Chancellor’s Residence Interior Design Contest

Letter from the Mays

The Chancellor’s Residence is a resource that belongs to all of the UC Davis community. We are asking students to help us create an environment that is welcoming and one that reflects our campus community.”
— Chancellor-designate Gary May

“We hope students will share their Aggie ingenuity and creativity through this contest. We really want spaces that reflect the pride of our university and the inspiration of our beautiful Northern California setting.”
— First Lady LeShelle May


Create the interior design of the living room and/or the study of the Chancellor’s Residence to be reflective of Northern California and the UC Davis community.


Entry period: May 15, 2017 – June 30, 2017
Judging Period: July 3 – July 31, 2017

Who can enter:

Current undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at UC Davis as of May 10, 2017.

Photo: The front of the chancellor’s residence

Design Requirements

  • Address the interior design of at least one of the public rooms (living room and/or study).
  • Create a welcoming and relaxed environment.
  • Strongly reflect the community and feel of Northern California and UC Davis.
  • Designs should not include any new construction, renovation or painting and should work with existing style and fixtures.
  • Be in the “classic contemporary” style.
  • The study should be inspired by UC Davis and provide a place for Aggie memorabilia.
  • Identify and site recommended furniture and decorative accessories.
  • Note that the art work displayed changes regularly and any design should keep rotation of artwork in mind. (NOTE: Current artwork on loan from C.N. Gorman Museum Collection and Manetti Shrem Museum Fine Arts Collection.)
  • Designs must include a line-itemed budget that fits within the constraints outlined in the contest details. (NOTE: Budgets supporting the Chancellor’s Residence come from donated funds and not from state or student funds.)

Materials to Help Your Design Entry

  • Floor plans
  • Living room elevation plans
  • Study elevation plans
  • Photo stills

Living Room: 360° view

Study: 360° view