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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For challenge details, please visit our challenge webpage.

This international competition is open exclusively to current undergraduate and graduate-level college students involved in retail planning, interior design/architecture, visual merchandising, graphic design, industrial design, engineering, branding, UX/UI design, or similar programs. If you are unsure if your area of study qualifies, please reach out to PAVE at

Please complete and submit your registration for the 2024 Student Design Competition below. Once registered, please allow up to 1 business day to gain access to the "Project Submission Form". 

Students who register early will receive periodic emails with tips and reminders related to this design challenge.
Projects must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific on Monday, October 21, 2024.

For complete competition details, including the design brief- please click here.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to PAVE directly via email at


PAVE Global is thrilled to announce that it's time to nominate and honor exceptional individuals who are shaping the future of the consumer environments industry with our 17th Annual Rising Star Award!

A Rising Star is a young professional who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills in the brand environment industry. These emerging leaders anticipate the needs of their clients, motivate their teams, turn the ordinary into the extraordinary, and inspire consumers.


Retailers, brands, designers, and industry suppliers are encouraged to recognize an individual's extraordinary contributions and talented mindset as innovators and leaders among their peers by nominating them for this award. Additionally, young professionals who meet the criteria of a Rising Star are eligible to self-nominate.

Reflecting on the blended channels that comprise a brand today, you can shine a spotlight on your nominee with a prestigious accolade that will be a testament to their visionary influence and inspiration throughout their career!

Nominations are free and can motivate a nominee to do even more great things. Gather some of their work and tell us why you think they should become the next PAVE Rising Star!

The PAVE Rising Star judges are looking for individuals who are original, passionate visionaries. A Rising Star nominee is intuitive in decision-making, willing to take risks, ambitious, persistent, resourceful, and socially responsible. They demonstrate authenticity in their designs and can implement sustainable projects.


  • Nominees may be from your organization or another.
  • Nominees must be engaged in the design or supply of retail environments. This includes designers, visual merchandisers, store planners, and project managers.
  • Nominees must be 40 years of age or younger as of December 2024.
  • Nominations can be self-submitted or submitted by a retailer, brand, design firm, or industry supplier.


  • Attach three to five supporting materials that demonstrate what makes the nominee a Rising Star. Provide descriptions of images, including program intent and a brief line on its success.
  • There is no fee to make a nomination.
  • All nominations should be made through Submittable.

All nominations will be reviewed virtually through Submittable by a panel of industry professionals.

PAVE will contact the senior management for all finalists for employment verification and any additional input as needed.

All finalists will be recognized this December during the PAVE Gala in New York City where the winner will be announced.

Friday, October 25, 2024, before 11:59 PM Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific

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