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This page is to familiarize yourself with the rules of the Inspirations Awards competition prior to submitting your entry. After familiarizing yourself with the rules of the contest, you can begin the process to upload your entry. Click here to submit your Inspirations entry.

The Inspirations Awards recognizes commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design that improves the quality of life for those in need.

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.

The entry fee is $100 per entry (no limit to number of submissions). Entrants must provide photography and address the questions found on the entry form. Both paid or pro bono work is accepted.

Entries must be received by the final extended deadline: Midnight Eastern, May 3, 2017.

Eligibility

Only commercial interiors (workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, education, or civic) or practice initiatives are eligible for entry. Residential architecture and interiors are not eligible for entry. Entries may be located anywhere worldwide, and completed by design firm located anywhere worldwide. 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.

REQUIREMENTS ON ENTRY FORM: Project Description (300 words maximum). Entries for both categories must address the following five questions:

  1. How did you creatively address the need to improve quality of life?
  2. What public-interest client or mission was advanced?
  3. What is the bottom line impact to the community or user group, and what will be the lasting positive effect from these efforts?
  4. What are the environmental and social sustainability components to the project or practice?
  5. What percentage, if any, of the work was completed on a pro bono and/or reduced-fee basis?

    **Please do not include firm name in the project description.

QUESTIONS: Contact Associate Editor Hayley Arsenault at harsenault@contractdesign.com

Projects will be judged on:

  • The socially responsible aspects of the project.
  • The degree to which the project contributes to improving the human condition.
  • How the design creatively and respectfully addresses needs and improves quality of life.
  • The bottom-line impact to the community or user group.
  • The lasting positive effects of the design.
  • Creativity, quality, and innovation in design.

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

Winners will be notified on or before May 31, 2017.  Inspirations Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago in June during NeoCon. Honored work will be featured in Contract Magazine print and digital editions, and on contractdesign.com.