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Call for awards

The Future Leader Award is a design competition for students from Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree – I and II level, PhD, Specialization programs and academic courses. The International Academy Design and Health, in particular the European chapter, is committed to encouraging the next generation to the health promotion issues through urban health design strategies, good practices in building design, the quality of design for healing and social environments. The aim of the call is to envision strategies and solutions in health and social care for innovation and experimentation and to combine students from different disciplines to share new design thinking for health promotion in built environments. We encourage students from international architecture, design, engineering, etc. schools to take part in the competition. They will have the great opportunity to show their works during the Symposium “Global perspectives and local identities in healthcare. Salutogenic hospital design and urban health” in Milan, from the 28th to 31rd March 2019 and to share information and suggestions by expertise on the topic[1]. We invite professors and professionals involved in the topic to promote and disseminate the call for award among their networks.


Students and graduates (up to 2 years from the dissemination), coming from the Schools of Architecture, Design, Economics, Engineering, Medicine, etc., with research works in the field of organization, management or design of working and healing environments, and/or projects related to urban health and health promotion in built environments, are invited to participate to the call for award. The projects should have been developed in the last two years (2016 - 2018). A group of students can take part in the competition, but it is requested to identify a spokesperson of the group, and to list all the names of participants. Each participant can present only one proposal in one of the two sections:
  • CATEGORY A - URBAN HEALTH – related to urban scale projects;
  • CATEGORY B - SALUTOGENIC DESIGN – related to architectural scale projects (schools, healthcare facilities, working spaces, etc.).
For specific considerations related to the topics, please refer to the references listed at the bottom of the call for award. For each proposal, the following materials must be provided in English:
  • 1 panel (A1 format - vertical orientation) in .pdf that summarizes the project and/or results of the research project;
  • 1 page (A4 format) that summarizes the research work and/or the texts carried out, in which it is necessary to highlight the University, Faculty/School, Year, names of the teachers/supervisors of the course/thesis[2]&[3];
  • 1 .pdf presentation (standard format 4:3) – maximum 10 slides that illustrate the project and the relationship with health promotion strategies and/or salutogenic approach.
Application It is requested to fill-in an on-line registration form, in which it is requested a certification of student status or an university certification. It is requested to send all the materials (.zip file) exclusively via e-mail to the following address and in CC


All the submitted projects will be projected and/or exhibited during the Symposium in Milan. Entries are judged by representatives of the European research group of International Academy of Design and Health ( The winner of each category[4] will benefit of free conference fee and the participation to Gala dinner for prize-giving. In addition, the project/research project may be published on some journals and magazines, or the web-site of the Academy. Mentions will be considered to the best works.


15th September 2018 Launch call for speakers
15th January 2019 Deadline award submission
30th January 2019 Feedback abstract
1st February 2019 Close early-bird registration
28th-31st of March 2019 DESIGN & HEALTH European Symposium


For further details, please refer to


D’Alessandro D, Arletti S, Azara A, Buffoli M, Capasso L, Cappuccitti A, Casuccio A, Cecchini A, Costa G, De Martino AM, Dettori M, Di Rosa E, Fara GM, Ferrante M, Giammanco G, Lauria A, Melis G, Moscato U, Oberti I, Patrizio C, Petronio MG, Rebecchi A, Romano Spica V, Settimo G, Signorelli C, Capolongo S. Strategies for Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in Urban Areas: The Erice 50 Charter. Annali di Igiene. 2017; 29(6):481-493. doi:10.7416/ai.2017.2179 D’Alessandro D, Buffoli M, Capasso L, Fara GM, Rebecchi A, Capolongo S. Green areas and public health: improving wellbeing and physical activity in the urban context. Epidemiol Prev. 2015;39(5): 8-13. (PDIM: 26499409) Fehr R, Capolongo S. Healing environment and urban health. Epidemiol Prev 2016; 40(3-4): 151-2. doi: 10.19191/EP16.3-4.P151.080 Fehr R. Urban Health in Germany. Public Health Forum. 2016; 24(4):251-254. doi:10.1515/pubhef-2016-2104 Valera Sosa A. Walkability for health. A systematic observation method for active transport and healthy destinations. Healthy city 2011

Golembiewski, J. (2012b). Salutogenic design: The neural basis for health promoting environments. World Health Design Scientific Review, 5(4), 62–68 Dilani AArmstrong K. The "salutogenic" approach--designing a health-promoting hospital environment. World Hosp Health Serv. 2008;44(3):32-5. Golembiewski JA. Salutogenic Architecture in Healthcare Settings. In: Mittelmark MB, Sagy S, Eriksson M, Bauer GF, Pelikan JM, Lindström B, Espnes GA, editors. The Handbook of Salutogenesis. Cham (CH): Springer; 2017. Chapter 26. Capolongo S. Social aspects and well-being for improving healing processes' effectiveness. Ann Ist Super Sanità, 2016 Mar; 52(1): 11-14. DOI: 10.4415/ANN_16_01_05 Joseph A, Rashid M. The architecture of safety: hospital design. Curr Opin Crit Care 2007. 13 (6): 714-9. Alfonsi E, Capolongo S, Buffoli M. Evidence based design and healthcare: an unconventional approach to hospital design. Ann Ig. 2014 Mar-Apr; 26 (2) :137-43. doi: 10.7416/ai.2014.1968

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[1] Participation is not mandatory, but there are reduced costs for students ( [2] It is requested to highlight the factors related to health promotion of the project. [3] For permitting to the commission to evaluate the project, it is requested to highlight the main aspects related to the project (the city, the context, etc.) and specific requirements defined by the professors in the course. [4] In the case of a Group, only the spokesperson