Cabin Fever Design Challenge


The CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE encouraged Alaskans to develop contemporary ‘cabin’ designs which address the inherent difficulties and highlight the uniqueness of living in the frozen North. This design challenge presented the opportunity to turn those things which can make life in Alaska difficult into those very things which positively describe us. The ADF hosted this design challenge, which culminated in February 2015, in association with the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center’s Cabin Fever exhibit.

CABIN FEVER DESIGN CHALLENGE was supported by two hands-on workshops – lead by Harri Koskinen and Jeff Hou  – and concluded with an awards ceremony/final event at the Anchorage museum and an exhibit at the International Gallery of Contemporary Art.


  1. Troy Nesset and Martina Parrish (1st place and People’s Choice)
  2. David Hayden (2nd place)
  3. Petra Sattler-Smith (3rd place and Made in Alaska/local-sustainable award)


  • Daniel Mihalyo, Lead Pencil Studio (Seattle)
  • Maris O’Tierney, Polar Lab Coordinator, Anchorage Museum
  • Frank Soos, Alaska State Laureate Writer

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