The awards aim to raise awareness of the importance of good workspace design as a tool for companies to achieve their organisational goals in light of the changing nature of offices. They also intend to recognise designers and their firms for their contribution to workplace design, as a means of fostering creativity and collaboration with the community.
The awards will be judged by a multi-disciplinary jury panel. It includes, Hani Asfour, associate dean at the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation; Christian Vasquez, director of the American Institute of Architects Middle East; Kate Rube, vice president, market solutions – The International WELL Building Institute; Esra Lemmens, ambassador APID; Janet McAvinnie, CBIFM – The British Institute of Facilities Management; Lucy Bolton, assistant professor in business psychology, Heriot Watt University, Dubai Campus; and Chris Morley, head of design – Herman Miller Middle East and Africa.
The design of workspace has entered a new phase. The role of the designer as well as those of the facility or workspace manager is quickly changing. Beyond just simple planning, designers are now part curators, scientists, and psychologists too, all carrying a high degree of understanding in the realms of business strategy, workflow and organisational design.
The awards comprise two categories: Commercial Business and People’s Choice – Workspace Design Award. The former recognises the exemplary use and implementation of integrated design, place-making and progressive practices among architects and designers, their collaborators and their clients. The winner will receive US$5,000 to be spent on Herman Miller furniture, and two designers will get the opportunity to visit Herman Miller’s National Design Centre in London and our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Portal Mill, Melksham, UK.
The People’s Choice award lets the members of the public vote for their favourite workspace within the shortlisted projects submitted. Employees, friends and families will be encouraged to select the design which best reflects the values of belonging, collaboration and health-positive working. Winner will receive a US$5,000 Herman Miller furniture sponsorship to revitalise their workspace.
To be eligible, projects must be from the Middle East and Africa region, which have been completed between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018. Entries can be submitted until March 5, 2019. The winners will be announced in April 2019. For more information on eligibility, judging criteria, and to submit your entries, visit www.hmlivingoffice.com