When it comes to sustainable, human- centric design solutions that have a lasting impact, how do we measure the success of a project? As a testament
to the importance of post-occupancy research, ASID is
excited to announce a new awards program that celebrates data-driven projects from leading designers and
innovators worldwide. Called the Outcome of Design
Awards, this initiative will honor the designers (and clients) pushing to prove the impact of design.
“The Outcome of Design Awards honor projects that
represent the best of the design industry today,” states
Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID and ASID CEO. “Projects that
put the spotlight on physical and mental well-being, sustainability and productivity are key to the future of design.
The Outcome of Design Awards prioritize these human-centric strategies and honor
the designers and clients whose collaborations will shape and positively impact the
human experience for generations to come.”
Partnering with Herman Miller and NeoCon, the Outcome of Design Awards recog-
nize projects that embody the ASID belief that “Design Impacts Lives” through proven
results. Looking at designs completed within the past five years (and with at least six
months of occupancy), the awards program will evaluate the measurable impact on
occupants to determine the most successful and innovative projects – studying com-
pleted research on how the occupants’ emotional and physical well-being, productiv-
ity, engagement and other initiatives have evolved since moving into the space. The
Outcome of Design Awards acknowledge that great design goes beyond aesthetics
– focusing on research that highlights health and wellness benefits and testifies to
the tangible, positive impact of design. The Awards will showcase new tools and
processes in design, strategy, technology and research that are leading the charge
in healthful design, along with an inside-look at the nominated spaces that will shed
light on the quantifiable effects of thoughtful design and the innovative designers and
clients behind them. By looking comprehensively at everything from design goals
and certifications to post-occupancy research findings, the Awards will demonstrate
how design and human experience go hand-in-hand. The three primary areas of
review will be:
■ Design Solutions and Details: The basics – project goals, size, certifications,
important design features and more to give an idea of how the design team
addressed the client’s initial needs. Submissions should be a joint effort
between the design team and client.
■ Occupant Experience: Eligible projects must have been completed in the past
five years, with at least six months of occupancy, and include the design’s
measurable impact on the occupants – all is key to the Outcome of Design
Awards. How the occupants’ lives, experiences, emotional and physical well-being, productivity or other specific goals have changed since occupying the
transformed space are key to understanding the design’s success.
■ Research-Based Results: Good design is much more than aesthetics – it is a
measurable, concrete benefit to the human experience. By providing research-based results as part of the application, the project’s accomplishments and
innovations are solidified and show the tangible positive impact of design.
Representing a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Awards program seeks to prioritize how
design extends beyond being just beautiful or comfortable. Whether successfully
benefitting employee well-being, making environmentally-conscious design decisions
or implementing socially responsible goals, design has the power to dramatically
change the lives of its inhabitants.
The Outcome of Design Awards are currently open, with submissions due Dec.
5, 2018. Finalists will be invited to share their projects at the first-ever ASID Outcome
of Design Conference in Chicago, March 21-22, 2019. For more information or to
submit a project, visit www.asid.org/outcome-of-design-awards.
The Outcome of Design Awards are currently open, with submissions due Dec. 5, 2018. Finalists
will be invited to share their projects at the first-ever ASID Outcome Design Conference in Chicago,
March 21-22, 2019.
ASID | By ASID | Images courtesy of Eric Laignel, courtesy of ASID, Perkins + Will