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Healthcare Environment Awards

Now Accepting 2023 Submissions – Submit Here

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

The Center for Health Design, in partnership with Healthcare Design magazine, is accepting entries for the 2023 Healthcare Environment Awards. At The Center for Health Design, we believe:

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
  • Behavioral & Mental Health Settings
  • Pediatric Settings
  • Hospital Settings 
  • Conceptual Design 
  • Student Design Work
  • Alternative Settings*

*There is an interest in specialties such as Health & Fitness Wellness Facilities, Landscape Design, settings for new models of 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, 2021, and no later than July 1, 2023.
  • Conceptual entries must have been completed in either 2021 or 2022.
  • Student entries must have been completed in either the 2021-22 or 2022-23 school years.
  • If your project fits the eligibility requirements above and has previously been submitted for the Healthcare Environment Award but was not an award recipient, you may reapply.
  • Firms may enter multiple projects within the same year. The projects can be in the same category.


  • Entries must be blinded – remove all mention of firm/university/organization and individuals within the narrative; no logos (or descriptive text) are to be included on images.
  • Professional entries of built, completed work must include a minimum of six and maximum of 10 images, including a minimum of one floor plan, all submitted in .jpg format. While a side-by-side "before-&-after" image may be most appropriate to illustrate a concept, compilations of multiple images should not be used.
  • Conceptual and student entries must include a maximum of 10 .jpg images of renderings or photographs of models. Compilations of multiple images should not be used unless it is inherently a component of the concept being portrayed.
  • Submission Fees:
    • Professional built and conceptual entries: $475
    • Affiliate+ and Corporate Affiliate member entries: $425
    • Student entries: $45
  • Deadline to submit: July 14, 2023
  • The decision of the judges is final. The judges reserve the right to make no award.​


  • You are encouraged to write a narrative with the input of the interdisciplinary team.
  • For the purpose of this award’s goals, stock “marketing” language typically used in promotional materials is usually not the best way to communicate complex and nuanced strategies that have been considered and weighed against other options.

Healthcare Design Conference & Expo 2023

  • Winners will be announced at The Center for Health Design’s awards presentation during the 2023 Healthcare Design Conference & Expo.
  • Winners receive recognition in the gallery spaces at Healthcare Design Conference & Expo. 
  • Winners receive one complimentary registration to Healthcare Design Conference & Expo. 

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 awards booklet and/or webinar.


Project Submissions Site


Submission Criteria: 

Healthcare Environment Awards Submission Form (Basic)

Healthcare Environment Awards Submission Form (Student/Conceptual)


Winning Projects

2022 Award Winners

2021 Award Winners

2020 Award Winners

2019 Award Winners

2018 Award Winners

2017 Award Winners

2016 Award Winners

2015 Award Winners

2014 Award Winners 

2013 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners