Call for entries to the Design & Health International Academy Awards

The Design & Health International Academy Awards is the world’s leading advocacy program, recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy environments. The annual awards program features the best in global health design environments that support health, well-being and quality of life. The awards are multidisciplinary, recognizing the interconnectedness of health with architecture and design and its direct impact on supporting health and well-being. Winners influence and advance design as a tool which reflects important scientific advancements undertaken by researchers, academics and design practitioners at the forefront of promoting the relationship between design and human health, well-being and quality of life, while celebrating the latest research findings and their application into design practice.

The Awards aim to: establish a global design benchmark for the psychosocially supportive design and the development of healthy environment; establish a global research benchmark for papers into issues relating to the field of design and health; reward and recognize the achievements of design and health professionals, including architects, designers, researchers, health professionals, facility managers and contractors in the successful delivery of leading-edge research and innovative health-centric projects and buildings.

Winners will be featured online on the International Academy for Design and Health’s website at and will be featured in the academy’s World Health Design Magazine.

The awards are open to international organizations in both the private and public sectors participating in either research or practice, including the planning, procurement, design, architecture, construction and management of healthy environments. Recipients of the awards are teams and individuals who through outstanding efforts have contributed to the progress of knowledge and demonstrated vision and leadership in exemplary initiatives within the field. An international roster of judges will review entries and make their selection.

Click here to download the Call for Entries, with information on how to submit, details of the categories and the submission guidelines. Alternatively, visit for more information.

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2014, and the awards ceremony will be held at the Royal York Fairmont Hotel in Toronto on July 12, 2014 during the 10th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition from July 9-13, 2014.

The judging panel is comprised of a group of independent experts from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Experts in their field, the judges come from multidisciplinary backgrounds in research and practice, bringing with them a breadth of experience in their field.

The award categories and lead jurors are as follows:

Lifetime Leadership Award: Lead Judge is Professor Alan Dilani, IADH, Sweden

International Health Project (over 40,000 square metres): Lead Judge is Tarek El-Khatib, Zeidler Partnership, Canada

International Health Project (Under 40,000 square metres): Lead Judge is John Steven, Stantec, Canada  

Research Project: Lead Judge is Dr. John Zeisel, Hearthstone Alzheimer Care, USA

Salutogenic Design Project: Lead Judge is Tye Farrow, Farrow Partnership, Canada   

Sustainable Design Project: Lead Judge is Ihab Elzeyadi, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon, USA   

Mental Health Project: Lead Judge is Ronald Hicks, HDR l Rice Daubney, Australia     

Elderly Care Project: Lead Judge is Ian Forbes, Forbes Associates International Health Facility Planning Consultants  and University of Technology, Sydney, Australia   

Future Health Project: Lead Judge is John Cole,  Health Estates, an Executive Agency of The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), UK

Use of Art in the Patient Environment: Lead Judge is Guela Solow, ARK Inc., Canada

Interior Design Project: Lead Judge is Deborah Sheehan, Cannon Design, USA

Product Design for Health-care Application: Lead Judge is Alice Liang, Montgomery Sisam Architects, Canada

The Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition is the leading global forum supporting a continuous dialogue between designers, researchers and practitioners in the health-care field. Over 1,000 international thought leaders from all areas of design, health and wellness sectors including architects, interior designers, facility managers, engineers, health-care executives and managers, academics, clinicians, doctors, nurses and academics will attend this five-day event which includes a three-day conference, awards ceremony, site visits, product exhibitions and networking events. Delivered in partnership with the Canadian federal and provincial governments, leading professional bodies, academic institutions and health-care industries worldwide, the congress will focus on the global application of salutogenic perspectives on improving human health, well-being and quality of life through design.

The 10th World Congress of Health & Design will be held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto from July 9-13, 2014.

The International Academy for Design & Health (IADH) is a global non-profit organization with an interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science, culture and economics. Founded by Dr. Alan Dilani at the Karolinska Institute, Medical University in Stockholm in 1997 after the successful outcome of the 1st World Congress in Trondheim in Norway, the aim of the IADH is to provide a highly visible global forum for promoting an ongoing international exchange of research findings among scientists, designers, architects health professionals, industry and Ministries of Health worldwide.

Faced with the 21st-century challenges of chronic disease, aging populations and rising health-care costs, global health systems are seeking new ways to address these growing threats to the development of a healthy and productive global society. Fundamental to the Academy’s work is the development of a theoretical understanding of the importance of salutogenic design, and its application in the design of physical environments that prevent disease and support and promote human health, well-being and quality of life. As the leading global organization developing and promoting the exchange of information, knowledge and research within the field of design and health, the Academy offers an inclusive environment for collaborating with its government, academic and professional partners around the world.