International Academy Awards 2020

The Design & Health International Academy Awards has a significant influence on the design and development of salutogenic environments that support health, wellbeing and quality of life around the world. This year, the programme comprises eleven categories across the key areas of international health delivery, and the prestigious Lifetime Leadership Award.

Recipients of the awards are teams and individuals who through outstanding efforts, have contributed to the progress of knowledge and demonstrated vision and leadership in exemplary initiatives within the field.

The judging panel consisted of a group of independent experts from around the world. Experts in their field, the judges come from multidisciplinary backgrounds in research and practice. The winners of each award were determined by a lead judge, who was supported by a panel of two judges with proven expertise in their field. The award recommendations are then approved by a second jury of advisors from the International Academy for Design & Health, chaired by Gunther De Graeve.


International research project

High Commendation:

Indoor Air Quality as health promoter in healing environments

Marco Gola – Politecnico di Milano – Italy

Runners Up:

  1. The link between residential outdoor environment

and the mood of the elderly in Guangzhou: Chongxian Chen – South China Agricultural University – China

  • Associations of street environment with the mood of the elderly: A mediating role of environment preference: Chongxian Chen – South China Agricultural University – China


Data driven design strategies to address crowding and boarding in an emergency department: A discrete event simulation study: Shabboo Valipoor – University of Florida – USA

International health project under 40,000 sqm

High Commendations:

  1. UC Health Gardner Neuroscience Institute – Principle Designer: Perkins and Will – USA
  2. Blacktown Hospital: Jacobs Architects, Australia


Khoo Teck Puat – National University Children’s Medical Institute (KTP-NUCMI) – Forum Architects – Singapore

International health project over 40,000 sqm

High Commendations:

  1. Erasmus MC:  EGM Architects – Netherlands
  2. National Centre of Infectious Diseases (NCID) & Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation (NTFCHI): CPG Consultants – Singapore


AZ Zeno: Deetoo, B2Ai, M4 Architecten – Belgium

Innovation project

High Commendations:

  1. AZ Zeno – Deetoo, B2Ai, M4 Architecten – Belgium
  2. Rejuvenation Project – Annette Ridenour – Aesthetic Audio Systems – USA


“Metro on foot” – Medical Design Studio – Poland

Mental health design project

No high commendations


Adolescent Extended Treatment centre – Destravis – MAAP  – Australia

Health promoting urban environment project

High Commendation:
 AZ Zeno – Deetoo, B2Ai, M4 Architecten – Belgium

Townsville Hospital Masterplan – Hassell – Australia

Health promoting workplace project

High Commendation:
Fidelity Bank HQ: Ngonyama Okpanum & Associiates – Nigeria

Winner – Architecture

AZ Zeno: Deetoo, B2Ai, M4 Architecten – Belgium

Winner – Interior Design:

Institute of Interdisciplinary Medicine: Citio Architects – Russia

Integrating project Team

High Commendation:

  1. Blacktown Hospital: Jacobs – Australia
  2. Erasmus MC – EGM Architects: Netherlands


AZ Zeno: Deetoo, B2Ai, M4 Architecten – Belgium

Design for the elderly project

High Commendations:

  1. University Geriatric Medical Centre: Wörner Traxler Richter – Germany
  2. Green mountain Ranch (Residence of Cynthia & Frank Leibrock: Cynthia Leibrock – USA

No winner

Young leaders award

High Commendations:

Akshay Sangolli – USA

Kathryn Peditto – USA


Alex Belcastro – Australia

IADH Design Competition

High Commendations:

Hospital-less City Case Study – Melton

Aurecon – Australia

Cities without Hospitals

HKS Architects – USA

Architecture and Urban Design

Politecnico Di Milano, Milano  – Italy

Runner Up:

City Pods – Aurecon – Australia

Susan Pearce, John McNeil and Jacobus Kriegler


The C-bloc

HKS Architects – USA


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