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Global Winners Announced For Ninth Annual 'Design Is ...' Award


Cartersville, Ga. – Sept. 10, 2014 — In its ninth year, the Shaw Contract Group's "Design Is … " Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is.

Six projects out of 356 entries from 25 countries were selected as winners. The winning projects, selected from commercial spaces from around the globe, show how design is redefining our lives and improving it for the better.

“After nine years and more than 2,100 entries from 34 countries, the 'Design Is …' Award continues to champion design excellence across market segments and around the world,” said John Stephens, vice president of marketing for Shaw Contract Group. The award, he said, "celebrates more than just beautiful spaces. These projects surmount simple beauty to deliver innovative solutions, impacting the people who encounter the space and the functions that take place within.”

The winners:


Firm: ZGF Architects | Seattle 

Project: Federal Center South Building 1202 | Seattle 

Taking cues from biophilia, the workplace design strategy creates a connection with nature, leading to happier and more productive employees. The building mimics nature surrounding the site, while maximizing daylight and views.  


Firm: Francis­Jones Morehen Thorp | Melbourne, Australia 

Project: Melton Library and Learning Hub | Melton, Australia 

With an emphasis on environmentally responsible design and materials, the library complex boasts sweeping curves and vertical timber battening to accentuate the double­height reading space.  


Firm: Nikken Sekkei Ltd. | Tokyo 

Project: JOSAI University Educational Corp., Tokyo Kioicho Campus, Building 3 | Tokyo 

In Tokyo, effective and efficient student workspaces are limited. Innovative solutions, including multi­function areas, and small “alcoves” along carpeted corridors provide quiet spaces where students can meet and spend time together.


Firm: Hickok Cole Architects | Washington, D.C. 

Project: NPR | Washington, D.C. 

Raw sophistication, striations of color, and visual interpretations of news reverberate throughout the 330,000-square-­foot landmark building and historic warehouse.  


Firm: Studio Groen+Schild | Deventer, The Netherlands 

Project: TenneT | Arnhem, The Netherlands 

Natural, sustainable materials stimulate employee collaboration and reinforce the relationship between the outside landscape and the interior architecture.


Firm: RMTA | Kansas City, Mo.

Project: Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator | Kansas City, Mo. 

Within this renovated 1903 ice house, start­-ups from around the world convene to work on the future of mobile health technology. Users can arrange the furniture based on needs for the day, offering a versatile space that also maintains the building’s original charm. RMTA won the People’s Choice Award, which brought in over 14,000 votes. 


Five distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. The judges were: Wendy Watts, associate vice president of interiors, CannonDesign; Amy Sickeler, director of design, Perkins+Will; Christopher Chan, director, Moore Ruble Yudell; John Peterson, founder and president, Public Architecture; and Reed Kroloff (moderator), director, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum.

Winning firms will be recognized in an upcoming advertising campaign in leading industry publications and receive an original award sculpture. A $2,000 charitable donation in the name of each winning firm will be awarded to the program or organization of the firm’s choosing. Shaw Contract Group will also promote its winners through promotional and marketing materials.


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