Winners Set New Benchmarks at the Design & Health International Awards

The legendary Eb Zeidler has been awarded the Lifetime Leadership Award by the International Academy for Design & Health at a prestigious ceremony held at the University of Toronto in Canada.

Awarded for the first time to a visionary individual who has demonstrated an ongoing, lifelong commitment to enhancing the health, wellbeing and quality of people’s lives through their dedication to healthcare design, the award recognizes Eb Zeidler’s inspirational career, which has influenced many of today’s architects who are shaping the next generation of hospitals.

The award led the celebrations at the 2010 Design & Health International Academy Awards, which revealed a diverse set of winners from across the globe, including an arts, culture and heritage centre in South Africa, a children’s rehabilitation unit in Mexico, a mixed gender inpatient facility for adults with acute mental illness in the UK, a digital arts programme and a Commode.

Health providers, clinicians, architects, designers and contractors were joined by Ministry of Health representatives during a prestigious ceremony and Gala dinner held at the University of Toronto in Canada to celebrate and reward international excellence in the field of design and health.

Presented by Dr Ray Pentecost, president of the American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Health on the final evening of the Design & Health Canada 2010 International Symposium, twenty-two awards were made across 12 categories to winning projects and teams.

Chaired by John Wells-Thorpe, an architectural writer and historian and former chair of an NHS Trust, the awards are judged by some of the leading researchers and practitioners in the field.

Prof Alan Dilani, director of the International Academy for Design & Health, commented: “We have been honoured this year with a remarkable set of winners that yet again are setting new benchmarks for healthcare design around the world, providing inspiration to future generations and demonstrating the importance of design as a tool for improving human health, wellbeing and quality of life.”

The International Academy for Design & Health is a global, interdisciplinary knowledge community dedicated to the stimulation and application of research concerning the interaction between design, health, science & culture.
Providing a highly visible global forum for an ongoing exchange of research findings among scientists, designers and industry, the Academy works in close partnership with its international network of governments, universities and commercial organisations to promote human health, wellbeing and quality of life through environmental design.

The awards were presented at the Design & Health Canada International Symposium and Academy Awards Gala Dinner at the University of Toronto, from 7‐8 June.  Details of the award categories and winners are provided below. Full details of the judging panels and the finalists are available at http://www.designandhealth.com/Advocacy/2010-Design-Health-Awards-Winners.aspx

Each of the twelve categories are led by a senior judge, supported by panels of up to three international experts from multi-disciplinary backgrounds. Each panel agrees and establishes the criteria for their award, as they endeavour to meet the overall objectives of the programme to:

• Establish a global design benchmark for the psychosocially-supportive design and the development of healthy environments.
• Establish a global research benchmark for studies 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 Design & Health International Academy Awards 2011 will be presented on 9 July, 2011 during the Gala Dinner Ceremony of the 7th Design & Health World Congress in Boston from 6-10 July. The awards will open for entry in the autumn of 2010. For more information, visit www.designandhealth.com

Lifetime Leadership Award
Chair of Judging Panel
John Wells-Thorpe, International Advisor, International Academy for Design & Health

Criteria
Awarded to a healthcare leader and visionary who has shown an ongoing, lifelong commitment to enhancing the health, wellbeing and quality of people’s lives through their dedication to healthcare design. The award recognises the human and personal qualities needed to push back the boundaries of progress and inspire future generations.

Winner
Eb Zeidler

Judges’ Citation
“Eb Zeidler has designed numerous healthcare projects in the USA, Germany, Hong Kong as well as Canada. He has received over 80 national and international awards and over 400 articles on his work have been published. Beyond practice, he has shared his ideas academically and in his writing, having completed four books and lectured widely.” (For the full citation, see http://www.designandhealth.com/Advocacy/Awards-2010-Lifetime-Achievement-Award.aspx)

Judges’ Special Award
Chair of Judging Panel
John Wells-Thorpe, international advisor, International Academy for Design & Health

Criteria
Awarded to a project entered into any category that delights the judges by demonstrating unrivalled innovation, displaying salutogenic qualities and setting new boundaries and aspirations for architectural quality in healthcare design.

Winner
Centro de Rehabilitacion Infantil Teleton, Tamaulipas (Mexico), designed by Sordo Madaleno Arquitectos

Health Project (over 40,000 sqm)
Lead judge
Kirk Hamilton, associate director, Center for Health Systems & Design, University of Texas A&M, USA

Criteria
An award for an outstanding acute or non-acute healthcare building where patient-centered considerations are as evident as clinical and managerial priorities. The project must demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic effect of a ‘healing’ environment, and show how innovative design permits ongoing flexibility of use, addresses issues of sustainability and which recognizes the broader civic context.

Winner
Jersey Shore University Medical Center (USA) designed by WHR Architects

Highly Commended
Montfort Hospital Redevelopment (Canada), designed by Stantec Architecture

Health Project (Under 40,000 sqm)
Lead judge
Susan Black, principal and director, Perkins Eastman Black Architects, Canada

Criteria
An award for an outstanding acute or non-acute healthcare building where patient-centred considerations are as evident as clinical and managerial priorities. The project must demonstrate an understanding of the therapeutic effect of a ‘healing’ environment, and show how innovative design permits ongoing flexibility of use, addresses issues of sustainability and recognises the broader civic context.

