competitions & awards - healthcare environment awards


Award Categories
• Acute (inpatient) Care Facilities
• Ambulatory (outpatient) Care Facilities
• Long-Term Care/Assisted Living Facilities
• Health and Fitness Wellness Facilities
• Landscape Design (healing gardens, etc.)
• Conceptual Design (professional, unbuilt projects)
• Student Design Work

Awards will be given for innovative design solutions that enhance the quality of healthcare delivery. Entries can include, but are not limited to, healthcare products (furniture, furnishings, etc.); healthcare settings (patient areas, examination rooms, corridors, etc.); or technology (equipment, systems, etc.).

Judging Criteria
• Visual and graphic images of interior spaces that support an environment capable of improving the quality of healthcare based on sound evidence-based design principles
• A demonstrated response to the program statement
• A demonstrated partnership between the clients and design professionals
• Statement describing client feedback or testimony that the project seeks to improve the quality of healthcare: Does it demonstrate sensitivity to patient needs and seek to improve therapeutic outcomes, enhance staff performance, and increase visitor and community participation? Were higher satisfaction ratings by patients, families, and staff a key design objective?

• A demonstrated response to the goals mentioned in the project description
• Visual and graphic images that support an environment capable of improving the quality of healthcare

• Winners will be announced at an awards presentation during the 2014 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference in November 2014, in San Diego.
• An award will be presented to each winner.
• Winners will be required to assemble presentation boards of projects for display at the 2014 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference.
• First-place winners will receive a complimentary registration to the 2014 HEALTHCARE DESIGN Conference.
• Winners will be featured in the October 2014 issue of Contract magazine, which focuses on healthcare design, and at The Center for Health Design’s web site:
• Only those that had won or received honorable mention in each category will be notified.

Each entry will be reviewed by a jury of designers and architects with expertise in healthcare design. The 2014 jurors are:

Suzen Heeley, executive director, design and construction at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Jain Malkin, president, Jain Malkin Inc.; Bill Rostenberg, FAIA, FACHA, founding principal, Architecture for Advanced Medicine; and Jocelyn Stroupe, IIDA, AAHID, ASID, director of healthcare interiors at Cannon Design.

Rules for Entry
• Only entries submitted electronically will be accepted.
• Professional entries (except for conceptual) must be built and fully operational no earlier than September 1, 2012, and no later than June 1, 2014. Entries must not have been entered in previous Healthcare Environment Awards competitions.
• Each entry must include at least six and no more than 10 images.
• Each professional entry must include a $250 entry fee. Student entries have a $25 fee.
• The decision of the judges is final. The judges reserve the right to make no award.

Submission Deadline

All submittals, complete with payment, must be received electronically by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. For questions, email Cody Calamaio at

>> The 2013 winners are:

>> The 2012 winners are:

    >> View the 2011 Winners 


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