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Inspirations Awards

Final extended deadline: Midnight Eastern, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Contract, in partnership with Tarkett, is now accepting entries for the Inspirations Awards, which recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design.

The Inspirations Awards recognize commercial interior architecture and design that demonstrate a commitment to social responsibility, implementing design to improve the quality of life for those in need. Winners are recognized for work completed for clients that are a worthy cause. The clients, in turn, receive a generous grant from award sponsor Tarkett.

Eligibility

Both paid/commissioned work and pro bono work is eligible for entry. Entries do not need to be pro bono work. Manufacturers cannot enter work.

Categories

Designers can enter projects in one of two categories:

  • Completed built projects in commercial interiors (any project type other than residential). Projects must have been completed no earlier than July 1, 2014.
  • Practice-based initiatives. For the category of practice-based initiatives, the entries are cause-related initiatives that benefit a community or user group (investment of time and/or services and/or resources). This category recognizes a broader commitment to improve a community, rather than the design of a physical space. We highlight the creativity, innovativeness, and drive to improve the human condition realized in a variety of efforts. Practice-based initiatives must have been initiated no earlier than July 1, 2014.

Awards

  • The jury will award three grants to the top three projects. All grants will be awarded to the cause (the client) supported by the work.
    $10,000 Grand Prize
    $3,000
    $2,000

Jury

The 2017 Inspirations Awards jury is:

Vivian Bencich, principal, Square Feet Studio 
Scott Delano, design director, Wright Heerema Architects 
Kia Weatherspoon, president, Determined by Design 

Jurors will evaluate the work based on quality of the work and the impact that the work has had to improve the quality of life for those in need.

Final Extended Deadline

Midnight Eastern, Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The Inspirations Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago during the NeoCon in June 2017. Honored work will be featured in Contract magazine print and digital editions, and on contractdesign.com.

How to Enter

Step 1: Read the rules page
The rules page explains the steps for entering, cost per entry, and categories.

Step 2: Create a login
Once a login is created, you can complete the rest of the entry and upload images. With your login, you may also begin an entry, and then return to complete it at a later time.

Step 3: Complete the entry form and upload images

Step 4: Pay the entry fee
Entry fee is $100 per entry. There is no limit to the number of submissions. Payment is accepted with a Paypal account or with a credit or debit card.

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