ASID reviews the year’s best design projects from the Society’s 2019 Outcome of Design Awards (OODA), presented in partnership with Herman Miller and NeoCon.
Designed to celebrate the power of design, OODA recognizes projects that successfully illustrate that “Design Impacts Lives” through data-driven results.
Measuring the best in design can be a subjective process—looking at the aesthetics of a space or the focal points of a room. To truly measure the year’s best projects, the data behind the design intent to impact well-being, productivity and collaboration have to be considered, deeply valued and prioritized.
OODA connects design excellence with design thinking, providing measurable evidence of the impact of design in the built environment.
Launched fall 2018, OODA puts a spotlight on the data in design, and the proof of its power. The submission period for the 2020 Awards opened in October and the deadline was extended through January 6, 2020.
The Outcome of Design Awards use three primary criteria to determine the finalists and winning projects:
Design solutions and details: Information on project goals, size, certifications, design features and an exploration of how the team accomplished client goals and overcame design challenges.
Occupant experience: How the occupants’ emotional, physical, mental well-being, performance, experience or any other specific goal, have changed since occupying the built space.
Research-based results: Measurable data and research-based results that highlight the project’s accomplishments and innovations, and the tangible positive impact of design.
2019 Outcome of Design Awards Winners
Team: Gensler (Design and Research), Unity Health Care Brentwood, Louise Russell (Researcher and Designer), Sunbrella, Wray Ward Communications, Artisan, Rand Construction
One out of six Washington, D.C., residents receive medical, behavioral, dental or social services from Unity Health Care, a local network of federally qualified health centers that promote healthier communities, regardless of ability to pay.
Photo: Unity Healthcare Brentwood in Washington, D.C., was recognized with a 2019 ASID Outcome of Design Award. Unity uses design as a tool to better serve patients and the community. Credit: ASID.
As a patient-centered medical home, Unity offers a team-based approach that encourages patients to become active participants in their own healthcare.
Unity’s goal was to use design as a tool to help better serve patients and visitors, enhance the staff experience, strengthen bonds with the Brentwood community and ultimately improve community health.
Partnering with global design firm Gensler and fabrics company Sunbrella Contract, the three organizations initiated research on the registration and waiting experience.
Team: Perkins and Will (Design and Research), Dunham Associates (MEP Engineer), Gardner Builders (General Contractor)
StudioIDS is the new self-designed home of the Minneapolis office of international architecture and design firm Perkins and Will. Starting as a workplace pilot project in 2014, the studio needed to be 100% mobile, flexible and technologically supported so project teams could easily move around the studio to collaborate.
The new studio design also needed to support Perkins and Will’s local purpose of design excellence, sustainable stewardship and social responsibility. Challenging conventional workplace models, Perkins and Will set out to do less – in walls or fixed furniture, simpler materials, less energy use, no assigned seating – offering more opportunity for choice, creativity and collaboration.
Team: CannonDesign (Architecture), EDA Architects (Architecture and Design), University of Utah (Research)
The Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute is a nationally ranked hub for student entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of Utah, and an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business.
Seeking to accelerate and expand its impact, the university recognized the need to create a new type of learning facility for a new paradigm of entrepreneurial learning. The team engaged in extensive design experimentation and exploration as they sought to create a truly unique and unrivaled learning space.
For more information on the ASID Outcome of Design Awards or to submit your project, visit asid.org/outcome-of-design-awards.