2014 Design Awards Criteria

AfH Members Annual Exhibition and Design Awards 2014 – Criteria

For the first time, we have introduced two categories of design awards: built and unbuilt.

Criteria for the awards

Category A: Built project
An outstanding health care building that helps to transform care services, putting the patient experience and staff support at the centre of the project.

Category B: Unbuilt project
A proposal for an outstanding health care building, as yet unbuilt, that helps to transform care services, putting the patient experience and staff support at the centre of the project.

The criteria are the same for both categories. For each entry, please provide clear information to show how the project meets the following criteria:

Strategic vision: makes a clear contribution to the wider strategic plan for the delivery of healthcare services
Context: delivers a building that makes a positive contribution to its physical surroundings
Purposeful innovation: provides a robust and effective working environment that can flex and adapt over time
Design approach: integrates all aspects of design to create a place of healing that is compassionate and therapeutic
Sustainability: embodies environmental factors into the design from the start


You must be a member of Architects for Health.

Entry requirements

You are invited to submit one entry per project (with a maximum number of 5 entries per practice) reflecting your projects from this year (2013-14). You may submit entries for both categories: please mark them clearly.

Deadline for submission has been extended to 15 AUGUST 2014

Each entry should be in the form of a single main image or illustration, A3 size landscape format, minimum resolution 200 pixels/inch, in high quality compressed jpg or tiff format. You may send up to 3 images per entry to illustrate the scheme but only one will be selected for the exhibition.

Please submit the following supporting information for each scheme:

  • Scheme name
  • Client
  • Value
  • Gross internal area in sqm
  • Brief description of key scheme highlights against the criteria given above

Please limit each entry to no more than 1MB. Please state clearly whether the entry for each project is for:

  • Category A : Built Projects or
  • Category B: Unbuilt Projects

Exhibiting the banners at IHEEM and on our website

The submissions will be displayed electronically, as printed banners and on our website gallery. The exhibition will be launched at IHEEM 2014 and displayed at future events and conferences.

For uniformity of the banners and slide show, the entries will be formatted by AfH, and no company logo’s will be used. Practice names and project names should be clearly stated, these will be added by AfH to each entry to the same size, style and format for all.

The judging panel will have the final say and will assess the entries against the criteria given above. Shortlisted entries for each category will be announced in September. The winners of both categories will have the opportunity to present their schemes as part of the awards ceremony at the AfH Exhibition at IHEEM at 5pm on 7 October 2014.


An entry fee of £75 will be charged per submission. Deadline for all entries and payments is 15 August 2014. Please send digital entries to events@architectsforhealth.com using Dropbox.
Please do not send your entries by email.

Please transfer the entry fee electronically quoting DESIGN AWARDS IHEEM as the payment reference
Bank details:-
Bank: HSBC plc
Payee: Architects for Health
Sort code: 40-02-02
Account code: 41366939

FAQs for the AfH Design Awards 2014 at IHEEM

Can anyone enter?
Yes, provided you are a member of AfH

Can I submit a project for a building that does not accommodate patient care eg research labs, education?

Does the unbuilt category refer to ideas and concept designs or real projects not realised?

What is a good word count??
No more than 500 give or take 50.

What do you expect to be covered in the text?
The text should address the given criteria but you can add something about what makes this design special in your opinion.

Is there a limit to the number of images I can submit??
Please send up to 3 images in A3 landscape format per entry to illustrate your scheme. One will be chosen for display.

Is there a limit to the size of images I can submit??
Each image should be minimum resolution of 200 pixels/inch, in high quality jpg or tiff format

Does it cost anything to enter? ?Do I need to add VAT?
Yes, £75 per entry. There is no VAT.

Can I enter more than one project? ?
Yes, the fee of £75 will be payable for each entry. Maximum 5 entries per practice.

Can I enter for more than one category? ?
Yes, the fee of £75 will be payable for each entry

Who are the judges?
AfH will announce the judges in due course. They will have the final say.

How will I know if I’ve been shortlisted?
AfH will inform you by email in September and invite you to come to the Awards Reception at 5pm on 7 October 2014 at our Exhibition stand at IHEEM

Will the material be made public?
Yes. AfH will format the entries into banners for display on our Exhibition Stand at IHEEM, and display on our website for a year.

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