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UNFOLD THE BOX – Design Challenge 2020

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Our modern economy has transitioned into a service industry and manufacturing model where workers are expected to be creative, alert, and continuously function at a high cognitive level. Globalized commerce with company outposts around the world has blurred the boundaries of time zones and the traditional work day. Many previously physical tasks have now become mental tasks as technology changes how we work and employers are leveraging their investment in human resources by optimizing workplace environments to maximize the health and performance of their labor force. 

We spend the majority of our life indoors and finding time and space to recuperate throughout the day is critical to workplace morale, productivity and employee health. Employers are responding by offering spatial amenities such as private rooms for new mothers, nap-pods for jet-lagged business travelers, and yoga studios for increasingly sedentary employees, often without a comprehensive understanding of how the spaces are utilized or whether they are achieving their desired objectives.

This design competition is focused on creation of wellness in the workplace through spatial design. Unfold the Box interrogates the traditional notion of corporate “wellness rooms” as branded amenities to recruit and retain talent and creatively reenvisions the concept of health in the workplace. Projects will be judged on their creativity, flexible and efficient use of space, aesthetics, and ability to translate research evidence into design.


1st Prize – $1,000; 2nd Prize – $750; 3rd Prize – $500

Students and young professionals having graduated in 2015 or later of Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Design and Fine Arts are invited to participate. See full official rules and participation agreement for details.


Competition Begins     July 1, 2020

Registration Closes      September 1, 2020 

Submissions Due          September 15, 2020 

Results Announced      October 1, 2020


Register online at UO Tickets here. 



Competition entry is $25 



Contestants should submit a graphic 22”x34” landscape  board with design concept. Include a statement of up to 250 words describing the concept and citing foundational research. 



Size: 22×34 Landscape Format; File Format: PDF; Resolution: 300dpi



Presentation board files should be uploaded to the competition website here by 11:59, September 15, 2020. Submit boards with the file naming convention: UNFOLD THE BOX_Number_XXXX.pdf using your registration number. Do not include your name on the board.



All competition entries will be displayed on Award winners will also be published in IHBE Build Health industry publications.



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