UW Design Studio wins SEED International Design Award

Congratulations to Ben Spencer and the Design Activsim Studio for their recognition as SEED Competition Winners

The results of an international design competition were announced today: The Social Economic Environmental Design (SEED) Competition Design Awards honor extraordinary design projects and demonstrate that an emerging field of contributing architecture has reached a critical mass. Six projects were selected out of forty-five submitted from fourteen countries.

Studio 503: Design Activism; Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative, Parque Primaria, Lima, Peru. and the corresponding Summer Exploration Seminar in Peru, both led by Professor Ben Spencer, are among the top three internationally recognized award winning design projects for their work in the informal settlement of Lomas de Zapallal outside of Lima, Peru.

Congratulations also to UW Professor of Landscape Architecture Daniel Winterbottom and his Winter 2011 Design Bulid Studio in Croatia, who received an honorable mention for The Healing Gardens, Rijeka, Croatia.

The 2012 SEED Award Winners are (from upper left clockwise):

Maria Auxiliadora School, Los Calderones, Inca, Peru.
Nyanza Maternity Hospital, Nyanza, Rwanda.
Escuela Ecologica Saludable Initiative, Parque Primaria, Lima, Peru.
Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Plan and Rehabilitation, Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico.
Grow Dat Farm, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Bancroft School Revitalization, Kansas City, Missouri.


Winning projects and honorable mentions can be viewed at:

 The winning projects will be shown at the Structures for Inclusion conference at the University of Texas, Austin, Saturday and Sunday, March 24-25. For information:

A training session will also take place March 22-23:
Jurors comments: The award winners and honorable mentions were outstanding examples of design in the public’s interest from diverse communities across the globe. These projects offer tangible evidence of how design is effectively playing a role in addressing the most critical issues, not just the environment but directly addressing the biggest social and economic challenges. Each project team carefully identified a community’s needs and priorities, then maximized the use of resources to strategically address these. In the winning, multiple issues were addressed by the design response so that positive impact was maximized.

Posted Friday 27 January 2012 at 3:48 pm