The International Union of Architects (UIA) has launched the first International Innovative Health Design Awards, organised by the UIA Public Health Group and open to all architects around the world.

Key dates

2022-09-16 Launch
2022-10-05 Deadline for Questions
2022-10-18 Deadline for Answers
2023-02-08 Deadline for Submission of Entries
2023-03-01 Jury meetings
2023-04-26 Announcement of winners
2023-07-01 Awards Presentation & Exhibition


There will be one (1) award allocated per award category.  Awardees will be presented with certificates as well as free entrance to the UIA Congress and the award ceremony.

Keywords : Health, Sustainability

Theme and objectives

In keeping with its mission to mobilise architects to design for health in the wake of the COVID-­19 pandemic, the 2021 UIA General Assembly declared 2022  the UIA Year of Design for Health.

The International Innovative Health Design Awards aim to celebrate the essential role that architects play in social and environmental well-being and to address how architecture and architecture research focused on Design for Health, can help to mitigate the impact of future calamities. The Awards seek to recognise innovative architectural design solutions addressing issues brought to the fore by the COVID-­19 pandemic.  Architects are invited to submit entries in one of two categories: Built Work and Theoretical Work.

Key criteria

Evaluation criteria for the Built work category:

  • Creative and innovative approach in Health Design
  • Architectural quality of the design considering functional, environmental and sustainability aspects
  • Pertinence of the overall concept of the proposal

Evaluation criteria for Theoretical Work category:

  • Innovative approaches in Health Design
  • Clarity of research purpose, demonstrating critical analytical engagement
  • The research findings should be academically defensible
  • The quality of the submission’s structure and referencing must be commendable


All practicing architects and architecture academics across the globe are eligible.

Jury Members

Built Work Category

  • Cindy Walters (UK), architect
  • Deniz Incedayi (Turkey), architect – Chairperson & UIA Representative
  • Tye Farrow (Canada), architect
  • Kerstin Thompson (Australia), architect
  • Luyanda Mpahlwa (South Africa), architect
  • Fernando Mora (Mexico) – Alternate juror

Theoretical Work Category

  • Ola Oduku (UK): Head, University of Liverpool
  • Fani Vavili (Greece) – Chairperson, UIA PHG, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, UIA Representative
  • Nivaldo Vieira de Andrade Junior (Brazil), Federal University of Bahia
  • Rosman Wai (Hong Kong), University of Hong Kong
  • Vity Claude Nsalambi (Angola), University Agostinho Neto
  • Lindy Osborne Burton (Australia) – Alternate juror


Built Work Category


SUP Atelier of THAD – Song Yehao, Sun Jingfen, Xie Dan, Shi Lei, Wang Zhixin, Chen Xiaojuan, Chu Yingnan, Loo Huixin and Liu Mengjia (China)

Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF) in Yixing, China

« It is hoped that the project will be well received by its community; embraced as a successful case study in terms of promoting health, healthy buildings, and environmental awareness, and that it will contribute to a healthy built environment so needed in our times. »


Honourable mention:

IMK Architects – Rahul Kadri (India)

Symbiosis Hospital and Research Center (SUHRC) in Pune, India

« The project demonstrates a fitting response to its setting, designed with full acknowledgement of the topography and the needs of the surrounding community for state-of-the-art health care, research, education, and skills development. »


Theoretical Work Category


Francesca De Filippi*, Stefano Fantucci**, Roberto Pennacchio*, Marco Simonetti**, Matteo Robiglio*, Elena Guidetti*, Valeria Villamil Cárdenas*, Laura Juliana Gualdrón Frias*, Michele Di Marco***, Anna Silenzi*** (Italy)

*Department Architecture and Design **Department of Energy, Politecnico di Torino, Italy ***World Health Organization (WHO), Technical Science for Health Network (Téchne)

Design for Healthcare SURGE. A Toolkit for the African Region

« The design methodology stresses social and environmental aspects, and the established design methodology can be a practical toolkit to support future development of similar Centers for mitigating public health emergencies in different contexts and conditions in Africa. »