Vendome Group, publishers ofHEALTHCARE DESIGN magazine,
The Center for Health Design, and
Nurture by Steelcase have recently announced a unique opportunity for architecture and design students to participate in a conceptual healthcare design competition. Challenged with a theme of “waiting,” students will research the current challenges within the selected healthcare environment, determine opportunities for improvement, share their thought process, and prepare presentations demonstrating unique ways to improve the environment and/or processes within. Students may participate individually or within a team.

Best of all, there is no fee to enter.

Finalists will be announced in September 2011, with a special awards ceremony taking place at the annual
HCD.11 conference in Nashville next November. Winners will receive complimentary conference registrations, along with a stipend to defray air and hotel accommodations. To be added to our mailing list, please contact Donna Paglia at 216.373.1210 or e-mail For information, application forms, and complete details, visit Applications are due no later than February 28, with submission materials due on May 13.

In addition to student participation, we are actively looking for established healthcare design architects and designers to serve in an advisory role to the student designers. If you are interested in participating, please contact Phyllis Goetz at for details.