Social Impact Design Award

2013 Social Impact Design Awards Honorees


In mid-September, Public Architecture–in partnership with AIA San Francisco and with support from Interface–announced the winners of its inaugural Social Impact Design Award. A jury of architects considered 41 submissions, across the following categories of economic disparity, education iniquity, community engagement, health outcomes, human rights, and design excellence. In the process, two firm honorees were identified, those being Holst Architecture (Portland, OR) for the Bud Clark Commons project, completed in 2011, and Wheeler Kearns Architects (Chicago) for Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park, profiled here previously as the top honoree of the 2013 Rudy Bruner Award. Two citations here also made, described here.

As a centerpiece of Portland’s 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, the Bud Clark Commons sets a new standard by combining permanent supportive housing and temporary shelter with a community resource center. The $29 million project balances rigorous programmatic requirements, a progressive design approach, and LEED Platinum certified sustainable building practices…In Chicago, the Inspiration Kitchens Garfield Park project involved the renovation and adaptive reuse of a 1906 single-story building and the improvement of three vacant lots in the City’s East Garfield Park neighborhood. The 7,300 sq. ft. facility has an eighty-seat restaurant that serves subsidized meals to working poor families and market rate meals to the general public.

Click here to read the full press release on the inaugural Social Impact Design Award, online at Caption: Photo of the Bud Clark Commons by Sally Schoolmaster.

New Social Impact Design Award Announced

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Public Architecture–in partnership with the AIA San Francisco chapter and Interface–has announced a new national award “recognizing exemplary projects that serve the public good.” The Social Impact Design Award is yet another opportunity for architects and designers to share the impact of their work and to promote the significant relationship between quality design and social outcomes. The deadline for submissions is July 18, 2013, and the prize is a trip for one submitting team member to attend the Milan Furniture Fair in Milan, Verona, and Ljubljana, Slovenia, during the week of April 8-13, 2014 (all travel, accommodations, and activities covered by Interface).

The Social Impact Design Award seeks to build a culture of evaluation that increases the fundability, scalability, and ongoing effectiveness of social impact design. We encourage submissions of all project types, from low-cost structures in rural and impoverished regions to large scale commercial developments in metropolitan centers, so long as they address one or more of the following criteria: Economic Disparity, Educational Inequity, Community Engagement, Health Outcomes, Human Rights, and Design Excellence.

Click here to learn more about the Social Impact Design Award, online at