Second Annual Benjamin Moore HUE Awards

The Call for Entries for the 2006 Benjamin Moore HUE Awards are now available. Presented by Benjamin Moore & Co. to honour architects and interior designers for exemplary use of color in both residential and contract projects, the HUE Awards were inaugurated in 2005. The entry form can be accessed online at, or in the winter issue of Ensemble, the company’s magazine for design professionals. Additionally, a mailing of more than 40,000 has been issued throughout North America.

The HUEYs recognize design professionals who incorporate colour in innovative and imaginative waysthrough the use of interior and exterior paints, building materials, textiles and other surfaces, plus design elements and furnishings. Honorees receive $5,000 and an original sculpture by renowned glass artist Robert DuGrenier. At last fall’s HUE Awards gala, the prizes went to seven distinguished architects and interior designers who had demonstrated how empowering and life-changing colour is in the creation of spaces and structures.

The 2006 HUE Awards will again be presented in four categories: Residential Interiors, Residential Exteriors, Contract Interiors and Contract Exteriors. A Lifetime Achievement Award, which last year went to acclaimed architect Steven Holl, also will be conferred on an individual architect or designer whose color talent has resonated and helped influence generations of others. The awards presentations will take place in San Francisco at the end of September.

Last year, more than 175 submissions (representing professionals in 28 states) were received with six honorees chosen in addition to Holl. This year, it is anticipated that the number of entries will significantly increase with the inclusion of Canada.

No entry fee is required; each entry must be accompanied by illustrative photography and profile descriptions of minimally three, and no more than five, projects where colour usage was exceptional. Projects can date as far back as 2002 and be as recent as completion in 2006. At least one of the projects submitted must include use of a painted surface(s) regardless of whether it is Benjamin Moore or another brand. Submissions must be received by May 19, 2006; judging is being conducted in June.

For more information or to obtain the Call for Entry form, visit or e-mail