Celebrating Global Design Excellence

Announcing 2016 Design Is…Global Award Winners

In its eleventh year, the Shaw Contract Design Is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that challenge the very idea of design. The 2016 Global Award winners and People’s Choice Winner have been selected. These projects represent the highest caliber of work within an industry segment. An esteemed panel of design professionals selected 6 winners out of more than 450 entries submitted from 32 countries.

“The design showcased in these entries signify the global reach of our brand and utilization of high performance, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedTM products across the globe,” says John Stephens, Vice President of Marketing for Shaw Contract. “This year’s winners reflect how design profoundly impacts the mission of the space and its positive effect on the people that use it.”

Winning projects include

Large Office (Greater than 40,000 sq. ft.)

FIRM: Perkins + Will
PROJECT: Nixon Peabody, LLP
LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

This project challenges many of the sacred law firm design characteristics such as the large corner office, solid walls and solid doors, liberal use of stone and mahogany, and the segregation of attorneys and support staff. Focus remains on crafting a visually-impactful design that’s reflective of the Nixon Peabody brand.


FIRM: MARS Interieurachitecten
PROJECT: Interior Design for the Study of Aeronautical Services, Hospitality & Tourism
LOCATION: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

A former gymnasium transformed into a new training facility featuring a mock-up airplane and hotel.

Albeda College innovates by making the transition from education to working easier and show us the impact of design aesthetic is as important as functionality.

FIRM: Haskell Architects
PROJECT: Wyndham Vale Primary School
LOCATION: Wyndham Vale, Australia

Wyndham Vale South Primary School is located on Melbourne’s western fringes within a new Estate development in Wyndham Vale. The challenge was to produce a new facility that provided a civic space in a residentially dominated area, whilst generating a campus design that supported the school’s desire to deliver 21st Century teaching and learning across a broad curriculum.


FIRM: Stars Design BV
PROJECT: Post Plaza
LOCATION: Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Contemporary yet classic – this charming city boutique hotel features eclectic interior and pays respect to the original building through subtle references to the former post office.

Public Sector

FIRM: PIVOT Architecture
PROJECT: TriMet Center Street Report Area
LOCATION: Portland, OR

Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass-enclosed spaces connect users to the outside world. Application of bold color denotes areas of relevant work-related information and transforms the space into a vibrant atmosphere. The result: a successful melding of spaces provides purpose to hundreds of people 24 hours a day.

PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER – (a Senior Living Project)

PROJECT: Berman Commons
LOCATION: Dunwoody, GA

This multi-layered project features inviting spaces and insightful vignettes that encourage the human scale of daily living. The conceptual design idea was to create a space where shared moments become the driver for the layout of the design. The design impact is geared towards an elegant, refined approach which speaks directly to the residents.

About People’s Choice Award

All market winners from the 2016 program are entered for People’s Choice voting, where digital audiences have the opportunity to vote on their favorite projects and choose a winner.

Click here to watch a video profiling the 2016 Global Award winners. Firms can currently enter the 2017 Design Is…Award competition here.

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