2020 SEED Awards

2020 NOMA-NAACP-SEED Awards Announced

Based on common foundations and a shared vision, NOMA, NAACP, and the SEED Network announce the NOMA-NAACP-SEED Design Awards for Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion diversity, (JEDI) in design, architecture, and land development. Six (6) projects will be selected through a juried process of distinguished experts.

The Awards Winners will be announced at the NAACP Annual Convention in Boston, MA, in July 2020, and the Awards will be presented at Structures for Inclusion held in conjunction with the NOMA Annual Conference, Oakland, CA, October 17, 2020. A $2,000 honorarium will be given to each winning team to allow travel to the award ceremony.

Eligible Submittals

Built, professional or students, buildings, landscapes, communications, industrial design/products, urban planning designs or initiatives, and time-frame includes any age of project. Projects must be in the United States.

Link and Format for Submittal

All applications will be required to use Part 1 of the SEED Network Evaluator platform found at SEEDnetwork.org.

To sign in and begin an award application: https://seednetwork.org/seed-evaluator-4-0/login/
For general explanation about the Evaluator tool and process: https://seednetwork.org/seed-evaluator-4-0/types-applications/

Awards Milestones

  • April 13, 2020: Awards Open
  • May 29, 2020: Awards Due
  • July 25-28, 2020: Finalists Announced at the NAACP Annual Conference
  • October 17, 2020: Winners Presentations at the NOMA/SFI Conference

Description of Award Partners

The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. NOMA is committed to creating a pipeline to the architecture profession to a more diverse spectrum of students and cultivate a more inclusive profession that reflects the communities served by design: all communities. As architects, we acknowledge that our professional duty is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and as NOMA members, we seek to fulfill this duty by ensuring that we help to facilitate diverse teams that can optimally address the needs of increasingly more diverse communities. Our signature annual event is our national conference that attracts students and professionals from nearly every corner of the building industry to converge, exchange ideas, network and support one another professionally to create a better build environment for everyone.

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons. Environmental injustice, including the proliferation of climate change, has a disproportionate impact on communities of color and low-income communities. The NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program supports community leadership in addressing this human and civil rights issue. With the launch of the Centering Equity in the Sustainable Building Sector (CESBS) Initiative, the NAACP seeks to universalize access to safe, affordable, healthy, energy-efficient, regenerative, and resilient buildings for all people.

The SEED Network is an outreach initiative administered by Design Corps. Every year, Design Corps hold the SEED awards program and Structures for Inclusion conference to showcase the best of public interest design. The mission of the Social Environmental and Economic Design (SEED) Network is to advance the right of every person to live in a socially, economically, and environmentally healthy community. This mission is enabled by five Principles:

  1. Advocate with those who have a limited voice in public life.
  2. Build structures for inclusion that engage stakeholders and allow communities to make decisions.
  3. Promote social equality through discourse that reflects a range of values and social identities.
  4. Generate ideas that grow from place and build local capacity.
  5. Design to help conserve resources and minimize waste.

The SEED Evaluator is an on-line tool that makes this mission and these principles actionable through a participatory process based on best-practices. SEEDNetwork.org.

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