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Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

Design with Patients in Mind

Judging Criteria


1. Listen, read about and learn from patients, families and staff

2. Identify desired outcomes

3. Use actual user accounts as design inspiration

4. Create accessible spaces (or things) that enable

  • Flexibility
  • Comfort
  • Privacy
  • Safety
  • Empowerment
  • Collaboration
  • Communication and Trust
  • Meaningful Experiences

5. Draw, model and simulate to identify obstacles

6. Evaluate design solutions in various scenarios

7. Ask for user feedback

8. Re-run the process as needed

A. The Institute has identified ten principles of patient-centered design.

1. Respect privacy.

2. Facilitate communication, collaboration and trust.

3. Accommodate patient and family participation

4. Empower patients.

5. Promote safety and security.

6. Provide accessible accommodations.

7. Create comfortable environments.

8. Support healing.

9. Support staff’s goals.

10. Identify design opportunities that respond to unmet needs.

B. The Center for Health Design (CHD) defines Evidence-Based Design (EBD) as “the process of basing decisions about the built environment on credible research to achieve the best possible outcomes.”

The following eight steps provided by the CHD:

  • Define evidence-based goals and objectives.
  • Find sources for relevant evidence.
  • Critically interpret relevant evidence.
  • Create and innovate evidence-based design concepts.
  • Develop a hypothesis.
  • Collect baseline performance measures.
  • Monitor implementation of design and construction.
  • Measure post-occupancy performance results.


Submissions will be evaluated based on the innovation and thoughtfulness used to incorporate the above principles and steps into the design solution.

2016 Experiential Design Competition

November 13, 2016 through January 31, 2017


ex·pe·ri·en·tial - relating to, derived from, or providing experience (

Goal: To facilitate positive health care experiences by learning, simulating and addressing the needs of users with creative design solutions

Submissions: Experiential Design Submissions will be accepted on health care design ideas to serve any patient/family/staff need. Please do not submit confidential information, as it will be shared with the profession at-large to inspire better design. We encourage the introduction of new inventions; however, designers are responsible for legally protecting any intellectual property before sharing it during this competition.

Eligibility: The Experiential Design Competition is open to licensed and unlicensed

design professionals and others with an interest in healthcare design. Eligible participants include architects, interior designers, industrial designers, furniture planners, healthcare professionals, patients, researchers and/or students. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged, but not required.

Award: The top three submissions (selected by our jury) will each receive one free full registration to attend the 2017 Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit, where they will be our special guests presenters during the rapid prototyping sessions. The top three design teams will each have an opportunity to present their design solutions during an educational session at the summit; then, their projects will be on display for attendees to vote for their favorite projects. The winning project, as decided by summit participants, will be announced during the summit.


2016 Experiential Design Competition | November 13, 2016 - January 31, 2017

2017 Patient-Centered Design Innovation Summit | April 6-9, 2017 | Savannah, Georgia

Submit your Design Solution in 4 Simple Steps:

Step 1: Review 2016 Experiential Design Competition Call for Submissions.

Step 2: Determine the appropriate category for entry.

- Category A: New Design Solution – New ideas that respond directly to this Call for Submissions

- Category B: Commissioned Project – Built or un-built commissioned projects with experiential attributes as described in this Call for Submissions

Step 3: Prepare your submission package. All entries must be presented as blind submissions (no identifying information on the project team). Unless otherwise noted, drawings shall be ¼” scale, formatted on six 8 ½” x 11” pages as a pdf file. Emailed submissions should be size 8 MB or smaller. Larger files should be submitted by mail (see below). Submissions should be organized in the following format.

Page 1. Form A: Submission cover sheet (page 7 of the Call for Submissions)

Page 2. Partial floor plan (1/8” scale) showing the surrounding area

Page 3. Full color finished floor plan

Page 4. Minimum of 2 Elevations (Photographs are acceptable for Category B)

Page 5. 2 full color 3D drawings of the interior space (Photographs are acceptable for Category B)

Step 4:

Complete online registration and submit the entry fee of $250.00. Submissions must be transmitted via email to the address provided when you register for the competition. Register online at OR

Mail your submission by completing the registration form (page 9 of the Call for Submissions) and sending a hard copy of the form and a CD or USB drive containing a 5-page pdf file of your submission (all documents listed in Step 3) to:

Institute for Patient-Centered Design, Inc.

P.O. Box 795

Savannah, Georgia 31402

A check for the entry fee of $250.00 payable to “Institute for Patient-Centered Design” must accompany your submission. Mailed submissions must be received no later than January 31, 2017. Upon receipt of your submission, you will receive an email confirmation.

Register for the 2016 Competition Now