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The SEED Awards recognizes designs that address the critical social, economic, and environmental issues in the world. Six projects were selected based on the following criteria: Effectiveness, Excellence, Inclusiveness, Impactful, Systemic, and Participatory. Learn More.

Project Winners
RAPIDO: Rapid Recovery Housing Pilot Program | Hidalgo, Texas, USA
Marwen | Chicago, Illinois, USA
Ilima Primary School | Ilima, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Maya Community Project | Kilifi, Kenya
Barrio Collaboration | Tucson, Arizona, USA
Parisite Skatepark | New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Honorable Mentions
Ghana International Design Studio: Playtime in Africa | Accra, Ghana
Carrick Dairy District | Pennsylvania, USA

The winners were selected by a jury of:
Brad Guy, Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Building Stewardship, The Catholic University of America (CUArch)
John Quale, Director of the architecture program, School of Architecture and Planning, University of New Mexico
Gail Vittori, Co-Director, Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems

The projects will be presented by their team members at the sixteenth annual Structures for Inclusion (SFI) conference, sponsored by Autodesk Foundation, and hosted by NC State University on March 19 and 20, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. From its inception in 2000, the goals of SFI have been to showcase design efforts that serve a diverse clientele by presenting inspiring projects, pathways to pursue alternative community-based work, and evidence of the positive impact of this work.


Edited by Lisa M. Abendroth and Bryan Bell, Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook: SEED Methodology, Case Studies, and Critical Issues (Routledge 2016) is the first book to demonstrate that public interest design has emerged as a profession. It provides clear professional standards of practice following SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) methodology, the first step-by-step process supporting public interest designers. The book features an Issues Index composed of ninety critical social, economic, and environmental issues, illustrated with thirty case study projects representing eighteen countries and four continents, all cross-referenced, to show you how every human issue is a design issue.

Contributions from Thomas Fisher, Heather Fleming and David Kaisel, Michael Cohen, Michael P. Murphy Jr., Alan Ricks and Annie Moulton, and over twenty others cover topics such as professional responsibility, public interest design business development, design evaluation, and capacity building through scaling, along with many more. Themes including public participation, issue-based design, and assessment are referenced throughout the book and provide benchmarks toward an informed practice. This comprehensive manual also contains a glossary, an appendix of engagement methods, a case study locator atlas, and a reading list. Whether you are working in the field of architecture, urban planning, industrial design, landscape architecture, or communication design, this book empowers you to create community-centered environments, products, and systems.

Paperback: 978-1-13-881035-8

July 8, 2015 Press Release: Public Interest Design Practice Guidebook

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SEED 2015 Award Winners Announced

April 23, 2015

Six international projects were selected for award winning recognition at the Structures for Inclusion 2015 conference hosted by Lawrence Technological University in Detroit, Michigan. The SEED Awards acknowledge design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact while representing the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world. 2015 Award Winning Projects El Guadual […]

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April 11 + 12, 2015: Structures for Inclusion Conference

January 1, 2015

The fifteenth annual Structures for Inclusion (SFI) Conference will be held April 11 and 12, 2015, in Detroit, Michigan, and will be hosted by Lawrence Technological University (LTU). The conference will feature the best public interest design from around the globe, including the 2015 SEED Award winners. Fifth Annual 2015 SEED Awards for Excellence in Public Interest […]

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SEED 2014 Award Winners Announced

December 2, 2014

Nine international projects were selected for recognition at the Structures for Inclusion 2014 conference at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. The Awards acknowledge design projects with exceptional social, economic, and environmental impact while representing the forces needed to create truly sustainable projects and positive change in the world. 2014 Award Winning Projects Include The […]

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March 22 + 23, 2014: Structures for Inclusion Conference

January 1, 2014

SFI14, hosted by Parsons The New School for Design, will take place March 22 and 23, 2014 in New York City. Enhancing the two-day conference, the Public Interest Design Institute is being offered March 24 and 25 at the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York.

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July 29-30, 2013: Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Executive Education

June 24, 2013

Public Interest Design Training Program: A two-day course for design professionals interested in pursuing community-centered issue-based practice. The Public Interest Design Training Program is formed around the SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design) metric.

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“Designing for the Public and You” Article

June 24, 2013

MSU Denver Communication Design student Rachael Stamps featured in Architect Magazine.

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Denver Public Interest Design Institute

February 8, 2013

April 11 + 12, 2013: The Public Interest Design Institute comes to Denver and will be hosted on Auraria Campus by Metropolitan State University of Denver. Keynote address by Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group on Thursday, April 11 (sponsored by University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning).

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Call for Projects: SEED Field Guide

August 16, 2012

The Social Economic Environmental Design® (SEED) Network has issued a request for projects for possible inclusion in the new SEED Field Manual.

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