2024 SHN Architecture and Design Awards

2023 WINNERS
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Stand-Alone Memory Care
The Moments of Lakeville II
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Wellness: Health & Fitness
Broad Ripple Park Family Center
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Stand-Alone Memory Care
The Cordwainer
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Stand-Alone Memory Care
Lumina Las Vegas
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Small Footprint
Messiah Lifeways Bailey Street Apartments
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Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care
The Forest at Duke Small House
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Skilled Nursing / Post-Acute Care
The Springs at Oldham Reserve
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International
Guildwood Retirement Residences
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Dining Innovation
Willow Valley Communities
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Dining Innovation
Friendship Village Tempe
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CCRC / Life Plan
Stevenson Oaks
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CCRC / Life Plan
Rose Villa Senior Living Phase 3
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CCRC / Life Plan
The Summit of Bettendorf, a WellSpire Community
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CCRC / LPC Lite
Watermark Coral Gables
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CCRC / LPC Lite
Brightview Dulles Corner
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Behavioral Health
Stella’s Place Mental Health
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Assisted Living
Opus East Memphis
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Assisted Living
Vivante Newport Center
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Affordable Housing
Landis Place on King
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Affordable Housing
Ethiopian Village
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Affordable Housing
Residences on the Lane
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Active Adult
Dogwood Commons
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55+ (2023)
Overture Arcadia
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Hospice
Hospice of Marion County: Grace Davis Hall House
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Dining Innovation
University Retirement Community at Davis​
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Hospice
Pathways Hospice Inpatient Care Center
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Hospice
VITAS Healthcare Hospice House of Orange County
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International
Revera Hollyburn House
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International
Royal View by Auria Senior Living
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Assisted Living
The Apsley by Sunrise
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CCRC / LPC Lite
The Tower at Cardinal North Hills
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Renovation / Repositioning (Campus)
Mount Carmel Bluffs
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Renovation / Repositioning (Campus)
Eastcastle Place
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Renovation / Repositioning (Campus)
Splendido
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Renovation / Repositioning (Building)
Bay Village
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Renovation / Repositioning (Building)
Sunrise of Redmond
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Renovation / Repositioning (Building)
Westminster Village of West Lafayette
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Independent Living
Marvella
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Independent Living
The Hacienda at Georgetown
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Independent Living
Moorings Park Grande Lake
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Frequently asked questions
  • 2024 SHN Architecture & Design Awards Information

    The 2024 SHN Architecture & Design Awards will be accepting submissions starting April 1, 2024 and will close submissions on August 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be announced October 1, 2024.

    Click here to join the SHN Architecture & Design Awards Mailing List.

  • Who can apply?

    Owners, operators, architecture and/or interior design firms can apply. Company and individual submitting entry confirm and consent that all requisite partners in the project, such as owner(s), operator, architecture, and/or interior design firm, have authorized use of such submitted materials.

    Any senior living community that fits into one of the categories below that was constructed/renovated and completed between January 1, 2023 to October 1, 2024 with high-resolution photos available for use. Prior submissions should not be resubmitted from previous years.

    For projects completed after October 1, 2024 that do not have photographs, site plans, or floor plans, please consider applying to the 2025 Architecture & Design Awards.

     

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  • Why should we apply?

    The SHN Architecture & Design Awards is a competition and marketing event that positions behavioral health, hospice and palliative care, senior living, and skilled nursing organizations against their peers and is judged by experienced industry professionals. The competition draws entries from the United States and across the world that showcase the latest trends in architecture and design. Entrants may get featured as nominees in announcements and stories that run on Behavioral Health, Hospice News, Senior Housing News, and Skilled Nursing News, bringing recognition to the project and firms that helped bring the project to life.

    All applicants will receive an SHN Awards Nominee Badge, recognition on the appropriate WTWH Media Healthcare publication(s) and our email distribution, as well as a mention in a press release that will be submitted nationally. In addition, all nominees and their pictures will be featured on the SHN Awards website for the remainder of the year.

    In addition, winners will receive the following:

    • First place winners will receive a feature story on the appropriate WTWH Media Healthcare publication
    • Recognition across WTWH Media Healthcare websites and emails
    • Option to purchase a physical plaque
    • An exclusive digital badge that can be displayed on your website
    • An invite to the 2024 (RE)BUILD event taking place November 20-21, 2024 in Chicago, IL
  • What is the submission deadline?

    Early bird entries close July 31, 2024.
    The final entry deadline is August 31, 2024 at 11:59pm CST.

  • How much does it cost to submit my project?

    When purchased before July 31, 2024, each early bird submission is $550. Each submission received between August 1, 2024 and August 31, 2024 is $650. Submissions can be paid using any major credit card through our entry form.

  • What is the judging criteria?

    The SHN Awards for Architecture and Design will be awarded to the communities based upon the following criteria:

    Design & Aesthetics – Judges will evaluate the functionality of the community looking at features that are critical to the property type such as universal design techniques as well as design elements such as color, light, landscape architecture and overall creativity of the community’s design vision and sustainable features.

