competitions & awards - inspiration awards

We will begin accepting entries on March 2, 2015. The deadline for entries is April 17, 2015. Contact Ellen Cook, Contract Magazine for more information about 2015 Inspirations. 

Contract magazine, in partnership with Tandus Centiva, presents the sixth annual 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. Click here to view this year's winners.

  • 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 Inspirations Awards ceremony took place in Chicago during the NeoCon. Honored work was featured in Contract magazine print and digital editions, and on

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