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

Recognizing innovative designs that enhance the quality of healthcare delivery, Contract magazine, along with The Center for Health Design and the Vendome Group, honors distinctive designs in healthcare with the Healthcare Environment Awards.

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

Note for Student Category
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.).


  • Winners will be announced at an awards presentation during the 2013 Healthcare Design Conference, November 2013, in Orlando.
  • An award will be presented to each winner.
  • Winners are required to assemble presentation boards of projects for display at the Healthcare Design Conference.
  • First-place winners will receive a complimentary registration to the Healthcare Design Conference.
  • Winners will be featured in the October 2013 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.

Jury Info

Each entry will be reviewed by a jury of interior designers and architects with expertise in healthcare design, including one member of the board of The Center for Health Design. The jurors for this year’s competition are:
Patrick Leahy, AIA, EDAC, director of architecture, healthcare & research facilities at Burns & McDonnell
Joan Saba, AIA, FACHA, partner at NBBJ
Rebecca Kleinbaum Sanders, AIA, associate vice president at HGA Architects and Engineers
Terri Zborowsky, PhD, EDAC, research chair, Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design, and research committee member, Center for Health Design

Judging Criteria

Professional Entries:

  • 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
  • In the program statement, is there 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?

For Professional Conceptual and Student Entries only:

  • 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

Please read the official rules.

For questions, email Cody Calamaio at

Entry Form

  • * Required fields
  • Project Images:
    Technical spec info
    Minimum of six images and one floor plan are required for submission and up to 10 images are allowed. Professional architectural photography is preferred in the initial submission and is required for publication. Please upload up to 10 photographs by clicking on the appropriate links below. You can upload .JPG .PNG and .GIF files only. Images must be under 1 MB. To consider a project, Contract requires images of the entire interior, so please make sure your uploaded photos show a range of settings.

    Please submit your entry using Safari 3.x or IE7 or Firefox 3.x. Once you click on the submit button, you will receive a thank you page. If you encounter any problems submitting your info, please contact and describe the error.

  • How to Enter

    Professional entry fee is $250 per entry.
    Student entry fee is $25

    To pay for your entry, click here.

Privacy Policy