Designers can now enter their work in 2017 Inspirations Awards! The entry deadline is April 21, 2017.

Contract magazine, in partnership with Tarkett, presents the Inspirations Awards! The Inspirations Awards recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design: implementing design to improve the quality of life for those in need. Winners are recognized for work completed for clients that are a worthy cause. The clients, in turn, receive a generous grant from award sponsor Tarkett.

The 2017 Inspirations Awards jury is:

Vivian Bencich, principal, Square Feet Studio
Scott Delano, design director, Wright Heerema Architects
Kia Weatherspoon, president, Determined by Design


The entry deadline is April 21, 2017. Winners will be notified in May, and will be recognized during a reception at NeoCon in Chicago in June.

Designers can enter projects in one of two categories: one for completed built projects in commercial interiors (any project type other than residential), and one for practice-based initiatives. Both paid/commissioned work and pro bono work is eligible for entry. Entries do not need to be pro bono work.

For the category of practice-based initiatives, the entries are cause-related initiatives that benefit a community or user group (investment of time and/or services and/or resources). This category recognizes a broader commitment to improve a community, rather than the design of a physical space. We highlight the creativity, innovativeness, and drive to improve the human condition realized in a variety of efforts.

A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the cause supported by the work in the built project category.
A $1,000 grant will be awarded to the cause supported by the work in the practice-based initiative category.
Additional $1,000 grants and honorable mentions may be awarded at the jury’s discretion.

previous winners