Public Interest Design Projects Receive International SEED Award

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Winners of the international SEED Award for Excellence in Public Interest Design were announced today.  SEED Awards recognize excellence in social, economic and environmental design, and represent the collaborations needed to create truly sustainable projects and change in the world.  Six projects were selected out of sixty-five submitted from 21 countries worldwide.


SEED (Social Economic Environmental Design®) is the only design standard to use a "triple bottom line" approach to public interest design, going beyond "green design" to address all issues that challenge communities globally.  The SEED Awards are organized by the Social Economic Environmental Design Network and Design Corps, a Raleigh-based non-profit design organization.

The six SEED Award Winners are: SAGE: Affordable Green Modular Classrooms, Gervais, Oregon; Puyallup Tribal Longhouse, Tacoma, Washington (Puyallup Tribal Reservation); Rosa F. Keller Building, New Orleans, Louisiana; Firm Foundation, Banjarmasin, Kalimantan, Indonesia; Sudan Jalle School, Jalle Payam, Jonglei State, South Sudan; Maa-Bara: Catalyzing Economic Change & Food Security, Lenya (Bondo District), Nyanza, Kenya.

For project details, images and team members, see   

Winning projects will be shown at the 13th annual Structures for Inclusion conference at the University of Minnesota College of Design March 22-23, 2013.   For conference information:

According to Bryan Bell of Design Corps and founder of SEED, the winning projects are extraordinary examples of design in the public's interest and demonstrate that this emerging field of contributing architecture has reached a critical mass.

"These projects offer tangible evidence of how design can effectively address the most critical issues, not just the environment but the biggest social and economic challenges," said Bell.  "Through thoughtful collaboration, each project team carefully identified a community's needs and priorities by working directly with the community, then maximized the use of resources to strategically address the critical issues. In the winning projects, multiple issues were addressed by the design response to maximize positive impact of a single project."

Projects were judged by a panel of professional designers, architects and educators.  The competition is sponsored by The Surdna Foundation, University of Minnesota College of Design, Design Corps and The SEED Network.

Media Contact: Anne Hersley, Design Corps, 561.239.7734,

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