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Healthcare Design Awards Guidelines


Who Should Enter

Any design professional practicing legally in their jurisdiction may submit design project(s). This competition is open to participants worldwide. The design projects must have been completed in or after June 2018.

Submission Requirements

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: A brief project summary to assist the jurors in their review of your project (50-word maximum)

CHALLENGE STATEMENT: A description of your project’s design challenge (250-word maximum)

SOLUTION STATEMENT: A description of specific solutions to the design challenges, such as: originality, suitability of the design to the project challenges, successful incorporation of interior finishes and furnishings, benefits to the client, etc. (250-word maximum)

IMAGES: 7 – 10 color images (JPEG under 2MB) of your completed project. Only one exterior image is permitted. A caption may be added (50-word maximum)

  • Conceptual renderings will not be accepted.
  • Do not reference or include your design/architectural firm name/logo in the images.
  • Images may be edited to improve contrast ratio, color balance, and composition through cropping.
  • Images may not be edited to add, remove, or alter any aspect or element of the project including its context. Images should represent the project as it exists in the built environment.
  • Only one exterior image is permitted.
  • Composite images are not recommended - only one photograph per image upload.
  • File types accepted include JPG and JPEG, under 2MB each.
  • Please use numbers to name your image files, in order of uploads (01, 02, 03, etc).

FLOOR PLANS: 1 – 3 floor plans (JPEG under 2MB). Please use the following format to name your floor plans: "floorplan1, floorplan2, floorplan3."

ENTRY FEE: The cost to enter is $275 USD per entry for IIDA Members, and $375 USD per entry for non-IIDA members. You will be prompted to submit payment with a credit card after completing your entry. Contact Clare Socker at for more information on applying for IIDA Membership to take advantage of the member rate.


Projects must be submitted in one of the 14 categories below. Categories may be renamed, consolidated, or eliminated (and projects reclassified) at the discretion of IIDA and/or the jurors.

  • Ambulatory 
    • Specialty Clinic
    • Pediatric
    • Cancer Center
    • Ambulatory Surgery Center
    • Urgent Care Center
  • Hospitals 
    • Community
    • Academic/Teaching Hospitals
    • Pediatric
    • Women's
    • Psychiatric
  • Extended Care & Assisted Living Facilities
    • Skilled Nursing Facility
    • Mental Health
    • Long-term Care
    • Hospice/Palliative Care

All projects are eligible for the Transformation and Innovation Award, which recognizes a project that is leading the industry and advancing healthcare outcomes.


The winning design projects are chosen by a jury of design professionals. Submissions are judged for suitability of design to the project challenge, originality of the design solution, and the successful integration of interior finishes and furnishings. The jury reserves the right to not select a winner from the entries submitted.


For questions or more information, contact Clare Socker at