About the awards

The Design & Health International Academy Awards

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The Design & Health International Academy Awards is the world's leading advocacy program, recognizing professional excellence in the research and practice of designing healthy environments.

The annual awards program has a significant influence on the global design of salutogenic environments that support health, wellbeing and quality of life, reflecting important aspects of the exceptional work undertaken by researchers and practitioners at the forefront of the field of design and health.

The awards are open to international organizations in both the private and public sectors participating in either research or practice, including the planning, procurement, design, construction and management of healthy built environments.

The judging panel is constructed from a group of independent experts from Europe, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas. Experts in their field, the judges come from multi-disciplinary backgrounds in research and practice, bringing with them a breadth of experience in their field.

Recipients of the awards are teams and individuals who through outstanding efforts have contributed to the progress of knowledge and demonstrated vision and leadership in exemplary initiatives within the field.

The objectives of the awards are to:

  •  Establish a global design benchmark for the psychosocially-supportive design and the development of healthy environment.
  •  Establish a global research benchmark for papers into issues relating to the field of design and health.
  • Reward and recognise the achievements of design and health professionals, including architects, designers, researchers, health professionals, facility managers and contractors in the successful delivery of leading edge research and innovative health-centric projects and buildings.

The Board of International Academy Awards

  • Gunther De Graeve, Australia
  • Prof. Alan Dilani, Sweden
  • Prof. James Barlow, UK
  • Nicola Bertrand, Germany
  • Dr. Innocent Okpanum, South Africa
  • Dr. Paul Barach, USA

    Click on the image links below to read about the award winners in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and most recently the 2017 Design & Health International Academy Awards, held at the Festival Hall in City Hall, Vienna on 15 July 2017 during the 12th Design & Health World Congress & Exhibition from 12-16 July 2017.