The Impact of Socially Responsible Design

Many projects have the potential to change people’s lives for the better through design, but there is something even more special about projects geared specifically towards social responsibility. That is why Contract magazine recognizes commercial interior architecture and design that improves the quality of life through the Inspirations Awards.

The deadline to enter is April 25 at

The sixth annual design competition honors built projects in commercial interiors and practice-based initiatives completed for clients that are a worthy cause. The clients, in turn, receive a generous grant from award sponsor Tandus Centiva. Both paid/commissioned work and pro bono work is eligible for entry. Winners will be published in Contract’s July/August issue.

Take a look back at some past winners:


When designing the headquarters for TOMS Shoes, Shimoda Design Group sought to reflect the spirit of the company’s core values. The project was the 2013 Built Project winner.



The Houston Food Bank by RdlR won the built projects category in the 2012 competition. Through collaboration with almost 500 non-profit hunger-relief charities across an 18-county swath of southeast Texas, the Houston Food Bank feeds over 137,000 people a week and distributes over 58 million meals per year.



The 2013 practice-based initiative winner was MASS Design Group. Designed to attract skilled physicians to a new hospital in Rwanda, the Butaro Doctors’ Housing was developed as part of a mission to extend healthcare throughout rural communities.



The 2012 practice-based initiative winner was the Community House building project by Applied Environmental Design Studio. It is an experiment in building design presented by Hiroto Kobayashi, Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University.


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