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The Touchstone Awards

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About the Award
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Presented by The Center for Health Design, the Touchstone Awards recognize exemplary use of an evidence-based design (EBD) process in the built environment through projects and products which demonstrate exceptional achievements across the three touchstones of the EBD process: collaboration, evaluation, and sharing.


Since 2009, over 3,000 individuals have obtained certification through the EDAC (Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification) program. These individuals, together with their colleagues, clients and project teams, have employed the EBD process in projects and products worldwide to enhance health, safety and wellness; increase value; improve outcomes; and, engage stakeholders.

The Touchstone Award – with its rigorous judging by accomplished and renowned industry veterans – represents the pinnacle of achievement for evidence-based design by practitioners, firms, and teams. 

While originally conceived to recognize the use of the EBD process specifically in healthcare environments, projects (built or conceptual) or products of any type that employ an evidence-based design process are eligible and encouraged to explore this recognition opportunity and apply.

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