2018 SEED Awards

Announcing the 2018 SEED + Pacific Rim Awards Competition
For Excellence in Public Interest Design
Call for Entries Now Open

Design Corps, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) and the Pacific Rim Community Design
Network, are pleased to announce the SEED + Pacific Rim Awards.

For the first time, these two international networks are combining efforts to support and promote systemic change in the practices of design with the intent of building on the common ground they share. This year the SEED + Pacific Rim Awards will represent the greater global scale and growing relationships needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in all communities. While each network has a unique focus, sharing the awards acknowledges their common ground: supporting the growth of excellence in public interest design.

A total of six projects will be selected for awards through a competitive juried process. Three winners will be selected by each of the two networks that represent their principles and selection criteria. Applications are made through the SEED Network Evaluator – see criteria and application information below.

Winning projects receive a $3,000 honorarium for a trip for one team representative to present their work at an international conference, taking place at the National University of Singapore on December 14-16, 2018. This conference will be a joint event of the bi-annual Great Asian Streets Symposium, the conference of the Pacific Rim Community Design Network, and the annual Structures for Inclusion Conference. In addition to the Awards presented on December 15, the event will focus on sharing built works, research, networking and discussions which can advance the collaborations and support future efforts of all attendees.

The deadline for each application on all three network platforms is July 15, 2018, 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time. The Award Winners will be announced on the networks’ websites on September 4, 2018.

SEED Awards

The projects for this award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Participation: Have community members and stakeholders been involved in the design and planning processes?
  • Effectiveness: Does the project address the community’s critical needs and challenges?
  • Excellence: Does the project achieve the highest possible design quality, relate with its context, and dignify the experiences of those it touches?
  • Inclusiveness: Does the project promote social equity as well as reflect a diversity of social identities and values?
  • Impact: Are the social, economic, and environmental impacts of the project known and being measured?
  • Systemic: Can the project or process be scaled up to have a broader impact?

SEED Network Jury:
Farhana Ferdous — Howard University, Washington, D.C.
Priyanka Bista — KTK-BELT studio, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pedro Damián Pacheco Vásquez — Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey
John Folan –- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, US
Jota Sampar — Mobility/Movilidad, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO, US

Pacific Rim Awards

The projects for this award will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Engagement: Demonstration of innovation and success in community engagement and capacity building
  • Impact: Demonstration of how specific issues or challenges are addressed through the process and results of the project
  • Design: Demonstration of how design serves as a vehicle for social transformation and expression of identities or characteristics
  • Location: To showcase achievements in the region, projects must be located in Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Pacific Islands, and the Americas.

Pacific Rim Jury:
Daniel Abramson – University of Washington, USA
Isami Kinoshita – Chiba University, Japan
Shenglin Chang – National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Award instructions: https://designcorps.org/seed-awards-about/

Awards Applications will be made using the SEED Evaluator platform. The first step is to create an
account here: https://seednetwork.org/seed-evaluator-4-0/login/

Sponsoring Organizations

About Design Corps

Design Corps creates positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Design Corps was founded in 1991 with a mission to create positive change in traditionally underserved communities by using design, advocacy, and education to help them shape their environment and address their social, economic, and environmental challenges. Our mission is realized when people are involved in the decisions that shape their lives. Design Corps’ programs, including the SEED Network, the SEED Evaluator, and the Public Interest Design Institute, bring the skills sets of design and planning to empower communities.

For more information, visit http://www.designcorps.org.

About the SEED Network

Established in 2005, the Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Network provides a common standard to guide, evaluate and measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of design. SEED is premised on the belief that design can play a vital role in the most critical issues that face communities and individuals, in crisis and in every day challenges. To accomplish this, the SEED process guides professionals to work alongside locals who know their community and its needs. This practice of “trusting the local” is increasingly recognized as a highly effective way to sustain the health and longevity of a place or a community as it develops.

For more information, visit www.seednetwork.org.

About Pacific Rim Community Design Network

The Pacific Rim Community Design Network was launched following a working conference at University of California, Berkeley in 1998. The purpose of the conference was to provide the practitioners and scholars working in the field of participatory design and planning across the Pacific Rim region with an opportunity to share and compare each other’s experiences and advance their practice and research. Through subsequent conferences and joint projects, the network has provided a vehicle for collaboration and mutual support, as well as a forum for comparative understanding of community design in the fast changing political and social context of the Pacific Rim. Network members now span from Asia to North America, in countries including Canada, China, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.

For more information, visit http://prcdnet.org/about-us/

About National University of Singapore (NUS)

The mission of the Department of Architecture in NUS is nurturing creative global designers and critical thinkers for the built environment to shape Asia’s future and the world. With more than 50 years of established benchmark in professional architectural education excellence, NUS Architecture is a proven program, and the only one professionally accredited by The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), Board of Architects (BOA) Singapore and Singapore Institute of Architects(SIA). Our students’ design experiences are augmented by hands-on opportunities under communal settings, to promote social and service enterprises. These experiences are supported by access to a wide range of digital prototyping, fabrication and representation technologies. The underlying premise of our education is humanistic, communal and embedded in user-centric concerns; and in the best of examples, our teaching approaches combine abstract theory with concrete practices.  Techniques is merely a means to a social end. NUS Architecture is as good as the dedicated and driven students who enroll in it. We believe that our future designers and thinkers seek inclusiveness, livability & right livelihood, ethical sustainability, environmental & social responsiveness, conviviality and cultural robustness in our built environments. Our faculty members have balanced experiences in design and research under diverse settings. They combine their strengths in theory, practice and international exposure to deliver a holistic educational experience.

For more information, visit http://www.arch.nus.edu.sg/about-us/about-us.html