competitions & awards - inspiration awards

The deadline to enter is April 25th

To enter the 2014 Inspirations Awards click here

More and more, the commercial design community plays a leadership role in furthering global efforts for social responsibility. In response to these accomplishments, and true to our mission of inspiring commercial design solutions, Contract magazine, in partnership with Tandus Centiva, presents the fifth annual Inspirations Awards. Through a holistic view, the Inspirations Awards recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture: Implementing design and/or design skills to improve the quality of life for those in need.

There are two categories for entries, one for completed built projects in commercial interiors (any project type other than residential), and one for practice-based initiatives. Both paid/commissioned work and pro bono work is eligible for entry.

A $5,000 grant will be awarded to the cause supported by the work in the built project category.
A $1,000 grant will be awarded to the cause supported by the work in the practice-based initiative category.
Additional $1,000 grants and honorable mentions may be awarded at the jury's discretion.

Inspirations Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago during the NeoCon. Honored work will be featured in Contract magazine print and digital editions, and on

The 2014 jurors are:

Katherine Darnstadt, AIA Kim Hong, IIDA Paul LaBrant, IIDA
Founder and Principal of Latent Design; Chicago Interior Design Director at granum a/i; Philadelphia Director of Interior Design at GSC Architect; Austin, Texas


To enter the 2014 Inspirations Awards click here
The deadline is April 25th

There is an entry fee of $100 per entry (no limit to number of submissions). Entrants must provide photography and address the questions on the entry form. Projects must have been completed on or after January 1, 2012. Professional architectural photography is preferred in the initial submission and is required for publication.

For questions: contact Ellen Cook at

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