2010 Student Design Awards

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2010 Student Design Awards

Architects for Health invited architectural students to submit projects to be considered for the fourth annual Student Healthcare Design Award in 2010. As in previous years any* project relating to the design of a healthcare building was eligible, however the 2010 competition introduced a greater emphasis on the sample brief – Designing for Death: Hell, Purgatory and Paradise and a specific prize to be awarded for the most successful response to the sample brief we prepared. For more information please read the FAQ section of this website.

In 2010, 80 projects were submitted form a total of 103 registrations, 10 were short-listed and winners were announced at the award evening on the 26th August at the RIBA in London. The shortlist can be viewed on this website 2010 Short List. AfH invited members, competition entrants (Shortlisted or not), academics and students to attend the award evening which featured presentations from all of the shortlisted candidates who joined us from as far away as Moscow


Submissions Information


  • A response to the sample brief or a student architectural project concerning healthcare design**
  • By students who are presently studying or having completed their studies within 18 months of submission date.
  • Open to students worldwide
  • Submission electronically to mail@afhawards.org by 1200hrs on the 5th of July 2010
  • The project has not been submitted in previous years
  • Administration fee of £10 (GBP) payable by PayPal


  • A brief 300-600 word narrative text (strictly no images, in English, MSWord.doc or .txt format) describing the design brief and the proposal. .Within this brief text include at what stage of your studies (e.g. RIBA part 1, RIBA part 2 or equivalent year in your country of education) the project was completed
  • 4 no. A3 landscape (Correction: either landscape or portrait) PDF or JPG project sheets (text and images @ 300 dpi)
  • Please clearly state your name and project title and institution on every submission page and number pages sequentially


  • £2000 Prize fund to be divided between 1, 2 or 3 of the short-listed Candidates including at least 1 project responding to the Designing for Death Brief.
  • Presentation evening at the RIBA (All short-listed to be presented by author or selected representative with substantial contributions to travel funds)
  • Publication in a wide range of leading industry and design publications


  • Judging panel to be published prior to event will include architects, academics and healthcare professionals
  • AfH members can offer their services to support any institution interested in adding a healthcare building type to the student design programme
  • Please contact AfH to discuss hosting the travelling exhibition subsequently AFH reserves the right to reproduce and publish all submission materials
  • AFH reserves the right to final decisions on prize awards and interpretation of judging criteria.

** Acute, primary, continuing, social, mental health, or other justified in supporting text and approved by the judging panel.

Illustration, Georges Mérillon, Nagafc, Kosovo 28 January 1990
Family and neighbours mourn the death of Elshani Nashim (27), killed before an Albanian nationalist protest against the Yugoslavian government’s decision to abolish the autonomy of Kosovo.


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