Winners of the 2016 Inspirations Awards can be seen here. The winners are also in the July/August issue of Contract. The call for entries for the 2017 Inspirations Awards will be open in spring 2017.

Contract magazine, in partnership with Tandus Centiva, 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 Tandus Centiva.

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.

The 2016 jury:

The Inspirations Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago on Sunday, June 12, 2016, prior to the start of NeoCon. Honored work will be featured in Contract magazine print and digital editions, and on contractdesign.com.

Contact Ellen Cook, Contract magazine for more information about 2016 Inspirations. 

previous winners

2013 Inspirations Awards Winners
August 07, 2013

In partnership with Tandus Flooring, Contract magazine announced the winners of the fifth annual Inspirations Awards at a reception in the Tandus Flooring showroom in the Merchandise Mart in Chicago on Sunday, June 9.

2012 Inspirations Award Winners
June 11, 2012

Contract announced the winners of its fourth annual Inspirations Awards competition at a ceremony on June 11 in Chicago at NeoCon®

Inspiring Design: 2011 Inspiration Awards Winners
April 07, 2011

Contract magazine's 2011 Inspiration Awards winners, announced at a gala ceremony at WGBH public broadcasting headquarters in Boston on April 6, set an example in socially responsible design