Everyone said it was fluke the first time around, so we needed to win the next year too, just to prove that we could beat the design professionals of New Zealand in open competition. After that we let someone else have a go.
We had twelve weeks to finish the entry. I said I wanted it in six. Then we threw it in the bin and started all over again. I said I wanted it in three weeks. We threw that all in the bin too and started all over again. I said I wanted it in two weeks. We threw that in the bin and started all over again. The atmosphere was explosive.
I would have been lynched if we had lost, but finally most of the students understood that competitions are won with passion and clarity. A few lodged complaints and the HOD arrived to investigate and found the studio awash with champagne.