Entries are now closed. Winners will be notified in May, and will be recognized during a reception at NeoCon in Chicago in June.

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. Tarkett has significantly increased the grant funding for winners of the 2017 Inspirations Awards. This year, the jury will award three grants to the top three projects. All grants will be awarded to the cause (the client) supported by the work. The Grand Prize is $10,000, and two additional grants of $3,000 and $2,000 will also be awarded.

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




Winners will be notified in May, and will be recognized during a reception at NeoCon in Chicago in June. Scroll down on this page to view the Inspirations Awards winners from the past three years. Entries were accepted 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.

The jury will award three grants to the top three projects. All grants will be awarded to the cause (the client) supported by the work.
$10,000 Grand Prize
$3,000
$2,000

previous winners