2015 Criteria

Criteria for the 2015 Design Awards

The criteria are the same for categories A, B and C. 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.

For Category D, we are looking for an intriguing idea or concept for future care. Your description must not exceed 500 words.


You must be a member of Architects for Health.
PLEASE NOTE: You will need to register using our new online registration system before you can enter your submissions.
If your practice has group membership then the submission must be made by the main contact for the practice

Entry requirements

You are invited to submit one entry per project (with a maximum number of 5 entries per practice) reflecting your projects from the year 2014-15. If your scheme was shortlisted last year, you may not resubmit it. You may submit entries for all 4 categories: please mark them clearly.

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; and 2 other images/ illustrations. You may send up to 3 images per entry to illustrate the scheme but only one will be selected for the exhibition.
Please limit each image to no more than 1MB .

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 state clearly whether the entry for each project is for…

  • Category A : new building
  • Category B: Conversion or infill
  • Category C : International
  • Category D : Idea or concept

Deadline for submission and payment has been extended to 8 MAY 2015.

Here are the simple steps you need to take to make the submission:
1 Check you are an AfH member:

2 Register your submission online and pay:

  • once you have become a member, then you can register your submission online
  • please enter the project title under the relevant category
  • you can pay for all the entries (max 5 per practice) online;
  • or you can pay offline by using BACS transfer (details available on submission form when you Sign In) Please quote AWARDS followed by your MEMBERSHIP NAME as the reference so that we can trace your payment

3 Submit your entries:

  • You will be sent a confirmation email after you have registered online
  • This will set out how to proceed with the submission
  • We will explain to you clearly how to send the text and images for the submission
  • Please note we cannot accept images via email

Exhibiting the banners at events and on our website

The shortlisted submissions will be displayed electronically, as printed banners and on our website gallery. The exhibition will be launched at the European Healthcare Design Congress in June 2015 in London. It will also be displayed at the AfH members stand at the IHEEM conference in Oct and at future AfH 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 May.


An entry fee of £100 will be charged per submission. Deadline for submission and payment has been extended to 8 MAY 2015.
For payment online: please follow the instructions on the submission form.
FOR BACS transfer: Please quote AWARDS followed by your MEMBERSHIP NAME as the reference so that we can trace your payment. Instructions are on the submission form once signed in.

FAQs for the AfH Design Awards 2015 at EUHDC and IHEEM

Can anyone enter?
Yes, provided you are a member of AfH. You must register your membership using our new online registration system before submitting your entries for the Design Awards.

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

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, £100 per entry. There is no VAT.

Can I enter more than one project?
Yes, the fee of £100 will be payable for each entry. Maximum 5 entries per practice.

Can I enter for more than one category?
Yes, the fee of £100 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 MAY and invite you to come to the Awards Reception at 5pm on 22 June 2015 at our Exhibition stand at the EU HD Congress in London

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

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