PAVE 24th Annual Student Design Competition

Sponsored by The Home Depot

Hollywood, Fla. (April 26, 2018) – The Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is pleased to announce a collaboration with The Home Depot for the 24th Annual Student Design Competition. The 2018 design competition is open to undergraduate college students in retail planning, interior design, visual merchandising, store design and branding programs.

This year's PAVE Student Design Competition, which combines store design and visual merchandising into a single challenge, is sponsored by The Home Depot. In December 2017, the Atlanta-based home improvement retailer announced a three-year strategic plan that includes a significant investment in the company's retail stores.

"Our strategic store investments create ongoing innovation in our stores," said Jalal Hamad, Home Depot's senior director of in-store environment. "We look forward to powering our strategic engine through fresh new ideas from PAVE student submissions."

Information on the PAVE 2018 Student Design Competition, including entry forms, disclaimer, and frequently asked questions will soon be available at

Winners and their schools will receive cash grants and be recognized at the 2018 PAVE Gala in December.


About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.


About The Home Depot

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,284 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.