The Green House Project’s very own Deborah Wiegand recently served as a judge in the 2019 Environments for Aging (EFA) Design Showcase competition. She and 16 other jurors gathered in Dallas in mid-January to review and evaluate 44 submissions from all over the countr
This was the first year that someone from The Green House Project national organization has participated in judging the competition. According to Donna Paglia, EFA’s consultant for special projects, Wiegand (who was appointed by the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, or SAGE), was chosen “for her specific talents as a consultant to the industry.
The winners were announced Jan. 23, with eight entrants recognized as competition finalists and another 33 to be published in the showcase issue of EFA magazine. “This distinction is given to projects that received overall scores that were at or above our standards to be published,” said Paglia.
Follow are the criteria for the awards:
• Award of Merit: Overall Project Raises the Bar across all criteria: Innovation; Collaboration; Aesthetics; Operations.
• Honorable Mentions: Raised the Bar within one of more criteria: Innovation; Collaboration; Aesthetics; Operations.
• Finalists: Showed significant scoring within criteria: Innovation; Collaboration; Aesthetics; Operations.
You can find all of the award winners HERE.
The judging happens as follows: Jurors are placed into groups to offer a good balance of architects, designers, consultants, and providers on the panel. Teams then review projects virtually over a two-week period before arriving at the “live” event, where t
hey review the projects in teams and as a full group, according to Paglia.
“There were many variations among the designs submitted and it was very clear to me that some had collaborated more extensively with stakeholders than others,” Wiegand said of her experience. “In my opinion, this is a very important aspect to good design.”
The winners will be recognized during the 2019 EFA Conference and Expo, which takes place April 7 to 10 in Salt Lake City, Utah.