European Healthcare Design Congress 2023

European Healthcare Design Awards 2023
Recognising design excellence in the healthcare environment

12-14 June, 2023

deadline extended: 21 march

EHD2023 Awards Call for Entries
Submissions deadline: 21 March 2023

If you didn’t get your awards submission in last week, then don’t fret – owing to huge demand, we’ve extended the entry deadline until Tuesday 21 March.

So if you have a recent flagship healthcare design project or an innovative product or technology that is helping to transform the patient experience, then make sure you grab this opportunity to submit your awards entry by the extended deadline.

And if it’s a project that was completed more than five years ago, or one in the early stages of design and/or construction, we’ve got it all covered, too – with the new Design for Sustainable Development (Standing the test of time) and Future Healthcare Design categories, respectively.

Enter here to be in with a chance of taking home an award at EHD2023 and celebrating with colleagues and peers, whilst demonstrating how your project or product is raising standards in healthcare design.

Learn more in the Awards Call for Entries and Awards Criteria Guidelines.

We’re excited to receive your submissions – the very best of luck!

Lead Awards Partner

Awards 2023 Categories

The European Healthcare Design Awards 2023 feature ten categories:

NEW – Design for Sustainable Development (Standing the test of time)
Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)
Healthcare Design (Under 25,000 sqm)
Mental Health Design
Design for Adaptation and Transformation
Design for Health and Wellness
Interior Design and Arts
Future Healthcare Design
Design Research Project
Product and Technology Design Innovation

View the Preliminary Programme
Register Now with Early Bird Savings

The launch last week of the Preliminary Programme has been met with huge excitement by the healthcare design community.

Registration is now open, with Early Bird savings on a range of tickets available until 20 April. To book your ticket/s please visit the registration page and follow the 3 steps below:

Step 1: Complete the Delegate Data (a maximum of 5 delegates can be processed in a single online order), and if different the Buyer and invoice info as well.

Step 2: Select your ticket type.
As an AfH member please select the Event Partner rate.
There are also options for the Garden Party and Study Tours.

Step 3: Complete your registration by credit card or by bank transfer to request an invoice.


Design for Sustainable Development
(Standing the test of time)

Lead judge: Jonathan Erskine, director,
European Health Property Network, UK

In collaboration

An exemplar healthcare project completed over 5 years ago that has demonstrated fitness for purpose and high performance over time, adapting to new service configurations and meeting international standards in sustainability, including social, economic, human and environmental factors. Any healthcare building or typology is eligible, including reuse or refurbished projects, circular projects, and zero- or negative-carbon projects.

Healthcare Design (Over 25,000 sqm)

Lead judge: Kate Copeland, chair,
Australian Health Design Council, Australia

Sponsored by

An outstanding healthcare project in a secondary or tertiary care setting that demonstrates high levels of sustainability and urban integration, creates an effective clinical environment, promotes service improvement, and provides a supportive environment for staff, patients and their families.

This category was won at EHD2022 by Hospital Nova, Finland; Commissioned by Central Finland Health Care District; Designed by JKMM Architects.

Healthcare Design (Under 25,000 sqm)

Lead judge: David Powell, project director, New Velindre Cancer Centre; development director, Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, UK

An outstanding healthcare project in a community or primary care setting that demonstrates high levels of sustainability and urban integration, transforming the quality of care services in an accessible location, and supporting the integrated needs of staff, patients and the community.

At EHD2022, architect Sonnemann Toon Architects was victorious with its project The Sight and Sound Centre supported by Premier Inn, UK; Commissioned by Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust.

Mental Health Design

Lead judge: Beatrice Fraenkel, director, 
Design in Mental Health Network, UK

Sponsored by

A mental health project that, through innovative design thinking, achieves a reconciliation between the needs of the patient/resident for a humanistic environment that supports ongoing therapy, care and recovery, and the requirement for appropriate levels of safety, security and supervision.

Last year, this award was picked up by Sikkerhetsbygget High Security Mental Hospital in Trondheim, Norway; Commissioned by St Olav’s Hospital / Sykehusbygg HF; Designed by RATIO arkitekter and Karlsson Architects.

Design for Adaptation and Transformation

Lead judge: Visiting Professor Jim Chapman,
Manchester School of Architecture, UK

Sponsored by

An outstanding healthcare project that has had a transformational impact on resolving complex and difficult service design challenges.

The University of Illinois College of Medicine, Surgical and Innovation Training Lab, USA took the title at EHD2022, Commissioned by The University of Illinois College of Medicine; Designed by CannonDesign and Bailey Edward.

Design for Health and Wellness

Lead judge: John Cooper, chair,
European Healthcare Design; director, John Cooper Architecture, UK

Sponsored by

An inspirational project that encompasses services outside of traditional healthcare settings and, through an alignment of the care philosophy with the design of the environment, helps promote positive behaviours towards healthy living and wellness.

The Maternity Ward at Punta Europa Hospital, Spain Commissioned by Hospital Punta de Europa, Servicio Andaluz de Salud, Junta de Andalucía; Designed by Virai Arquitectura / Parra-Müller Arquitectura de Maternidades was victorious in this category at EHD2022.

Interior Design and Arts

Lead judge: Ruth Charity, arts co-ordinator, artlink, Oxford University Hospitals NHS FT, UK

An inspirational project that demonstrates exceptional skill in creating a compassionate healthcare environment that reflects and communicates the values of the healthcare provider through the integrated application of interior design with the visual arts.

Victorious in this category at EHD2022 was the Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Sweden; Commissioned by Västfastigheter; Designed by White Arkitekter.

Future Healthcare Design

Lead judge: Cliff Harvey,
director, Union of International Architects’ Public Health Group, Canada

Sponsored by

A future healthcare project that can demonstrate the potential for outstanding outcomes in masterplanning, place making, wellness, pandemic preparedness and sustainable development, in alignment with the strategic requirements of the healthcare provider to transform their services within the wider community, regional or national health system..

The Joseph Bracops Hospital, Belgium won this category at last year’s Congress. Commissioned by Hôpitaux Iris Sud – Iris Ziekenhuizen Zuid; Designed by archipelago in collaboration with NU.

Design Research Project

Lead judge: Göran Lindahl, Associate Professor / Head of Division Building Design, Architecture and Civil Engineering, Chalmers University, Sweden

Sponsored by

An independently assessed, completed and novel research study that can demonstrate innovation, relevance and practical application. The research should be original, showing critical thinking in a new field of investigation or by applying innovative methods and analysis to existing issues.

Julie Bernhardt PhD, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, on behalf of the NOVELL Collaboration collected this award at EHD2022 with its research on Redesigning rehabilitation: The NOVELL (Neuroscience Optimised Virtual Environments Living Lab) way.

Product and Technology Design Innovation

Lead judge: Danny Gibson, MJ Medical, UK

An innovation in medical or digital technology or product design that has had a transformational impact on the design of healthcare services and/or the patient environment, improving the quality, sustainability, accessibility and experience of care.

Designed by Green Furniture Concept, the Ascent series is a modular beam seating system, which took home the trophy at EHD2022.

Who should attend
The European Healthcare Design Congress, Awards & Exhibition attracts the world’s leading interdisciplinary thinkers, researchers and practitioners in the field including:

  • Physicians
  • Healthcare executives
  • Estates/capital development
  • Nursing professionals
  • Commissioners
  • Health scientists
  • Service designers
  • Clinical managers
  • Architects and designers
  • Engineers and developers
  • Health planners
  • Occupational therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Economists

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