Outcome of Design 2022

October 7, 2022 7:00 am

At the end of September, design professionals gathered at the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers) national conference in Miami to collectively advance the interiors industry through knowledge sharing, networking, and celebrating impactful projects that demonstrate the power of design. Mohawk Group was there as a proud sponsor of the Outcome of Design (OOD) program, and to present the OOD awards to three firms who exemplify the program’s ethos and accomplishments, where design is seen as an agent of change for the greater good. 

The Outcome of Design program focuses on the measurable impact of design. The awards use metric-driven criteria to recognize projects that place occupants at the center of their innovation. Notable projects and teams were selected for honors by a jury based on their design solutions, occupant experiences, and post-occupancy research. 

ASID has named three recipients of the 2022 Outcome of Design Awards, and Mohawk Group’s A&D Design Director Royce Epstein was there to present these awards, along with fellow sponsor Carolyn Mendoza from MillerKnoll. All three firms are winners, and two of the firms are also designated as Optimizers, as their projects have gone above and beyond the base criteria to measure more than one of the People, Place, and Planet categories using applied research. 

The 2022 Outcome of Design honorees are: 

Winner: Little Charlotte Office, designed by Little Diversified Architectural Consulting 

Project Team: Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield, DPR Construction, PMC Interiors 

Little’s national headquarters is the first LEED- and WELL-Certified workspace in Charlotte, NC. The goal of the project was to prove that employees are happier, healthier and more productive when they work in a space supportive of their physical and mental health. By creating a wide variety of work settings in the office, Little achieved a space that fosters employee health and wellness thanks to designing with employees’ needs in mind. Furthermore, the office embodies the vibrancy, connectivity and authenticity of its home city. 

Optimizer: Sheltering Arms Institute, designed by HDR 

Project Team: HDR, Valley Engineering, Hourigan 

This 114-bed destination hospital for high acuity rehabilitation care is in Richmond, VA. The design centers on occupants and thinks of the building as a therapeutic tool to aid in their healing. An interdisciplinary project team integrated evidence-based design to achieve occupant goals and address challenges, and the design strategies the HDR team used seek to improve the quality of life for patients and families alike. 

Optimizer: UCSD North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood, designed by HKS 

Project Team: HKS, CADRE, Safdie Rabines Architects, Clark Construction 

HKS’ “campus within a campus” design for UCSD is the largest construction project in the university’s history. It serves as a blueprint for the future of a thriving community for living and learning. HKS used design to emphasize UCSD’s commitment to the environment, focus on student and staff wellbeing and foster the meaningful connection between the university and its surrounding community. 

Selected from an impressive range of projects in multiple sectors, the three honorees demonstrate interior design’s ability to positively shape occupant experience through sustainable, human-centric, and socially responsible design. 

Through evidence-based principles and a purposeful dedication to occupant health and wellness, the ASID OOD awards are intended to inspire designers to learn from these projects and strive to incorporate similar outcomes-based strategies in their own practice. Projects were submitted from across the United States for awards consideration throughout the year. Evaluations were made based on solutions and details, including how client goals were met, occupant experience and measurable impact, and research-based results that show the tangible effects of the design.  

ASID believes that we can collectively reimagine and reshape an evolving practice of interior design that is first and foremost in the service of people, communities, and our ever-changing world. Beyond the awards, the Outcome of Design program also offers continuing education for designers and practical resources, such as the program Manifesto and Project Toolkit. The Outcome of Design Awards Program is supported by MillerKnoll and Mohawk Group. 

Congratulations to the 2022 Outcome of Design Award Winner and Optimizers: Little, HDR, and HKS! 

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