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Awards & Recognition

The Center for Health Design sponsors several award programs that recognize outstanding projects, products, and individuals that have contributed to the evidence-based design field, helped advance the healthcare design industry, or demonstrated exemplary facility design.  

Award Programs


The Touchstone Awards

Presented by The Center for Health Design - Recognizing Achievement In Evidence-Based Design

Healthcare Environment Awards

Presented by The Center for Health Design in partnership with Healthcare Design magazine, the Healthcare Environment Awards recognize excellence in new or renovated healthcare facility design since 1989.

New Investigator Research Award  

The Center for Health Design’s Research Coalition is responsible for the New Investigator Research Award. Its purpose is to support high quality research studies by new investigators  whose research is likely to fill critical gaps in the field of evidence-based healthcare facility design. The goal of the award is to support new researchers.

Nightingale Product Design Award 

Sponsored by Contract and Healthcare Design magazines in conjunction with The Center for Health Design and Emerald, the Nightingale Product Design Awards recognize the best new products exhibited at the annual Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.

Changemaker Award 

Sponsored by Mecho, this award is given annually by The Center for Health Design at Healthcare Design Expo & Conference, the award honors individuals or organizations that have demonstrated exceptional ability to change the way healthcare facilities are designed and built, and whose work has broad impact on the advancement of healthcare design.

The Russ Coile Lifetime Achievement Award 

Established in 2007 in honor of the late Russ Coile, who served on The Center for Health Design’s founding board of directors, this award recognizes individuals who, like Russ, have dedicated their careers to the advancement of the healthcare design field.

Recognition Programs