8 hot healthcare projects win interior design awards

Winners include Perkins+Will, AECOM, Buffalo Design, and SmithGroupJJR, for projects from Cincinnati to Toronto. 

September 19, 2014 |

The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) is proud to announce the winners of its 2014 Healthcare Interior Design Competition. The competition honors and celebrates outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces.

This year, a jury of distinguished design professionals awarded Best of Competition honors to Perkins + Will New York for its project, Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health. One of a series of outpatient centers of New York University’s Langone Medical Center in New York City, Perkins + Will New York’s project also earned the Best of Category prize for Ambulatory Care Centers – Medical Practice Suites.

“This year’s submissions demonstrated a strong commitment to form following function that is essential in healthcare Interior Design,” said IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP. “Each of the entries displayed an acute awareness of patient-centered design through the integration of spaces, use of light, and selection of textures to create environments that promote healing and wellness. Effective healthcare Interior Design has the power to positively affect a patient’s quality of care and patient experience.”

Judging the competition this year were: Carol Doering, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, Director of Healthcare Services, IA Interior Architects; Tama Duffy Day, FIIDA, FASID, LEED AP BD+C, Firm-wide Practice Area Leader of Health and Wellness, Gensler; and Linda M. Gabel, IIDA, AAHID, Facility Planner, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.

To the judges, the success in design of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health’s was in the details: broadly masculine design elements that achieved a sense of calm and comfort.

“Tailored and textural. Masculine yet soothing. It was beautifully designed,” said Doering.

Gabel elaborated on the center’s reserved aesthetic, noting its wide male demographic appeal. “The character of the clinic is sophisticated, restrained, and highly consistent throughout. Visual textures from menswear and newsprint, pops of color, and streamlined wood and metal details create an environment that appeals to a full age range of male clientele,” she said. 

Category winners of the 2014 Healthcare Interior Design Competition are as follows:



Outpatient Clinics — Best of Category

Project Name: Legacy ER Allen, Allen, Texas

Firm: 5G Studio Collaborative, Dallas, Texas

Photo Credit: 5G Studio Collaborative



Medical Practice Suites — Best of Category/Best of Competition

Project Name: Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health, New York, N.Y.

Firm: Perkins + Will New York, New York, N.Y.

Photo Credit: Perkins+Will



Medical Practice Suites — Honorable Mention

Project Name: Mercy Health Wege Institute for Mind, Body and Spirit, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Firm: Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, Mich.

Photo Credit: Progressive AE



Medical Office Building Public Space — Honorable Mention

Project Name: U.S. Air Force Postgraduate Dental School & Clinic, Lackland AFB, Texas

Firm: Hoefer Wysocki Architecture, Leawood, Kan.

Photo Credit: Hoefer Wysocki



Community/Academic/Teaching Hospitals — Best of Category

Project Name: Mercy Health West Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio

Firm: AECOM, Minneapolis, Minn.

Photo Credit: AECOM



Community/Academic/Teaching Hospitals — Honorable Mention

Project Name: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Los Angeles, Calf.

Firm: SmithGroupJJR, San Francisco, Calif.

Photo Credit: SmithGroup JJR



Women’s Facility — Honorable Mention

Project Name: Toronto Birth Centre, Toronto

Firm: LGA Architectural Partners, Toronto

Photo Credit: LGA Architectural Partners



Senior Living & Residential Health, Care & Support Facilities — Honorable Mention

Project Name: SKCPH Kent Center, Kent, Wash.

Firm: Buffalo Design, Seattle, Wash.

Photo Credit: SKCPH

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