as editor of healthcare designI love all my children – or rather problems – equally. And while I could never pick a favorite, I have to admit that the annual design showcase issue is hard to beat.
The event, now in its 23rd year, was born from our brand mission to provide the healthcare design industry with insight, information and inspiration to help it grow.
Through the Design Showcase, we invite companies and healthcare organizations to present the new work they are most proud of, from conceptual design to new completed construction.
Those entries are rich in detail, including background information on project needs and drivers, challenges and solutions implemented, as well as floor plans and lots of images. Participants also share design elements that meet the evaluation criteria of innovation, aesthetics, experience and operational performance.
A jury of industry professionals first reviews and scores those submissions to confirm that they have been approved for publication. Those with the highest scores become finalists in the awards section of the event and advance to an individual judging event where winners are chosen.
and then it all gets translated healthcare designAugust issue.
In this issue you’ll find our editorial coverage of the Design Showcase, including interviews with the design leaders behind the award-winning projects and brief profiles of honorable mention winners. And then the Showcase itself begins, where the submitting companies and organizations publish their project stories – again with beautiful supporting photography and renderings.
In these pages you will not only find valuable details about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ behind the projects presented, but also inspiration for how you can use the shared information to inform the projects you are planning. Can
At a very high level, the showcase review will provide a through-line that connects the projects and provides insight into where health care design stands today and where it is going.
I promise you’ll see similarities — yes, in the aesthetics, of course — but the types of facilities they provide, the challenges they try to solve, and the way they serve their communities, You will see similarities in that too.
Now, before you go any further, allow me to recognize another champion of our mission: Kristin D. Zeit. Many of you know Kristin once as editor, then publisher, and finally portfolio director healthcare design And aging environment,
Kristin has done so much over the past 11 years to serve this industry and this team – and now she’s starting a new chapter in her career. Join me in wishing him luck and thanking him for the value he brings (and look forward to his return to these pages as a contributing editor).
Jennifer Kovacs is editor-in-chief of Silvis Healthcare Design. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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