Spotlight on the 2021 Student Portfolio Competition Winners

Learn best practices for a winning portfolio and presentation from the 2021 competition winners.

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Your portfolio and interview skills are critical to launching your design career. Through striking visuals, experience the presentations from the 2021 winners of the ASID Student Portfolio Competition as they share insight on their portfolio development processes and the methods they used to structure their portfolio presentations. Walk away with the tools to craft your portfolio, prepare to submit to the 2022 competition, and position yourself for a strong future in design.

Rebeca Zhu Cao, Student ASID

Student, Interior Design

Pratt Institute

Rebeca Zhu Cao is a graduate interior design student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to moving to New York, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in architectural design at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she received the annual Grammy Award from the department of built environments. Her experience as a junior designer in New York inspired her to develop passions in residential, hospitality, and furniture design.

Tingxin (TX) Zheng, Student ASID

Student, Design & Environmental Analysis

Cornell University

TX Zheng began her design journey studying interior design at SCAD. Since then, she has been fascinated by the connection between people and the built environment. After graduating, she continued her education to discover more possibilities and professional theoretical support for developing her design aesthetic. She is currently an M.A. student at Cornell University in the field of design and environmental analysis, with a concentration in design for interaction. Earlier this year, Zheng was recognized by Metropolis as a Metropolis Future 100 recipient, an annual program recognizing the top 100 graduate students in architecture and design programs in North America.

Elizabeth Von Lehe, Allied ASID (Moderator)

Director of Specialty Interiors


A seasoned design leader with professional experience across multiple industries, Elizabeth Von Lehe leads HDR’s efforts to advance a holistic approach to design, embracing not only the built form, but branding, curation and the development of user experience from every angle. Von Lehe previously worked at ICRAVE Design, where she served as director of strategy, brand and architectural design for more than seven years. Before that, she worked in design for both Target and Lands’ End. Her experience includes developing product collections for both fashion and furniture industries as well as guiding master plans and interior design concepts.

Based in New York, New York, Von Lehe is well known throughout the design professions as a leader in the field of experience design. She is a regular keynote and workshop speaker at the national and chapter levels for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), advocating for experience design to encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration and integration beyond what most designers usually practice. Von Lehe currently serves as a Director on the national board of ASID, and is a regular graduate mentor and panelist for her alma mater, Columbia University. Her work has been featured in several industry publications and she has been interviewed by national outlets such as Bloomberg and NPR.


Spotlight on the 2021 Student Portfolio Competition Winners
09/11/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  45 minutes
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