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Yabu Pushelberg Award for Innovation in Interior Design

The intention of this fund is to cultivate innovation and entrepreneurship in Interior Design by supporting a Ryerson Interior Design student to pursue his/her own area of interest and specialty with relevance to the RSID undergraduate course work and creative direction. Whether applied to an overall design project or the prototyping of a project component, this award will encourage new ways of thinking about Interior Design innovation.

The Design Fabrication Zone is proud to facilitate the 4th Annual Yabu Pushelberg Award for Innovation in Interior Design to promote the greatest degree of innovative thought in Interior Design.  The Award supports one Ryerson interior design student (or a team of two) to take their project from ideation to the prototyping stage.

In addition to the $6,000 award, recipients will receive:

  • Membership to the Design Fabrication Zone for the duration of the project
  • One-on-one mentorship, guidance and training from DFZ design and technical experts
  • Access to the workshop spaces and state-of-the-art equipment at FCAD’s Creative Technology Lab
  • Two terms enrollment in CEDZ100 Zone course.  Students who completed four terms will earn an "Optional Specialization in Zone Learning: Design Fabrication" on their transcripts.

The award is generously funded by RSID alumni George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg, with matching funding from the Brookfield Institute and Ryerson University.  

Funding will be made available to the award winner in the Spring of 2020 to undertake his/her project in the summer months.

All inquiries should be directed to



Applications open:  Monday, December 15, 2019

Application Deadline:  Monday, February 24, 2020

Winner Announcement: Monday, March 9, 2020

Project Duration: April 2020 to December 2020 (2 terms)


To be eligible for this award, students must:

  • Be registered as a full-time undergraduate student (4 billing units) School of Interior Design at Ryerson University through the end of spring term 2020.
  • Have a minimum CGPA of 3.0 and be in clear academic standing.
  • Team applications are permitted with a maximum of two team members.  Assistance of others during installation is permissible with prior approval.

Project application submitted per Design Fabrication Zone application requirements, along with a one-page brief outlining how the project best demonstrates innovation in interior design. Faculty members from the School of Interior Design can also nominate a student for the Award by submitting a one-page letter of support.

The project application and brief/letter of support will be assessed and weighted based on the following factors:

  • Proposed Interior Design Innovation/Entrepreneurship: 30%
  • Clarity of ideas developed (with reference to the driving RSID undergraduate course/investigation) and project samples: 30%
  • Compelling new research, creative and/or prototyping direction: 30%
  • Overall presentation: 10%

A completed application must include:

  • Project Application (via DFZ website)
  • Portfolio submission of two school projects in pdf format (one for each student)
  • One-page brief outlining conceptual project proposal and how the project best demonstrates innovation in interior design
  • Conceptual images of proposed project 
  • Letter of support for the proposal from a RSID faculty member

The selection committee will be comprised of at least three representatives from Ryerson University. They will review the applications and prepare a ranked list of qualified Award recipients. The final selection of the recipient will be based on the weighted criteria. If, in the opinion of the selection committee, no candidates meet the outlined criteria, the Award shall not be given to any applicant in 2020.