About the Program

Our Design Awards recognize the creative vision of the architects and designers who inspire new ways of living, working, learning, and healing. The Awards place a spotlight on a diverse range of talents from across the globe, celebrating design in action and its social impact on the community. It rewards the innovative and truly inspiring work created by the architecture and design community.

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Design is powerful in the impact it has on people and planet for good. Our Design Awards program has celebrated these powerful impacts for the past 14 years. It recognizes projects that are not just beautifully designed, but those that make a social impact on the community and on the occupants of the space.

2019 Final Winners

When BP decided to re-brand the US ‘Lower 48’ section of their corporation, they named it BPX Energy. They then decided to move the headquarters from Houston, TX to Denver, CO to grow their onshore oil and gas business in the Rocky Mountains.

The idea behind Collision Lab at Cornell Tech is simple— get the best and brightest in the space and let their minds “collide” to create tech solutions, start-up companies, new products and so much more.

Transforming a space from a two-story Art Deco building into a 21st Century learning facility was the challenge assigned to architecture firm Chaulk Studio. Fortunately, designing thoughtful, innovative and socially-impactful projects is what Chaulk specializes in.

As one of the largest library systems in North America, Calgary Public Library is an important part of the community it serves. The new main branch was created and inspired by its diverse inhabitants, as more than half of Calgary’s residents are active cardholders.

Following the devastation left in the wake of 2004’s Hurricane Ivan, The Lodge at Gulf State Park was established. The loss of the property was catastrophic to the state park, economically, environmentally and socially. As they picked up the pieces, the State of Alabama and city of Gulf Shores decided to rebuild the hotel with a goal in mind of embodying the old lodge while keeping environmental sustainability at the forefront.

During Hale Junior School’s original consultation with SITE Architecture Studio, school leadership made it clear they wanted to create a learning environment that mirrored their educational philosophy of Prepare, Teach and Connect.

How can we design our thoughts, actions and experiences to improve tomorrow?