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Healthcare Environment Awards

Recognizing innovative, life-enhancing design that contributes to the quality of health and healthcare.

The Center for Health Design, in partnership with Healthcare Design magazine, is accepting entries for the 2020 Healthcare Environment Awards.

Design can improve safety.
Design can enhance experiences.
Design can increase organizational efficiency.
Design can improve any number of outcomes. Tell us about yours.

Award categories:

  • Acute (Inpatient) Care Facilities

  • Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care Facilities

  • Long-Term Care/Assisted Living Facilities

  • Conceptual Design 

  • Student Design Work

  • Alternative Settings*

*There is an interest in specialties such as Health & Fitness Wellness Facilities, Landscape Design, Behavioral Health, Pediatrics, Health and Education, Technology and Telehealth, Healthcare at Home, Community Health Centers, etc.


  • Professional entries of built work must be interiors that are fully operational no earlier than September 1, 2018, and no later than July 1, 2020.

  • Conceptual entries must have been completed in either 2019 or 2020.

  • Student entries must have been completed in either the 2018-19 or 2019-20 school years.

  • Entries must not have been entered in previous Healthcare Environment Awards competitions.

  • Firms may enter multiple projects within the same year. The projects can be in the same category.



  • Professional entries of built completed work must include a minimum six and maximum of 10 photographs, as well as minimum one floor plan.
  • ​Conceptual entries and student entries must include .jpg images of renderings or photographs of models.
  • ​Deadline to submit: July 15, 2020
  • The decisions of the judges is final. The judges reserve the right to make no award.


Submission Fees:

  • Professional built and conceptual entries: $350
  • Affiliate+ and Corporate Affiliate member entries: $300
  • Student entries: $40 
  • Visit our store to purchase submission fees. You will then receive link to submit your entry.  
  • To view entry criteria, see associated submission form. 



Healthcare Design Conference 2020

  • Winners will be announced at The Center for Health Design’s awards presentation during the 2020 Healthcare Design Expo & Conference.

  • Winners have opportunity to assemble presentation boards of projects for display at the Conference.

  • Winners receive one complimentary registration to Healthcare Design Conference.

Other Recognition

  • One crystal award will be presented to each winning project.

  • Winning projects will be featured in an issue of Healthcare Design magazine and on The Center for Health Design’s website.

  • Winning projects may also be featured in a Center for Health Design webinar.



2019 Healthcare Environment Award winners:

First Place - Acute (Inpatient) Care Facilities
ProMedic Generations of Care Tower
HKS Architects

First Place - Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care Facilities
Mayo Destination Medical Building: “Dorothy J. and Harry T. Mangurian Jr. Building”
Perkins and Will

Honorable Mention - Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care Facilities
Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, Hamilton Health Care

Honorable Mention - Ambulatory (Outpatient) Care Facilities
MSK Nassau

Honorable Mention - Health & Fitness Wellness Facilities
SPA at Emerson Resort & SPA

Honorable Mention - Health & Fitness Wellness Facilities
Baylor Scott and White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star
Perkins & Will

First Place - Student
West Ashley Surgery Center
Hannah Shultz, Clemson University

Honorable Mention - Student
Chicago’s Health Edge
Neeti Menon and Jessica Stark, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

View the 2018 Healthcare Environment Award winners in their respective categories here:

Social Innovation winner: True Worth Place
Long Term Care winner: The Burnham Family Memory Care Residence at Avery Heights
Conceptual Design winner: Little Fork Family Advocacy Center
Landscape Design winner: Sensory Arts Garden at the Els Center of Excellence
Ambulatory Care Facilities winner: Asplundh Cancer Pavilion
Acute Care Facilities winner: CentraCare Health–Long Prairie
Student winner: Bhaswati Mukherjee, Mohammed Alsinan, and Shummer Roddick
Health & Fitness Wellness Facilities winner: Maryland Heights Community Center

The 2018 Honorable Mentions can be found here.

2017 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners 

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners