SEED Awards



2016 SEED Award Winners | 2016 SEED Award Honorable Mentions

2015 SEED Award Winners | 2015 SEED Award Honorable Mentions


Design Corps and Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network are pleased to announce the Sixth Annual SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest Design.

Recognizing design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact, the SEED Awards represent the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world. Through a competitive jury process, six projects are selected and celebrated. Winning projects receive a $1,000 honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip for one team representative to present at the annual Structures for Inclusion SFI 16 conference, taking place March 19 – 20, 2016.

Three broad categories of projects that have been designed or redesigned for the public good are considered:
• Products
• Places such as buildings, landscapes, and other environments
• Processes such as services, systems, business practices, and public policies

Application Deadline Extended: Monday, November 30, 2015 by 11:59 pm EST
Winners Announced (UPDATED): Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Awards Presented: Structures for Inclusion Conference, March 19 -20, 2016

• Brad Guy: Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Building Stewardship, The Catholic University of America (CUArch)
• John Quale: Director of the architecture program, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico
• Gail Vittori: Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

Selection Criteria
SEED is a common standard to guide, evaluate, and measure the social, economic, and environmental impact of design projects. The Awards use the SEED Evaluator application to collect information about projects. The Evaluator is a communication tool that allows communities to define goals for design projects and then measure the success in achieving these goals through a third-party review by a jury. Entries are judged based on how well they address the following questions:

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