Now in Its Second Year, Initiative Highlights the Measurable Impact of Design

(March 10, 2020 - Washington, D.C.) — The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the winners of the 2020 Outcome of Design Awards. Combining design excellence with demonstrated research, the Outcome of Design Awards honors projects that illustrate the impact of design in the built environment. The winning projects of the Outcome of Design Awards are: Sensory Well-Being Hub by HKS, Inc. (Category: Social Impact) and M Moser Associates Living Lab by M Moser Associates (Category: Experimental Impact). The 2020 Outcome of Design Awards are sponsored by Herman Miller, Mohawk Group, and media partner Metropolis.

“Design is measured not only by its beauty, but also by how a space impacts individual and collective health, wellbeing, performance and the environment," states Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, ASID CEO. "Through their commitment to research and focus on the human experience, these winners embody the Society’s mission statement of ‘Design Impacts Lives.’ We are honored to recognize their achievements and their dedication in proving the power of design."

The Outcome of Design Awards highlight the innovative designers and businesses that maximize the measurable effects of design on people using the spaces. A jury of top industry leaders evaluates submissions including essential project information such as, design solutions and details, occupant experience and research-based results (i.e. post-occupancy research), based on metric-driven criterion. Jury members also conduct site visits to experience the finalist projects in person. The winners of the Outcome of Design Awards are:

Sensory Well-Being Hub – HKS, Inc.

The Sensory Well-Being Hub at Chicago’s Lane Tech College Prep High School helps diverse learners experiencing behavioral issues to recuperate and find equilibrium. It provides data-driven insights on designing spaces for people with sensory sensitivities, with a goal to help designers improve environments in other places.

“Sensory Well-Being Hub was the outcome of a well-researched idea that was developed in close partnership with users of the space — teachers, students and parents,” states jury member Shilpi Kumar. “Their aspiration for this project was beyond solving the problem for Lane Tech. The overall impact has the potential to reach other schools and spaces like airports and healthcare. The best part of this project was that by design, it was an open platform that anyone could leverage freely.”

“This project sparked an unanswered question — how should we design for sensory diverse individuals?” comments project design lead, Lisa Adams. “Empathy is the most important ingredient we can offer as designers. When applied, wonderful things can happen, no matter how large or small the space. This project had none of the trappings of a shiny high-profile project — built on donations, curiosity and a pro-bono fee. With gratitude, we are delighted that our passion for curiosity is shared by our peers and ASID.”

M Moser Associates Living Lab – M Moser Associates

This new Moser workspace in New York represents an agile, future-proofed “living lab” for ongoing adaptation and change. Strategy and design teams created a workplace that reflects transformation and addresses individual needs through new digital strategies, space planning, flexible furniture and technology to achieve a high-performing workplace.

“M Moser Associates pushed boundaries testing workplace adaptability,” explains jury member Dave Dimond. “They are boldly and actively testing the limits of digital technology’s influence on how we work — think ‘battery packs!’ Simultaneously they are investing in well-being technologies — acoustically isolated meeting rooms, circadian lighting and moveable plant walls that actively cleanse air. They took financial risk in pursuit of new data and new knowledge.”

“Through the lens of invention and ingenuity, M Moser Associates integrates qualitative and quantitative data in workplace design, blending the physical, digital, and social worlds to build inspirational, sustainable, and versatile environments that unlock the best in employees. We are thrilled to receive the Outcome of Design Award for our New York City office, as it further illustrates our commitment to our clients, and ourselves, to design spaces that enable people to do their life’s best work,” said Nabil Sabet, Group Managing Director of M Moser North America.

The two Outcome of Design winners were selected from a group of four top projects. The other two finalists were Shaw Create Centre by Gensler and HKS Chicago Living Lab by HKS, Inc. The jury consisted of Shilpi Kumar, BArch, MDes, MDM, Innovation Catalyst, Founder, Khoj Lab LLC; Sandra Lester, BArchSci, MCOD, CSBA, PTS, ZIN, BAT, ARIDO, IDC, LEED AP BD+C, Founder, Affecting Change; and winners from the 2019 Outcome of Design Awards — Dave Dimond, FAIA, CID, LEED AP, Design Director, Principal, Perkins and Will; Bonny Slater, ASID, NCIDQ, LEED AP, Regional Health & Wellness Practice Area Leader, Senior Associate, Gensler; Mehrdad Yazdani, Principal, Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign.

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