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To recognize innovative, life-enhancing interior design that contributes to the quality of healthcare


Contract magazine is now accepting entries 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.).

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 [Student work is awarded]

Deadline extended to July 15, 2016

Judging Criteria

Professional Entries for Built, Completed Work

  • 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.
  • 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?

Professional Conceptual Entries as well as Student Entries

  • 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.

Rules for Entry

  • Only entries submitted electronically at contractdesign.com/healthcareawards will be accepted.
  • Professional entries of built work must be interiors that are fully operational no earlier than September 1, 2014, and no later than June 1, 2016.
  • Professional entries of conceptual work must be architectural interiors designed no earlier than September 1, 2014.
  • Student entries must have been completed in either the 2014-15 or 2015-16 school years.
  • Entries must not have been entered in previous Healthcare Environment Awards competitions.
  • Professional entries of built completed work must include minimum six photographs, as well as minimum one floor plan, all submitted in .jpg format.
  • Conceptual submittals and student entries must include .jpg images of renderings or photographs of models.
  • Each professional built and conceptual entry must include a $250 entry fee. Student entries have a $25 fee. With your entry, all fees are paid online by credit card.
  • The decisions of the judges is final. The judges reserve the right to make no award.​


  • Winners will be announced at the Center for Health Design’s awards presentation during the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference in November 2016 in Houston.
  • One award will be presented to each winning project.
  • Winners will be required to assemble presentation boards of projects for display at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.
  • Winners will be featured in the November 2016 issue of Contract magazine, which focuses on healthcare design, and at The Center for Health Design’s website: healthdesign.org.
  • Only those that win or receive 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, including one member of the board of The Center for Health Design.

Margaret Calkins, PhD, EDAC, executive director of The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation
Kristin Dufek, AIA, EDAC, vice president, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Thomas Jung, owner, Thomas M. Jung Consulting
Helen Lanes, CHID, IIDA, interior design manager, Inova Health System

How to Enter

Click on the link below to begin by creating a login. Follow the step to the entry page and the payment page. Entries are accepted online only.  Payment is accepted through Paypal or with a credit/debit card. Professional entry fee is $250 per entry.  Student entry fee is $25. If you have any questions about this competition, please contact Hayley Arsenault.

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