    Community Integration – Judges will evaluate the effectiveness of how the community is positioned within the overall community with focus on features that promote access to transportation and other community-based services. Entries should highlight:

    • Nearby / walkable amenities
    • Design features are a good with with neighborhood & community
    • Discussion of how community discussed input with local area
    • How the community encourages or invites the broader community to its location
    • Showcase of how the property is an infill location or unique redevelopment of shopping malls, hotel or school as examples
    • Accessibility to local area resources and ease of in/out access
    • Invitations to community & groups to offer programming on campus

    ** Some of the community integration factors may not be as relevant in entries for categories like standalone memory care.

    Amenities & Lifestyle – Judges will evaluate the community’s features that incorporate a healthy lifestyle that provides residents access to products and services that make their lives easier.

    View Judging Criteria

  • How will the projects be judged?

    The projects will be judged by our group of expert panelists on the design and functionality of the buildings. The most innovative communities will be chosen as the winners and receive recognition throughout the industry using SHN.


    More details on process here.

  • What information do I need to submit?

    The following are required to complete your submission to the Senior Housing News Architecture & Design Awards:

    1.) Fill out the Professional Form to describe the project (Best practice: Review the Professional Form ahead of time to ensure you collect all of the required information needed. You are not able to save your progress once you start filling out the Professional Form).

    2.) Complete a PowerPoint presentation.

    Download the General Submission Template
    Download the Renovation/Repositioning Template (for any renovation/repositioning projects)

    We ask that you please submit your PowerPoint presentation in a .pptx format, and not a PDF format

    3.) Provide up to 50 high-resolution photos in JPG format. For renovation projects, please include before and after photographs clearly labeled to demonstrate changes in a before/after type format.

    4.) Photos should be at least 72dpi (resolution) and sized to fit inside a space that is 1540px in width and 760px in height.

    *Photos must be no more than 760px tall. Landscape orientation photos are preferred. But please note that portrait orientation photos can be resized to 760px H with white space added on either side to create the 1540px width needed. (See illustrated  example below)

    5.) Provide floor plans and site plans in PDF format (considered separate from the 50 photos allotted per entry). Please submit only those documents and not an entire set of architectural documents.

    All materials can be submitted through the Professional Form. You can also send larger files via Dropbox or other file sharing service to [email protected]. Remember, you should review the Professional Form ahead of time to ensure you collect all of the required information needed. You are not able to save your progress once you start filling out the Professional Form. The payment page will appear after you click on “Enter Now”.

    Any entries that do not include all of the above will be considered incomplete. If there are other items you’d like to submit, please contact us at [email protected]

  • Can I see a sample of a winning project submission?

    Yes, you can see these sample PDFs of previously submitted projects as a good example of what judges are looking for overall.

    View the new nominee entry example.

    2020 Renovation / Repositioning Category Winner | Bayview– A Life Plan Community

    2020 Assisted Living | Village Park Milton

  • Can I submit a video to be included in our submission?

    Yes. If you want to include a video, you will need to send us a video with an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a finished size of 920 x 518. You must send us a link from Vimeo in order for it to be showcased with the other photos from your submission.

  • Do I need to use Vimeo?

    Yes. We do not accept links or videos hosted on other platforms. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Can I send you the video to host on Vimeo?

    No. We will not accept videos to be uploaded or hosted by WTWH Media Healthcare or its publications.

  • Can you crop/edit/produce the video for me?

    No. We do not offer any type of video editing services. You must submit the video fully edited and with the correct specs.

  • Will more photos and site/floor plans help my chances of winning?

    More does not always mean better. Your submission should be clear and concise with the right amount of information to let a professional evaluate the community.

  • What is the minimum acceptable submission?

    For entries that fall under New Construction (not Renovation / Repositioning) categories, the minimum requirement is the following:

    • PowerPoint in .ppt or .pptx format
    • 2 External Photos
    • 4 Internal Photos
    • Site Plan
    • Floor plan for each level

    For entries under Renovation / Repositioning and SNF Renovation / Repositioning categories, the minimum requirement is the following:

    • PowerPoint in .ppt or .pptx format
    • 2 External Before & After photos (unless renovation was strictly interior)
    • 4 Internal Before & Photos
    • Site Plan
    • Floor plan for each level
  • What do I receive after I submit my project?

    When you submit your project, the Awards team will confirm via email that they have received all required materials.

  • For the renovation awards, do I need to address how much the project cost and the budget?

    It is preferred that you address how much the project cost, along with the budget, however, if your firm or project partners do not want to include this financial data, it is acceptable to not include it.

  • For my renovation/repositioning project, how many photos should I submit?

    If you are submitting a Renovation/Repositioning project, you should include before and after pictures and label them accordingly. View an example of renovations/repositioning entry submission.

  • Who will choose the winners?

    The winners will be chosen by our expert team of judges. Please note that any judge who was involved with a project submitted will not be able to cast a vote for that particular project and a representative from WTWH Media Healthcare will take their place.

  • When will the winners be announced?

    The winners will be announced on October 1, 2024 on all WTWH Media Healthcare websites. WTWH Media Healthcare will issue a press release that can be used by entrants for the competition. Communications will be sent via email to all nominees with more information.

  • Other questions?

    Contact us at [email protected]