary School, London, ON

HM – ChevronSingYu Lam, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON

HM – Business Club UniformJulian Lopes, Central Technical School, Toronto, ON




CHALLENGE: Re-design the front cover of an educational textbook of your choice. Your cover design should be contemporary, unique and exciting, while clearly conveying your chosen subject.




1st – Creating CanadaPatrick Timmer, Hillfield Strathallan College, Hamilton, ON

2nd – Textbook Cover Re-DesignShan Duan, Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate Institute, Toronto, ON

3rd – Molecular Biology of the Cell, 5th Edition, Kim Le, Longfields-Davidson Heights Secondary School, Ottawa, ON

HM – Textbook Re-designBrenna Neufeld, Morden Collegiate, Morden, MB

HM – Map it Out, Emily Jaunkalns, St. Clements School, Toronto, ON

HM – Spiral Into ArtMegan Goudie, St. Clements School, Toronto, ON

HM – Science Textbook Cover DesignRachel Partridge, Burnsview Secondary School, Delta, BC




1st – Chemistry, Physics & BiologyKogulan Sivaneshan, Markham District High School, Markham, ON

2nd – Mathematic Functions 11Fylbert Tan, St. Edmund Campion Catholic School, Brampton, ON

3rd – Counter 2 PointsMikhaela Ong, Guildford Park Secondary School, Surrey, BC

HM – Inquiry Into Life, Raina Wu, Lord Byng Secondary School, Burnaby, BC

HM – Textbook Cover Re-DesignErica Barker, Cochrane High School Cochrane, AB

HM – Book Cover DesignLaura Baldesarra, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Maple, ON




CHALLENGE: Design a helmet geared to a teenage audience. Consider your target demographic, style, convenience, safety concerns and construction material. Think about how to encourage teenagers to embrace wearing a helmet! The industrial design challenge is generously supported by Teknion Furniture Systems




1st – PortosDaniel Pekar and Alex Cui, Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute and University of Toronto Schools, Toronto, ON

2nd – Pneumatic Helmet – The Air HeadSinthujan Kalainathan and Richard Wang, Richmond Secondary School, Richmond, BC

3rd – The Solera Helmet, Alice Liu, Unionville High School, Markham, ON

HM – Life Saver HelmetFrédéric Fortier-Chouinard, De Rochebelle, Québec, QC




1st – bluAir Helmet Design, Julia Cundari, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Vaughan, ON

2nd – Beetles, Shiuli Mukerjea, Georges Vanier Secondary School, Toronto, ON

3rd – Nightmare HumanoidSung Young Chung, St. Elizabeth Catholic High School, Thornhill, ON

HM – UrbanBrennan JM Chiu, Royal St. Georges College, Toronto, ON

HM – AsteoSingYu Lam, Don Mills Collegiate Institute, Scarborough, ON


This competition is made possible by the generous support of Sears Canada.    


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