Winners Announced for 2015 Inspirations Awards

Winners of the Inspirations Awards—held in partnership with Tandus Centiva—were announced during a ceremony on Sunday, June 14, 2015, at the Tandus Centiva NeoCon showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

The winning entries include the Columbus Metropolitan Library by the Columbus, Ohio office of NBBJ, and the University of Kansas, designed by the university’s Studio Arch409. Honorable mentions were made for the USO Warrior and Family Center, designed by the Washington D.C. office of STUDIOS architecture; and the Project Color Corps, designed by the San Francisco office of Gensler. The winning project receives a $5,000 grant for its supported cause, while the winning practice-based initiative receives a $1,000 grant.

The awards celebrate leadership in socially responsible design among commercial interior designers and architects. Both commissioned and pro bono works are eligible and may be submitted in two categories—built projects excluding residential work, and practice-based initiatives that are cause-related initiatives benefiting a community or user group.

The 2015 honorees are:

Built Project Award
Columbus Metropolitan Library, designed by
 NBBJ, in Columbus, Ohio
$5,000


NBBJ designers Zach Schumacher, Britni Stone, and Edwin Beltran

The racetrack-inspired library was conceived in an effort to provide the local residents with new spaces, educational resources, and a sense of community.

Practice-Based Initiative Award
University of Kansas, designed by STUDIOS architecture in Lawrence, Kansas
$1,000


University of Kansas students Brianna Sorensen, Alexandra Dakas, and Steven Reyes

Repurposed from a used Airstream trailer, the university’s moCOLAB was designed to help faculty members in their community outreach initiatives. The lab is a flexible moving structure that features wheels and may be used as an exhibit space, dining room, elementary classroom, conference space, art gallery, or science lab. Leading the lab’s design were University of Kansas students AdeolaAdewale, Allie Bergmann, Alexandra Dakas, Doug Dawson, Johan FeriaDuran, Austin Griffis, Patrick Henke, Erin Hoffman, Kayleen Lindstrom, Jessica Luber, Steven Reyes, Elisa Rombold, Aaron Rule, Brianna Sorensen, Dominic Sosinski, Frankie Sun, Riley Uecker, and Rachel Wotawa.

Honorable Mention
Project Color Corps, designed by Gensler in Concord, California


Laura Guido-Clark, principal Laura Guido-Clark Design; Susan Orlandi, senior associate, Gensler

Project Color Corps is a non-profit organization that repaints inner city schools using colors and designs meant to make a positive impact. The organization works with children and encourages self-expression, communication, and collaboration.

Honorable Mention
USO Warrior and Family Center, designed by STUDIOS architecture in Bethesda, Maryland


Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki and Kristian Passanita, associate principal, STUDIOS architecture

The center was originally conceived to support military troops—many of which were injured—and their families but has become a respite for the community. The jury praised the project’s use of natural materials and connectivity with nature. The center features arts and education spaces, quiet rooms, and an outdoor healing garden.

To view a video with images and more information regarding the causes supported by this year’s winners, visit our Vimeo page.