Healthcare Design is excited to announce an awards program unlike any other we’ve done before. Breaking Through is a conceptual design competition. Dozens of firms are currently preparing their presentations demonstrating their imaginative, innovative, and inspiring ideas.

Meet the Jury

The first round of presentations will be reviewed by a jury of senior-level design professionals, consultants, and healthcare providers. Jurors will assess the submissions and narrow those down to a group of finalists. Results will be issued on Aug. 10, 2018. Learn more about our jury members:

Robert “Hank” Adams, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, NCARB, Global Director of Health, HDR

David Allison, Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health, Clemson University

Sierra Bainbridge, Senior Director, MASS Design Group

Dana Cho, Partner and Managing Director, IDEO

Jim Crispino, Firm-wide Director of Health & Wellness, Gensler

Bruce King Komiske, VP New Hospital Design and Construction, Erlanger Medical Center

Jodie Lesh, SVP National Delivery System Strategy, Planning and Design, Kaiser Permanente

Jean Mah, Principal/Board of Directors/Healthcare Practice Leader, Perkins+Will

Derek Parker, FAIA, RIBA, FACHA

Kim E. Shinn, Principal/Senior Sustainability Wizard, TLC Engineering for Architecture

Gary Vance, President, Vance Consulting


Next Steps

Finalists will have 12 weeks to prepare for a 10-minute presentation on stage at the 2018 Healthcare Design Expo and Conference (Nov. 10-13, 2018, Phoenix). Live presentations must include high-quality visuals of the space (BIM models and/or video flythroughs encouraged). All finalists will receive up to three complimentary full-conference registrations (a $4,350 value). The finalists named on Aug. 10, 2018, must submit their HCD Expo presentation materials no later than Nov. 2, 2018. Projects will be reviewed by the editors of Healthcare Design in advance, and finalists will be contacted prior to the event to resolve any questions or concerns.

$10,000 grand prize
Following the live presentations, HCD Expo attendees will vote in real-time to determine which project will receive Breaking Through’s grand prize: $10,000. Winners will be named on-site. All finalists’ projects will receive editorial coverage in Healthcare Design magazine and other Emerald Exposition commercial design brands, as well as extensive public relations exposure. View complete competition Terms and Conditions here.

Competition Highlights
Projects that do not make our “finalist” round won’t go unnoticed! For those that take the time to prepare quality presentations that meet our guidelines, we’ll feature your project within a special section of our website showcasing the competition highlights. Firms will have the option to opt-out of the online exposure, if they wish.

For more information regarding program details, contact Donna Paglia (