Winner
New Stobhill Hospital (UK), designed by Reiach & Hall Architects

Highly Commended
Assuta Medical Centre (Israel), designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects

Highly Commended
Bristol Heart Institute (UK), designed by CODA Architects

International Research Project
Lead judge
Dr Paul Barach, Department of Anesthesiology and Center for Patient Safety
Utrecht University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands

Criteria
Awarded for a completed, innovative, independently assessed, piece of research focused on a particular aspect of the design, function, construction, financing or maintenance of a healthcare facility or addressing a relevant topic concerning public health in the context of the working environment.

Winner
An Empirical Examination of Patient Room Handedness in Acute Medical-Surgical Settings.
Dr Debajyoti Pati, Thomas E Harvey Jr, Jennie Evans and Dr Carolyn Cason

Elderly Care Design
Lead judge
Derek Parker, Anshen + Allen, USA

Criteria
An award for accommodation designed specifically for the elderly, physically and/or mentally frail, where a balance has been struck between operational efficiency and the ‘domestic’ atmosphere necessary for long-term care and support. The demands of sympathetic landscaping and levels of construction specification to meet informed standards of sustainability are important.

Winner
Belong Wigan (UK), designed by Pozzoni

Highly Commended
NewBridge on the Charles (USA), designed by Perkins Eastman

Mental Health Design
Lead judge
Chris Liddle, chairman, HLM Architects, UK

Criteria
Awarded for a mental health facility where an effective reconciliation between issues of security and perceived ‘openness’ are evident and where the operational need for supervision does not overwhelm the imperative to provide a civilising and humane setting to support therapeutic intervention. The project should appear community-friendly. Evidence of safe landscaping is important, as are levels of construction specification to meet informed standards of sustainability.

Winner
Wandsworth Recovery Centre (UK), designed by MAAP Architects

Highly Commended
Roseberry Park, St Luke’s Hospital Site (UK), designed by MAAP Architects

Product Design for Healthcare Application
Lead judge
Colum Lowe, founder, Being, UK

Criteria
Awarded for a manufactured product or item of equipment that adheres to human factor principles and which is integrally installed in a healthcare environment, advances levels of technical performance and integrates satisfactorily with the setting designed to accommodate it.

Winner
DBO Commode,
Designed by PearsonLloyd and manufactured by Kirton Healthcare

Highly Commended
Grand Island Sleep Sofa,
Designed by David Edward Co

Use of Art in the Patient Environment
Lead judge
Blair Sadler, USA

Criteria
An award that recognises the effective application of creative endeavour (of any type or in any medium) which further advances knowledge of the potential of the arts to assist significantly in the therapeutic process. Preference will be given to conspicuous success in new approaches, stretching still further the boundaries of possibility in the wide creative field.

Winner
Saint John’s Welcome Artwall (USA), by Roundtree Visuals

Highly Commended
Radcliffe, Ashton and Moorgate Primary Care Centre Artwork Scheme (UK), by LIME Arts

International Interior Design
Lead judge
Annette Ridenour, president, Aesthetics, USA

Criteria
An award to recognise a therapeutic space that enhances the health, wellbeing and quality of life of the patients, staff and visitors. Preference will be shown to projects, which respect the privacy and dignity of patients, and illustrate originality in the design approach and environmental sustainability.

Winner
Trillium Health Centre – The West Wing (Canada), designed by Perkins Eastman Black Architects / Parkin Architects (JV)

Highly Commended
Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (USA)
Designed by Array Healthcare Facilities Solutions

Highly Commended
Evelyn H Lauder Breast Center, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and MSKCC Imaging Center (USA), designed by Perkins Eastman

Low Cost Project in a Developing Economy
Lead judge
Geoff Abbott, Director – Health Facilities, CSIR Built Environment,
Centre for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), South Africa

Criteria
An award for completed health projects in developing countries where resource constraints pose specific challenges. Projects should demonstrate design ingenuity in achieving an optimum, cost effective and locally appropriate functional health service environment. Designs should recognise user rights, dignity and safety, be locally maintainable and environmentally appropriate.

Winner
Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture Centre (South Africa), designed by CS Studio Architects

International Sustainable Design
Lead judge
Phi Nedin, Global Healthcare Business Leader, Arup, UK

Criteria
Awarded for a completed healthcare project where issues of sustainability are achieved at a level conspicuously above the present mandatory norm and which set a new standard of attainment to satisfy legislative, technical, financial and moral imperatives. The award will only be made for exceptional solutions which must have been in full operation for a minimum of one year.

Winner
St Anthony Hospital (USA), designed by ZGF Architects LLP

Highly Commended
Medical Center of the Rockies (USA), designed by Heery International

Full details of the judging panels and the finalists are available at http://www.designandhealth.com/Advocacy/2010-Design-Health-Awards-Winners.aspx

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Posted June 22, 2010

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