Design Is… Award Market Winners Announced

Firms recognized for global design excellence

June 12, 2015 – In its tenth year, Shaw Contract Group’s Design Is… Award program honors architecture and design firms that are changing the very idea of what design is. Today, Shaw Contract Group announces the winners of the Market Award, which represent the highest caliber of work within an industry segment. An esteemed group of design professionals selected 48 winners out of more than 470 entries submitted from 30 countries. The Market Award winners will advance to the People’s Choice program.

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

Winning projects include:

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

  • AECOM | Los Angeles CA
  • Project: Large Financial Institution | Los Angeles CA
  • Nando’s | Johannesburg South Africa
    • Project: Central Kitchen | Johannesburg South Africa
  • Gensler | Washington DC
    • Project: Intelsat | Mclean VA
  • Perkins+Will | Atlanta GA
    • Project: Colliers International | Atlanta GA
  • RMTA | Kansas City MO
    • Project: The Barney Building | Mission Woods KS
  • KMD Architects | San Francisco CA
    • Project: Corporate Headquarters | Las Vegas NV
  • Edifice Consultants Pvt. Ltd. | Mumbai India
    • Project: Jsw centre | Mumbai India

Mid-Size Office (10,000 – 40,000 sq. ft.)

  • Space | Mexico City Mexico
    • Project: Grupo CP | Mexico City Mexico
  • Roxby Architects | Perth Australia
    • Project: Toyota WA – Head Office | Perth Australia
  • + Architects | Santiago Chile
    • Project: Showroom Multicarpet Rollux | Santiago Chile
  • SmithGroupJJR | Washington DC
    • Project: SmithGroupJJR | Washington DC
  • Interiors For Change | Johannesburg South Africa
    • Project: Joe Public | Johannesburg South Africa
  • Space Invader Design | Manchester UK
    • Project: Astra Zeneca Da Vinci HQ | Cambridge UK
  • 5plus Architects Limited | Manchester UK
    • Project: Your Housing HQ Fit Out | Warrington UK

Small Office (Less than 10,000 sq. ft.)

  • Curtis+Whitfield | Sydney Australia
    • Project: Liberty International Underwriters Brisbane | Brisbane Australia
  • Brook | Tokyo Japan
    • Project: Diamond Head Co.,Ltd  | Tokyo Japan
  • Alex Szeto | Hong Kong China
    • Project: Nu Skin | Hong Kong China
  • Metaphore Design | Montreal Canada
    • Project: Microsoft | Montreal Canada
  • Shearer Licensed Interior Design Inc. | Calgary Canada
    • Project: Louis Dreyfus Commodities | Calgary Canada
  • graphite architects | Sydney Australia
    • Project: Mingara Leisure Group Corporate Offices | Central Coast Australia
  • Perkins+Will | Atlanta GA
    • Project: Beeline Group | Atlanta GA
  • OARQUITECTOS | Santiago Chile
    • Project: Security Sat | Santiago Chile
  • James Liang & Associates Ltd. | Canton China
    • Project: Baoli Metropolitan Innovative Showroom | Canton China


  • EGBARQ | Santiago Chile
    • Project: School of Rock Santiago | Santiago Chile
  • SHW Group | Berkley MI
    • Project: Lansing Arts and Sciences Renovation | Lansing MI
  • DLR Group| Denver CO
    • Project: Casper College + UW Student Union  | Casper WY
  • Jackson Clements Burrows | Melbourne Australia
    • Project: Monash International Bachelor of Business City Campus | Melbourne Australia
    • Sixthriver Architects | Austin TX
      • Project: Manzanita Hall | Tempe AZ
    • Jones Studio | Phoenix AZ
      • Project: Mesa Community College Performing Arts Center | Mesa AZ
    • Gow Hastings Architects | Toronto Canada
      • Project: Durham College Centre for Food | Whitby Canada


  • Emmett Phair Construction | Lake Oswego OR
    • Project: Dr. Judah Garfinkle | Portland OR
  • Gilmore Interior Design | Sydney Australia
    • Project: The Central Development | Crace Australia
  • Staffelbach | Dallas TX
    • Project: Chase Tower Fitness Center | Dallas TX
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center | Ewing Cole | New York, NY
    • Project: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center : West Harrison | Harrison NY
  • Stantec | San Francisco CA
    • Project: UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Benioff Children’s Hospital | San Francisco CA


  • Prellwitz Chilinski Associates | Cambridge MA
  • Project: Eco | Boston MA
  • Moncur Design Associates Inc. | Toronto Canada
    • Project: King Edward Hotel Model Room | Toronto Canada
  • Remiger Design | St Louis MO
    • Project: Element Restaurant and Lounge  | St Louis MO
  • Delawie | San Diego CA
  • Project: Snow King Resort | Jackson Hole WY
  • Nineth Design | Beijing China
    • Project: Kung restaurant Kongyiji Restaurant private room | Beijing China
  • GGLO | Seattle WA
    • Project: Cedarbrook Lodge Expansion | SeaTac WA
  • ForrestPerkins | Dallas TX
    • Project: The Fairmont San Francisco | San Francisco CA



  • Forme UK | London UK
    • Project: Somerset House | London UK
  • Burkettdesign | Denver CO
    • Project: Science Pyramid | Denver CO
  • Senger Design Group LLC | Colorado Springs CO
    • Project: Colorado Army National Guard Readiness Center (COARNG) | Colorado Springs CO
  • Anne Phillips Architecture | Berkeley CA
    • Project: Girls Inc. Simpson Center for Girls | Oakland CA


  • HKS Architects, Inc | San Francisco CA
    • Project: AAA Northern California, Nevada & Utah – San Jose Branch | San Jose CA
  • MaRS, Mayfield and Ragni Studio | Houston TX
    • Project: TX Contemporary VIP Lounge | Houston TX


Twenty distinguished members of the design community evaluated each project based on its design solutions beyond aesthetic quality. The jurors reviewed the challenges, processes and results of each project and how each design team defined design.


The panel of judges included:

  • Bradley Barnett, Guild 13
  • Ron Bateman, HOK
  • Brian Berry, Gensler
  • Stephanie Clements, THW Design
  • Sandra Cortner, Hirsch Bedner Associates
  • Tim L. Cowell, The Walt Disney Company
  • Victor Feingold, Metrobuilding
  • Cynthia Ann Haight, ThenDesign Architecture
  • Joan Insel, Callison
  • Shane Kelly, tp bennett
  • Jonathan Kim, Steven Leach & Associates Inc.
  • Jiayi Li, Shanghai Architectural Decoration and Landscape Design Research Institute
  • Geraldine Maher, Jackson Architecture
  • Karen Miller, NBBJ
  • Bill Puetz, Huntsman Architectural Group
  • Keith Rushbrook, II BY IV Design
  • Rob Toner, Cox Enterprises Inc.
  • Erica Wickes, 34F Design Inc.
  • Elisa Worden, Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Charles Young, Ayers Saint Gross Architects

Winning firms are recognized in Shaw Contract Group’s annual NeoCon magazine, featured on, and promoted through social media outlets.  Additionally, winners are included in the People’s Choice voting, where public voting establishes the winner.


About Shaw Contract Group

As a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  Shaw Contract Group has received Best of NeoCon awards for its carpet collections every year since 2002; was rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers; and was recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.”  A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract Group combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visit


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